Senior Platform and Infrastructure Engineer Ref. 20438

School/department: ITS
Hours: Full time considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Fixed term for 2 years
Reference: 20438
Salary: starting at £44,414 to £52,841 per annum, pro rata if part time current salary scales can be found here
Placed on: 24 April 2023
Closing date:15 May 2023, Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: To be confirmed
Expected start date: As soon as possible

Job description

The University of Sussex is a leading academic institution nestled in the beautiful South Downs, on the outskirts of Brighton. With staff and students from over 100 countries, we are a diverse and innovative environment, and one of the highest performing universities in the world. We are also a major local employer, with a revenue of over £320m per year and over 3,000 employees.  

Led by an award-winning Chief Digital Transformation Officer and inspirational leadership team, we are now embarking on an ambitious programme of transformational change. Over the coming years, this digital transition will be an ever-developing programme supported by senior stakeholders both financially and strategically. Put simply, whilst we are already a highly successful organisation and business, the University will be a very different world in years to come and achieve levels of performance and digital delivery as yet unseen in the sector. All of this is underpinned by major construction and estate renewal, an exciting programme of work to add thousands of accommodation spaces, and a network replacement project to install the latest digital infrastructure as part of the journey towards a fully data-enabled organisation.  

We are moving to an agile world and need to take the organisation on the same journey; to be sector leading and to deliver a model of digital delivery fit for the coming years. As this programme gains momentum, we need more people to join us as we unpick our challenges and legacy systems and move towards meeting our potential.  

A critical part of this is the modernisation and replacement of our legacy networks, including major civils to replace physical infrastructure, our Cyber Security programme, and moving our data centres to the cloud. Reporting into the Assistant Director, IT Infrastructure, the Senior Platforms & Infrastructure Engineer (Cloud), will be a key member of the IT Services Team and play a crucial role in the ongoing digital transformation journey. 

As the Senior Platforms & Infrastructure Engineer (Cloud), you will take responsibility to collaboratively develop, build, install, integrate, test, maintain and debug technical platforms and infrastructure services that underpin the University's business applications and customer-facing services. 

 As the ITS specialist with experience in cloud backup services and enterprise server transformation you will lead the technical design and implementation of new services and changes to existing platforms and infrastructure services. Our current platforms and infrastructure are built around a mixture of Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems, spread across an on-premises virtual infrastructure and physical server infrastructure.  

You would also take the lead in the provision of expert advice and insight throughout the Digital Infrastructure Programme (DIP) to help to address problems, make recommendations and propose improvements to maximise efficiency and effectiveness.  

To be successful in the role, you will be experienced in cloud platform migration activities and ongoing management. You should be able to demonstrate a high level understanding of cloud based network configuration with experience of automation tools and processes. It would be of mutual benefit if you have knowledge and experience around the implementation of a hyper-converged infrastructure and enterprise scale cloud based backup and recovery solutions. This role is aligned directly to the Digital Infrastructure Programme (DIP), as such, you should be able to demonstrate collaborative working with peer technical colleagues, project management teams, business stakeholders and IT Leaders. 

Not only do we offer flexible and remote working, a vibrant atmosphere, use of our incredible facilities, benefits, and an amazing pension; but we are offering the opportunity to be part of a transformation that will see us set the benchmark for a model of digital delivery in the HE sector.  

For further information please contact Michelle Richardson at  

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

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