Platform Engineer

Job Title: Platform Engineer
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Scotland
Salary: £375 - £400 per day + Outside IR35
Start Date: September 2021
Reference: BBBH27958_1630485115
Contact Name: Zoe Latuszka
Contact Email:
Job Published: September 01, 2021 09:31

Job Description

Platform Engineer
£400 per day. Outside IR35
6 Months. Likely extension
Remote working. Mainly remote working for the foreseeable future, except where access to physical hardware is required, which will be on-site at Edinburgh. When the risk of COVID infection is reduced, we envision many of the team and community activities will take place at our Meadowbank House offices in Edinburgh, for at least part of each week.

An experienced platform engineer is required to assist in the expansion of existing NetApp MetroCluster design, to design and build a new VMSC compute platform and to make improvements to the existing platform.

Main Responsibilities

  • Support migration to vSphere 7
  • Consolidate VCentre management to single scope
  • Support operational platform
  • Migrate legacy workloads to Metrocluster Cluster
  • Decommission legacy platform
  • Support delivery of VMWare stretch cluster (VMSC)
  • Support delivery of new backup platform, and migration of backup jobs
  • Continue assurance review
  • Continue to develop internal VM management

Additional Responsibilities

  • Actively participating in all team events, leading where specialist knowledge in required, and supporting the team to improve their process through inspection and adaptation.
  • Actively participating in all relevant communities of practice and governance
  • Collaborate with colleagues, including the Product Manager, to define, refine and prioritise the database roadmap and backlog
  • Continued development and support of RoS' virtual and storage platforms in line with the product and architecture roadmaps, including but not limited to:

o Ensuring appropriate access controls are in place, monitored and adhered to o Managing, monitoring and improving performance to meet user needs
o Collaboratively assisting with the re-platforming/re-development of existing applications o Collaboratively design, plan and deploy new technology solutions (e.g. vRealize automation orchestration, vR
Propose and implement platform improvements
o Monitor and manage platform health, capacity, availability, integrity and currency
o Developing and maintaining appropriate documentation and artefacts, e.g. designs, local work instructions, etc.
o Ensuring all software applications and server instances are backed up; including managing backup policies, routines and schedules
o Monitoring the functional efficiency of storage and archiving procedures
o Supporting disaster recovery events
o Managing data protection
o Troubleshooting and resolving platform related issues
o Continuously inspecting and adapting to improve existing processes
Essential Skills

  • Cisco UCS build/configure and support/troubleshooting
  • VMWare 6.X multi-site environments, linked mode
  • VMWare vSphere HA
  • SAN management and design
  • NetAPP AFF Cluster / Metrocluster
  • NetApp FC MetroCluster
  • Administration of Fibre Channel Fabrics
  • Experience with Commvault backup solutions, Hyperscale & Hardware
  • Disaster recovery planning and execution, including wider assurance activities
  • Data centre management and best practices
  • Windows and RHEL operating systems
  • Infrastructure as code, including automation using powershell/powercli, and/or python
  • Platform monitoring solutions and paradigms
  • Dashboard creation utilising tools such as Grafana or custom tooling
  • Agile working practices, including Kanban
  • Powershell, PHP/MySQL development of dashboards/monitoring tools

Desirable Skills

  • Certified across: Cisco CCNA / CCNP, VMware VCP 6.5 or higher / VCAP NV & Nutanix NCP, NetApp
  • Working with an assurance function to ensure DR/BCP design and testing procedures are fit for purpose
  • Security design and architecture
  • System administration experience with Nutanix Clusters
  • NSX Administration experience
  • EMC Avamar/Data Domain Expert
  • Experience with Ansible
  • Experience with GIT
  • Experience with Brocade Fibre channel switch management
  • Powershell, PHP/MySQL development of dashboards/monitoring tools
  • AWS certification (Solutions Architect and/or SysOPS administrator) to associate level