Job details

System Engineer - Linux

Job reference: 000591

Location: London

Closing date: 30/04/2021

Department: National Security

About Roke

Roke is a world-class technology and engineering consultancy. Roke delivers advanced research, development services and products to high profile customers who come to Roke with varied and challenging problems to solve.  

The Service organisation within the National Security (NS) Business Unit is organised into Service Lines, and we follow a process framework based on ITIL practices.  Our focus is on operating and governing the delivery of services to our customers to the right quality, cost, and performance.  The Second Line Engineer plays a critical role in operating the service, providing proactive and reactive support according to incident, request, problem, and change management processes, working directly with the customer and the technologies driving the service, to deliver, maintain, and improve.

We are a friendly and flexible team with a culture of ‘time, trust and freedom’. The role may give the opportunity to work on client site, from the office, in shared workspaces or from home as necessary. We pride ourselves on listening to each other’s aspirations and accommodating wherever possible.

We are looking for an infrastructure engineer to support a bespoke data collection system for a client based in London.    The system forms part of the critical national infrastructure making this a high profile role.  You will be responsible for designing and implementing changes to the system as well as its day to day operation.  You will be responsible for liaising with third party suppliers and organisation both at technical level and a senior stakeholder level.

Job Purpose & Key Responsibilities 

This role supports delivery and operation of a strategic Government capability, which is key to the UK’s security and law enforcement mission. You will be representing the client in stakeholder engagements - to understand technical challenges, and design and implement tactical solutions for live operation [further details can be provided on application].

Major activities and responsibilities of the role include:

  • Architecting dynamic network solutions around customer requirements
  • Managing client and stakeholder relations with a high degree professionalism
  • Influencing suppliers and clients to work within short timeframes
  • Working with clients to design and implement network solutions
  • Managing deployment teams and organising remote operations
  • Maintaining and configuring Cisco & Juniper Firewalls
  • Maintaining and configuring Cisco Switches & Load balancers
  • Organising workflow and problem reports
  • Creating dynamic Python scripts
  • Always fully comply with Roke’s policies and procedures 

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications

BSc Degree in Computer Science or Engineering subject


HND in a science or engineering subject and equivalent industry experience

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Ideally candidates will have a solid background supporting Linux systems (CentOS/Redhat preferred), experience with Cisco switches/firewalls (CCENT or CCNA highly desirable), a strong understanding of IP networking, VPN standards and configuration, good communication skills and an eye for detail and precision. 
  • Highly desirable skills include a good understanding of RADIUS, SNMP, GRE SPANs and VOIP protocols. 
  • Good working knowledge of AWS and intermediate Python, Ansible and BASH skills are desirable.

Why You Should Join Us

We have a competitive salary and access to a number of additional flexible benefits, which will cover Health and Wellbeing, Savings and Protection & Life, Leisure and Entertainment. 

Roke has a great community of groups with shared interests. These enable people to share ideas and be passionate about tools, technologies & techniques, which interest them.

We are committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion. Our working environment is friendly, creative and inclusive. We will consider flexible working arrangements and support a diverse work-force and those with additional needs.

Security Information 

Due to the nature of this position, we require you to be holding current Enhanced DV

To qualify, you should be a British Citizen and have resided in the UK for the last 5 years for SC and 10 years for DV. For more information about clearance eligibility, please see  High level clearance bonus is available and will be considered on application.