Cambridge, UK

Head of IT

The Opportunity

Featurespace is looking for an experienced and dedicated Head of IT to join our growing IT team based out of our Cambridge office.

Featurespace is a rapidly growing software business, with a substantial development team and several other technical groups.

Our internal IT systems range from development and data science environments to those required to operate our business.  You’ll be overseeing substantial internal systems, SaaS productivity tools as well ensuring Featurespace utilise public cloud IaaS effectively, so strategy and execution are very important.

You’ll work closely with the Director of Security to ensure PCI-DSS and SOC 2 compliance are maintained.

Day to Day

  • Managing people, projects, and technology, mentoring and career development for staff, ultimately responsible for tasks assigned to the IT team
  • Drive clarity of responsibility and process, planning and implementing the internal IT systems needed to support our business.
  • Manage budget, develop IT strategy and policies, and ensure adequate redundancies, failover and disaster recovery are in place for critical systems
  • Primary responsibility for all user equipment, networking, internal servers, and management of both private and IT public cloud systems
  • Drive technology choices and adoption across the team, and to the business, by anticipating demand for future capabilities
  • Responsibility for the smooth running of the team, including prioritising and monitoring workflows, with utmost focus on delivering a high-quality service to Featurespace
  • Manage escalations and conducting root-cause analysis sessions with the relevant stakeholders after major incident
  • Ensure that quality documentation is created and maintained for users and the IT team
  • Ensure requests and issues are logged, tracked appropriately in our ticket management system
  • Implement accurate and uniform measures to analyse performance and trends across IT systems and services
  • Identify and implement opportunities to improve efficiency of the IT function including cost, time, and overall user experience
  • Develop and maintain third party and partner relationships
  • Recruit and train IT team members as required
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About you

Must haves:

  • Significant experience in leading an IT systems and services team within a dynamic and fast-growing technology environment
  • Track record of driving change and developing teams, systems, and processes
  • Practical experience of project management methodologies, for example agile and waterfall
  • Ability to communicate well, adapting fluidly to different audiences – ranging from highly technical personnel to non-technical business owners
  • Must enjoy working in a team of like-minded and intelligent people to solve complex problems
  • Ability to adapt and stretch capabilities and skills to meet the business needs of a fast-growing technology firm
  • A good understanding of at least two of the following core areas, Security, (Cloud based technology – SaaS and IaaS), Enterprise software (CRM, Marketing automation, Productivity suites), Infrastructure services (Networking, Virtualization, storage) and or technology underpinning CI/CD process
  • Experience applying automation and cloud technology to drive increased efficiency and reduced cost
  • Practical knowledge of the following GDPR, PCI-DSS, SOC 2 and or ISO27001:x

 

Great to haves:

  • Knowledge of Linux, networking, security, scripting, and command line tools
  • Experience in supplier management, including initial assessment and measuring ongoing performance
  • Experience migrating on premise services to cloud based equivalent or IaaS services, including cost modelling
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (Business / Computer Science preferred) or equivalent experience

Personal Qualities

The work is often challenging and fast paced. We are looking for someone who has the following qualities:

  • A focus on personal achievement and responsibility
  • Passion to learn new skills and technologies
  • Attention to detail, excellence, and quality
  • Enthusiasm and an open mindset

 

And most importantly, a small-company attitude: willingness to adapt to a variable role and a great can-do attitude.

How to apply

If you think you’re a good fit for the role above, we would love to hear from you.

Fill out the short application form, upload your CV and one of the team will get back to you.

If you have any questions or queries regarding this role, or life at Featurespace, please contact [email protected]

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Featurespace Ltd., is committed to comply with the General Data Protection Legislation and any implementing legislation (the “Data Protection Legislation”) and will process your Personal Data in accordance with the Data Protection Legislation and information security legislation. Any capitalised terms used in this Privacy Notice shall be given the same definition as in the Data Protection Legislation.

This Privacy Notice sets out the basis on which Featurespace Ltd will process Personal Data relating to job applicants.

The Data Controller is Featurespace Ltd., 3rd Floor, Broers Building, Hauser Forum, 21 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0FA

Data refers to both Personal Data and Special Categories of Data. Your job application and the Personal Data held within it will be processed to assess your viability for the stated role. We may also process any information that you provide about your health, for the sole purpose of assessing whether any adjustments may need to be made to the recruitment process to accommodate you . If your application is unsuccessful, Featurespace will retain your Data for 24 months after the end of the recruitment process. Your Personal Data is processed in accordance with our legitimate interests of making sound recruitment decisions. You are under no obligation to provide us with your Personal Data. However without this, we cannot assess your job application. We will only process information about your health for the purpose of making reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process (if applicable), in accordance with our legal obligations. You have the following rights in relation to the processing of your Data: The right to be informed about how your Data is processed. You have the right to object to the processing of your Data based on our legitimate interests as outlined above. The right of access, to your Data and supplementary information relating to our use of your Data. In certain circumstances, we reserve the right to charge you for exercising this right. The right to rectification, if your Data is inaccurate or incomplete. In certain circumstances, the right to erasure, request the deletion of, or removal of, your Data. In certain circumstances, the right to restrict processing, block any further processing of your Data. We shall respond to any request made by you without delay and in any case within a month of your request. The right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office if you believe that your data protection/privacy rights have been breached. Your application will be submitted and stored on an application database (Greenhouse). Access to your Data on Greenhouse is limited to the relevant persons for your application- our internal recruiters, the hiring manager and interviewer(s). Your CV may be printed and shown to consulted decision makers, any physical copies will be securely and confidentially destroyed after a decision has been made on your application. Your CV is transferred to a third country, outside of the EEA, when it is processed by Greenhouse. Greenhouse meet the technical and organisational data security measures outlined in the GDPR Article 32, and are SOC2 Type II certified. We do not envisage that any decision will be taken about your application using automated means.

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