Azure Cloud Engineer

July 12, 2024
£45039 - £45039

Job Description

Azure Cloud EngineerPermanentEdinburgh/Hybrid£45,942 – £53,478 per annum

The Scottish Funding Council is Scotland’s tertiary education and research authority. Our ambition is to make Scotland an outstanding place to learn, educate, research, and innovate – now and for the future. So, naturally, we have a clear focus on recruiting the best people and developing them throughout their career. We invest around £2 billion every year, and our funding enables colleges and universities to provide life-changing opportunities for over half a million people.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Head of Cloud Infrastructure and working as part of an existing team, as the Azure Cloud Engineer here at SFC you will develop, administer, support, and maintain Cloud based solutions, including new services, projects and the migration of existing services to the Cloud.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide technical leadership in the planning, design, and implementation of cloud-based applications.
  • Manage and optimize IaaS and PaaS elements to deliver robust, cost-efficient solutions in Azure.
  • Ensure the architecture of cloud solutions align with business requirements and application development strategy.
  • Perform system troubleshooting and problem-solving across platform and application domains.
  • Lead efforts to identify and evaluate emerging cloud technologies and methods to ensure SFC remains a current and modern Cloud based organisation
  • Develop and organize cloud systems to ensure data security, cloud backup, disaster recovery, and compliance with internal and external regulations.
  • Implement and manage cloud environment using Infrastructure as Code (IaC).
  • Troubleshoot Microsoft Azure and On-Prem infrastructure, including network performance and security, and make recommendations for future proofing and performance improvement.
  • Ensure robust documentation is delivered and kept up-to-date, including processes, controls and developments.
  • Ensure existing IT policies and procedures are adhered to and enforced appropriately.
  • Proactively identify process improvement opportunities and support continuous improvement initiatives under your own initiative and direction of the Head of Cloud Infrastructure.

Person specification

It is important through your CV / Cover Letter that you give evidence of proven experience of each of the following essential criteria:

Essential Requirements:

  • Experience administering Azure Services: M365, App Service, Azure SQL, Blob Storage, Key Vault, ExpressRoute, Virtual machines, Virtual Networks.
  • Experience of Azure Migration, migrating on-premises solutions to the cloud using Azure Migrate (or other) tools.
  • Experience with Continuity of Operations/Disaster Recovery architecture and planning.
  • In-depth technical knowledge of Microsoft Azure and On-Prem infrastructure components and how they integrate with one another.
  • In-depth knowledge of with Azure Security Centre and Azure Monitor: Network, Application, Infrastructure.
  • In-depth knowledge of multi factor authentication (Azure MFA preferred), Microsoft AD Integration with Cloud Applications/Microsoft Azure Active Directory.
  • Good working knowledge of Active Directory Services including DNS, DHCP, and DFS.
  • Qualifications: Microsoft Cloud Certification, at least one of the following (AZ-400 , AZ-303, AZ-104).

Core Technical Knowledge:

  • Experience in on premises infrastructure, virtualisation technologies or applications.
  • Experience with Azure Active Directory including on premises Active Directory and hybrid identities.
  • Experience supporting the Microsoft 365 Suite, Exchange Online, SharePoint, Teams.
  • Experience/knowledge in Microsoft Intune (Windows 10/11, Autopilot, Android/iOS, MAM/MDM).
  • Experience with Azure IaaS (networking, virtual machines).
  • Experience with Azure Backup & Recovery Services.
  • Experience with Windows Serve.

Additional informationLocationSFC offers hybrid working for its employees. This means that whilst the role is based at our Edinburgh office, there is substantial opportunity to work from home most of the time. As a rule of thumb SFC expects that a minimum of three days a month in the office.

Key Rewards and Benefits

  • Normal full-time hours of work are 35 per week. We will consider flexible working arrangements. A flexi-time system is in operation.
  • Annual leave entitlement of 26.5 days pro-rata, rising to 30 days pro-rata after 4 years’ continuous service. Public and privilege holiday entitlement of 11.5 days pro-rata.
  • A flexible approach to hybrid working, giving you flexibility to work from home for some of the time while also maintaining regular in-person contact with colleagues.
  • Annual pay review: approved within the framework of the Scottish Government’s Public Sector Pay Policy.
  • Eligibility to join the Civil Service Pension Scheme.
  • Support for continuous professional development.
  • Support for health and wellbeing, including generous occupational sick pay, free access to confidential advice and support through our 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme, Special Leave (paid and unpaid), a contribution to learning outside work through our Lifelong Learning Fund, free winter flu vaccination, and access to occupational health support.

Pre-Employment ChecksAs part of our pre-employment process, we will ask you to provide relevant documentation to show that you are eligible to work in the UK and a Basic Disclosure Scotland certificate. You must be eligible to work in the UK to apply for this role; we do not offer sponsorships. We also take up references as part of this process. Expenses will be reimbursed for Basic Disclosure check. This will only be requested if you are appointed into the role.