About the job
The IT Systems Manager will work within the IT Services Group which is responsible for the planning, development, management and security of CEFAS’ on-premises and cloud-based IT infrastructure and services.
Duties and responsibilities will include:
• Investigation and progression of IT solutions and infrastructure to improve IT infrastructure, service capability and capacity to meet business needs and government IT strategies
• Management and technical support of existing and new IT infrastructure and end-user services currently predominantly based on Microsoft products
• Microsoft Office 365 and Azure services
• System Centre Configuration Manager 2016
• Windows 2012/2016, Citrix, VMWare, SQL Server 2012/2014, IIS7 and HP storage solutions and Cisco networks.
• Day-to-day management of Cefas systems and services ensuring their security, integrity and efficient operation
• Technical support for the servicing of support calls escalated from the IT Service Desk
• Managing relationships with internal and external customers and suppliers on application-related server, desktop and network infrastructure and services, in addition to providing advice for customer projects.
• Demonstrable recent experience and skills in the development, support, configuration and troubleshooting of IT infrastructures and services based on Windows, ideally cloud-based
• Demonstrable ability to deliver work objectives under pressure and the motivation to provide a high-quality service for customers
• The ability to work well in a small team in a high-pressure environment
• A willingness to adapt to different situations and projects rapidly, coupled with the analytical skills necessary to identify the work needed to achieve defined goals is also a requirement
• Enthusiasm to learn any new skills needed to undertake tasks
• A good team worker targeted on achieving joint goals, able to give and receive praise and constructive criticism.
Please show how your skills and previous experience will enable you to meet the requirements of the job description.
Degree/HNC/Level 4 or equivalent in computing or other relevant subject, or equivalent experience.
We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
- Collaborating and partnering
- Delivering at pace
- Science and Engineering - Applying Scientific and Technical Knowledge
Civil Service Competency Framework
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration
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If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.
Selection process details
Candidates are advised that their application will be assessed on relevant experience as well as competencies.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.
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Sift/interview dates and location
Interviews will be held at Cefas Laboratory, Pakefield Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0HT
Interview date to be confirmed.
Cefas is unable to contribute to interview expenses.
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