RSPB • Flexible in UK

Senior Systems Engineer

Employment type:  Full time
Salary:  £33600 - £44625 per annum

3–4 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

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Job Description

This role will lead on maintaining our public cloud infrastructure (currently Azure), and support our technical teams in using, adopting, and enhancing the platform. Solid understanding of Azure technologies and their management is required. You’ll ideally be certified to Microsoft Azure Administrator level although equivalent experience is fine.

We anticipate that this role will help kick start our journey to embedding a Dev/Ops culture within our teams and is a great opportunity for someone looking to develop their career in that direction.

To support this we're looking for skills in that area, ideally you’ll be certified to Microsoft DevOps Engineer or demonstrate equivalent experience. You will be familiar with Infrastructure as Code principles and have experience in using Terraform for deployments.

You’ll have experience in delivering changes for multiple teams and managing delivery pipelines.

Our current environment is hybrid so experience with on-premise technologies such as VSphere and Windows Server would be desirable.

We are users of the Microsoft 365 platform with a Windows 10/11 client as standard and expect some experience of supporting these technologies.
It is anticipated that this role will have a small number of line reports in future; so experience of line management is ideal, but full support and training would be given.

In return we’re offering fully flexible working, we’d like to see you onsite once a quarter (or more if you like!) but we’ll never expect you to come to the office just to come to the office. We offer flexible hours and can adapt working patterns to suit (part time/compressed hours etc. ask us as part of your interview).

We’re also big on training, we don’t like our people to stagnate and so we invest in relevant (and sometimes completely irrelevant!) training to help you grow and progress your career.

You also get that great feeling from working to save nature and being part of an organisation that’s doing everything it can to protect the natural environment. You can get stuck in on volunteer days and we encourage our staff to visit and engage directly with our teams on reserves across the UK.

Key Accountabilities:
Maintain Azure Cloud infrastructure with focus on security, availability, and reliability
Embedding delivery of engineering requests through our operational teams
Manage timely delivery of Incidents, Requests and Changes in ITIL aligned processes
Support Digital Technology colleagues in using, developing, and building Azure infrastructure
Champion Operational requirements and Azure capabilities in design, build, and deployment Sprints

Essential Experience Required:
Good understanding of the Azure platform and experience in deploying Azure technologies. Ideally certified as Microsoft Azure Administrator
Working in a Dev/Ops culture and environment, ideally certified to Microsoft DevOps Engineer.
Hands-on experience in provisioning Infrastructure as Code using Terraform
Mentoring and tutoring on cloud technologies
Confidence and ability to work and influence leadership and key stakeholders throughout the organization
You consider yourself a technology leader and can coach and mentor other engineers on best practices
Supporting PaaS and SaaS technologies and integrations (DirSync, ADFS, SAML, Azure Enterprise Apps)
Able to collaborate cross-functionally with the business and technical teams
Working with Active Directory and Azure Active Directory

Desirable Experience:
Supporting vSphere, ESX and related storage & hosting technologies.
Network support and troubleshooting, especially Aruba management
Developing the capability of others and guiding their work.

As part of the Technology team this is an exciting opportunity to help shape our digital landscape. We support a healthy work life balance and full remote working to help save nature through people.

This is a Permanent Full-Time role for 37.5 hours per week.

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from mid to late February 2023. For further information please contact mike.courtney@rspb.org.uk

As part of this application process you will be asked to provide a copy of your CV and complete an application form including evidence on how you meet the skills, knowledge, and experience listed above. If you wish to provide a cover letter with your application, please include this at the end of your CV document upload.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Before applying for this role, we recommend reading through the candidate guidance notes attached to the top of this advert.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Shared parental leave
24 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced sick pay

The FlexScore® is the result of a rigorous 2-step verification of a company’s flexibility

First we assess the flexibility options RSPB provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure RSPB is as flexible as they say they are. Our assessment is based on the six key elements of flexibility: location, hours, autonomy, benefits, role modelling and work-life balance.

We ask the hard questions so you don’t have to.

Working at RSPB

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

Across all 4 UK Countries

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom
What employees are saying

I feel the RSPB is very flexible and this is reflected through the Line Management chain - I know I have the flexibility on a daily basis to start early / finish late, if something crops up at home - I am very satisfied :)

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