Vantage Consulting Ltd
£35k - £30k
08 Aug 2017
24 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

£25k - £30k (Flexible DOE)

Fantastic opportunity for a passionate SysAdmin to join a forward thinking and dynamic design and development company. You will be responsible for maintaining the organisation's servers, ensuring that they run smoothly and working with Developers to support the deployment of new applications and systems.
Suitable applicants would include professionals with at least 5 years experience and a thorough knowledge of operating systems, networking, hardware and software. It is important for you to have a good problem-solving mentality, with a high level of initiative and excellent communication skills.


Installation of web servers using Apache/Nginx/PHP/MySQL etc.
Managing multiple servers to maintain system uptime, performance, resources and security
Monitoring, scaling and optimizing web applications
Maintaining server backups and recovering data
Automation of routine processes
Servers OS and package updates and upgrades
Updating WordPress core, plugins and templates
IT Service continuity testing
Domain and DNS administration
Set?up development environment for staff
Supervise staff and offer technical support for projects.

Expert knowledge of:

Chef - write recipe from scratch, configure nodes and deploy
Cloud Platforms inc. Linode and AWS services
Server Hardening

Very good knowledge of:

Solutions architecture
Server Virtualisation
Knowledge of Linux (LPI certification desirable)
SSH server and SSH keys (generate + revoke)
Solid understanding of networking principles, TCP/IP, DNS (all aspects)
Experience of firewall configuration and network services such as DHCP, VPNs, proxy services, etc.
Backups - Filesystem, Databases and System (inc restoration)
Bash scripting / Shell scripting skills and/or configuration management skills.
Debugging & complex bug fixing
Cron jobs (knowing values, not just *)
MySQL administration and configuration including replication>
Configuring and optimising Apache, PHP and Nginx
Patching WordPress, Drupal and other CMS

Desirable skills:

Continuous Integration (CI)
HA Proxy Load Balancing setup and management
Install & configure Git
Ruby (required for chef), Python (using PIP), Java and PHP
Gluster file server
Memcache and x cache
Pear modules
Nagios Monitoring
Disaster Recovery software

What the company can offer you:

Competitive salaries (£25-30k depending on experience)
From 25 to 28 days annual leave
Staff bonus structure (paid every six months)
Company pension scheme
Childcare vouchers scheme
Cycle2work scheme (tax savings on bicycle and safety equipment)
Subsidised Gym membership
Great working environment with a lively and energetic team
Kick-ass Christmas Party
Fun company culture
Life insurance
Flexible working
Free smoothies, tea and coffee from our in-office bar

Commutable from: Solihull, Birmingham, Birmingham Airport, Coventry, Redditch, Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth, Nuneaton, Kenilworth, Leamington Spa

Vantage Consulting (Stafford) is the leading Web & Software recruitment company in the Midlands, if this role is not for you but you want to have a confidential conversation about other opportunities, please get in touch.