DevOps Engineer Posted Jan 04
Aquila Heywood , Altrincham, Cheshire, United Kingdom
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Aquila Heywood is the largest provider of life, pension and investment platforms across the UK and Ireland and the fifth largest in Europe. We lead the industry by delivering innovative technologies to simplify pensions administration, harness the power of digital engagement, drive operational efficiency, ensure governance and deliver unique insights through advanced data analytics.

Role Summary

Aquila Heywood is looking for an experienced DevOps Engineer to join our Technology division as we move to Agile and Lean ways of working. As a DevOps engineer you'll be working side by side with Scrum teams ensuring a smooth, rapid flow of software to our customers not only provisioning environments but also configuring them and deploying solutions to our customers and optimising that pipeline through automation.

This is a highly technical role with an opportunity to work with a forward thinking Agile CTO creating an environment of continuous learning and development. You will be expected to have excellent technical knowledge and experience in the areas of automated provisioning, configuration and deployment and a hunger to share your knowledge, develop yourself, and find new solutions to the challenges of DevOps.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be responsible for the following:

Collaborate as part of a small DevOps community with Scrum teams to optimise the product delivery pipeline to our customers

Shorten the cycle time to market through the automation and optimisation of environment provisioning, configuration and deployment

Bring your energy to learning, sharing and evolving our knowledge and capabilities in DevOps to create a rapid, seamless application delivery pipeline

Skills and Behaviours

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following experience, skills and behaviours:


Strong commercial experience of managing complex multi-tier Java enterprise infrastructure environments

In-depth configuration management, automation and scripting skills

In-depth knowledge of platform and application automated deployment technologies (e.g. Chef, Packer, Docker)

Exposure to iterative/agile development methodologies (SCRUM, XP)

Exposure to continuous integration and build tools (e.g. Jenkins)

Use of source code version control (e.g. bitbucket)

Linux/Unix system administration skills with a bias towards RedHat Enterprise and Windows system administration.

In depth knowledge of virtualisation platforms such as VMWare


Good database knowledge and SQL skills (on an enterprise database such as Oracle)

Understanding of software and infrastructure architecture including performance tuning applications, infrastructure and databases.

Configuration of firewalls, load balancers and other network equipment.

Software development experience.

Experience of application servers such as WebSphere, WebLogic or JBOSS.

Good understanding of infrastructure and application security including Cross Site Scripting attacks and SQL injection attacks and the use of a WAF. Understanding of OWASP objectives and requirements.

Experience with planning for Disaster Recovery.

Exposure to ITIL


Bonus Scheme

Pension Scheme

Life Assurance

Corporate Perks

Private Medical Insurance

Enhanced pension contribution

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Employment Type: Permanent
Work Hours: Full Time

Pay: 40,000 to 50,000 GBP (British Pound)
Pay Period: Annual