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UNIX platforms are widely in use across Nationwide, supporting many of our critical customer and internal facing systems such as Open Banking, SAP Core Bank, Specialist Lending and Treasury. In line with our new Technology Strategy, the UNIX estate, particularly Red Hat Linux, will expand further in both scope and scale over the next few years. This will bring new technologies to understand, manage and exploit with the aim of protecting and improving our services.

As a Lead Infrastructure Support Specialist, you will play a key role in supporting and optimising our existing systems, as well as helping to shape our team's strategy and direction. You will be an experienced system administrator, equally at home carrying out day to day support tasks, providing leadership and guidance to the IT Support UNIX team or helping to ensure that new systems are delivered to our agreed standards.

What you'll be doing

As an Infrastructure Specialist Lead within the IT Support team you would already have a deep technical knowledge of Redhat Linux and Solaris. You have strong communication skills and a friendly, professional approach will be critical too.  Being self-motivated and eager to learn new technologies is essential to your success.  You would already have experience of leading a technical team.

As a minimum requirement you'll:

• Be educated to an A-Level or equivalent standard; degree level preferred• Proven system administration skills around Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and 7. This should include Satellite 6 and Puppet.• Working within an ITIL framework.

It would be nice if you also had:

• Experience/knowledge of Redhat Openshift Enterprise 3 deployment and administration.• Experience/knowledge of Docker and Containers-as-a-Service in a Linux environment.• Experience/knowledge of Ansible• Experience/knowledge of AIX.• Experience/knowledge of Oracle Solaris 10 and 11, including zone administration and ZFS.• Knowledge of the underlying hardware/Hypervisor - Oracle, Cisco UCS and VMWare.• Experience/knowledge of UNIX security hardening.• UNIX shell scripting.• Experience/knowledge of APIGee Edge deployment and administration.• Experience working in a similar sized organisation.

About you

• Unix / Linux administration, with continual monitoring of a wide variety of production and test systems in line with the Service Level Agreement.• All aspects of systems administration, with patching, backups, support & performance tuning playing a key part.• Providing a technical capability for the creation of an administration function, for a container-as -a-service platform.• Work with 3rd party support organisations where appropriate to progress issues.• Proactively develop and improve processes to drive service improvement.• Mentoring and developing the skills of junior technical staff• Develop roadmaps for the Redhat platform• Take part in an on call support rota.

The extras you'll get

If you put a lot in, it's only fair you should get a lot out. So, if you help us do the right thing for our members, we'll help further your career with us.

As part of our team you'll get:

• Access to training to help you progress and develop your technical skills and career• Pension scheme where if you pay in 7%, we'll top it up to 23%• Life assurance worth 8x your salary• 25 days' holiday plus bank holidays• The ability to 'buy' up to 10 days more holiday• Flexible benefits scheme giving you access to discount vouchers at various retail outlets• Access to an annual performance related bonus scheme

Why work at Nationwide

At Nationwide, we're here for our members and we put their needs first in everything we do. And now, more than ever, two things are helping us go from strength to strength: we put our customers first, and we're known for being open, honest and trustworthy.

We're also the world's largest building society, with communities at the heart of everything we do. We aim to do the right thing for our members which helps set us apart from our competitors. But we need good people to help us do it. People who understand what we believe in and have the talent and drive to keep us successful.

At Nationwide we have a strong ethic of care, and a genuine concern for each other and our members. We recognise that our employees feel most appreciated when their thoughts and values are respected and considered. We are committed to creating a culture that recognises and truly values our individual differences and identities. If you'd like to be a part of an inclusive workplace where you can be yourself, where your talents are nurtured, and you feel empowered to contribute then please apply and help us in building society, nationwide.

What to do next

If this role is for you, please click the 'Apply Now' button.  You'll need to attach your up to date CV and answer a few quick questions for us.

We respond to everyone, and so we will be in contact shortly after the closing date to let you know the outcome of your application. 

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