9 July 2019

Kew, London

£30,000 - £35,000

Fixed Term

About the role

The National Archives' digital strategy sets out the ambition to transform into an archive that is digital by instinct and design, embracing disruptive innovation to re-invent what it means to be an archive in the digital age. This role is about building our future, harnessing user research and technical innovation to create solid foundations for services that channel digital records into the archive, protect and preserve them for the future and open up access.

The National Archives currently preserves government websites, the records of high profile public inquiries, the decisions of ministers and prime ministers and the nation’s digitised history from the 11th to the early 21st century.The National Archives' digital records are steadily growing in diversity and complexity and they need you to help us build the new services that will collect, preserve and provide access to them.

About you

You are passionate about technology and your own skills development. Your creativity and experience will be essential to the organisation to inform and shape the design and development of new workflows and services. You will be motivated to find solutions to complex problems and will frequently look for opportunities to do things better.The National Archives is looking for an excellent systems engineer who thrives on working collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams. This is an opportunity to work with similarly committed and talented developers, designers, archivists and researchers who share a passion for creating high quality, user-focused digital services for a range of audiences.

The following criteria will be used for short listing:

  • Broad technical knowledge with hands-on experience of the varied technologies utilised in our services, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, configuration management and deployment tools such as Puppet and Red Hat Satellite
  • A strong, demonstrable commitment to continuing technical and professional skills development

In addition the following criteria will be assessed at interview:

  • Excellent ability to analyse and problem solve using a methodical approach.
  • Ability to write clear, concise documentation and reports.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build effective working relationships and to work productively, either independently or collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and under pressure to achieve goals and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to recommend and implement system enhancements that take into account the business needs of the organisation

The successful candidate will be required to obtain SC level clearance and will need to have resided in the UK for the past 3 years or more.


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