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To lead all technology development and operations.
The role will operationally manage the technology team across management, software development, and operational functions.
You will be responsible for managing the technology roadmap for both product and infrastructure -working with the IT Director and technology management team.
Substantial and broad management experience in technology in a senior technical role and in leading and organising technical, applications development and operations teams
Experience of managing diverse teams across technology disciplines to deliver complex plans to time and budget
Superior negotiating skills and experience in building relationships on business, corporate and cross divisional basis – experience of “outsourcing” environment e.g. working with third party tech vendors
Team management experience – including the ability to develop individuals and progress their careers
Excellent communication and presentation skills

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Process Excellence Director / Programme Director – you will be responsible for the implementation of Process Excellence initiatives across both the Operations and Technology divisions of this Global Financial Services Organisation. You will take ownership of the execution of improvement initiatives employing proven process excellence tools and leading strategies.
Responsibilities will include; but are not limited to, Analysis and Recommendation, Enablement, Metrics, Reporting, and Process Excellence Projects. The incumbent will consult across the Operations and Technology leaderships teams to identify, quantify, and prioritise process improvements that complement the Companies goals and business objectives. You will manage cross-functional project teams to successfully implement these initiatives that will enable the unification of global processes across their Operations and Technologies divisions.
Leadership and Coaching;
Act as a mentor, coach, and process / technical leader for the successful completion of Analysis, Metrics, Reporting and related Projects with proven and industry leading business process excellence. Act as a mentor, coach and leader to external stakeholders for the completion of process excellence initiatives employing proven process excellence methodologies.
With a consultative approach you will provide support to the Process Owners, Operations and Technology management, perform process and data analysis, articulate your findings and deliver concise recommendations and measurements to enable the planning and approach of unified business processes.
Project Implementation;
Individually, or by leading project teams, you will eliminate specific defects, identify, document and deliver metrics proving positive change in operational excellence. Take ownership of ongoing metrics, reporting, and operational ownership processes that will enable management to effectively monitor changes in process. As Process Excellence Director / Programme Director you must demonstrate the proven ability to manage multiple projects at any given time and drive these initiatives to completion. The volume of process improvements and projects will vary in complexity and scale.
Skills and Experience;
Masters Degree
– Six Sigma Black Belt or Six Sigma Master Black Belt (MBB) is a plus
– Demonstrable background in process excellence methodologies and full cycle project management
– Proven track record of successful projects completion

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My client is now recruiting for an Enterprise Architect to support the organization in delivering their technology roadmap and blueprint for high performance.
Specific Responsibilities
Review new and existing IT projects/ideas, systems designs, and procurement/outsourcing plans for compliance with IT standards and architectural roadmaps.
Collaborate with end users and senior management to define business requirements for complex application development and gain buy-in for all development plans.
Consults with senior IT management on the design of moderately complex systems and projects. May consult with leadership on emerging technologies. Supports existing business systems applications from an enterprise architecture perspective working with the solutions architects for each application.
Strong understanding of how technology relates to business, market and industry and applies knowledge to support the needs of critical systems and projects.
Develop, document, communicate, and enforce a Global technology stands policy, build roadmaps and define application end of life scenarios.
Conduct research on emerging technologies in support of application development effort and recommend technologies that will increase cost effectiveness time to market
Candidate requirements
Knowledge of Java, .NET and Cobol languages, working knowledge of web services and middleware technologies, Linux/Windows, Virtualization/VMWare, performance management, application lifecycles, BPM, datawarehousing, data architecture and BI tools.
Strong knowledge of IT systems, practices and functional units.
Extensive IT related experience. Bachelor’s Degree. Advanced degree is a plus.
Financial sector experience a plus.
Strong communication skills and ability to function as the business to IT liaison
Must be a self starter with ability to work remotely.
Escalates serious issues/challenges to more senior management.
Possesses in-depth knowledge of application development technologies, tools, methodologies, the enterprise and industry.

