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Junior Technical Operations (TechOps) Engineer

Department: IT Development

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

About the role

Join a new team who are dedicated to the support and maintenance of in house developed applications and both cloud and on-premise /co-located infrastructure. This is a fast-paced role where no two days are the same. You will be expected to deal with a large array of very different technical issues so having a wide breadth of knowledge and experience is essential, and you must have a passion for providing class leading support to internal users.


About TechOps at Abcam

The Technical Operations Team is a new team at Abcam. Working closely with both the DevOps and Engineering functions, this Team provides 2nd/3rd line support for all web infrastructure (both public and internal) and application support for all in house developed applications on a 24x7 basis (on-call rota).


Roles & responsibilities:

• Ensure the uptime and stability of the Production and Development infrastructure.
• Manage all monitoring and alerting of the infrastructure. Practice root cause resolution, not sticky plaster fixes.
• Provide 2nd line application support for all in house developed / bespoke applications, working closely with the Engineering team for defect resolution.
• You will work closely with the DevOps team to understand and support the automation tools we use to manage the Infrastructure.
• Continuous improvement is key. You must be constantly seeking improvements that can be made in all aspects of our technical landscape, then planning and delivering those improvements (working with other teams as necessary).
• You will be part of an on-call rota covering 24x7 for major incidents.


About you

You will be technical, ideally have a Computer Science Degree and some experience of Windows and Linux systems, particularly for web operations (IIS / Apache etc.). You will ideally have some experience with managing and supporting VMware, Cloud (AWS / Azure), SQL Server / MySQL. You will have some knowledge of coding (Bash / PowerShell / Python / php / .NET). You will have a burning desire to fix things and fix them properly; no cutting corners here! You will hate carrying out repetitive tasks and will seek ways to automate at every step. You will have an understanding of ITIL and its value. You will have some knowledge of development practices, source control, deployment tooling. In your spare time you will likely enjoy developing tools or a website of your own (if you have anything on GitHub, we would like to see it). You will work best under pressure, manage priorities effectively, and continue smiling - even in the midst of a P1 incident. Any experience of configuration management tools (puppet / chef) and automation tools like terraform would be a definite bonus.

If this sounds like you and you’d like to be a part of a fast paced, growing business with the vision to become the most influential company and best-loved brand in life sciences please apply now!


About Us

Ever since 1998, when our founder, Jonathan Milner, started selling antibodies from the back of his bike, Abcam has aimed to help scientific researchers make breakthroughs faster. We now have offices and labs in the UK, the US, China and Japan, and as we continue to grow, we remain ambitious, driven by our customers’ success and their research needs.

It’s our goal to provide a world-standard in protein research tools, technical support and delivery. When you join Abcam, you’ll join a global business with the passion and the vision to become the most influential company, and, best-loved brand in life sciences.

Our culture is our key differentiator. We believe in empowering individuals, with responsibility given at an early stage. The working environment is fun and fast-paced, collaborative and outcome focused, with a strong customer focus. In addition to competitive salaries, we offer an attractive and flexible benefits package (which includes shares for eligible employees), a culture focussed on wellbeing and opportunities for growth and development.