Platform / Site Reliability Engineer

over 1 year ago
Full time role
Hybrid · Remote · Glasgow, Scotland, GB... more
Hybrid · Remote · Glasgow, Scotland, GB... more

Job Description

We’re making zero carbon happen

We’re OVO Group, a big family of companies united by a single vision: to get to zero carbon, fast. 

We call this Plan Zero – and it shows how we’ll be fighting the climate crisis and transforming the way people use energy over the next decade. To do this, we need the sharpest minds. Are you up for the challenge?

Do great green things with OVO Energy

So much has changed since we launched in 2009.  Our goal remains the same though: make energy cheaper, greener, and simpler. Just as it was on day one.

Everyone belongs at OVO

Our aim is to build a diverse and inclusive movement: teams of brilliant people, with unique talents, skills, passions, and experiences. 

We encourage everyone to join us, whatever your gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, life experience, or background. So please come as you are – we can’t wait to meet you.

Where in the world of OVO will I be working?

Joining the Infrastructure and Platform Engineering department in the wider Infrastructure, Reliability & Developer Experience area, we provide technology platform services crucial to the operations of all OVO Group systems and companies, all driving OVO’s members towards zero-carbon living.

We’re looking for a talented Platform SRE to work as part of a new Data Infrastructure team focused initially on our Kafka clusters. 

What will I be doing?

  • Be responsible for maintaining our data messaging architecture, based around Kafka (external managed service), using site reliability engineering best practices
  • Ensuring our central kafka architecture is able to scale efficiently
  • Developing best practices, tools, and libraries to make Kafka easier to use and more reliable for product teams
  • Help troubleshooting Kafka issues
  • Performing platform maintenance and operational activities
  • Input into infrastructure platform strategy
  • Managing and maintaining cyber security controls
  • Incident response, on-call a possibility on a team rota
  • Be the go-to expert 
  • Proactively work with vendors to secure additional support as needed and ensure their activities are coordinated to ensure minimal downtime and risk to business continuity

Is this the job for me?

Ideally you will have:

  • Experience with Kafka
  • Software Engineering experience
  • Demonstrable cloud experience and knowledge (e.g. GCP)
  • Security engineering including key concepts are ideal
  • Knowledge of DevOps principles, practices and tooling 
  • BigQuery experience a bonus
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Practical knowledge of infrastructure operations and service management

Let’s talk about what’s in it for you

We’ll pay you between £45,080 and £74,020, depending on your specific skills and experience. If your expectations are a little different, have a chat with us! We keep our pay ranges broad on purpose to give us, and you, flexibility to match your experience to our zero carbon mission.

You may be eligible for an on-target bonus. We have one OVO bonus plan that focuses on the collective performance of our people to deliver our Plan Zero goal. 

We also offer plenty of green benefits and progressive policies to help you feel like you belong at OVO…and there’s flex pay.  It’s an extra 9% of your salary on top of your core pay to use as you like. You can take it as cash, add to your pension, or choose to spend it on a huge range of flex benefits. 

Here’s a taster of what’s on offer: 

For starters, you’ll get 34 days of holiday (including bank holidays).

For your health
With benefits like a healthcare cash plan or private medical insurance depending on your career level, critical illness cover, life assurance, health assessments, and more

For your wellbeing
With gym membership, gadget, travel and cyber insurance, workplace ISA, will writing services, DNA testing, dental insurance, and more

For your lifestyle
With extra holiday buying, discount dining, culture cards, tech loans, and supporting your favourite charities with give-as-you-earn donations

For your home 
Get up to £300 off any OVO Energy plan (when you pay by Direct Debit), plus personal carbon offsetting and great discounts on smart thermostats and EV chargers

For your commute
Nab a great deal on ultra-low emission car leasing, plus our cycle to work scheme and public transport season ticket loans

Want to hear about our full range of flexible benefits and progressive people policies? Our People Team can tell you everything you need to know.

Oh, and one last thing...

We’d be thrilled if you tick off all our boxes yet we also believe it’s just as important we tick off all of yours. And if you think you have most of what we’re looking for but not every single thing, go ahead and hit apply. We’d still love to hear from you!




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