Junior UNIX Administrator

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Hargreaves Lansdown


At Hargreaves Lansdown (HL), our Linux and UNIX based systems are the backbone of our mission critical client facing infrastructure. Due to the increasing demands we are now looking to increase the size of the team.

An average day will be diverse and present a wide variety of tasks which include ensuring  HL’s systems are maintained and managed in line with best practice, resolving service affecting issues, implementing changes to the systems, building new systems and environments, and providing technical guidance to other teams.

A key part of this role involves delivering change to the business using a continuous improvement workflow, this is achieved using configuration management tools to create new components and change existing infrastructure, and therefore candidates with an interest in coding will have an advantage.

You will enjoy owning a problem whilst working with other teams to resolve it.  Alongside this you will be providing day to day support during normal business hours and you will be expected to take part in our on-call rota. We aim to train all our UNIX 3rd line engineers up to a RHCE level using the official RedHat training courses.

ROLE accountabilities

Responsible for the ongoing maintenance, security, and availability of systems infrastructure based on business requirements and adhering to tight operations, security, and procedural models
Troubleshooting complex problems finding root causes and putting long term fixes in place
Providing technical assistance to other teams
Implementation of system changes
Operating system patching and maintenance
Increasing efficiency within the team through automation and process improvement
Working with architecture and project management teams to help deliver change to the business in relation to your area
Responding to and resolving incidents and problem tickets
Creating documentation in line with our standards ensuring consistency of our documentation
Working with our in-house development team to help maintain and change our internal platform as required

Experience / skills

Essential experience

 2 years’ experience working on Linux or UNIX based systems
 Experience of working in a zero downtime environment

Essential knowledge                        

 A good understating of Linux Administration (Centos or Redhat)
Understanding of networking e.g. DHCP/DNS/NTP/TCP
Programming and scripting skills (bash, python, puppet)
Essential qualifications                   

 Grade C or above in Maths and English GCSE (or equivalent)
 Educated to AS / A level (or equivalent)

Essential skills                                       

Demonstrate a good level of technical expertise to support complex Unix Systems across all tiers, under minimal supervision
Good numerical skills
Attention to detail
Ability to effectively manage your own workload
Ability to work as part of a team

Desirable experience

Experience in a financial services environment
Experience in an environment governed by PCI-DSS
Desirable knowledge

Configuration management systems (puppet and or chef)
System monitoring (e.g. Opsview / Nagios)
Understanding of virtualisation technologies e.g. VMware
Apache HTTPD
Source control software (e.g. Subversion, Git)

Desirable qualifications

Degree educated in an IT related discipline

Desirable skills

Strong communicator (written and verbal)
Ability to analyse and problem solve


Performance-related annual bonus scheme
25* days holiday, plus 8 bank holidays, plus 1 day additional Christmas closure time
Option to purchase up to an additional 5 days holiday each year
Pension scheme - up to 19% contribution
Flexible working options available
Enhanced parental leave benefits
Variety of travel to work schemes, including season ticket loans and cycle to work
Bike storage and shower facilities
Employee assistance programme
Volunteering opportunities
Annual events, activities and sports groups
Smart casual dress policy and dress down Fridays

We know that sometimes the 'perfect candidate' doesn't exist, and that people can be put off applying for a job if they don't tick every box. If you're excited about working for us, and have most of the skills or experience we're looking for, please go ahead and apply. You could be just what we need!

Hargreaves Lansdown is an inclusive employer that values diversity in its workforce. We encourage applications from all individuals without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age.
This role may also be available on a flexible working or part time basis – please ask the Talent Acquisition team for more information.

Please note, we are unable to provide employment sponsorship to candidates.

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