PaaS Cloud Platform Engineer (hybrid or remote)

Date Opened: Nov 20, 2021

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

Company: Allstate Insurance Company

About Us

 

The world isn’t standing still, and neither is Allstate. We’re moving quickly, looking across our businesses and brands and taking bold steps to better serve customers’ evolving needs. That’s why now is an exciting time to join our team. You’ll have opportunities to take risks, challenge the status quo and shape the future for the greater good.

 

You’ll do all this in an environment of excellence and the highest ethical standards – a place where values such as integrity, inclusive diversity and accountability are paramount. We empower every employee to lead, drive change and give back where they work and live. Our people are our greatest strength, and we work as one team in service of our customers and communities.

 

Allstate operate a very flexible hybrid working policy that will allow you to design your working week in collaboration with your manager with a blend of remote and office working for NI based employees as well as condensed working patterns (4 day week/9 day fortnight). Employees based in GB will be employed on a permanent remote working contract.

 

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

 

 

Location

 

 

Belfast/ Derry – Londonderry/ Strabane/ Remote, GB

 

 

Your role in the team

 

 

As a cloud platform engineer you will be working within a fun, fast paced and challenging work environment. No two days are the same within this role, and the opportunity to work with emerging technologies is extremely rewarding.

 

A typical workday begins with our "breakfast club" chat to replicate the missing craic element we would have in the office. The team has a great sense of humor and it’s good to be surrounded by like-minded technologists.

 

The team in ANI is part of a global platform group spread out across the US (Chicago and Charlotte), India and NI, made up of people with skills in a wide range of technologies including VMWare, Kubernetes, programming/scripting, AWS, Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) and many more.

 

From a technology perspective we support a PCF based PaaS solution, both OnPrem (VMWare) and Cloud Hosted (AWS), that is the core of Allstate’s future development strategy. There is a huge focus on automation and infrastructure as code to build and support these environments and the team uses a range of vended and open source tools to do so. Partnerships with other groups are also key and a typical day will see the team work with multiple other groups (including the ISAM, AWS, VMWare, Splunk, CI/CD Tools, Firewall, NOC, Datadog and Security teams) further broadening the team’s knowledge.

 

With such a diverse range of technologies in use, the team is filled with experts who are there to help and support each other, spreading knowledge throughout the group. Teamwork is at the core of everything we do which provides a supportive and engaging working environment.

 

As technology moves forward the team is expected to be the first to embrace it and currently has the opportunity to plan and build out a new platform within the emerging Kubernetes technology stack backed by the enterprise investment needed to train them to do so.

 

If you want to work in role which helps build your skillset, challenges you on a daily basis, and want to work within a collaborative work environment this would be the role for you.

 

 

  • Design and implement solutions to continuously deliver an enterprise software system hosted in Kubernetes.
  • Provision, configure, and maintain cloud resources using industry standard tools and technologies.
  • 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 and infrastructure as code
  • Being a dependable and highly skilled development resource for peers through education and review.
  • Having a broad awareness of related projects and industry trends and encourages innovative practices amongst peers.
  • Advocates and models coding and collaboration practices, reviews team code, and provides team members with feedback and suggestions for process improvement.
  • Collaborates with other team members to establish new best practices and maintainable processes.

 

 

 

So, what are the essential criteria to apply?

 

  • All candidates must evidence an existing right to work in the UK'
  • 5 years + relevant working experience
  • Experience implementing and supporting either a Platform as a Service (PaaS) or Container as a service (CaaS) solution
  • Experience of scripted management of modern cloud based infrastructure
  • Experience with virtualized infrastructure (VMWare, AWS, Azure or GCP)
  • Ability to code or script in at least one language (Java, Go, Python, Ruby, Perl, bash, etc.)

 

 

 

We also have some desirable criteria

 

  • Experience using Elasticsearch
  • Orchestration using Kubernetes or equivalent
  • Experience of credential and certificate management
  • Experience with Terraform or Terraform Enterprise
  • Experience using cloud monitoring solutions (e.g. Datadog)
  • Experience with GitOps and Flux
  • Experience with Systems, Application and Network performance/availability monitoring and analysis
  • Expertise in problem solving and analysing global scale distributed systems
  • Clear evidence of troubleshooting and resolving issues in an application or PaaS environment
  • Strong experience of service restoration activities covering web front end, Systems, Databases and Networks (at least one of these areas is required)
  • Proven experience working with infrastructure components (operating systems, compute, storage, networking, distributed systems, big data, cloud, containers, etc.) and solid understanding of the rest and how they impact services
  • You have the ability to self-manage.
  • Work effectively across organizational boundaries.
  • You should be able to influence formally and informally
  • Passion for learning and working with new technology

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday December 17th 2021