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Unix Infrastructure Engineer

Job Level:  Professional

Bournemouth, ENG, GB, BH1 2NF

Due Date:  05/08/2022
Area of Expertise:  IT & Tech Engineering
Unit:  Allianz Technology
Job Type:  Full-Time
Remote Job:  Remote working due to Covid 19
Employment Type:  Permanent
ID:  8071

To provide a customer focused second and third line infrastructure support service for a large estate of mission critical Linux and Unix servers and associated infrastructure. The Unix team resolves technical issues and delivers projects to Allianz Technology/LV= Group IT standards and the customer’s satisfaction. Individuals will be multi skilled, and will give assistance to other members of the team. They will be able to demonstrate a excellent working knowledge of the systems, operating systems, applications, protocols and networking infrastructure deployed within the Allianz Technology/LV= infrastructure in order to provide an enterprise level, proactive service to the Allianz Technology/LV= community. Individuals will be comfortable with management of incidents, problems and requests and implementation of change aligned with ITIL principles.

Key Accountabilities


  • Participation in a duty rota covering business-as-usual activities
  • Implementation and ongoing management of new Linux infrastructure to support projects that are delivered by Group IT
  • Performance management and tuning of a large estate of Unix and Linux-based servers supporting various enterprise class applications
  • Implementation and ongoing management of application-layer networking devices (firewalls, load balancers, etc)
  • Ensuring that relevant formal and operational documentation is kept up to date
  • Providing technical input into business continuity planning, and participation in regular reviews and testing
  • Systems and network monitoring (estimating, planning and tuning, identifying and reporting trends and utilisation, alerting on errors)
  • Capacity management of the Unix/Linux estate
  • Resource and workload balancing on shared infrastructure
  • Liaison with suppliers and other external parties to achieve appropriate levels of understanding of new and future technologies that may be beneficial
  • Ensuring that best practice is understood, documented and adhered to
  • Liaising with third party companies and contractors who may carry out work on the UNIX/Linux estate, and ensuring that work complies with AzTech/LV= standards


Skills and Experiences Required

  • A broad knowledge of UNIX/Linux platforms and operating system fundamentals
  • Ability to effectively manage a large server estate via best practice configuration management and large-scale automation
  • Understanding of ITIL concepts, including the management of incidents and implementation of change
  • Ability to implement and troubleshoot common technologies such as HTTP, HTTPS, LDAP (client and server-side), Samba, FTP, rsync, MQ Series
  • In-depth knowledge of TCP/IP networking concepts
  • Ability to diagnose network-related faults and performance issues (taking network packet traces with tcpdump and Wireshark, and using them to identify problems)
  • Broad understanding of network security, including firewalls (ideally PIX and/or Checkpoint)
  • Knowledge of IPSEC VPNs, setup and troubleshooting
  • In-depth knowledge of x86 virtualisation (ideally VMware) and the techniques and tools used to manage it effectively
  • Understanding of network attached storage (ideally Network Appliance), monitoring and troubleshooting
  • Understanding of load-balancing concepts, hardware and software (ideally F5). Ability to troubleshoot and diagnose problems associated with load balancing web applications
  • Liaising with third party companies and contractors who may carry out work on the UNIX/Linux estate, and ensuring that work complies with LV= standards
  • Understanding of Java Virtual Machines, monitoring and performance tuning
  • Knowledge of J2EE application servers, concepts and best practices
  • Application management for off-the-shelf and bespoke line-of-business applications
  • Ability to automate common tasks via scripting in shell, perl or python
  • Strong ability to translate business requirements into robust, supportable technical solutions
  • Team player but with the ability to work alone as required
  • Ability to maintain a strategic as well as day-to-day approach to activities
  • Past experience in running a comparable server estate

At the core of the Group’s strength lies digitalization and its promise of growth opportunities through a ‘digital by

default’ strategy. Allianz Technology SE is the principal driver behind transforming Allianz into a digital group – a

quest to which nearly 7,500 Allianz Technology SE employees around the globe have committed themselves.

Allianz Technology SE equips the Group with the most cutting edge digital solutions in the industry, bringing Allianz

to the fingertips of its customers. At Allianz Technology SE , innovation is more than a buzzword; it is the business of

the day, every day.


We are interested in your strengths and experience. This means that we welcome all applications, irrespective of

other characteristics such as gender, ethnic background, origin or any disability.

Allianz Technology SE