DevOps Engineer

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About BrightLocal

BrightLocal ( is a SaaS platform providing marketing analytics data for digital marketing agencies.

We have over 5,000 customers and work with big brands such as Hilton, Nandos and Ikea. These companies depend on BrightLocal to help them improve their local online performance to deliver greater traffic & new customers.

Launched in 2009 we have an established and respected brand in the industry and are known for our authoritative research & webinars as much as our specialist search-reporting platform. Our industry leading research is regularly picked up by mainstream media like the Guardian and the Wall Street Journal.

We employ 180+ people across 4 countries – UK, USA, Ukraine & Philippines. Brighton is our HQ and our global management and operational hub.

Please take a look at our Glassdoor profile to find out more about the type of business and employer we are:

Job Description

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious DevOps Engineer or Systems Administrator with automation skills looking to develop their career within a highly successful, growing tech company.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience with Ubuntu Linux and have a solid understanding of networking concepts. They will help to maintain our production infrastructure (70+ physical servers) and expand our automation efforts. They will also bring the knowledge and ideas to enable us to improve and extend our infrastructure to better support our growing customer base moving forward.

This is a remote role but will require some occasional travel to our office in Brighton and the data centre in Maidenhead to diagnose/troubleshoot issues where this can’t be done remotely. We’re therefore only considering UK based candidates for this role.

What we’re looking for...

  • Extensive commercial experience with Ubuntu Linux system administration

  • Extensive experience of working with system automation tools including Ansible

  • Experience of pfSense and iptables (and/or other firewall solutions)

  • Knowledge of version control systems, in particular Git/GitHub

  • A solid understanding of networking concepts, network technologies & services such as DNS, HTTP, SSL, TCP/IP

  • Experience with high load/high-performance production systems, their maintenance, and optimisation

  • Administration of databases systems, especially MySQL

  • Scripting languages such as Python, PHP or Shell

  • Knowledge of web services, API, and IP based protocols

  • Knowledge of computer hardware and networking systems

  • Deployment tools (Jenkins etc.)

  • Strong knowledge of creating configuration, build, and test scripts for CI environments

  • Ability to troubleshoot complex hardware and software issues

  • Monitoring systems such as Grafana, Zabbix

  • Experience with Docker

Also of interest...

  • Experience with Container Orchestration Engines such as Kubernetes or Nomad

  • Experience with maintaining Elasticsearch

What you’ll be doing...

  • Administration of Ubuntu Linux servers and pfSense firewalls

  • Extending our automation by writing Ansible roles and playbooks

  • Management of network switch configurations

  • Help to define server specifications

  • Server builds and hardware swaps where necessary

  • Maintenance and monitoring of our network

  • Planning and implementing improvements to extend automation, improve redundancy, segment our network and increase capacity

  • Troubleshooting server and network issues as they arise

  • Occasional travel to data centre will be required

  • Occasional out of hours work will be required

Benefits & Additional Info


Competitive pay with yearly salary review.


We’re keen to invest in our team’s continued success with regular training and conference opportunities, we also like to have fun with regular team building days which include activities like paragliding, quad biking and sailing to name but a few!


We offer 25 days annual holiday (plus UK bank holidays) and you get a day off for your birthday too.

Charity Days

You have the option to spend six working days of each year volunteering at a charity of your choice.

Company Bonus

Every team member enters into our company bonus scheme which is worth up to 20% of your annual salary.

Private Healthcare

Every team member also gets access to Vitality rewards and private healthcare. 

COVID Update 

Throughout COVID the team have been working remotely to avoid spreading the virus. 

BrightLocal has remained profitable throughout the pandemic with no redundancies and no team members placed on furlough. We’re incredibly fortunate and remain on track to hit our revenue and growth goals in 2021.

How To Apply

Please apply via our HR & Recuritment platform and be sure to include your CV with your application.

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