Cloud Engineer

As one of the UKs leading insurers we have 1 vision to be the Best and Biggest Digital Insurance Provider in the market.

You would be joining us on a journey to transform to cloud and cloud native services, to meet our ambitious growth strategy and power our relentless focus on our 4C’s culture focusing on Customer, Community, Colleagues, Company. We want to deliver simple and straight forward journeys for our customers through technology and by doing the right thing.

Cloud technologies and agile working practices are pivotal to Hastings’ technology transformation journey. In the Cloud Engineering team, we are passionate about creating new services that transform colleague and customer experience. Hastings Direct technology, culture and approach is changing to embrace true engineering and cloud first principles.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and passionate Cloud Engineer to join our growing team to help deliver a strategic cloud platform on Azure.

This is a remote working opportunity, so location is not an issue for us (as long as you are UK based)

What will you do?

  • Design, develop and deliver cloud features and functionality for Hastings new core strategic platform which is currently being built on Azure.
  • Help to migrate our core services from their current on-prem datacentres in to Azure.
  • Use agile working practices to collaborate across engineering disciplines and with strategic partners to release enterprise class cloud services.
  • Work with our Architecture function to define cloud best practice and then design, build, and test cloud native services that provide the appropriate guardrails for developers.
  • Work with technology colleagues to define and deliver cloud solutions.
  • Develop a product catalogue based on Infrastructure as Code to empower our developers to deliver at pace, writing code, driving automation, implementing new features and enhancements in a secure way, and ensuring operational readiness.
  • Drive continuous improvements to ensure we operate an evergreen platform.
  • Reduce toil through automation.

While this role is primarily focussed on building our core strategic platform on Microsoft Azure there may also be opportunities to work on both Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Managed Desktop. Therefore, experience of these technologies would be considered a bonus.

What experience do you need?

  • Some experience of Azure, ideally building infrastructure using Infrastructure as Code, using technologies such as Azure DevOps, Bicep, Ansible and Terraform.
  • Hands on infrastructure experience. Direct experience of public cloud services such as IaaS, PaaS and serverless would be viewed favourably.
  • A strong background working in enterprise infrastructure, ideally with experience of Microsoft Windows Server and/or Linux Operating systems, Active Directory and virtualisation (specifically VMware).
  • While not a networking role, a good understanding of networking principles and some understanding of firewalls and load balancers would be beneficial.
  • Experience with scripting languages such as PowerShell and Bash.
  • Knowledge or experience with Git and source control best practice.
  • Working in cross functional teams with architectural, business, and other engineering functions to shape, design and build solutions.
  • A good understanding of security best practices in the Cloud.
  • Experience working within both Agile and Waterfall projects would be helpful.
  • A growth mindset

It would be desirable if you had:

  • Experience of Kubernetes and containerisation, container management and security processes
  • Training or certifications in Microsoft Azure, DevOps Tooling or Kubernetes
  • Recent practical experience in API development and deployment in a cloud native environment.

What do you get in return?

At Hastings Direct we are at the beginning of our cloud journey which gives you the opportunity to really influence our adoption of Cloud.

We will provide you with an energising and fast passed environment, and the ability to see the services you deliver making a real difference for colleagues and customers.

We also take your personal and professional development seriously, with opportunities to undertake training and certifications.

On-top of this fantastic opportunity we also offer a Competitive Salary + Additional Benefits which you can hear more about upon application.

Hastings Group is an equal opportunities employer which means we treat people fairly. We welcome applications from all suitably skilled persons regardless of their gender, age, race, disability, ethnic background, religion/belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or marital/family status. Please also note that we have a thorough referencing process, which includes credit and criminal record checks.

Job Information

Job Reference: 60007078_1656428746
Salary: Negotiable
Salary From: £
Salary To: £
Job Industries: IT
Job Locations: City of London, London
Job Types: Permanent
Job Skills: Hastings Direct
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