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Senior VMware Engineer

  • : £80,000 - £90,000
  • : Permanent
  • : London
  • : Global Banking Group

VMware Engineer Virtualisation ESXi SiteRecoveryManager vSAN TCPIP



Job Specification

Job Title: Senior VMware Engineer

Corporate Title: VP

Department: Data Center & Storage Department

Location: London

  

Our client a leading Global Bank requires a Senior VMware Engineer to join their Data Center & Storage Team Department, to be responsible for the implementation and lifecycle management of business-critical infrastructure comprised of a large VMware estate and enterprise compute and storage platforms.

 

Role

  • The primary focus of the Senior VMware Engineer is to maintain operational oversight and ultimate technical responsibility of existing systems whilst developing, building and deploying new IT systems and initiatives for the benefit of the organisation.
  • Through close partnership with the Architecture and Engineering function, the Senior VMware Engineer will realise the conceptual designs provided and then build and operationally introduce the new technology platform/solution for the organisation.  
  • The senior VMware Engineer will oversee the handover to operational support colleagues and ensure that documentation is current and accurate.

 

 Responsibilities

  •  Technical ownership and support of the organisation’s VMware virtualisation estate which includes the hypervisor and associated management software layers, server hardware, storage hardware and adjunct technologies.
  • Proactively monitor and enhance the virtualisation environment by ensuring alerts generated by the system are managed and progressed.
  • Evaluate emerging security threats and action / implement patching schedules to protect the organisation's systems against threats accordingly
  • Work closely with counterparts to develop global virtualisation standards
  • Ensuring all technical documentation is maintained to an appropriate level and reflects the as-installed environment
  • Integrate automated processes where relevant and appropriate
  • Managing and developing collaborative relationships with other groups within the IT division, locally and globally.
  • Act as the point of escalation for out-of-hours issues in the area of expertise.
  • Mentor junior members of the team
  • Undertaking other reasonable tasks at the discretion of the Datacentre Compute and Storage Lead and head of the section.
  • Preparedness to work unsociable hours and weekends and be contactable when away from the office.
  • Undertake visits to Datacentre locations in order to support underlying technologies.
  • Working with the organisation's architecture team to recommend and scope tactical and strategic enhancements to the organisation's EMEA IT environment, engaging 3rd party suppliers where appropriate.
  • Managing the environment's hardware and software life-cycles, ensuring that the organisation’s systems do not become affected by end-of-life or end-of-support milestones.
  • Ongoing development of technical skills pertinent to the role.

Requirements

  • Excellent knowledge of distributed, highly virtualised environments running business-critical applications across regions
  • Demonstrable exposure to current enterprise datacentre technologies and practices
  • Good networking knowledge, fundamental understanding of TCP/IP, DNS
  • Good storage knowledge, fundamental understanding of block and file storage protocols
  • Excellent VMware and modern enterprise datacentre technologies skills (Storage – SAN, NAS and associated protocols, Enterprise Backup products, Network protocols - TCP/IP ports and troubleshooting, DNS etc)
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills who can communicate effectively with end-users, peers across the IT function and direct management
  • Ability to leverage project management methodologies and effectively manage multiple projects and tasks
  • Strong practical experience of managing the implementation and administration of VMware technologies including vCenter, ESXi, Site Recovery Manager, vSAN, vROps etc.
  • Experienced with converged / hyper converged enterprise platform e.g. VxBlock / VxRail / VxRack / FlexPod
  • Working knowledge of 'blade' type enterprise server hardware – e.g. Cisco UCS
  • Good knowledge of networking in relation to VMware e.g TCP/IP, vDS etc.
  • Knowledge of enterprise storage technologies including associated storage protocols e.g VNXe/Unity/Isilon/Netapp
  • Knowledge of scripting / automation technologies – Powershell, Orchestrator.
  • Good understanding of Windows client / server operating systems and associated infrastructures (including Windows 7/10/2008/2012/2016)
  • A proven track record of managing projects to delivery within financial institutions (or other heavily regulated industry)
  • Working experience within strict change control and mature process-driven environments
  • Familiarity with backup solutions for highly virtualised environments.

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