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Senior Linux System Administrator

£35,000 - 55,000 per year
New Cheltenham

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What we're looking for

As a Senior System Administrator at Ripjar, you will have a passion for ensuring the overall management and assurance of our development and operational processes, from deployments to monitoring to testing. You will play an active role in day to day development alongside our development teams but have a particular focus on managing our products in development, reference and operational environments.

Expertise with tools like Docker, Ansible or Chef is desired, as is experience with a broad array of database technologies, including MongoDB and Elasticsearch. Ideally, you will be comfortable with Python, NodeJS, Bash and other scripting languages in a Linux environment, as well as experience using AWS and Google Compute Platform.

You’ll be a self-starter capable of working in a fast-paced development environment with the freedom to approach, own and solve problems independently, as well as part of a team. You'll be able to learn new technologies quickly by applying the knowledge and best-practices you have acquired from your previous experiences.

As a Senior System Administrator, you will:

  • Deploy, maintain and manage systems, services and infrastructure.
  • Undertake automation of system provisioning, management and monitoring,
  • Work with the development and support teams to create ultra-scalable, flexible and highly reliable systems.
  • Make the lives of the development and support teams easier through the use of repeatable process automation.
  • Administer development, reference and operational systems.
  • Undertake the installation, management, maintenance and monitoring of a large estate of physical, virtual and containerised systems.


  • You will be working with a large team of developers, and multiple customers, so you must have excellent communication and time management skills.
  • Strong experience building/deploying/upgrading/administering Linux/Unix machines.
  • Ideally 3+ years' experience in a role involving operations or system administration.
  • Experience developing scripts for build, deployment, maintenance and related tasks using tools/languages such as Jenkins, Docker, Ansible, Python and Bash.
  • Experience with one of Ansible, Puppet or Chef is desirable.
  • Experience of Linux/UNIX shell scripting is essential
  • Experience working with and administering both traditional and NoSQL databases, such as MongoDB, Elasticsearch and MySQL.

Bonus Technical Skills/Experience

  • Experience of Kubernetes.
  • Experience working in AWS, Azure, Google Compute or other cloud-based systems.
  • Experience with version control systems.


Why we think you’ll love it here

  • You’ll work alongside amazing, high-performing colleagues on some of the most interesting work in security, risk and intelligence
  • 25 days’ annual leave
  • Company Share Scheme
  • Private Family Healthcare
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Company Pension
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity pay
  • The latest technology to work with including a top of the range MacBook Pro
  • Offices in Cheltenham, London Hammersmith and Bristol, and the opportunity to work from home
  • Free daily lunch, fruit and snacks
  • Fun both in and out of the office, with regular whole company social events

About Ripjar

Ripjar is a global company of talented technologists, data scientists and analysts designing products that will change the way criminal activities are detected and prevented. Our founders are experienced technologist and leaders from the heart of the UK security and intelligence community.

We understand how to build products that scale, work seamlessly with the user and enhance analysis through machine learning and artificial intelligence. We believe that through this augmented analysis we can protect global companies and governments from the ever-present threat of money laundering, fraud, cyber-crime and terrorism. Our customers include world leaders in Financial Crime, National Security, Cyber Crime, Cyber Security, Aerospace, Banking and Systems Integration.

Ripjar is a diverse, friendly and compelling place to work. We invite dedicated and talented individuals to join us as we continue our journey to success. As a company we believe in motivation and inspiration as fundamental foundation blocks of our philosophy and culture, our team are the heartbeat of Ripjar and we work collaboratively to achieve our shared goals. We value innovation, self-motivation and achievement.

We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

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