About the Role

Our world-leading Time & Frequency department are seeking an experienced and practicing DevOps Manager.

We are now working in a hybrid way, with a mix of remote and office working. We strive to offer a great work life balance - if you are looking for full time, part time or flexible options, we will try to make this work where business possible. This will be dependent on the kind of role you do and part of the business you work in. 

You will be joining our team at an exciting time - we maintain the UK’s National Time Scale, UTC (NPL), and are currently developing a new resilient Time Scale facility that will underpin our Critical National Infrastructure. This will address the risks associated with our dependency on global navigation satellite systems (such as GPS) that are vulnerable to both natural and intentional interference.

As DevOps Manager, you’ll work closely with the Product Manager(s) and Delivery Manager(s) to align product and business requirements, develop proposals, and balance tech debt to deliver product functionality.

Key responsibilities:

  • Gather, challenge, clarify and document technical requirements coming from business leadership
  • Collaborating with the ProgrammeManager to determine the architecture that fulfils the established roadmap
  • Source code checking with continuous integration, automated test tool configuration, application topology configuration, automated deployment and proactive environment monitoring & management
  • Cyber security hygiene
  • Serve as a gatekeeper between Engineering teams and Service Delivery teams, to provide handoff from Engineering to Production
  • Oversee software release management
  • Manage the software builds, packages, and deploys for consumption, with consideration to incidents or problems which have been identified affecting production
  • Manage Cloud accounts on Azure
  • Manage all content going live
  • Develop scripts to automate DevOps functions

This role offers exciting opportunities to partner with world-leading science teams across the business. 

About You
We believe that diversity and unique perspectives are key to the success of our science projects. For this role, we particularly encourage applications from candidates underrepresented in STEM disciplines, in particular women, disabled, black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates. 

Reporting to a Programme Manager, you’ll play a pivotal role in the design of critical UK infrastructure that pushes the boundaries of measurement accuracy for the UK’s new resilient Time Scale.

To be successful in this role, you will have the following skills, experience, and qualifications: 
  • Degree level educated in Computer Science, Engineering, Software Engineering (or closely related discipline), or equivalent experience
  • Proven and recent experience in the delivery of DevOps solutions in Azure
  • Experience in cyber security hygiene practices and cyber security technologies
  • Acting as Product Manager, to translate business requirements into technical solutions
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, with the ability to simplify complex technical concepts to cross-functional teams
  • Team player with a proactive, never-fail attitude in the face of ambiguous situations

Essential technical skills:

1. GIT / Linux
2. Azure / Jira
3. Docker
5. CI/CD practices
6. Python 

It is also desirable if you have interest in Physics, measurements, and communications, for example: 

- Time and frequency measurement and time scale steering
- Real-time monitoring and control of electronic hardware
- Satellite communication, optical fibre and GNSS-based systems

Please note:  Applications will be reviewed, and interviews conducted throughout the duration of this advert therefore we may at any time bring the closing date forward.  We encourage all interested applicants to apply as soon as practical.

About Us

We actively recruit citizens of all backgrounds, but the nature of our work in this specific area means that nationality, residency and elevated security requirements are more tightly defined than others. You will be asked about this throughout the recruitment process. To work in this role, you will need to have a SC clearance with no restrictions, or you must have the ability to obtain a SC clearance.

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is a world-leading centre of excellence that provides cutting-edge measurement science, engineering and technology to underpin prosperity and quality of life in the UK.

NPL and DSIT have strong commitments to diversity and equality of opportunity, and welcome applications from candidates irrespective of their background, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or age, providing they meet the required criteria. Applications from women, disabled and black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates in particular are encouraged. All disabled candidates (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) who satisfy the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview under the Disability Confident Scheme. 

At NPL, we believe our success is a result of the diversity and talent of our people. We strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, as part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we hold memberships and accreditations to ensure we’re creating an environment where all our colleagues feel supported and welcome, please see our Diversity & Inclusion page.

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.

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