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Linux Engineer

Date: 30-Jan-2023

Location: Farnborough, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

A member of a Tier 3 operational team, providing support for Linux Systems  for QinetiQ Corporate IT Systems.

To undertake Technical Management for all Linux Systems and to advise on and provide Operational support for Live Services. Owning and ensuring progression of maintenance schedules, system upgrades and service desk tickets. To ensure the amount of live system downtime is minimised by the timely recovery of incidents tickets in line with Service Level Agreements and through the successful and controlled implementation of technically sound Changes. To liaise with the relevant stakeholders regarding resolution of Linux Platform Technical problems. To support bid / project teams as required providing technical advice and progressing technical build activities for Linux Platforms in line with agreed tasking.


  • Technical Responsibility and Management for all Linux Systems including the development of ‘standard’ builds/services for adoption across the CDP estate to gain maximum efficiency and effectiveness in Linux deployments. E.g. Linux Services/Systems are quick/simple to design, build, deploy and easier to maintain and operate.
  • Technical Leadership of all staff directly (or indirectly) managing and supporting Linux Systems.
  • Assurance of Technical Changes including:
  • Provision of technical assurance for CDP and customer requests for change;
  • Review of ITIL change management submisions to ensure they contain sufficient technical detail and appropiate mitigations.
  • Recommendation on approval/denial of change request including any appropriate amendments;
  • Leveraging lessons learned from similar previously implemented changes;
  • Own, manage and ensure the Configuration Records for all Linux Systems deployed across the CDP estate are maintained and up to date.
  • Ensure relevant Linux Platform documentation is full and complete and ensure highlighted shortfalls are communicated and addressed.
  • Leading incident and problem ticket resolution for Linux systems and ensuring these issues are addressed within the required SLA.
  • Provide out-of-hours support for CDP Services via the on-call rota. Attend site out of hours as required and ensure any retrospective actions relating to emergency solutions are completed without delay.



  • The ability to provide leadership and motivation within the Linux team;
  • Mentor Linux team members and support them through the product life cycle areas of design, build, test and operate;
  • Enterprise Linux, primarily RedHat and CentOS in a Clustered/HA deployment.
  • MySQL, PostgreSQL, MariaDB
  • Apache, MOD_Security
  • IPTables, FirewallD, SELinux,
  • Shell and python scripting
  • Satellite or Spacewalk/Puppet
  • Load Balancer Principles
  • Bind, SSH, FTP
  • Nagios
  • Postfix


Why join QinetiQ?

As we continue to grow into new markets around the world, there’s never been a more exciting time to join QinetiQ. The formula for success is our appetite for innovation and having the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges.

You’ll experience a unique working environment where teams from different backgrounds, disciplines and experience enjoy collaborating widely and openly as we undertake this exciting and rewarding journey. Through effective teamwork, and pulling together, you’ll get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems in an diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture here.  

Joining QinetiQ offers you an opportunity to work on a broad range of interesting defence-based projects with vast career progression across a global organisation in addition to competitive personal and professional benefits.  You’ll receive a highly competitive salary and benefits package: our basic salaries are very attractive as we constantly review what’s happening in the market. The range of benefits that we offer include, adaptive and flexible working, generous holiday entitlements, Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance and much more. 

About QinetiQ

As a company of over 6,000 dedicated professionals, we are a world-centre of excellence in research and development and act as a catalyst for fast-track innovation, offering outstanding experimentation facilities, and technical, engineering and scientific expertise. QinetiQ is made up of dedicated experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets, all working together to explore new ways of protecting what matters most. Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. Come and find out how you can play a role.

Please note that many roles in QinetiQ are subject to national security vetting. Applicants that already hold the appropriate level of vetting may be able to transfer it upon appointment, subject to approval. A number of roles are also subject to restrictions on access to information that mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may have an effect on the roles that you can be employed in.