DevOps Engineer

GForces is one of Europe’s largest specialist automotive digital agencies. We’re also a leading supplier of internet software and services. We work directly with vehicle manufacturers, over half of the UK’s top 200 automotive retailers, independent dealers, European operations and the Middle East’s largest vehicle distributors. GForces are a global company with the reach, knowhow and experience to enhance automotive brands and businesses so they perform at their best online.

Our digital-orientated focus helps our clients nurture more dynamic, productive relationships with their customers. At the same time, our utilisation of the most productive offline channels further expands what we can offer and deliver. We develop data-driven marketing strategies that meet the challenges of delivering to today’s connected and informed consumers and that exceed expectations.

The Role

Responsible for deploying, managing and operating scalable, highly available and fault tolerant environments that run all company Software. Working closely with the Development and Quality Assurance teams you will be a key part of delivering industry leading software to clients around the globe and maintaining the level of service expected by our clients.

You will be encouraged to take a pro-active role within the company’s product life-cycles, assisting the Product Managers to determine new ways to innovate and improve their solutions. This includes working to improve security, performance, reliability and efficiency.

Key Responsibilities

    ·Champion core technologies to the company and take a lead role in feeding back cascade training to the rest of the team

    ·Advising and consulting with internal teams regarding ongoing work, developments and changes within the infrastructure dept. and providing procedural advice for both testing and implementation of new features

    ·Provide technical support and guidance to other team members

    ·Assisting the R&D team with the investigation of new technologies and how they can be used in production to enhance stability, performance and reliability of our products, or reduce overhead costs

    ·Work with the customer and specialist team members to ensure correct focus and resolution of incidents within SLA whilst supporting our Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO)

    ·Contribute to ongoing process improvement activities

    ·Maintain detailed configuration and FAQ knowledgebase within our document control platform

    ·Provide accurate and detailed incident/problem updates and communications promptly

    ·Third line support of all customers within our cloud based deployments

    ·Participation in the Infrastructure On-Call Rota

    ·Assume proactive involvement in personal and technical development

    ·Expected to keep up-to-date with latest technology trends relevant to the company objectives

Essential Skills

    ·Experience working on a virtual environment

    ·Good knowledge of Linux, CentOS/RHEL or other RPM-based distributions, Python, Node.JS or other scripting language

    ·Good theoretical knowledge of HTTP/HTTPS,DNS and SSL/TLS

    ·Understanding of deploying highly-available solutions to support RTO and RPO objectives

    ·Understanding of Docker (e.g. creating Dockerfiles, using Docker-compose, Elastic Beanstalk with Docker)

    ·Experience of working in project environments and delivering work solutions

    ·Understanding of best security practices and ISO 27001

    ·Experience working within a DevOps environment

    ·Understanding of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery

    ·Good experience of the following technologies:

    oNGINX

    oJira/Bitbucket (Git)

    oSkilled at automating repetitive tasks

    oDocker

    oBash Scripting

    oMySQL/Aurora

    oDynamo DB

    oPostgres

    oJenkins and/or CodePipeline & CodeDeploy

    oCloud-Formation or Terraform

Desirable Skills

    ·Experience with AWS highly desirable

    ·Good knowledge of the core AWS Services (EC2, RD2, S3, CloudFront, Autoscaling)

    ·Experience with PHP applications (deploying and debugging)

    ·AWS certifications would be highly advantageous

    ·Familiarity Microservice based architectures

Salary

£25,000 - £55,000 (DOE)

Location

Office Based, Kent

Department

Production – Infrastructure

Position Reports To

Head of Infrastructure

Benefits

    ·25 days holiday plus birthday off

    ·Up to 5 additional days holiday for long service

    ·GForces group pension plan

    ·Discounted health care package

    ·Preferential car buying rates

    ·Childcare vouchers

    ·Perkbox employee discount scheme

    ·Enhanced maternity and paternity

    ·Quarterly appraisals and development planning

    ·Regular socials and company events

    ·Fruit before 9am

    ·Flexible hour

What’s in it for you?

You will have the opportunity to be a part of a fast growing and highly successful organisation with on the job training and support to help with your progression.

If you feel that you have the skills that we are looking for then please apply now with your CV.

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