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On behalf of my client, who are a very successful eCommerce organisation that have experienced significant growth since inception, I am looking for a Head of SEO who will be take responsibility for their continued SEO / SEM success.
• To lead and continue the drive of new usage through SEO / SEM
• To work with senior stakeholders to agree global SEO – strategy, direction and targets.
• To implement a global SEO strategy whilst building upon the successful growth and seamless integration of their current online channels.
• To oversee the global SEO technical integration
• Co-ordinate the SEO requirements and efforts of the related Web Development and Web Analytics teams
• Champion SEO best practices, approach and process for website updates, integration, tools, content syndication etc
• SEO performance tracking and reporting, taking into account competitor analysis / rankings
This is an excellent opportunity within a growing organisation to progress your career with SEO.

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Superb opportunity to join this exciting and growing online Retailer based in London, as a Systems Administrator, you will manage the Linux Systems and support the eCommerce Systems, Web platforms and Development Team.

Key Skills:
• Proven commercial experience supporting web based retail platforms
• Proven experience working with development teams in an agile environment
• Excellent troubleshooting skills
• Linux ( Centos ) Advanced Knowledge of
• Git
• Puppet
• Nginx
• Postgres
• Haproxy
• Glusterfs

Secondary Technical Skills:
• Jenkins
• KVM virtualisation
• Kickstart
• Shell scripting
• Zabbix
• OpenVPN
• RPM builds
• OSX & Windows desktops

Key Responsibilities:
• 24/7 Platform Administration & eCommerce services support
• Release management
• Developer tool and application support
• Internal IT support

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Systems Administration / Systems Engineer with Redhat / RHEL, CENTOS , Web Platforms
Scripting (such as – Shell, Bash, Perl, PHP, Python) Apache or Tomcat, or JBoss or similar with exposure / knowledge of Oracle, MySQL databases.
This is an excellent opportunity for a very well established and ambitious full service Digital Agency based in Central London who provide innovative digital solutions and online support to a number of Global Brand names and their web platforms.
The role is to manage, troubleshoot and optimise their Linux servers and related web and database components. Ensure maximum system, network and service availability and administration of operational support systems. You will also provide 3rd level support to project work and have involvement with documentation for the design, configuration and procedural aspects of systems.
Key skills;
 Linux Systems Administration
 Experience of Scripting such as; Shell, Bash, Perl, PHP, Python
 High availability server clusters
 Knowledge of Apache, Tomcat, JBOSS or similar
 Knowledge of Database Servers; Oracle, MySQL
 Evaluation of 3rd party open source systems to provide and improve progressive functionality
 Previous support of enterprise web platforms, high transactional websites would be ideal, although not essential !

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Work with IT Ops team to manage and maintain the infrastructure of 300 – 400 servers running the following technologies:
• Linux (Ubuntu)
• Apache
• NginX
• MySql
• Puppet
• VMWare
• SAN(Netapp, 3PAR)
• TCPIPNetworking (Cisco switches, routers)
• CiscoFirewalls
Desired Skills & Experience
• Highly proficient with Linux in a web server environment
• Understanding of at least one development language
• Proven track record implementing and maintaining a configuration management system like Puppet or similar for a large serverbase
• Understanding of technologies required to build a scalable infrastructure
• Experience managing and maintaining large amounts of servers (200+)
• Scripting
• Exposure to virtualisation technologies such asVMware, Xen or KVM etc.
• Exposure to SAN technologies such as NetApp and3PAR
• Deep technical understanding of Linux internals
Desirable skills:
• Exposure to cloud based infrastructure offerings such as EC2, S3 or Slicehost
• Experience with Ruby, Python, Java or C

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Job Title Systems Administrator
Location London
Role Responsibilities We are looking for a Systems Administrator to be based at our central London office, whose objectives are to ensure maximum server and related storage availability, performance, and also to support both external and internal customers.
The primary responsibility of the Systems Administrator is the day-to-day operation of server and storage infrastructure, which is a multiple vendor environment to include; HP, Redhat / RHEL, VMWare and EMC.
Other responsibilities:
• Administrator and maintain all internal operational support systems and infrastructure services such as; web / email services, DNS, authentication servers and other related operational tools
• Ensure maximum systems, storage & services availability through proactive maintenance, monitoring, and subsequent alerting
• Respond rapidly by identifying and resolving any application, database or operating systems related faults
• Manage, troubleshoot and optimise Unix (mainly Linux) servers, storage and related network components
• Provide 3rd line support to the Client Support Group for remote and wireless equipment, work with partners and vendors to resolve any equipment or service issues
• Execute routine system and storage management tasks; to include scheduled changes, executing incident escalation, status or issue reporting
• Preparation of reports on areas of Unix and Database operation to include inventory, utilization and accounting reports.
• Documentation of designs, configurations and procedures for system and storage administration
• Contribute to the design, scope and systems implementation of new solutions for upcoming projects
• Support day-to-day service operation and planning tasks

