Lead Platform Engineer

Date Opened: Jun 8, 2021

Location: Belfast, GB Derry/ Londonderry, GB Strabane, GB

Company: Allstate Insurance Company

About Us

 

At Allstate Northern Ireland, we believe it’s more than just a job.  We believe in allowing our people to choose the direction of their careers.  It’s about you, your future and where you want to get to.

 

Opportunity is the hallmark of the Allstate career experience.  We invest heavily in our employees, offering long term career development, personal growth and investment in new technologies.  Every day is different, with new ideas, challenges, and rewards — no matter which team you join.

 

We believe that inclusive diversity is crucial to creating a culture of mutual respect where the strengths and talents of each individual are recognised.  We like to leave things better than we found them and deliver results.  We do all of this while having fun and exploring personal passions.

 

Join our team and you’ll find challenge and reward in a culture of innovation, support and balance.

 

 

Location

 

Belfast / Derry / Londonderry / Strabane

 

 

Your role in the team

 

Platform Services is focused on the support of self-service tools and automated processes, which enable Allstate Developers and Testers to develop, test and deploy their code in line with the principals of Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) & DevOps.  Platform Services provides solutions across the organization supporting over 5000 developers.

 

The role of the Lead Platform Engineer is to oversee a team who support and provide self-service to Application Developers for enterprise level tools such as Jenkins, GitHub, Artifactory, SonarQube, Octopus Deploy and allow them to build pipelines.

 

The technology is continually evolving, and we need a Tech Lead who has a passion for DevOps to help define and implement its roadmap and work on its engineering team. 

 

Candidates must be self-motivated, curious and collaborative IT professionals who will continually learn and develop their skills.  Ideally you will have a strong background and experience in one or more of the following: Systems Administration, IT automation or Software Development.

 

  • Supporting and Architecting highly available and scalable Enterprise Continuous Delivery solutions.
  • Defining our strategy and working with peers and colleagues to drive enterprise alignment & adoption of current and new technologies.
  • Actively manage, communicate and market the strategy via the creation and maintenance of architecture blueprints, roadmaps and executive presentations.
  • Key contributor to Common Tools governance helping shape future direction and ensuring alignment with policy and strategy.
  • Drive quality solutions and outcomes through continuous improvement, mentoring and coaching of an engineering team.
  • Build, manage and operate the infrastructure and configuration of various components and tools that manage the software development lifecycle with a strong focus on automation
  • Write automated scripts to continuously improve the CI and CD pipeline, including evaluating products and stand up/demoing pipelines.
  • Develop policies, standards, guidelines, and related guidance for operations including continuity management, license usage reporting.
  • Establish and implement standards for build artifact management, such as security and performance reports and automated builds.
  • Support onboarding of developer communities onto tools stacks.
  • Monitoring and resolve environmental issues at multiple layers of deployment, from hardware, operating environment, network and application.

 

 

So, what are the essential criteria to apply?

 

  • All candidates must evidence an existing right to work in the UK
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in build automation or Windows / Linux Server administration or software development.
  • Ability to develop strong relationships and influence senior technical and management across the Enterprise.
  • Proven track record in technical leadership with a demonstrative ability to introduce and drive meaningful technical change.
  • Experience using or supporting any of the following tools – GitHub, Git, Jenkins, SonarQube, Octopus Deploy or Artifactory Pro.
  • Familiarity with IT Operations (configuration management, logging and alerting, troubleshooting, and root cause analysis).
  • Excellent understanding of software development best practices such as Agile.
  • Passion for working with new technology and an aptitude for learning.

 

 

We also have some desirable criteria

 

  • Knowledge of at least one scripting language such as Groovy, Bash or Python
  • Experience of .net , Java or Mobile packaging and deployment.
  • Understanding of cloud architectures and operations, security, automation and orchestration.
  • Working knowledge of Cloud enablement technologies such as AWS Cloud Pipelines, Docker & Kubernetes
  • Database experience

 

 

What we offer

 

As Digital DNA’s Workplace of the Year 2020 winners, we offer a generous benefits package that includes flexible annual leave entitlement, dental and healthcare insurance, an attractive pension package and discounts on gym memberships, public transport and parking.

 

Allstate invests heavily in your development, as an employee you will have access to multiple world-class learning platforms and courses from our award-winning in-house Learning & Development team.

 

We pride ourselves in providing clear career paths and opportunities for internal mobility allowing you to further develop within the organisation.

 

We encourage a better work life balance and you’ll have the opportunity to apply for various flexible working arrangements.

 

 

Closing Date:  Tuesday 22nd June 2021

 

 

Statement on Fair Employment and Equal Opportunities

 

Allstate NI wishes to ensure equal opportunity is given to all job applicants.  This company will not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender (including gender reassignment status), sexual orientation, religious belief, political opinion, marital status, age or disability.

 

We are an equal opportunities employer.  We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as women are currently under-represented in our workforce, we would particularly welcome applications from women.  All appointments will be made on merit.

 

Applicants should note Allstate NI complete AccessNI background checks on all candidates offered a position.