Senior Deployment Engineer

LA International
10 Jan 2018
08 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

ROLE TITLE: Senior Deployment Engineer
LOCATION: The Hague, Netherlands
RATE: €63 - €68 per hour
DURATION: to start ASAP until December 2018

1. Introduction
1.1 Deployment of CIS equipment for operations, missions or exercise require a very short time for preparation and deployment and at the same time a strong requirement to keep as much as possible all the elements under configuration control as well as avoid configuration and security mistakes.

FMN readiness will require that all infrastructure is under strict configuration control, and that deployment can be done minimizing the cost, increasing the speed and minimizing the risk by removing the human errors in the process.

Infrastructure as Code (IaC) is the process of managing and provisioning computing infrastructure (processes, bare-metal servers, virtual servers, etc.) and their configuration through machine-processable definition files, rather than physical hardware configuration or the use of interactive configuration tools.

The definition files may be in a version control system. This has been achieved previously through either scripts or declarative definitions, rather than manual processes, but developments as specifically titled 'IaC' are now focused on the declarative approaches

2. Required Support
2.1 General Requirements
This position will help define the framework and architecture used to enable the automated deployment of virtual machines, servers, services and their configuration. As part of the effort, an evaluation will be conducted to understand the applicability of this concept to the instantiation of a Mission Network scenario where all the infrastructure used for testing, HW (Virtual Servers, Clients ...), Applications (Core and Functional Services) can be generated automatically from a configuration control repository.

The candidate will be working with the Independent Verification and Validatino (IV&V) Reference environment system administrators improving the automation of IV&V Reference environments.

The ideal candidate has a developer profile with interest in testing, automated deployment and network operations, or a sysadmin profile who has a passion for automating using scripting and coding.

2.2 Approach
2.2.1 Work under this Contract shall be conducted under the direction and co-ordination of the NCI Agency Project Manager/NATO IV&V who is based at the NCI Agency site in The Hague. The Contractor shall provide suitably experienced personnel who must be available for the duration of the contract, and be capable of working on this task on a full time basis.

2.3 Tasks
* Assist the NATO IV&V PM in a feasibility study to select the more suitable automatic deployment solutions currently available based on the agreed aspects with the PM, such as cost, maintainability, ease of use, platforms supported, and flexibility.
* As a result of the feasibility study a simple scenario will be selected and a proof-of concept mock-up will be built to demonstrate the main technologies utilized
* In a follow up contract, if applicable, it will
o Replicate an existing IT infrastructure utilizing automated deployment tools and configurations, including virtual machines, Domain Controllers, mail, web, DNS servers, applications, etc.
o Participate in the deployment of the solution to Interoperability exercises o Produce a technical report with the main recommendations and lesson identified
o Document product used during the automated deployment and maintain scripts or configuration under configuration control

2.4 Personal Experience and Attributes
2.4.1 Expected:
* Programming in PowerShell and Python.
* Experience with Ansible, git, jira, (Chef, puppet, terraform, packer experience could be an option)
* Experience with and/or knowledge of Linux (Centos) and Windows on administration level
* Experience with and/or knowledge of Windows services: Active Directory, DNS, Exchange, SQL Server
* Experience with and/or knowledge of VMWare Vsphere (5.5/ 6.0) and the API
* Experience with and/or knowledge of NATO applications (JChat, ICC, NCOP, ...) would be beneficial
* Experience with and/or knowledge of NATO deployed CIS would be beneficial
* General experience with and knowledge of networking: IP, NAT, Firewalls, DNS

2.4.2 Desirable:
* Microsoft system administration or network certifications
* Experience with DNS, NTP, DHCP and related technologies
* Experienced with Solaris and Linux
* 5+ years of systems administration experience in Microsoft, Solaris and Unix environments
* 5+ years of experience of testing enterprise-level systems and services
* Experience in writing test related documents and reports

LA International Computer Consultants Ltd is an HMG Approved Consultancy and operates as an IT & Engineering Consultancy or as an Employment Business & Agency, depending upon the precise nature of the work, for security cleared jobs or non-clearance vacancies, we welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people with diverse experience and backgrounds. Award Winning LA International Computer Consultants Ltd (Recruiter Awards for Excellence - Best IT, Best Public Sector & Gold Awards) and the most prestigious award that any business can receive The Queens Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2015.
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