Senior Infrastructure Engineer - Virtualization Specialist

Burlington, MA, US, 01803

Information Technology

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Job Purpose

IT is at the heart of what Sophos do. They are an integral part of the business that has seen significant investment in systems, processes and people; and are central to the continued double-digit growth and success of Sophos.

This role is part of our IT Platforms team which provides technical leadership for our IT server infrastructure. We have an ambitious program to transform our landscape over the next few years, focused on bringing in the latest technologies and innovations. This year the team are delivering a big uplift to our backup infrastructure that will see the elimination of tapes in addition to delivering a $1m investment in our server estate. The successful candidate will be at the center of several exciting initiatives with many opportunities to contribute and open doors for even bigger next steps.

As a Senior Infrastructure Engineer you will be responsible for managing and maintaining all aspects of our IT server infrastructure whilst supporting our projects to transform our IT organization. As a virtualization specialist, you will be responsible for ensuring that we have the correct technology and processes to provide friction free compute consumption.  This will include working with the following technologies; Windows 2016 server, VMWare virtualization, AWS, NetApp storage and cloud backup services. Within this role, you will be focused on ensuring smooth operation of these technologies across the business with a desire to see continual improvement.  The role holder will partner with another senior virtualization specialist and will define the roadmap for significant improvements in how we currently provide flexible compute to our business. The role holder will contribute to high profile IT projects within Sophos and be expected to drive change within the team.

Our end vision is to provide our business with a consumption-based approach to compute, and the associated technologies, that is accessible and frictionless for our employees. The focus is on modernizing our environment, replace our legacy processes and systems with innovative technologies which secure our services.

We are a global company operating out of 27 countries and operational for 22 hours per day. This role will require out of hours’ support and occasional weekend working.


Main Duties

  • Defining mid to long term virtualization strategic direction
  • Setting governance and controls, reporting on health against policy
  • Expert level virtualization troubleshooting
  • Working with VMWare on license compliance and efficiency of investment
  • Automation of repeatable tasks through PowerShell and Ansible
  • Creating and commissioning new services in AWS using Cloud formation
  • Managing and configuring server backup policies and schedules
  • Responsible for operational excellence and maintaining the uptime and availability of services
  • Troubleshoot incidents across all aspects of the IT server infrastructure, including leveraging technical tools to analyze issues
  • Support and train peers and junior engineers in your area of expertise


Skills & Experience


  • VMWare ESXi6. + - Design and implementation of clustered environments.
  • Automation of Virtualization – PowerShell, Ansible, PowerCLI
  • Deep technical expertise in at least one of the following technologies:
    • Storage – NetApp, Tintri
    • Virtualization – Hyper-V, Virtualbox, Nutanix
    • HCI – VXRail, Nutanix
    • Cloud compute – AWS
  • Must have strong experience of multiple virtualization technologies and migrating between them
  • Must have strong experience in managing hybrid or private cloud configurations
  • Must have strong experience in using tools/techniques to automate or orchestrate the consumption of virtual compute
  • Must be comfortable delivering training, presentations and content to technical audiences
  • Must have strong communication skills
  • Must be a team player and have passion for technology
  • Understanding of how TCP/IP functions and how some of the core services such as DNS and DHCP work and their practical uses
  • Must have understanding of core networking technologies such as OSI
  • Experience providing technical input into multiple projects
  • Ability to produce high quality technical documentation including;
    • Standard operating procedures
    • Knowledge base articles
    • Detailed troubleshooting documentation
    • Technical architecture diagrams


Equal Opportunities

Sophos is committed to equality opportunity in all areas of its work. All qualified applicants will be treated in a fair and equal manner and in accordance with the law regardless of gender, marital status, race, religion, colour, age, disability or sexual orientation.


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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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