SysOps Engineer – Developer

Closing date for applications: 15/10/2019
Specialist role
Summary of the work
Specialist will be responsible for managing the build and deployment of the project, through all environments. They will contribute to key components and shared common services; undertake cross-functional engineering projects, working in small teams with other engineers in different knowledge spheres, building supportable, sustainable and reliable services.
Latest start date
Expected contract length
18 months total. Initial 6 months, further period up to 12 months depending on needs& performance
Organisation the work is for
Her Majesty's Passport Office
Maximum day rate
Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Specialist will be part of Public Protection Directorate Project team working closely with the Technical Lead. We expect the specialist to work collaboratively with existing in house project teams that are transforming the HMPO business processes/applications.
What the specialist will work on
SysOps Engineer skills required to build Dev environment, configure infrastructure. System provisioning & automation, monitoring, metrics, scalability, security and hardening. Overall responsibility for the projects Linux infrastructure in relation to common standards. Responsible for the health and upkeep of the critical services. Active on remediating any knowledge gaps between Developers and Operations Engineers. Automation of Linux, providing frictionless access to services to the rest of the Engineering organisation. Working alongside other engineers, providing the code, services and knowledge to deliver a smooth automation process from the start to the end of the project lifecycle. Working within security architecture guidelines.
Address where the work will take place
Her Majesty's Passport Office, based in Victoria, Westminster and Croydon, with occasional travel across the UK.
Working arrangements
We expect the specialist to work collaboratively with existing in-house project teams that are transforming the HMPO business processes/applications. Service design and development must align with the HM Passport Office strategic technical architecture and technologies. Work is based in London and will involve the supplier being on site 5 days per week to work collaboratively with HMPO teams. Travel to regional sites to be agreed, expenses incurred from travel outside of the M25/Greater London will be subject to H.M. Passport Office Travel and Subsistence Policy.
Security clearance
DV Clearance is required for this role. Candidate can start with SC clearance and will upgrade to DV in post. HM Passport Office will support the clearance process.
Additional terms and conditions
Breakpoints to assess progress and quality will be set by mutual agreement. We expect this engagement to be outside IR35; however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Standard Government Terms and Conditions for Expenses as covered in the DOS Contract.
How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
Work well in a team within our organisation. Mentor members of the team. Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions. Have a flexible attitude and temperament. Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes. Must have experience working within a Scrum team.
Assessment methods
Evaluation weighting
Technical competence 60% Cultural fit 15% Price 25%
Essential skills and experience
  • Knowledge and experience of installation and management of hardware (servers, storage, routers etc.).
  • Knowledge of and experience with Docker, Postgres, and installation and management containers.
  • Knowledge of and experience with Git, Gitlab.
  • Experience of setting up secured infrastructure within AWS (EC2s), RDS, VPCs, Subnets, Security Group, VPN Access, 2FA.
  • Experience of setting up the CI/CD pipeline within AWS.
  • Reasonable fluency in at least one of: python, go, BASH.
  • Knowledge of IDS, HIDS, NIDS and security hardening.
  • Experience and knowledge of GNU/Linux.
  • Experience of configuration management tools (Puppet/Ansible).
  • Experience of designing and building the infrastructure in a data centre.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience of windows server installation, management, patching, domain controller and HyperV.
  • Experience of Vmware, creating, deploying virtual machines via Vmware on bare metal.
  • Installing and setup windows and ubuntu virtual machines.
  • Experience deploying, profiling, and debugging distributed systemsAbility to operate in small cross-functional engineering teams to build supportable, sustainable, and reliable services.
  • Experience of IP Networking and physical networks.
  • Experience of configuring and managing ELK.
  • Fluent in English and have good communication skills in order to discuss high level requirements with stakeholders, as well as have low level technical discussions as required.
  • Experience of installing, patching, managing Postgresql database clusters.
  • Have existing valid SC/DV clearance.

Closing date for applications: 15/10/2019

SysOps Engineer – Developer

Closing date for applications: 15/10/2019

Specialist role:





Her Majesty's Passport Office

Maximum day rate:


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