DevOps Engineer - The Student Room Group

Brighton and Hove

Closing date: 01/05/2019

The Student Room Group (TSR) is the largest, most useful and best-loved online student community there is. Our community consists of 3.2M active members and is rapidly growing by 42,000 members a month. Each month and millions of students turn to us first for advice, info and support on work, learning and life’s ups and downs. And that means we’re uniquely privileged to connect educators, employers and consumer brands to switched-on young people actively seeking out answers and meaningful connections. We handle ~5 Billion MySQL questions a month, 40M requests a day and are serving to 6M unique visitors a month.

Job Description:

What does a DevOps engineer at TSR do?

Working within our platform team and reporting to the Head of IT, you will help us build and optimise our Private OpenStack Cloud.

We are currently working on several exciting projects, including:
• Dockerisation of all services, on development, staging and live servers
• Developing our CI and CD pipelines, making sure everything is monitored and secured
• Creation of hybrid stack in AWS
• Improving the micro-service benchmarking and capacity tracking

You will be responsible for the direction and decision making of the infrastructure and the technologies, including stability, scalability and performance of our products. Even though we are not yet at the scale of the likes of Google of Facebook, we do have exciting figures and will provide you with fun challenges as a DevOps Engineer.


Skills Range:

• Managing, maintaining and providing training and support for development tools, systems and TSR’s deployment processes
• Ensuring the systems are working as efficiently as possible and providing thought leadership on tools that could be used to improve and streamline processes
• Taking responsibility for the reliability, efficiency and performance of our services
• Reviewing and influencing the architecture, standards, and methods for operating services and systems
• Participating in platform performance analysis, software optimisation and tuning, service capacity planning and demand forecasting
• Developing effective professional relationships and working alongside our hosting partner to ensure the high level of service is maintained and business needs are met
• Thinking strategically around TSR’s set up, operations and delivering on our key KPI’s as defined by management
• Participating in out-of-hour support alongside our hosting partner as required
• Responsibility for IT Support which includes technical support for internal IT infrastructure and ensuring that internal network, telephony, desktop and servers are running efficiently at all times

Person Specification:

• Strong experience working with Linux (we use Ubuntu)
• Experience working with automation and CI tools such as Ansible, Terraform, Jenkins and/or Buildkite
• Good understanding of networking and systems architecture
• Experience working with Cloud Platforms (we run a Private OpenStack cluster and other services in AWS)
• An advocate of the DevOps process and its benefits
• Self-motivated, driven and goal oriented with a high tempo customer orientated work ethic
• Ability to embrace and adapt to change
• Social confidence with the ability to connect and understand different types of people
• Good communication skills (written and oral)
• Experience with Docker and container orchestration (we use Kubernetes)
• The ability to work under pressure and is calm and professional
• Language experience with PHP and Python (desirable not essential)
• IT Related degree or equivalent (desirable not essential)

Key Area: Programming/Development Programming/Development
Attendance: Full-Time
Additional Information:

We deeply care about our employees’ development, happiness, wellness and work life balance. We offer a welcoming, friendly and supportive working environment in the heart of Brighton, plus we enjoy lots of great benefits including:

• A competitive salary
• 25 days holiday per year, plus bank holidays
• Your birthday day off
• Opportunities for ongoing learning and development
• Flexible working hours and arrangements
• Group Life insurance
• Generous pension scheme
• Private healthcare
• Healthcare Cash Plan
• Childcare vouchers
• Cycle to work Scheme
• Pet friendly workplace
• Fresh fruit
• Friday afternoon drinks
• Regular social, team and charity fundraising events


TSR is dedicated to creating an inclusive working environment that encompasses diversity and equal opportunities. We are committed to supporting a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills.


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