Azure Cloud IS Assurance Lead

Reporting to the IS Manager, the IS Assurance Lead is responsible for providing technical guidance and support for the continued development, implementation and management of an integrated IT infrastructure ensuring the estate of critical gas industry systems supported in a 24x7x365 operation is fit for purpose now and into the future. The IS Assurance Lead will need to demonstrate the balance between operating in a detailed ‘hands-on’ elements of infrastructure/data with the provision of strategic advice, information and support in these areas.

The IS Assurance Lead will be capable of designing, building, deploying and supporting on-premise and Cloud hosted applications infrastructure. The ideal candidate will need to have experience with Cloud technologies, preferably Microsoft Azure.  They will have a strong systems operational background in order to react to monitoring, resolving alerts / incidents and change co-ordination. Responsible for making sure all aspects of the platform are secure and all operational risks are managed to ensure that they are providing a platform that is secure-by-design and compliant with mandatory policies and security standards.

Role Accountabilities

  • Provide troubleshooting, maintenance, and support of the infrastructure estate and Cloud platform
  • Ensure compliance with the information security policies and procedures
  • Oversee and assure platform administration, maintenance and monitoring
  • Drive proactive design, automate and implementation of systems monitoring to enable the early identification of potential issues and implementing proactive steps before it translates into systems outages
  • Ensure infrastructure resilience and redundancy is tested and operated as designed
  • Work with third party support professionals as required to resolve system issues as well as to optimise the infrastructure
  • Issue resolution with strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build good relationships at all levels
  • Assure technical solutions to ensure fit for purpose Infrastructure requirements
  • Manage the investigation and resolution of IT security incidents that occur within the broader IT systems landscape.
  • Manage the process of implementing vendor-supplied patches and fixes to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the systems and applications.
  • Actively maintain existing IS Service integrity and the introduction of change covering both small- and large-scale change projects within remit or portfolio of responsibility.
  • Proactively working with suppliers to identify root causes of faults and implement rapid resolution that is fit for purpose.
  • Drive continual service improvement across the Infrastructure and Operations function. Identify, implement and evaluate system and process improvements
  • Knowledge of development life cycle
  • Experience in similar roles working to industry best practice standards within tight timescale in a fast-paced environment.
  • Knowledge, understanding and some practical experience of building and maintain supplier relationships including direct, third party and off shore.
  • Extensive knowledge of data centre infrastructure including an understanding of the implementation of physical security solutions.

Specialist/Technical Expertise

  • Advance understanding of Azure offerings with practical deployment experience
  • Must have an understanding of all the services available on Azure (Essential)
  • Must understand different design patterns used by Microsoft Stack developers
  • Good understanding of IaaS, PaaS, SaaS
  • Microsoft Azure and APIs
  • Experience of SAP products would be an advantage but not essential
  • Possess a minimum of ITILv3 foundation plus at least one other relevant ITIL intermediate qualification, being able to demonstrate experience and understanding of content having worked in an ITIL environment previously, or willing to work toward certification using your experience.
  • Azure certifications desirable but not essential if experience is displayed
  • Understanding best practice approaches to design / maintaining cloud-based deployments

My Behaviours

My client has adopted Franklin Covey’s 7 Habits as the core behaviours that they want everyone to demonstrate:

  • Be Proactive –Good customer service requires action and good service requires initiative. Both require you to take responsibility for your actions
  • Begin With the End in Mind – Start with a clear destination to ensure the steps you are taking are in the right direction. Great customer experience requires planning, direction and a mutual goal
  • Put First Things First – Have the discipline to prioritise your day-to-day actions based on what is most important, not what is most urgent. A fantastic customer experience is focused on putting the actions that mean the most to our customers first
  • Think Win-Win –Value and respect people by understanding a ‘win’ for all is ultimately a better long-term resolution. Included in the overall goal is being able to fulfil the needs of our customers
  • Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood Seek to deeply understand through empathic listening. A great customer experience is received when understanding the needs, wants and problems of customers to truly add value where and when it matters
  • Synergise –Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork, to achieve goals that no one could have done alone. Exceptional customer experience is showing we are willing to explore new ways of working via the synergy of purpose, shared goals and insights
  • Sharpen the Saw – Surrounds all of the other habits and makes each one possible by preserving and enhancing your greatest asset – yourself. In order to be effectively Customer Centric, we need to ensure we are recharged and able to achieve the right outcomes for our customers

We would like to thank you for taking the time to apply for this vacancy.  If you are not selected for this particular position, your CV will be kept on file and you may be contacted for other suitable roles in the future.

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