Senior Manager DevOps & Automation

UK Remote
Information Technology
Job Requisition Number:  UKIT88

Sophos is a worldwide leader in next-generation cybersecurity, protecting more than 500,000 organizations and millions of consumers in more than 150 countries from today’s most advanced cyberthreats. Powered by threat intelligence, AI and machine learning from SophosLabs and SophosAI, Sophos delivers a broad portfolio of advanced products and services to secure users, networks and endpoints against ransomware, malware, exploits, phishing and the wide range of other cyberattacks. Sophos provides a single integrated cloud-based management console, Sophos Central – the centerpiece of an adaptive cybersecurity ecosystem that features a centralized data lake that leverages a rich set of open APIs available to customers, partners, developers, and other cybersecurity vendors. Sophos sells its products and services through reseller partners and managed service providers (MSPs) worldwide. Sophos has major hubs around the globe. More information is available at www.sophos.com



Role Summary

CIS is responsible for supporting our Product teams to deliver the infrastructure required to provide public-facing infrastructure and Cloud services to both internal and external customers.

As the Senior Manager, DevOps Tools and Automation, you will lead a highly technical and high performing team responsible for all Cloud Infrastructure for public facing and back-office Cloud Products and Services that provide Cybersecurity protection to millions of endpoints worldwide. 

You will lead our DevOps adoption within Cloud Infrastructure Services (CIS) and across Product BUs to design, implement and improve our cloud infrastructure.  You will guide teams of experienced engineers to build data & cost models & architecture that will deliver a scalable, resilience and affordable cloud platform. Working with the CIS team to deliver infrastructure & monitoring as code.  Scoping and delivering a common set of management plane services (identity management, secrets management, monitoring, patching, vulnerability scanning, Logging, asset management, image hardening), that can be adopted by IT and Product BUs. 

You will lead strategic technical initiatives, coordinating technical strategy, planning and delivery across the organization to ensure quality, consistency, and alignment with company objectives and priorities.



Our Ideal Candidate

You are highly technical and a strong technical leader with extensive Technical and Operational Leadership specializing in DevOps and public cloud environments. 

You have demonstrable success in delivering world class cloud solutions (at scale), whilst building, transforming, developing and inspiring exceptional technical teams.  You embrace the DevOps culture with IT/Engineering organizations with proven success around process delivery & optimization.

You set ambitious targets and inspire others to pursue goals. You generate excitement and articulate a compelling vision that everyone can see and understand.  You excel at clearly mapping a plan to reach our strategy.  At the same time, you are willing to get into the details and create well-defined measurements and milestones that are critical to success. You put the customer, and their experience, at the heart of what you do.

You model accountability and set up measurements and metrics to continually evaluate and improve performance. Written and verbal communication are among your greatest strengths; you are clear and concise on message, can adapt your communication to your audience.

You are a highly effective leader who is successful at building and sustaining professional relationships at all levels of an organization. You reach beyond formal structures, can influence others to build consensus and alignment. You are a strong mentor who is passionate about hiring, development, and retention of talented individuals and teams.


Your Responsibilities


Reporting to the Snr Dir, Cloud Infrastructure Services (CIS), your responsibilities include:



  • Shape the vision of how DevOps capabilities are achieved and guides other technical staff in achieving that vision.
    • Work with CIS Snr Director and Product BU leads to build, communicate & adopt a common DevOps framework for all cloud projects
    • Follows the principles of Communication, Collaboration & Automation.
  • Implement cloud maturity framework to track quality of all cloud services, implementing as part of a project and continuing to deliver as part of quarterly improvements.
  • Identify industry best practices and drafts standards for design and implementation of continuous delivery and integration pipelines and automation workflows. Guide managers and teams in following best practices and standards.
  • Create and develop analytical methods and tools to measure the efficiency and effectiveness of systems and processes; including correlating those metrics to business value and ROI.



