Virtual Server Engineer

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06 April 2020
Home Group
Location: Tyne & Wear
Salary: £42,000 per annum
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Virtual Server Engineer
Permanent, Full Time role 37.5 hpw
Salary Circa £42,000 per annum negotiable based on skills and experience, plus brilliant benefits!
Supporting the business through technology and innovation. Thats when it hits home!
At Home Group its critical we continue to deliver services for our customers during the COVID-19 outbreak, and our awesome colleagues are at the very heart of making that happen. We need Brilliant People like you to join us (and not just during this challenging time). We are doing things a little differently at the moment, so to keep you, our customers and ourselves safe well engage with you digitally where possible. 
As an IS team we are setting out to be more digitally focused, using the latest technologies, whilst ensuring that our customers are at the heart of everything we do. Our strategy is set, our direction is clear. What comes next is to apply our skills and experience through brilliant team work to innovate, design, and implement systems that deliver real business value.  Weve got an excellent team foundation to build upon as our technical portfolio develops and expands; thats where you come in.
We have fabulous opportunity for you to join our awesome team. Working within the IS technical delivery team as a Virtual Server Engineer (we call it a IS Technical specialist here at Home Group), youll be responsible for the implementation of solutions such as building servers for technologies, VMware, and Cloud tech such as Azure. Home Group are embarking on a Datacentre and Networks rationalisation programme, with our Virtual Server Engineer at the centre.
Youll work in a large team of sociable and lively Service Improvement professionals for Matt, our IS Technical Delivery Manager.  Hes a massive football fan (both as an armchair watcher and on the pitch in his weekly 5 a side kickaround). When not watching or playing footie, Matt loves hard rock and heavy metal and is already planning his next gigs and festivals. He is also responsible for ensuring that we deliver the IS Services the business needs to succeed, driving continual service improvement and ensuring IS adds real value…
Where and when you work
Here at Home Group we believe flexibility works both ways. Our focus is on getting the job done, not your working hours! Its important to us that youre in the office so we can work collaboratively and share best practices amongst the team. However Its the teams unwritten rule that you attend the important appointments in life, be it your childs school play, your partners graduation, or to get your new fridge delivered. You can elect to fit these around your working day or use your flexi to take the time off.
Youll be equipped to work in our high tech organisation in an agile fashion with the latest IT kit which includes you being issued with a surface pro tablet and smart phone.
 A bit about you
You are a domain expert in your technical disciplines and work closely with our business to understand their requirements and how our technical portfolio can support and deliver business benefit.
The key technologies youll be working on will be the Microsofts Cloud tech Azure. Ideally youll have worked with this technology before and have experience in moving services from on-premise into either public or private clouds. You will need to have experience in designing, implementing and migrating datacentres, including networking skills in LAN/WAN/MPLS.
It would be great if you had the right certificates, however we appreciate that you might have some great transferrable skills and the desire to work towards getting certified. Amongst some of the skills we are looking for are;-
An extensive experience in the following technologies: VMware/Cisco/Microsoft (inc cloud and powershell) with VCP, MCSE or CCNA qualifications preferable. Experience of delivering technical projects in both agile and waterfall environments would definitely help!
You have a strong customer focus, seeking out ways to provide a high quality outcomes for your internal customers. Youre an excellent communicator adapting your message to the group or audience and ensuring that your understanding is clear at all times.  You combine these skills with excellent negotiation and relationship building skills, allowing you achieve the best outcomes. Youre also highly committed to continuous improvement, for yourself, to processes and for the business. You will have experience of working on both technical projects and support, preferably in a systems administrator role.
Theres lots!  Including: competitive salaries, 25 days paid holiday a year rising by 1 day per year up to 30 days, with the ability to purchase an extra 5 days! There is a contributory occupational money-purchase pension scheme with life assurance and long term disability insurance, salary sacrifice schemes including cycle, car, technology, heavily discounted AA membership, gyms and savings on high street stores, holidays and restaurants amongst many others.
Want to know more?
If youre not reading this advert on our careers pages, press the APPLY NOW button to access lots of useful stuff! Youll be able to download the Technical Analyst job description and find out more about Home Group. Weve also got some short films that show you what its like to work here, and we know youll want to find out more about our award winning benefits and rewards package!
To apply
Dont delay applying for this brilliant job, as we may close it early if we get lots of applications! Just upload your CV and if you have one, your covering letter (this will help us learn more about you!). If you need them, weve also got some great templates to help you.
Youre unique!
Home Group play a big part in tackling prejudice and discrimination, not just for our customers, but colleagues too! You can be yourself here, because we value everything that makes you unique. So whatever your age, race, sexuality, disability, religion, or gender identity, we recognise and celebrate our differences. Together we make Home Group a great place to work!

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