I am an Engineer
I work for TES Global. TES Global’s story is an extraordinary one: its digital community on TES Connect is one of the fastest growing of any profession globally, and it boasts a 100-year heritage at the centre of the teaching and education community, with offices in London, San Francisco and Sydney. Today, TES Global has over 6.9 million teacher members in 197 countries across the globe and connects more than 72 million teachers and students. Up to 6.3 million resources are downloaded from the site a week, 13 a second. Home to more than 800,000 individually crafted teaching resources developed by teachers for teachers, this unparalleled collection helps to guide, inform and inspire educators around the world.
The operations team at TES plays a big part in ensuring our platform is kept alive and healthy as well as working very closely with a range of developers to deliver one of the smoothest delivery pipelines I’ve had the privilege to work with. I’m now looking to expand my team and am looking for an individual who has current permission to work in the UK and will not require VISA sponsorship to join us as a Senior Platform Engineer (SPE).
SPEs are responsible not only for the underlying hybrid cloud infrastructure but also for networking, security, performance, automation, integration and education of the wider internal developer community in the best practices of using our infrastructure and services. They are the last but one line of support and assistance and as such are expected to understand their subject matter deeply and thoroughly. It can be an incredibly challenging role but one that we all feel is worth doing and worth doing well. We all work in an Agile manner and believe in effective communication as the single most important tool at our disposal.
The TES platform lives within the AWS public cloud and an internal Xen based stack. SPEs are expected to be deeply familiar with both these stacks and to provide interfaces for developer operations that are seamless between the two.
We make extensive use of Docker, Ansible and Python and our SPEs are expected to be familiar with these technologies and to become extremely proficient with them. You’ll be supported each step of the way on that journey.
We work closely with the wider engineering teams to share our experiences and knowledge to continuously improve the technical operations procedures, tools and approaches throughout the business.
What’s it like to work here?
We release regularly and frequently here at TES and that means our systems and our infrastructure has to be as dynamic and robust as the engineers creating the features. This isn’t a 9 to 5 job and we work the job and not the clock. TES values it’s people highly so there are various social events regularly scheduled to help maintain a healthy atmosphere and a sense of community. We try to hire clever people to do simple things and so make the complex seem mundane.
We constantly look at ways we can improve how we work to cooperate and tune the process to the people rather than the other way around. We don’t believe in blindly following doctrine but encourage teams to arrive quickly and effectively on ways of working that help deliver the quality our customers have become accustomed to.
We’re no strangers to trying edge things and our CTO, Clifton Cunningham, allows us all the freedom to experiment responsibly in order to drive our innovation with many of us having worked with him a number of times before. There’s a reason for that.
- Providing input into any new solutions and for any enhancements of existing ones.
- Working with Agile development teams in a web facing environment and for mentoring junior developers in the DevOps process.
- Driving and owning relationships with multiple suppliers and internal teams.
- Driving continuous improvement across multi-disciplined teams.
- Help establish, renew and run processes for on-going maintenance and monitoring operations within the platform.
- Providing out of hours on-call services on a rota basis.
Candidates should have experience of working in large scale, highly available enterprise environments and have demonstrable capabilities of contributing to a large scale python project. Experience should include some or all of the following technologies;
- Linux Networking
- Hadoop / RDS / MapReduce
- Git / npm / dpkg / apt
- Docker / Docker Swarm
- Rancher / Messos / Marathon / Kube
If you’re looking for somewhere to grow your skills and career and not just another job where you can hack then we’re probably going to get along fine. We’re very interested in any female engineers who might want to consider this role to help bring balance to the force.
There will be a technical test to pass as well as some tests that you won’t think a technical role would require. We’re looking for the whole of you and not just your technical kudos so come with an open mind.
If you’d like to talk about this role then please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a current CV and GitHub account.