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Belfast, Northern Ireland

Closing Date

2019-12-24 23:50:00


Senior Unix Engineer

  • Title: Senior Unix Engineer

    Ref: 17/12/SUE 

    Think Technology- Think Allstate

    We build solutions that touch 16 million customers on a daily basis.

    You will work alongside people as passionate as you, focused on delivering the best possible user experiences.

    You will work in a highly collaborative environment primed to adapt to an ever-changing landscape and which places technology solutions at its core.

    You will thrive, you will think differently, you will challenge convention and have the freedom to act with integrity, intention and speed; you will be at the forefront of developing capabilities in support of Allstate’s global business model; you will deliver results and you will leave things better than you found them.



    Job Description

    The Senior Unix Engineer is responsible for assisting with the research, administration and maintenance of new or existing network hardware and software technology components.

    The Senor Unix Engineer utilizes proven systems, scripting, and developer skills to execute on tasks related to hardware and software technology component analysis, integration, and incident and problem resolution.

    The role also recommends changes to the configuration management plan and reports back on missing or incorrect information.

    The Senior Unix Engineer has knowledge in either enterprise UNIX, Windows, VMware or Storage technologies including NAS, SAN, Windows Server 2012/2016, RedHat 5-8. 

    They also understand associated standards and can apply them in support of business needs within the Allstate environment.

     Responsibilities include (but aren't limited to):

    • Support Windows, UNIX, HDS, and Rubrik enterprise-class platforms
    • Support healthy software development practices, including complying with the chosen software development methodology
    • Assist in applying software engineering practices to operations at scale 
    • Provide feedback to Lead Consultants in the form of regular meetings, problem records documenting areas of improvements, and presenting back opportunities to improve availability and performance
    • Work with Lead Consultants to onboard technology including resiliency, alerting, availability, and platform performance
    • Use existing tools and leverage open source solutions to automate tasks with an emphasis on scalability and reliability
    • Assist in creating automation that remediates areas of concern within the system we support
    • Provide feedback to the technical leaders for the department focusing on strategy, service integration, monitoring, documentation, and Automation opportunities
    • Supports a continuous improvement mindset with the team, embracing a DevOps culture and constantly finding ways to make our systems more reliable
    • Learn supported technology integration with focus on service improvement to help grow to the next level.
    • Monitor key performance indicators to ensure risks are being managed and to help avoid future impact using Data analytics and AIOP’s
    • Work with Lead Consultants and global teams when troubleshooting incidents
    • Support all technology stacks working Incident and problem records received/created within the NOC

    Hours of work

    • Tuesday to Friday 8am – 6pm
    • Flexibility to meet business needs as required;
    • Full time only.

    Essential Criteria

    • Must be an EU citizen or possess a current UK Tier 1 Visa or Tier 2 visa and eligible to take up full time, permanent employment. EU candidates must also demonstrate they are eligible to take up UK employment post-Brexit.
    • 4+ years of experience with enterprise systems and/or automation
    • Ability to perform troubleshooting of Linux Red Hat RHEL 5.7 or Oracle Linux 5.6, 6.X , 7X, 8,  LVM, VERITAS (Cluster Services, File system, Volume manager), Oracle and HP Blades Hardware knowledge’, and Unified Computing Systems (UCS) hardware knowledge.
    • Ability to perform troubleshooting of and understand Windows and VMWare systems
    • Extensive knowledge of Core Windows Server technologies (Active Directory, DHCP, DNS, WINS, IIS).
    • Familiarity with HP ProLiant rack-mount servers and HP ProLiant blade servers.

    Desirable Criteria

    • Resolve incidents using strong troubleshooting methodologies and standard operating procedures.
    • Ability to perform basic troubleshooting of and understand SAN and NAS Storage systems in the following areas:

    o    SAN Storage Arrays: HDS VSP, EMC VMAX 40K

    o    SAN Switches: Brocade DCX/DCX4-S, Brocade 5100, Brocade 7800

    o    SAN Management: Hitachi Dynamic Tiering, Hitachi Command

    o    NAS Storage; NetApp FAS3260, NetApp FAS6240, Oracle ZFS-SA 7420

    o    NAS Replication: NetApp SnapMirror, NetApp SnapVault

    o    NAS Management: OnCommand v2EMC Atmos (hardware)

    • Familiarity with data protection technologies, including backup and anti-virus systems.
    • VMware VCP-DCV and Microsoft server certifications (MCSE/MCSA/MCITP) a plus
    • Experience with programming languages, (Power shell, Python, or Groovy)
    • Experience with IT infrastructure DevOps tools such as, JSON, VXML, GitHub, Ansible, & Jenkins
    • Experience building and sustaining interconnected production services with APIs

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    Closing Date:  Tuesday 24th December 2019

    Statement on Fair Employment and Equal Opportunities:

    Allstate NI wishes to ensure equal opportunity is given to all job applicants.  This company will not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender (including gender reassignment status), sexual orientation, religious belief, political opinion, marital status, age or disability.

    We are an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as women are currently under-represented in our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from women. All appointments will be made on merit.

    Applicants should note Allstate NI complete AccessNI background checks on all candidates offered a position.


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