Friday 03 February 2023
57,861 – 98,423
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Job Description Summary
Who are Lloyds Banking Group and where does this role sit?
Lloyds Banking Group is on the mission to build the bank of the future, and we need help to do it.
Continuing our extensive transformation programme, we are redefining what a bank needs to be, from the inside out. Our technology, culture, and mind-set is changing and we are embracing what it is to be an engineering-led organisation, with our customers at the heart of what we do.
This vacancy is in the Commercial Banking division, within the Origination value stream. Our purpose is to create and deliver products that enable clients to grow their businesses. Those businesses provide services that millions of customers across the UK rely upon, day-to-day and especially in their time of need.
We're seeking to recruit a strong DevOps Engineer or SRE to support our continued journey onto Azure Public Cloud. This is a key time in our journey, and we're seeking people who enjoy the opportunity to shape the direction and success of a team and lead on delivering some initiatives.
Who is Lloyds Banking Group and where does this role sit?
Lloyds Banking Group is on the mission to build the bank of the future, and we need help to do it. Continuing our extensive transformation programme, we're redefining what a bank needs to be
From the inside out, our technology, our culture, and our mindset is changing, all to show what an engineering-led organisation can do. This vacancy is in the Commercial Banking division, within the Origination value stream. Our purpose is to create and deliver products that enable clients to grow their businesses. Those businesses provide services that millions of customers across the UK rely upon, day-to-day and especially in their time of need.
We're seeking to recruit a strong Lead SRE/Platform Engineer to support our journey onto the Azure Public Cloud Platform. This is a key time in our journey, and we're seeking people who will enjoy the opportunity to shape the direction and success of our new team.
What will you spend your time doing?
The role gives opportunities to specialise in Site Reliability and DevOps engineering. Our focus is on building and running large-scale, distributed, fault-tolerant systems and providing mentorship to other teams so they can be self-sufficient on public cloud. Our team’s diversity, intellectual curiosity, openness, problem solving skills and continual learning mentality are key to its success.
Our Engineers are passionate about ensuring services, both internal and external, have; extreme reliability, uptime appropriate to users' needs, resiliency, architectural simplicity, as well as continually seeking to find improvements to improve our service level objectives.
You will have the opportunity to deal with complex challenges, while using your expertise in coding, build/release pipelines, simplifying complexity, forensic analysis and various system design strategies to tackle those challenges.
Much of your focus will be on optimising existing systems on Azure, building new solutions for services currently not running on Azure and eliminating manual work through automation. You will be seen as an expert in everything DevOps and will be comfortable teaching others through example. There will also be opportunities later in the year to apply your skills in GCP if desirable.
You'll work with people from a wide variety of teams, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. We encourage collaboration, and mentoring colleagues & teams in DevOps methodologies. Training is incredibly important for this role, meaning a clear understanding of solid engineering practices is vital to succeed. Self-direction is important, and we strive to create an environment that supports this through trust, learning, and mentorship within the team.
Specific activities you could be responsible for include:
A role should not define you, therefore we prefer to work with people that have well-honed skills, experience, and knowledge in varying specialisms that they are comfortable applying. Below is a list of some of the specific activities you could be responsible for depending on your background, but no single role will involve all of these:
- CI/CD Automation for Build & Release (in more than 1 tooling solution)
- Designing and coding Micro/Application Services
- Automated Unit/Integration/Load/Performance Testing
- Observability, Logging, Monitoring & Alerting
- Container Image Management & Security
- Kubernetes and Service Mesh
- API Gateway Management
- IAM – Identity & Access Management
- Cloud Security
- Cost Management
To support our new platform, we understand that a wide range of skills are vital and those skills can only be satisfied through a self-organised and highly cohesive team. Our goal is to build that team and support each member in developing their expertise, technical leadership and career. This means we need people who love to mentor, but also love to learn from their peers continually, all to ensure the team is constantly evolving together.
This would be a great role if you:
- Are working as a senior engineer and looking to take the next step
- Are a person who enjoys a hybrid role involving solution design, architecture considerations while still coding hands on 60-80% of the time
- Are interested in the opportunity to influence how we use public cloud
- Enjoy working in a dynamic team who encourage experimentation and exploration of different technical solutions
As a minimum to be considered, we would need to see evidence of:
- Prior work experience at a senior engineering level within the field of DevOps
- Very strong DevOps skill set with expertise in tools like Jenkins, Azure DevOps, Nexus, and Git
- Kubernetes & Service Mesh (AKS & Istio an advantage)
- Systematic problem-solving approach, comfortable gathering requirements and strong communication skills and a sense of ownership
- Knowledge of effective cloud architecture solutions.
The following is a list of desirable skills, but these are differentiators for the role and not essential. Do apply, even if you don’t have these; Building and Maintaining micro service architectures with REST API’s, Experience in Azure technologies such as App Gateway, API Manager, AKS, Cosmos DB, Azure SQL, Azure Firewall, Proficient in monitoring tools e.g. Azure Monitor/Log Analytics/Dynatrace, Security Cloud & API, Encryption & Certificates, Provisioning components and services using ARM & Helm Templates
What support will I get around my career?
Whatever your aspiration, you can expect excellent benefits, training plans, personal development and a career that is enriching, rewarding and full of opportunity, which is directly linked to your drive for success. We provide access to many official accreditations should this be of interest.
What would you get in return?
We're dedicated to giving you opportunities and support to develop you both professionally and personally to optimise your potential!
As a new colleague to the team, you’ll join us on our journey to build a 21st century bank that reflects modern Britain and craft an inclusive culture where all colleagues feel encouraged and valued.
A role within our team will provide the chance to work flexibly and collaboratively. We’ll take your personal and professional development very seriously and enable you to make a positive difference to the overall teams' mission. Lloyds Banking Group is committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the customers and communities we serve, and to building an inclusive environment where all our colleagues can be themselves and succeed on merit.
You'll also receive a package that includes:
- Discretionary bonus
- Cash sum of 4% which you can exchange for a variety of benefits or simply take the cash
- Private Medical Insurance
- Pension, where we'll give up to a max of 15%
- Share plans
- 30 days holiday plus public holidays
Are you interested in joining us? Apply today, we’d love to hear from you.
Together we’ll make it possible!
At Lloyds Banking Group, we're driven by a clear purpose; to help Britain prosper. Across the Group, our colleagues are focused on making a difference to customers, businesses and communities. With us you'll have a key role to play in shaping the financial services of the future, whilst the scale and reach of our Group means you'll have many opportunities to learn, grow and develop.
We're focused on creating a values-led culture and are committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the customers and communities we serve. Together we’re building a truly inclusive workplace where all of our colleagues have the opportunity to make a real difference.