  • Responsible for leading a cross functional team of Architects and Engineers to identify and implement the most optimal cloud-based solutions for the company.
  • Lead the Engineering & Operations teams in DevOps adoption and delivery; break down work objectives into tactical tasks.  Provide estimates of work effort required to complete tasks and time to completion.
  • Manage and improve cloud environments in accordance with company security guidelines.
  • Perform evaluations via POCs to find new solutions and optimize existing technology solutions that enable the technology delivery capabilities of the organization.
  • Identify, prioritize and execute automation opportunities with clearly measurable value to the business
  • Drive collaboration with Engineering teams, leaders and external partners to solve customer-facing production incidents and problems
  • Define, implement, and measure key metrics providing clear insights into trends and performance of Sophos products
  • Implement and improve the observability platform
  • Contribute to CIS strategy and planning processes, including:
    • Create estimates and work plans then deliver according to those plans in an agile manner
    • Drive technical thought leadership across CIS Operations teams
    • Enable and communicate trade-off decisions in conjunction with the planning process
  • Lead IT/CIS benchmarking and metrics efforts
    • Operational Frameworks
    • Benchmark cost, performance, and priorities of the IT/CIS functions
    • Implement and manage metrics and dashboards to assess and communicate performance


Experience and Qualifications

  • BSc in Information Systems or Computer Science
  • Prior experience leading DevOps teams and capabilities (preferably at a SaaS Enterprise $1B+ revenue company)
  • 12+ years of IT Operations leadership including project management
  • 8+ years of experience building and running public cloud services (preferably AWS)
  • Deep understanding and demonstratable experience with AWS products, Terraform, CI/CD pipelines. Kubernetes, Docker, Helm
  • Hands-on experience developing operational-based tools, managing public-cloud environments in a highly available, large scale, and global organization. We are looking for a technical leader who is results-driven, customer-centric, and takes ownership and accountability with a mindset that anything is possible.
  • Proven experience delivering and maintaining high-availability and disaster-tolerance global application and infrastructure 
  • Proven ability to collaborate effectively with peer Engineering Leaders and external partners to solve customer-facing production incidents and problems. The candidate will work closely with product engineering teams to collect and present appropriate metrics (i.e., SLA, SLI, and SLO) to implement the observability platform 
  • Created DevOps roadmaps and driven its implementation
  • Worked with Engineering teams to ensure service SLIs/SLOs/SLAs are defined, measured and met (or exceeded)
  • Demonstrated experience benchmarking and building metrics programs
  • Demonstrated influencing and negotiating skills
  • Demonstrated ability to be pragmatic and diplomatic



What’s Great About Sophos?

  • Our people are what makes Sophos special – we demonstrate shared vision, talent, innovation, and creativity, all of which are accompanied by a great sense of fun and team spirit.
  • Employee-led diversity and inclusion groups that build community within Sophos and provide internal education and advocacy (eg. Sophos Women in Tech group to improve gender parity, encourage gender-balanced leadership, and support career progression at Sophos)
  • Sophos Environment Network and employee challenges to contribute to sustainability and reduce our environmental footprint
  • Annual commitment to charity and fundraising across our global sites and volunteer days for employees to give back to local communities
  • Global trivia competitions to keep our minds sharp
  • Global Mental Health days off work for all Sophos to help employees relax and recharge
  • Monthly employee wellbeing webinars and training to support employee health and wellbeing
  • Employee rewards and thanks, such as our free annual subscription to Calm


Our Commitment To You

We’re proud of the diverse and inclusive environment we have at Sophos, and we’re committed to ensuring equality of opportunity.   We believe that diversity, combined with excellence, builds a better Sophos, so we encourage applicants that can contribute to the diversity of our team.  All applicants will be treated in a fair and equal manner and in accordance with the law regardless of gender, sex, gender reassignment, marital status, race, religion or belief, color, age, military veteran status, disability, pregnancy, maternity or sexual orientation.  We want to give you every opportunity to show us your best self, so if there are any adjustments we could make to the recruitment and selection process to support you, please let us know.


Data Protection

If you choose to explore an opportunity, and subsequently share your CV or other personal details with Sophos, these details will be held by Sophos for 12 months in accordance with our Privacy Policy and used by our recruitment team to contact you regarding this or other relevant opportunities at Sophos. If you would like Sophos to delete or update your details at any time, please follow the steps set out in the Privacy Policy describing your individual rights. If you have any questions about Sophos' data protection practices, please contact dataprotection@sophos.com.

At Sophos, we want every organization to be protected by innovative, next-generation IT security, even those who don't have a huge IT staff. We protect organizations of all sizes, all around the world by making enterprise-grade security that is simple to deploy, manage, and use. It is our passion, and something we are truly proud of.

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