Unix Engineer

Job Title: Unix Engineer
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Scotland
Salary: £400 - £450 per day + OUTSIDE IR35
Start Date: August 2021
Reference: BBBH27517_1627632774
Contact Name: Zoe Latuszka
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 30, 2021 09:12

Job Description

Unix Engineer - New role as of 09/07/2021
6 Months
£450 per day. Outside IR35.
Remote for foreseeable. Mainly remote working for the foreseeable future, except where access to physical hardware is required, which will be on-site at either our Edinburgh offices. When the risk of COVID infection is eliminated or much reduced, we envision many of the team activities to take place at our offices in Edinburgh, for at least part of each week.
An experienced Unix engineer is required to assist in the design and build of a new Unix platform and improve the existing setup.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Develop and strengthen automation to support disaster recovery activities
  • Deliver MongoDB upgrade/migration project
  • Review vendor support agreements
  • Support and deploy XDR across Estate
  • Support and deploy PAM
  • Support and deploy Hashicorp Vault
  • Support and deploy Ansible Tower
  • Migrate current UNIX platform to RHEL8

Additional Services:

  • Provide expert guidance on setup and support for current platform
  • Continue to drive service improvements across security and system vulnerabilities
  • Maintain existing platform to include future provisioning and best practice setup
  • Support for existing UNIX infrastructure
  • Optimisation of existing and new UNIX infrastructure
  • Disaster Recovery design & implementation for Solaris
  • Storage Management for Solaris, RHEL & Windows on NetApp
  • Hashicorp Vault Secrets Management
  • Hashicorp Consul and Vault Architectural Design and Implementation
  • Ansible automation of OS and Application and deployments/upgrades
  • Develop and maintain site monitoring for Solaris, NetApp, Oracle & NSX using REST APIs, InfluxDB, Grafana & Nagios
  • RHEL AD integration using both IDM and Winbind
  • Solaris AD integration using OneIdentity Authentication Services
  • Regular Solaris patching and security hardening in line with Cyber Essentials Plus
  • Red Hat Satellite management
  • Solaris IPS repo management
  • Security analysis/remediation of in-house legacy Solaris applications
  • Jenkins administration and pipeline creation
  • Implement and support Load Balancer technologies such as HAProxy and keepalived
  • CommVault backup administration
  • Samba administration
  • ZFS administration
  • Work with wider assurance function to ensure DR testing procedures are well established and performance

Essential Skills

  • Unix: o RHEL 6/7/8 System administration o Solaris 2.6 onwards to 11 administration o Solaris Zone administration o Oracle VM administration using Oracle VM Manager o Red Hat Satellite administration o Automation
  • NetApp: o Ontap 9 CLI o REST API o MetroCluster
  • Jenkins: o System configuration o Pipeline creation and management
  • Backup: o CommVault o Snap Manager for Oracle o Avamar
  • Shell scripting, specifically Bash and Perl
  • Python
  • Ansible, including Ansible Tower deployment and administration
  • Hashicorp Vault, including deployment and administration
  • Stackstorm
  • Orquesta
  • Load Balancer technologies, e.g. HAProxy and keepalived
  • Grafana, Nagios and InfluxDB
  • Agile working practices, including Kanban/Scrum, retrospectives, VFQ.
  • Cyber Essentials Plus methodology
  • Customer focused, through proactive engagement
  • Risk aware, focused on risk reduction and mitigation
  • Effective team working and technical decision making
  • Designing and leading infrastructure projects
  • Creativity - taking new approaches to tackle problems; embracing innovation and sharing knowledge with a range of stakeholders
  • Strong documentation skills
  • DevOps practices, including automation of infrastructure

Desirable Skills

  • General security design and architecture knowledge
  • Support of Oracle DBs on Solaris
  • Avamar backup administration
  • Understanding Oracle license model