Platform Engineer

Date: 28 Nov 2023

Location: London / Hybrid, GB

Company: Nominet

We’re Nominet – a world-leading domain name registry. For over 25 years, we’ve been operating at the heart of internet infrastructure. While we're best known for running .UK domains, we also help protect public services from cyber threat. Our aim is to create a world which is more connected, inclusive and secure. We know that technology has the power to transform lives by creating opportunities and providing support where it’s needed most.
As a public benefit company, our work funds the ability to make a positive impact on society. We’ve donated millions to projects that use technology to improve peoples’ lives and have committed to delivering £60m worth of support over the next three years.
We understand the impact the Internet has on the environment and are committed to helping the UK reach Net Zero by 2050. We’re already a Carbon Neutral company through offsetting our emissions and will continue to work on reducing our footprint.

About the role:


As a Platform Engineer at Nominet, you will be an integral part of a newly formed Edge Platform team tasked with designing, building, and operating a new DNS Resolver platform. This platform will be critical infrastructure supporting the core of the internet globally. Running on private cloud, this platform will be the cornerstone of our DNS operations and will be responsible for powering our prestigious UK registry, our cyber security product Protective PDNS and more.


There isn’t a more exciting time to be part of Nominet, joining at the ground-floor of technology transformation to shape the platform that you will eventually manage and become a true expert in. During the evolution of the platform, you will transition from the design phase to the critical stage of managing and operating it in a multi-environment production system, replacing outdated legacy services along the way.


In this role you will have hands-on experience with the entire tech stack, actively contributing to the development of the platform, and your responsibilities will also include servicing the platform, encompassing various critical tasks such as monitoring and alerting, backups, system support, and proactive maintenance.


Your expertise and dedication will contribute directly to the success of our ambitious project and ensure seamless integration of modern technologies and capabilities. If you are passionate about building robust, scalable, and cutting-edge platforms, this is the role for you.


The essential bits:


You’ll have expert knowledge in virtualized environments with hands-on experience on Linux/KVM Hypervisors as well as working knowledge of Open Stack & VMware. You’ll also demonstrate an advance knowledge of Linux, but particularly focused on automation & performance tuning. We’d like to see a deep understanding of security, so you should be able to demonstrate knowledge of how to tweak Linux kernels to build secure environments.


You should have a basic understanding of networking fundamentals, including routing, switching, and load balancing. It would be desirable for you to have experience with Infrastructure as Code tooling such as Ansible, as well as knowledge of tools such as Docker.


About you and what you need to be successful:

As well as the technical experience required to perform in this role, it’s important that you are an effective communicator, someone who can clearly convey complex concepts to all stakeholders, address concerns and facilitate discussions. You’ll be an excellent problem-solver with a high level of critical thinking, you will propose innovative solutions and contribute ideas within a team.


Overall, you’ll be adaptable, be open to feedback and strive to continuously improve. You’re someone who wants to embrace new methodologies and wants to learn new technologies.


What’s in it for you?
We offer a great work life balance with hybrid working, 20% of the time is expected in our office in London. The role has real meaningful impact on not only, national infrastructure but through our public benefit ethos too. The work is technically challenging in a culture where everyone is inspired to do their best.

Pension match to 7%, performance related bonus scheme, private medical insurance, 30 days annual leave, reward portal, support to buy tech equipment tax free, holiday buy scheme, discounted shopping, on-site gym and shower facilities, Medi-cash (claiming cash back on things like optical, dental, inoculations and prescriptions), Employee Assistance Program, Dental Insurance, Health Assessments, Cycle2Work scheme, free- on site car parking, broad range of tools and resources to support your personal and professional development, Nominet Give Hub. We also have an active Social Committee. 

Data protection
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Equal opportunities
Cybersecurity is a community effort. That’s why we’re committed to building an inclusive, diverse community that celebrates and welcomes everyone – unless they’re a cybercriminal, of course. We’re proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and we’d encourage you to join us whatever your background. We consider everyone equally: your race, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, marital status, nationality, or any other protected characteristic won’t affect your application. We want to give you every opportunity to show us your best self, so if there are any adjustments we could make to the recruitment and selection process to support you, please let us know.


Security checks
All roles working for Nominet will be subject to a Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) check. Some roles due to the nature of their work, will require additional security clearance.


Due to the volume of applications we receive, we sometimes close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for a role with us.

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