Skills Required In addition to the list skills and experiences required to meet the Role Responsibilities, the applicant will need to have the following:
• B.Sc. Computer Science or an equivalent technical qualification
• 3+ years’ experience (commercial) of Linux Administration
• 2+ years’ experience of both Server and Storage virtualisation
• 2+ years’ experience of shell scripting (Perl, Python, Bash etc)
• Possess solid monitoring, automation and configuration management
• Knowledge of commands, utilities and concepts such as; Apache, FTP, SMTP, IMAP, POP, SSH, basic permissions, Conf files / Cron Tasks
• The capability and willingness to work occasional long hours and/or under pressure
• Strong analytical and problem solving skills
• Fluent in English – excellent oral and written skills

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The role:
The person will provide support for the daily operational activities within the Unix and VMware related environments and where required provide support and advice to project related activities.
The post will report directly into the Unix Team Lead and will be based in London.
The Person:
You will need a proven track record within a third line support team and be able to demonstrate flexibility and adaptability, as well as excellent problem solving capability. In addition the following skill sets will be sought:
• Extremely organised with a keen eye for detail;
• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal;
• Strong interpersonal and consultative skills;
• Able to prioritise and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment;
• Able to work to tight time-scales;
• Highly self-motivated;
• Exceptional customer service;
• Analytical and methodical in approach to troubleshooting;
• Able to work with other Infrastructure Teams and team members;
• Degree qualified desirable
• Red Hat Certificated Engineer (RHCE) desirable
• VMware Certified Professional desirable
Work experience:
• 3-5 plus years experience working with Unix related technologies at an enterprise level
Desirable technical skills:
• Excellent knowledge of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5, 6
• Good knowledge of enterprise storage technologies (SAN, NFS, RAID)
• Good scripting/programming ability including Perl, Shell and PHP
• Good knowledge of OS deployment technologies including Kickstart
• Good knowledge of enterprise class server hardware including HP, and Dell
• Experience with VMware vSphere 4-5 an advantage
• Solid understanding of virtualisation concepts
• Working knowledge of monitoring systems including Nagios, Cacti HP SIM
• Working knowledge of database administration including Oracle and MySQL
• Working knowledge of HTTP (Apache), Squid, SMTP (Postfix), FTP (ProFTPD), AFP (Netatalk), NFS, Samba (CIFS), DNS

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On behalf of my client, a very well-known Media Giant with a number of leading Digital Brands, I am looking for a Unix Team Leader / Linux Team Leader. This is an excellent opportunity to work within a very friendly and leading edge technical environment. As team leader, you will take day-to-day responsibility of the Unix / Linux Administration team, related systems and play a lead role in enterprise project work.

• Degree qualified desirable
• Red Hat Certificated Engineer (RHCE) desirable
• VMware Certified Professional desirable
Work experience:
• 5-7 plus years working with Linux, VMware and related technologies at an enterprise level
Essential technical skills:
• Excellent knowledge of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5, 6 and associated technologies
• Excellent knowledge of VMware vSphere 4 .x (5.0 desirable)
Desirable technical skills:
• Good knowledge of enterprise storage technologies (SAN, NFS, ISCSI, RAID)
• Good scripting/programming ability including Perl, Shell and PHP
• Good knowledge of OS deployment technologies including Kickstart/Jumpstart
• Good knowledge of enterprise class server hardware including HP and Dell
• Good knowledge of DNS, FTP, SMTP, HTTP, NFS
• Solid understanding of virtualisation concepts
• Working knowledge of monitoring systems including Nagios, Cacti and RRD
• Working knowledge of database administration including Oracle and MySQL
• Working knowledge of Oracle clusters using Symantec/Veritas Clustering solutions
• Working knowledge of Apache, Squid, Postfix, ProFTPD
• Experience with Solaris and Sun hardware a bonus

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