Cambridge, UK

Senior Systems Administrator

The Opportunity

We are looking for an experienced Senior Systems Administrator to join our Infrastructure team.

Reporting to the IT Infrastructure Lead, the Senior Systems Administrator will work as part of the Infrastructure Team to design, deploy, document and maintain our global infrastructure, including our PCI compliant area.

Featurespace operates a heterogeneous technology environment.  The successful candidate will require a wide range of skills, knowledge & experience to help Featurespace operate to a high standard and enable Featurespace to scale globally.

This role would be responsible for the automation of our environment, with a goal to minimise human error and provide maximum service reliability, ensuring that our IT policies are comprehensive and correct, making sure our infrastructure is fully patched, up to date and secure, and handling day to day tasks, requests and tickets from the business.


Day to Day

As a company we hire people with a willingness to adapt to a variable role, so along with the responsibilities below, we ask for ownership of any other duties as required.


  • Configuring internal and production systems to meet best practice, policy, and contractual requirements for information/IT security
  • Information/IT security monitoring, auditing, and reporting
  • Managing storage and access of sensitive data
  • Assisting with general systems administration as require
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About you

Must haves:

  • Strong experience around information/IT security compliance
  • Strong sysadmin experience with Linux, ideally Red Hat, CentOS or Oracle Linux, including best practices and hardening
  • Experience with networking, including configuration, maintenance, troubleshooting and security
  • Experience with Ansible (or similar configuration management tools)
  • Experience with general automation and scripting/development (Perl/Python/Bash)
  • Experience with storage system (NAS/SAN systems)
  • Attention to detail in their work, and a diligent manner when dealing with production services


Nice to haves:

  • Experience working with a team that is distributed around the world
  • Knowledge or experience with any of the following technologies:
  • Working with CI/CD tools (such as gitlab, teamcity, etc.)
  • Working with lifecycle management tools (e.g. Foreman)
  • Experience maintaining and managing Openstack clusters
  • Experience with Docker/Kubernetes technologies
  • Working in a PCI compliant environment
  • FreeIPA/Red Hat Identity Management
  • Knowledge of Mellanox Switches (Protocols such as MLAG, LAG) and HA clusters
  • Knowledge of Virtualisation (such as MS Hyper-V)

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 responsibilities
  • An indication of how relevant technologies have been used (not just a list)
  • Good problem solving skills
  • A desire to work as a team
  • Enthusiasm

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., 140 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0GF.

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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