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DNS & Network Engineer

Date: 30-Dec-2020

Location: Oxford, GB, OX4 4DQ

Company: Nominet



Maybe you know us, maybe you don't. Even though you probably use our services every day. So

we'd like to share more about what we do at Nominet, and why we do it, so that you can help us to

build the right team.


We're proudly at the heart of the UK's critical internet infrastructure. Leading the charge in cyber

security, as we explore and pioneer new tech.

We do this to enable connectivity, inclusivity and security for our world - and create a vibrant digital



That's what drives us - and the kind of people we want to work with.





Competitive salary depending on experience, plus excellent benefits including a 10% bonus, 30 days holidays, Healthcare, Pension Scheme, Life Assurance, Wellbeing allowance, Flex benefits and onsite fitness classes and studio.



The senior DNS engineer will work at the core of the Internet.  Designing and managing critical national infrastructure and government secure services.  


Working within our expanding Cyber Solutions business, You will design, build and help operate the Nominet DNS platforms carrying out business as usual support and project duties as required.  


It will be expected that you take a lead in analysing requirements, documenting solutions and leading other team members in successful new service deployments.  


Nominet’s DNS team is growing due to the ambitions of the organisation to expand its innovative DNS related cyber security services and this role will form a key part of that growth, driving the innovation and automation of the related infrastructure and systems. 




Provide technical expertise to design and operate Nominet DNS/DNSSEC platforms. 


Analyse business requirements and design/deploy solutions based around DNS platforms. 


Ensure that Nominet’s DNS platform interates well with the rest of Nominet’s cyber security eco system on AWS or in a Data Centre


Provide expertise for cloud platform network designs. 


Ensure that Nominet’s DNS services maintain the enviable record of security, stability and maintainability to maximise uptime and meet customer SLAs for external and internal DNS systems. 


Interface with the wider technical teams to ensure all systems are working in an efficient and scalable manner. 


Be a subject matter expert in DNS and DNSSEC particularly with regard to ongoing operations. 


Lead/mentor team members to develop the breadth and depth of skills across the function 


Participate in an on-call rotation to support critical services. 


Represent Nominet on key national and international committees and forums, presenting and demonstrating ‘thought leadership’ in the areas of DNS Operations 


Be ready to travel nationally and internationally as a subject matter expert in DNS deployments. 




Core requirements: 


Advanced practical knowledge of DNS/DNSSEC protocols and operations. 


Advanced experience of at least one of the following types of DNS Software running on Linux systems, (BIND, NSD, Unbound, PowerDNS). 


Experience with RedHat Linux, cloud platforms and Docker containers. 

Experience interpreting and producing High and Low Level designs based on documented requirement. 


Excellent communication skills, being able to tailor content and style to the audience at hand. 


A strong desire to take the skills above and move them to the next level helping Nominet develop their DNS Excellence. 


Desirable Requirements 


Experience of automation/configuration management tools like ansible 


Knowledge of Internet networking protocols and peering principles using BGP. 


Experience with cloud platform deployments on cloud providers like AWS 


Capabilities with major scripting language 


Significant cyber-security awareness and knowledge of the threats and the applicability of risk mitigation approaches in a fast-changing landscape 






Please note: As part of the job application, you will be asked to complete a brief online application form and profile.

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