IT Systems Manager **Closing Date Extended**

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 3 Jun 2019

Reference number



£27,711 - £31,570


Higher Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Information Technology

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



Number of posts



Lowestoft, Eastern

About the job

Job description


This IT Systems Manager post will work within the Systems Development, Architecture and Strategy (SDAS) Team within the IT Services Group which is responsible for the planning, development and security of CEFAS’ on premise and cloud-based IT infrastructure and services. You will investigate and progress IT solutions and infrastructure to improve IT service capability and capacity to meet business needs.


Develop, manage and support Cefas on premise and cloud-based IT infrastructures, platforms and the existing security infrastructure and service including some of the following duties:

• Analysis of requirements, investigation and progression of IT solutions and infrastructure to improve IT infrastructure, service capability and capacity to meet business needs and government IT strategies.
• Development of existing and new IT infrastructure and end user services currently predominantly based on Microsoft products but increasingly Open Source products and software being used.
• System management of Cefas systems and services ensuring their security, integrity and efficient operation as required
• 3rd Level technical support for the servicing of support calls.
• 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.
• Analytical skills
• Certification and/or experience in Microsoft or Linux based technologies would be an advantage
• Demonstrable ability to deliver work objectives under pressure and the motivation to provide a high-quality service for customers.

Person specification

Please show how your previous experience and skills will enable you to meet the requirements of the job description


A Degree/HNC or equivalent in computing or other relevant subject or equivalent experience


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Working Together
  • Changing and Improving
  • Delivering at Pace



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

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

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
Please note depending on the volume of applications an initial sift may be conducted on the lead behaviour; Working Together, candidates must pass this behaviour for their application to be progressed.

Please note:
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

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, however we are able to offer an initial interview via Skype for candidates who are unable to travel to Lowestoft

Further information

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes. If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
● Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs
● Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional

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