• Full Time
  • London

Website Test Associates

Job Title: DevOps Team Leader
Location: London
Salary: Negotiable
Ref: 1601

Our client specialises in software for sample management. They offer software products that help most of the market-leading, and a growing number of small pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies to improve the supply of samples (compounds, biologicals and reagents) to their vital research processes.

Creating and enhancing such a software solution is a challenging task. It involves constant learning, great algorithmic complexity and variety, and tricky performance considerations.  Our client uses Scrum, and are very quality-conscious, with peer-reviews, unit- and manual integration tests (done mainly by dedicated testers) and clearly defined but always improving procedures and guidelines. They have a growing DevOps culture to optimise the pipeline and are always open to suggestions for improvements.

They may not be at the front line, but we are proud to serve an industry which makes a real difference to people’s lives throughout the world.

The Team
Our clients software team is creating regular generic and custom releases for their customers. To support this, as well as the regular team builds required for an effective Scrum-based software development, they have a small DevOps team.

While they had automated build/test/CI/deployment steps for a long time, they are constantly working on the maintainability and integration of these to make the whole workflow as automated as possible. For example, lately they’ve made a larger push to remove as many customisations as possible to be able to use off the shelf solutions for some of the steps.

Our client uses mainly the Microsoft stack for software development but does have freedom to use others for their DevOps toolchain to optimise it to the furthest extent. They evaluate and introduce alternatives where it makes an improvement.

The challenge
This market leading client has a single product, but with multiple editions. They also provide customisation to customers who need it. This results in complex build and release requirements, and the DevOps team need to optimise the solution.

There’s a stream of build requests that the DevOps team needs to fulfil, while automating more of the process and integrations to reduce their own workloads and leave more time for improvements.

The DevOps team has more autonomy than the software team as the toolchain is mainly used by them and thus backward compatibility and risk management is only relevant internally. Role Specification for DevOps Team Leader — UK

The Process
The DevOps team is responsible for customer builds requested from outside of the software team. They are also responsible for the main product range’s major and minor releases in terms of builds required for testing and all release artefacts (i.e. AWS images).

Another aspect of the DevOps responsibility is to streamline the build infrastructure used by the dev teams. This often includes improvements to the nightly and CI infrastructure, automated error handling and reporting, etc.

The DevOps team has a Scrum-like work cycle with a backlog and bi-weekly meetings, but most often works in a more Kanban-style daily operation due to the operations-side of their role. This is freely chosen by the team to fit their style and work items.

The Opportunities
Our customer has a small DevOps team of one person but need to extend it to accelerate the improvements. The would like to extend the team with a team leader to handle the communication and management of the backlog. The existing DevOps engineer in the team will take a product owner role. The DevOps team leader will also be doing DevOps software engineer tasks.

The Benefits

Our client provides a friendly, supportive, well-organised environment, with good work-life balance and opportunities for self-improvement. Their teams work partially remotely.

You
If you have DevOps experience, have been exposed to and is interested in management (ideally team leadership). There’s no need for actual team leader experience but need to have knowledge about Scrum and Kanban then please do get in touch.

Benefits

  •  Flexible Working Hours
  •  Partial Remote Working Option
  •  Pluralsight Subscription
  •  Social Events
  • Contribution to Certifications

Role Specification for DevOps Team Leader — UK

  •  Pension
  •  Cycle Scheme
  •  Flexible Annual Leave Allowance
  •  Central London Location
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