Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC252459
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £48877 - £54308
Date Posted 13 January 2020
Grade UKRI-Band F
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 02 February 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Title: DevOps Engineer
Directorate: IT
Band: F
Salary: £48,877 - £54,308 per annum (Depending on experience)
Location: Swindon
Contract: Open Ended
Closing Date: 2nd February 2020
Interview Date: W/C 10th February 2020 or W/C 17th February 2020
Hours: Full Time

Job Purpose:

This is a key role within a technology-focussed team, with the successful DevOps Engineer required to define, implement, manage and maintain the hosting environments working with suppliers and other stakeholders as applicable to ensure fit for service architecture/processes are delivered.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Define, implement, manage and maintain the hosting environments required to support UKRI’s strategic objectives for platforms and hosting
  • Working with suppliers and other stakeholders as necessary to ensure fit for service architecture and processes are implemented
  • Operational management of infrastructure and applications
  • Building and configuring new server platforms and infrastructure, using automated tooling to do so
  • Testing, debugging and troubleshooting of platform level problems
  • Supporting development teams configuring applications for deployment
  • Assessing the DevOps maturity of the organisation and identifying/implementing improvements as applicable
  • Identification and development of resources to establish a sustainable internal capability for long term DevOps and hosting needs
  • This is an outline description of the key responsibilities and accountabilities involved in the job. It is not exhaustive and may be revised from time to time.

Organization Description

What is UK Research and Innovation?

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. UKRI will build on the successful elements from the current funding system and maximise the contribution of each of the component parts to create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish.

Building on success

The UK has a world class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the world-wide web. Our inspirational creative industries are strong in art, design and the innovative use of new materials and technologies. Our universities and laboratories produce a disproportionate percentage of the world’s top research, and their academics are highly-sought as international colleagues and co-authors and are among the world’s best at attracting overseas students Nor is this excellence confined to university campuses and research centres. Our engineering, automotive and pharmaceutical industries are successful in part because of the superb graduates they can hire and the top rate researchers that support them.

Our partners

The nine UK Research and Innovation partners each bring unique assets to this cooperation. Innovate UK helps businesses to identify the commercial potential in new technologies and turn them into the new products and services that will drive economic growth and increase productivity; Strong discipline-facing Research Councils encourage breadth and diversity, curiosity-driven research, and priority-driven initiatives; Research England’s work on knowledge exchange will focus on capacity and culture in universities and provide balance to the funding system. It will drive quality and impact through the REF and work closely with its counterparts in the devolved administrations.

Shortlisting Criteria


  • Educated to Degree-level qualification within a computer engineering subject or equivalent experience
  • Substantial experience in System Administration
  • Experience of containerisation, ideally using Docker 
  • Experience of using automated environment build tooling e.g. Terraform for Infrastructure as Code and Ansible for Configuration Management 
  • Experience of building infrastructure within the AWS cloud using AWS technologies such as lambda, s3, ec2, iam, ebs, elastic beanstalk, route53, ses, rds, elasticache, autoscaling, loadbalancers, vpc
  • Experience of continuous integration tooling, ideally using Bamboo / Jenkins
  • Working knowledge of Vagrant/Virtualbox and CoreOS
  • Knowledge of Kubernetes, RedHat OpenShift and GlusterFS 
  • Familiarity with network protocols ¬ TCP/IP, HTTP, SSL, etc. 
  • Strong scripting and language skills i.e. Ruby, Bash, Python, Java.

Interview Criteria


  • Project delivery in both Agile (DSDM and Scrum) and Waterfall environments 
  • Substantial experience in public cloud implementations – creation of and migration to 
  • Understanding of application deployment strategies and continuous integration 
  • Proven ability to build effective relationships with third party suppliers and employees 
  • Securely Deploying and configuring machines in a Cloud environment 
  • Understanding of common web application architectures 
  • Experience debugging a complex multi¬server service 
  • Installation and management of COTS/open source monitoring tools such as CoScale, Nagios, New Relic, OSSEC, ELK 
  • Working experience of databases, such as Oracle/PL¬SQL, SQL Server, Postgres, MySQL, NoSQL (Cassandra, MongoDB, DynamoDB) 
  • Working experience of other software such as Jira, Confluence, Stash, Nexus, Artifactory, SonarQube.


  • CESG certified professional (IA Architect).

Travel Requirements:

  • There may be the occasional requirement for national travel.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

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Employee Benefits
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities
We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

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