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  • Location: Reading, Berkshire
  • Rate: Up to 85.00
  • Start Date: 19/08/2019
  • Duration: 12 months



A leading defence contractor is requiring a Cloud Platform Engineer to join their offices in Reading on a 12 month contract.

Security requirements

This role will require the person to hold full Security Clearance (SC) prior to working onsite. You must currently hold or be eligible and willing to obtain SC. You must be eligible to work in the UK without sponsorship and have lived and worked in the UK for a minimum 5 year period. If you are unsure as to whether you are eligible, please contact me to discuss.

Job Purpose

The organisation is currently modernising its Business Working Environment allowing them to adopt a Cloud Services strategy. The initial phase of this programme introduced Microsoft Office 365, Workday and Azure IaaS but is now progressing to include a growing number of SaaS products as Legacy Line of Business applications are replatformed, migrated or retired. The current planning assumption is for a hybrid-cloud architecture with a mix of SaaS, IaaS, PaaS plus onpremise hosting for any service that cannot be migrated to the cloud.

This role will be responsible for designing, configuring and managing multiple production and non-production environments to support project delivery. These environments will be a mix of IaaS/SaaS/PaaS solutions, prominently on Microsoft Azure, focussing initially on a major Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementation project.

Main Role & Responsibilities

  • Produce Azure design pattern solutions to meet business requirements

  • Create documentation around the setup and implementation of those design patterns

  • Lead the implementation of Azure solutions for new patterns or products

  • Participate in non-functional testing, particularly around business resiliency

  • Engage with Microsoft around solving business and technical problems in the Azure ecosystem

  • Provide technical oversight, review and quality control of Azure artefacts throughout the programme

  • Contribute to the development of Azure standards, best practices and organisational capability

  • Act as an escalation point/SME for Azure technical issues and decisions


  • Bachelor's degree in Information Security, Computer Science or related field required. Advanced degree preferred.

  • Professional qualifications/Microsoft Cloud Certifications


  • Hands-on experience of designing and implementing compute, networking, storage and database services in Cloud Environments

  • Understanding of elasticity and scalability concepts

  • Understanding of network technologies as they relate to Azure Cloud services

  • A good understanding of all security features and tools that Microsoft provides and how they relate to traditional services

  • Hands-on experience with Azure deployment and management services

  • Experience of integrating SaaS applications into corporate systems including Single Sign-On and identity management

Technical Skills

  • Broad project life cycle experience – especially in enterprise environments

  • Expert knowledge of Azure Cloud platform features and capabilities

  • Networking (TCP/IP, DNS, VPNs, reverse proxies, routing, switching etc.)

  • Azure Networking (VNETs, Express Route, VPN Gateway, Traffic Manager, NSGs)

  • Security (Firewall configuration, IPS/IDS etc.)

  • Understanding of common application approaches and technologies (eg SOA, message queuing)

  • Understanding of common database technologies (eg backup/restoration, replication/mirroring)

  • Understanding of common Internet technologies (eg e-mail, web Servers, web services)

  • Experience designing for disaster recovery

  • Experienced producing multi-tiered, loadbalanced, redundant infrastructure architectures

  • Storage technologies (SAN, NAS, RAID configuration, caching etc.)

  • Familiarity with other cloud technologies

  • ARM Templates and Windows PowerShell

Contract paying £75-£85 per hour LTD based on a 40 hour week.

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