On the Beach are looking for an experienced Systems Engineer or
Systems Administrator to join our growing infrastructure team in our fantastic
new Manchester office.
Join Our Team
The Infrastructure team is expanding to meet demand as a result
of successful business growth over the last few years.
The team are responsible for the design, build and maintenance
of our reliable and scalable private cloud infrastructure platforms as well as
our in-house systems and tooling alongside our DevOps team.
team works in a dynamic and agile fashion, meeting demand requirements from
various teams throughout the business including working very closely with our
DevOps and Service Ops teams. We also promote opportunities to innovate during
regular R&D days and dedicated hack weeks multiple times a year.
This role would be suited to someone who has a wealth of general
systems administration knowledge, but also has a keen eye for embracing modern
approaches to system administration such as automation and infrastructure as
You must have an agile approach to infrastructure design,
provisioning, maintenance and documentation. You should not be afraid to ask
questions when you want an opinion on something and be able to professionally
contribute to regular discussions with the rest of the team whether the topic
be about load balancing best practices, or the regular vim/emacs debates!
The role of a Systems Administrator is very varied, ranging from
contributing to the design and implementation of large scale projects, to
troubleshooting daily support tickets from the business.
Some of the key responsibilities are outlined below:
- Deployment and maintenance of
hardware infrastructure. You will work with the Infrastructure Manager to
plan and provision hardware in colo datacentre environments as well as our
in-office datacentres. This includes rack design, following cabling best
practices, power requirements, remote-management and rolling out firmware
- OS deployment of Linux using fully
automated bare-metal provisioning with PXE and imaging utilities. We use a
variety of different deployment methods ranging from automated
preseed/kickstart installations to full bare-metal provisioning from
precompiled images. Experience with PXE, TFTP, Puppet (inc Razor),
Terraform, Ubuntu MaaS would be beneficial.
- Maintenance of in-service systems
This includes keeping track and applying security and software updates,
renewing and deploying certificates etc..
- Plan and deploy network
infrastructure changes. Following an agile ideology, you will work with
the team to plan and deploy changes to the internal datacentre networks
when required. A recent shift in network automation solutions means we now
use automation where possible. Primarily with Ansible and Puppet. There
are still a wide variety of legacy network implementations around the
business, so don't be afraid to get your hands dirty in the CLI once in a
- Extensive knowledge and proven
experience of installing and supporting Linux distributions, specifically
CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu
- Extensive knowledge of standard
system tools with the ability to use them to create automated and
repeatable complex system tasks using Puppet
- Proficient using bash, experience
with other scripting languages such as Ruby or Python is beneficial, but
not a requirement.
- Experience with Linux networking
implementation, including link-aggregation (802.3ad, 802.1ax), load
balancing and high availability (HAProxy, Keepalived).
- Wider network knowledge such as
VLAN, routing protocols such as OSPF and BGP is beneficial but not a
- Knowledge of *nix desktop
environments (macOS, Ubuntu etc..) would be beneficial when providing
escalated support to our internal IT team.
- The ability to comprehend and
communicate clearly and effectively on a wide range of technical issues
with people at all levels.
- Ability to prioritize workload
effectively and work well under pressure.
- Ability to apply analysis and
problem solving techniques to situations to provide fast and effective
- A full driving license is
beneficial but not a requirement.
Excited to learn, open to collaboration
Someone who knows the right way to disagree
Constantly exploring the latest trends and ways of working
Humble, hard working, and patient
Understands that criticism is a learning opportunity
This is the PLACE…
To elevate your career and join a passionate team of like-minded people striving to produce the very best. We sell holidays, so the office is bright, people smile and we’re always excited! We work hard (rarely at our desks) and play hard (pool, table tennis, xbox), the bar opens on a Friday afternoon and the work/life balance is second to none.
We do have hammocks!