3–4 days per week at home

A little flex time

Lead Platform Engineer

As a Lead Platform Engineer you will be at the forefront of cloud technology using your skills for a variety of client facing projects with our varied customer base. You will meet with customers, potentially at the early sales stage, assessing and understanding their technical requirements.

You will work with our Sales and Pre-sales teams to take a project from the information and discovery stages through initial concept and design to implementation, build and support.

You will lead and inspire a team of experienced Platform Engineers, being a point of call for decisions and leadership. Exposure to a wide variety of technologies and software is a given and you will be expected to investigate the use of new technologies as they become available.


  • Lead an experienced team of Platform Engineers, working with them on their personal development and growth
  • Coordinate resourcing with other areas of the services business, helping to get the right people in the right place at the right time - in line with individual career development and company targets
  • Act as a technical decision maker and authority for delivery projects
  • Closely work with other Team Lead roles and senior management on the internal technology roadmap for delivery
  • Work with customers and our Pre-sales Team to translate requirements into technical designs and follow this through to delivery of the solution
  • Design highly available, Cloud native platforms
  • Advise customers on modern software and architecture techniques such as 12 factor, microservices and serverless
  • Develop internal tooling for the wider Platform Team, that can help us to do more, and be more effective
  • Assist customers in understanding how cloud technology can help them grow and the benefits it offers, you’ll look for opportunities to deliver new services
  • On-call duties (roughly 1 week in 5)

Key Skills:

  • Extensive hands-on experience with at least one major cloud provider (GCP, AWS, Azure)
  • Extensive experience in a cloud focused delivery role (DevOps or Software Development)
  • You can demonstrate the core skills to be a great team leader, including great communication (in person and written), organisation, delegation, confidence, understanding of career development and belief in the CTS values.
  • You’re proactive and you like to solve problems. You want to get involved and make things happen, ensuring the best outcomes for your team, the business and our customers
  • Previous experience in a consultancy or professional services role
  • Ability to write tooling in at least one programming language
  • A thorough understanding of Terraform and deployment methodologies associated with the tool
  • Solid knowledge of cloud architecture principles and highly available systems
  • Understanding of application development, delivery and infrastructure automation
  • Commercial Kubernetes operational experience

Key Technology/Tooling Experience:

Knowledge of most of the following:

  • Containerisation technologies (e.g. Docker)
  • Configuration management tooling (e.g. Puppet, Chef, Ansible, Salt)
  • Excellent understanding of the Linux operating system (e.g. Debian, CentOS)
  • Continuous integration and deployment tool sets (e.g. Jenkins, ArgoCD, GoCD)
  • Common DevOps technology stacks (e.g. ELK, NGINX, Apache, RabbitMQ, Elasticsearch, Redis, Consul)
  • Site Reliability Engineering
  • Database technologies including MySQL and PostgreSQL
  • Serverless and microservice architectures

Desirable Skills:

  • GCP/AWS professional certifications
  • Certified Kubernetes Administrator


This role can be based from any of our offices in Manchester, Edinburgh, Utrecht, or it can be fully remote based. Those who choose to work remotely might be required to travel to customer sites and to CTS offices for specific meetings or events. Travel expenses will be charged back to the business.

What you’ll get:

In addition to the competitive salary and unlimited holiday allowance (+10 paid learning days), you’ll get private health insurance and company contributed pensions as standard.

You’ll be invited to the bi-annual international company ‘kick off’ conferences, which are a great chance to meet your colleagues that you don’t see everyday.

CTS Culture:

Over the last 10+ years we've nurtured an open and supportive culture within CTS that has been the backbone of our growth. It’s an environment that affords our staff the flexibility they need to get the job done, whilst maintaining a proper work-life balance. A workplace that challenges traditional ways of working.

We trust our team members to take ownership of their own workload and provide them with the tools and training they need to do their job effectively, so it’s no surprise that 94% of our employees feel they are able to deliver their best work.

Diversity and Inclusion:

At CTS, we look after each other and support everyone on our team. We’re proud of our people-centred culture; our diversity brings us innovation and our commitment to inclusion drives us forward. If you share these values and would be interested in joining one of our teams, get in touch today!

Fair Pay. Done Right.

We don't advertise salary brackets because we don't have salary brackets. We encourage conversation about your (and our) salary expectations from the off and throughout your time with us. We don't want to discourage anyone from applying because they are on significantly more or less than a "bracket".

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3–4 days per week at home

A little flex time