Systems Engineer III - Data Platforms

  • Job Reference: 665681
  • Date Posted: 14 November 2021
  • Employer: Tesco
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  • Location: London/UK
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Retail & Consumer Products
  • Job Type: Full Time

Job Description

About the role

As a Systems Engineer for Data Platforms, you are an integral part of Tesco Technology's Data and Analytics team. You have accountability for the engineering excellence of the data platform, evolving engineering practices to meet the changing demand. You use your technical breadth and depth to build and operate mission-critical systems at scale and inspiring engineering community you interact with.

Successfully transforming the way, we build and operate platforms, allowing Software engineering platform consumers to focus on value-added work will be a key activity.

You will be expected to help guide the roadmap for how best we deploy and operate platforms on behalf of Technology, as well as playing an active part in continuing to build a fantastic and talented team! 

About the Data Platforms team:

In the Data Platforms team, we focus on solving complex business problems developing products that can be deployed at scale to our customers. Our work spans across multiple platforms that support business areas including Stores, Online, Fulfilment, Marketing and Clubcard.

Our core work involves designing and building the data platforms that will support the development of data products both internally and externally.

You will be responsible for

Whilst specific responsibilities will be dependent upon the changing needs of the Tesco business, the following provides an overview of the role's key responsibilities and measures.

  • Establishing and sharing standards for engineering excellence
  • Transforming the data platforms without impact to existing levels of service
  • Designing solutions that will operate at scale with high availability and automation
  • Ability to produce High-Level Documentation for designed solutions
  • Building globally, ensuring consistency in approach throughout all our locations in the UK, Europe and Asia
  • Monitoring technology industry trends
  • Contributing to supplier roadmaps
  • Ensuring operational stability is balanced with engineering and roadmap delivery
  • Driving adoption of new tools and techniques, being able to understand their value and impact
  • Keeping technical skills up to date and keeping track of new technologies, industry trends, understanding how they might benefit the Technology team and wider Tesco

You will need

  • Track record of managing mission-critical, multi-data centre and hybrid environments with large-scale service in a global organisation.
  • Solid understanding and experience working with highly available, high performance, high demand systems
  • Proven experience implementing, securing, and optimising automation pipelines
  • Strong technical knowledge and troubleshooting skills with Linux (CentOS/RHEL/Ubuntu).
  • Experience with automation tooling, including Jenkins, Terraform, Ansible and Infrastructure as Code in general.
  • Experience working with Azure
  • Substantial experience with Docker, Kubernetes and Rancher 
  • Strong operations experience, including networking troubleshooting and common monitoring patterns; experience with Prometheus, Grafana and Splunk.
  • Strong experience about networking technologies (TCP/IP, routing, DNS, LBs, firewalls, network virtualization with NSX-T and Azure).
  • Good understanding of Object storage technologies, such as Ceph s3 and Azure blob storage.
  • Ability to develop and understand code, with Bash, Python, Go, etc.
  • Track record of using automation to build platforms and prevent problem recurrence.
  • A good understanding of both ITIL and Agile processes
  • To keep up to date with the latest trends and developments in DevOps tools and processes
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to relay technical content to colleagues of varying backgrounds, at all levels of seniority
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Experience using and contributing to the open-source community and best practices of using it within an enterprise environment
  • Ability to interpret, discuss, and contribute to architecture and solution designs, considering security and effective operation
  • Ability to influence colleagues, alongside a willingness to be influenced by colleagues, as appropriate

What's in it for you

We offer excellent benefits that help make Tesco a great place to work.  These include but aren't limited to:

  • Annual bonus scheme - up to 20%
  • Holiday starting at 25 days plus a personal day (plus 8 Bank holidays)
  • On-site state of the art gym at our Welwyn Campus with discounted Gympass membership & free health checks via Nuffield Health
  • Retirement savings plan - save between 4% and 7.5% and Tesco will match your contribution
  • Life Assurance - 5 x contractual pay
  • Share Schemes - Join our Buy As You Earn' & Save As You Earn' share schemes after 3 months service
  • Colleague Clubcard (including a 2nd card for a family member) after 3 months service
  • Colleague Discounts:
  • 10% increasing to 15% after every pay day for a four day period, off most purchases at Tesco
  • 10% off One Stop
  • 10% off pay monthly & SIM only deals with Tesco Mobile
  • 20% off all F&F purchases
  • 20% off car, pet and home insurance at Tesco bank. T&C's apply
  • 25% off Tesco Café
  • 50% off complete glasses purchases & free eye tests (other offers available) at Vision Express
  • 50% off health checks at Tesco Pharmacy
  • An exclusive deals and discounts website saving you money on everyday purchases, treats for the family, eating out and utility bills for the home
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Shuttle Bus Service to/from Welwyn Garden City Station to Welwyn Campus
  • Opportunities to get on - take advantage of our ongoing learning opportunities and award-winning training, to help you achieve the job and career you want
  • Our Employee Assistance Programme helps you deal with life's challenges
  • Financial wellness - Tesco has partnered with experts to help you make the most of your money
  • Get involved in a range of fundraising activities with our long-term charity partners

About us

Our vision here at Tesco is to become every customer's favourite way to shop, whether they are at home or out on the move. Our core purpose is Serving Britain's shoppers a little better every day'. Our business was built with a simple mission - to be the champion for customers, helping them to enjoy a better quality of life and an easier way of living. This hasn't changed. Customers want great products at great value which they can buy easily and it's our job to deliver this in the right way for them. In the UK, we serve some 66 shoppers every second, so it's our goal to ensure every one of those customers experiences just a little better service on each visit.
At Tesco, inclusion means that Everyone's Welcome. Everyone is treated fairly and with respect; by valuing individuality and uniqueness we create a sense of belonging.
Diversity and inclusion have always been at the heart of Tesco. It is embedded in our values: we treat people how they want to be treated. We always want our colleagues to feel they can be themselves at work and we are committed to helping them be at their best.
Across the Tesco group we are building an inclusive workplace, a place to actively celebrate the cultures, personalities and preferences of our colleagues - who in turn help to build the success of our business and reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

NOTE: Should you be successful in your application, your offer will be subject to and conditional upon you providing your bank account details on your agreed start date.