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Location

Bolton

Job Overview

A Bit About Us

At AO, we’re in the business of better tomorrows for our customers, and we do whatever it takes to make sure they’re the happiest they can be. We may sell everything from washing machines to PlayStations, but putting smiles on our customers’ faces is at the heart of everything we do.

We’re big believers in making sure every job is done properly, which is why we do everything the AO way. Our award-winning teams work their magic behind the scenes to make sure every customer’s experience is totally effortless. We do our bit for the environment too, with our very own recycling plant to make sure we’re as green as we look. We’re always looking for ways to make our customers as happy as can be, wherever possible.

More About the Role

The DevOps evangelist will work with everyone in the IT department; engaging with developers, infrastructure engineers, analysts, and managers to accelerate engineering, improve operability, and increase the value team’s delivery.

The DevOps Coaches are enablers, promoting the DevOps movement whilst educating teams on the best technologies and practices for achieving their business and team objectives. As such you will need to be a fast learner, staying up to date with bleeding edge cloud services with the communication skills to train out your finding to large groups of engineers.

Here's What You Can Expect to be Doing

You are going to be amongst the teams, working side by side with them to fully appreciate their solutions, frustration and bug bearers. With this, your expertise, and a strong sense of empathy, you’ll guide the team’s through a transformation program that will modernize their domains, embrace DevOps Culture & practices and speed up the delivery of new projects and deployments.

With a shared appreciation for security, operability and governance, you will help drive the principles you’ve agree with platform teams as part of your program of work. This will regularly require brand new tools to solve problems and automate away repetitive work that affects our internal IT teams.

Learn and be curious. Our team loves to innovate, so you'll always be on the lookout for the newest technology and what it can do to benefit everyone. You will give advice to IT teams and the wider department on what approaches and technologies to use on their own projects. This will help them to build the best IT systems in Europe.

It is also important that we track how well we are doing through regular measurement. Both in terms of the work we do and the impact of the improvements we make. As such, you will need to be able to distill complex information and metrics from the teams you work with to validate the value you intended and encourage other teams to adopt

A Few Things About You

  • A C# senior programmer with experience in Python or JavaScript.
  • Experience in developing and optimising CI pipelines and a continuous delivery (CD) mindset.
  • We are a Windows focused environment, so PowerShell or any other shell scripting knowledge would be a bonus.
  • Do you have a cloud certification? Excellent but not essential.
  • Experience working with a multi-account AWS organisation and managed services would be a bonus.
  • Security is important to you; you build with security in mind and develop processes that help engineers to build secure and compliant systems
  • Infrastructure as code (IAC) is a must, everything we build today is managed by code
  • You have an awareness of content delivery networks such as Cloudflare or CloudFront as well as knowledge on application performance management tools such as DynaTrace and NewRelic.
  • You can perform and lead effective root cause analysis to ensure that we learn from our mistakes and use it to drive improvements.
  • Do you also have a deep understanding of computer networks, security practices, and automation? You will regularly need to solve problems that involve crossing over into infrastructure, networking, and architecture.
  • It would be great, but not essential if you have any knowledge of logging/ELK stacks, service discovery, or systems monitoring.
  • If you have strong database query skills such as MSSQL or PostgreSQL this would be beneficial.

Why Choose AO?

We’re in the business of better tomorrows, for both our customers and our people. A better tomorrow means finding a place that’ll reward your curiosity. A place that encourages you to ask ‘why’. Somewhere that feeds your imagination and gives you the support to bring those ideas to life.

If you’re the kind of person who wants to learn and help others achieve, who always sees the glass half-full with an appetite for what’s next, you’ll fit right in with us.

In return, you’ll be an integral part of an award-winning team who are forward-thinking and innovative. You can also take up to 5 days out of the business a year to use for development in your role and we’ll cover the cost.

We’re about looking at the bigger picture - the better tomorrow. And no matter what that looks like to you, we’ll make sure you’ve got everything you need to make it happen.

Great People Deserve Great Things

As an AO’er you can take full advantage of the benefits and perks we have to offer

  • Feel free to have a chat with us about our flexible ways of working.
  • You can take up to 5 days out of the business a year to use for development in your role and we’ll cover the cost.
  • We have our own library, if you've seen something which interests you, we can order in a copy. Just add it to the library when you've done.
  • 25 days holiday (Excluding Bank Holidays)
  • At least 5% contribution pension scheme
  • Dedicated wellness initiatives that support a healthy work / life balance, ranging from our 24hr employee assistance programme to subsidised gym membership.

To see all of our benefits and perks visit our AO Benefits page.

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