Site Reliability Engineer

Cabinet Office Government Digital Service -

Full-time (Permanent)
Up to £80,000(London)/£70,400(National)-based on capability-The base salary of this grade is £54,700(London)/£49,700(National).
Published on
16 September 2021
Deadline
30 October 2021

As a Site Reliability Engineer in the Cabinet Office you will:

 

  • have and apply broad knowledge of core web technologies

  • take responsibility for solving complex issues

  • automate tasks, deployments, and tests by creating infrastructure as code, taking responsibility for the quality of code you produce

  • implement resilient, highly available systems

  • share knowledge of tools and techniques with your wider team

  • act as a digital ambassador, supporting recruitment, identifying good practices to adopt and sharing experiences, eg through blog posts, tech talks at conferences etc.

  • participate in our in-house (2nd line)  support, and the out-of-hours support rota - you’ll be paid an allowance, and a further hourly payment, for any duties you perform when on call

  • share knowledge among our teams, ensuring that your team is understood by others and understanding the working of the wider organisation

 

As a Senior Site Reliability Engineer you will also:

 

  • provide technical leadership within the team, advising and working with Reliability Engineers and product teams to identify the best solutions


Who you are


We’re interested in people who want to use their skills and experience to make a genuine difference and:

 

  • are experienced with UNIX-like operating systems and technologies used for web applications, e.g Linux, databases, backups, CDNs

  • can demonstrate a working familiarity with at least one programming language such as Ruby, Java, Python, Javascript, Go

  • are experienced with AWS and the use of orchestration tools such as Terraform, Cloud Foundry, Kubernetes

  • understand software design principles

  • take a systematic approach to solving problems

  • use automated testing to validate solutions

  • understand agile environments and version control

  • are familiar with web security

  • understand network protocols, eg HTTPS, TLS etc

  • have familiarity with working practices such as test driven development, continuous integration and continuous delivery

 

Senior Site Reliability Engineers will also have experience of:

 

  • leading teams and projects, line management, helping colleagues with their career development and coaching more junior staff members

Security Checks


Successful candidates will be required to meet security vetting requirements before they can be appointed, which will involve a disclosure and barring security check. The level of security vetting required is dependent on the role and outlined in Security vetting for GDS employees.

For this role there will be different levels of security clearance needed depending on which team you join:

  • GOV.UK - BPSS
  • Digital Identity - SC

Platforms & Services:

  • PaaS - SC for production access, BPSS for non production access
  • Notify -  SC for production access, BPSS for non production access
  • Pay - BPSS
  • Collecting information from users - BPSS
  • Design System - BPSS



Further Information

GDS is based in Bristol, London and Manchester, and you will be working with colleagues across all three sites. GDS supports flexible working, including a balance between office and home-based working. Normally this will mean 2 days a week in the office, or more if that works better for you and the role.

Please note as part of the recruitment process there will be a telephone interview, face to face interview and a test.


How you'll be assessed

In the Civil Service, we use our Success Profiles. For each role we advertise we consider what you will need to demonstrate to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. We will be looking at your experience, career history and achievements that are relevant to the specific job role. We may assess your ability, strength, experience, technical/specialist skills and behaviours.

For this role the following behaviours are the most relevant:


working together
changing and improving
making effective decisions


Things you need to know

You can find out about the application process and practical details like our office locations on the things you need to know page.

Equal Opportunities 

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organisation. You can find out more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion and read our equal opportunities statement on our Diversity and Inclusion page.

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