Senior IT Engineer

Senior IT Engineer
Based in Cambridge, UK
Salary: subject to skills and experience
GÉANT Association is the leading collaboration on network and related infrastructure and services
for the benefit of research and education, contributing to Europe's economic growth and
competitiveness. The organisation develops, delivers and promotes advanced network and
associated e-infrastructure services, and supports innovation and knowledge-sharing amongst its
members, partners and the wider research and education networking community.
GÉANT Association (the “Association”) was formed on 7 October 2014, when TERENA and DANTE
joined forces. The GÉANT Project is a major area of the Association's work.
Further details about GÉANT are available at
We now have an exciting opportunity for a Senior IT Engineer to join our IT team based in
Cambridge. Details of how to apply and the job profile are set out below.
Applicants are requested to forward their CV and a covering letter by 27th February 2015. The
covering letter should outline your interest in the position and explain how you meet the criteria set
out in the person specification. Applications should be sent by email to [email protected] or
by post to the HR Manager, GEANT Limited, City House, 126-130 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1PQ.
Employment businesses/agencies please note that referrals will not be accepted from employment
businesses and/or employment agencies except where they have prior written authorisation from
GEANT Limited’s HR Manager to make referrals in respect of this particular vacancy. Neither GÉANT
Association nor GEANT Limited shall be liable for any fees claimed in respect of any referrals by
employment businesses/agencies in the absence of the required written authorisation.
Job title: Senior IT Engineer
Team: IT
Reports to: Chief Information Officer
Hours: 37.5 hours per week (Monday to Friday)
Normal place of work: City House, Cambridge
Position Summary (indicate the overall purpose of the role in one or two sentences):
Responsible for the operational aspects of GEANT Limited’s on premise and cloud-based,
Windows/Linux IT infrastructure. Specifically responsible for the core infrastructure – networking,
storage, virtualisation and related systems and services.
Supervisory Responsibilities (in relation to other staff):
Timesheet Manager for Contractor
Main responsibilities (Note: In addition to these functions employees are required to carry out
such other duties as may reasonably be required):
 Evaluate, design and implement IT systems and infrastructure
 Day to day administration, operations, monitoring, troubleshooting and support of IT systems and
 Manage outsourced services and suppliers
 Manage IT led projects and provide support for non-IT led projects
 Produce reports for management
On call working (set out any requirements or mark as not applicable): Not Applicable
Shift working (set out any requirements or mark as not applicable): Not Applicable
Extent of travel required to perform the role (indicate the area in which travel is required
and the frequency):
As and when required, normally within Europe and sometimes further afield.
Person Specification
Qualifications and education
 Educated to degree level in computer science / related field or equivalent work experience
 Core certifications in IT Administration
 Advanced certification in IT and/or networking
Professional skills, experience and knowledge required
 Hands on experience of IT administration, implementation and support
 Good technical and problem solving skills – at least 3rd line support level
 In depth understanding of different components of a Microsoft Windows estate e.g. DNS, DHCP,
AD, ADFS, Group Policies, Sites and Services etc.
 Advanced Windows Server Administration of Windows server 2008/2012, Exchange 2013, Office
365, Lync
 Understanding of standard corporate IT services such as database servers, IP Telephony, VPN,
Firewalls etc.
 Good understanding of virtualisation technologies e.g. Hyper-V, VMWare
 Knowledge of storage technologies, networking principles and network security
 Basic knowledge of Unix/Linux
 Willingness to help with 1st and 2nd line support if necessary
 Worked within a public and private sector environment
 Infrastructure management and monitoring using MS Systems Centre
 Experience of running ‘virtual machines as a service’
 Knowledge of upcoming virtualisation technologies e.g. OpenStack
 Knowledge of storage technologies such as Dell, NetApps, EMC etc.
 Knowledge of Red Hat Enterprise Linux
 Understanding of routing and switching technology e.g. Juniper, Cisco, HP etc.
 Understanding of project management, ITIL principles, BS Standards
Personal Skills and Attributes
Results-oriented with a positive attitude and the ability to solve problems creatively
Ability to work effectively and efficiently under pressure – can do attitude
Highly organised and able to manage workload, prioritise and delegate work
Willing and able to learn quickly and independently – essential because of the wide range of
technologies used by the Company and the range of activities required in the role
Flexible – willing and able to take on new activities
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
Good verbal and excellent written communication skills
Good documentation skills
Benefit Information
 Benefits include 30 days’ holiday plus public holidays
 As from successful completion of the employee’s probationary period private medical insurance
paid for by the Company for the employee and partner (with the option to join children to the
scheme on payment by the employee of the rate offered by the provider)
 Sick pay subject to provisions set out in the terms of employment
 Dental Insurance Scheme, which can be joined at the start of each year, on payment of an annual
 Company Pension Scheme subject to provisions set out in the terms of employment and the
pensions handbook
 Childcare vouchers, if required, under salary sacrifice subject to the Company’s policy in respect
of salary sacrifice for childcare vouchers