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Date: Apr 3, 2019

Location: Hungerford, England, GB, RG17

Company: CDK

Job Description

Accelerate Your Career

Drive global technology


We’re a global market leader in providing software and digital marketing solutions to the automotive industry. We’re innovating the way that automotive dealerships drive their customers’ car-buying experience from the moment they run a search online all the way through to bringing their car back in for a service. Join us and be a part of the evolution.


We’re large enough to make a difference but small enough for your voice to be heard. This means that we are an organisation where every person matters. You can make an impact on the success of our business and that of our customers regardless of what career you decide to pursue.


The Core Infrastructure Services team at CDK Global is responsible for designing, implementing and maintaining the core SAN, Storage, Hypervisor and Backup services provided within our global data centre locations.


We are currently seeking a Senior/Principle hypervisor engineer to help design, plan and maintain a footprint of some 1,000+ ESX hosts and 20,000+ VMs, located across more than a dozen different global geographies.


This is an opportunity to lead a core part of our global infrastructure through generation of recommendations and thought leadership. As the service owner you will be accountable for architecture, continual improvement, cost and vendor management, which will ultimately lead us towards providing a highly available, reliable, serviceable, secure & efficient environment for our Internal and external customers.


This is a hands on senior lead role reporting to the Director of Core Infrastructure Services, with possible line management responsibilities.


Key duties and responsibilities:

  • Be the design authority and company SME for the global Compute and Hypervisor environments.
  • Be project orientated in your approach, whilst keeping a keen eye on standards, next generation architecture, solution improvements and cost analysis.
  • Advise on technology trends and standards.
  • Guide technical staff on assignments to achieve appropriate outcome and deliverables.
  • Drive projects and initiatives for the Hypervisor engineers to deliver against.
  • Work as part of the global engineer team to build, deliver and maintain secure, scalable and resilient solutions. Assisting with hardware refreshes, migration activities and new buildouts.
  • Provide support and analysis of complex problems. Provide 3rd level support as required. Provide mentorship to engineers and support staff.
  • Vendor and product analysis/selection. Possess good commercial awareness, with the ability to understand supplier proposals and promote cost effective solutions.
  • Ensure operating standards and procedures are defined and adhered to by others.
  • Identify opportunities for infrastructure and process improvements.
  • Deliver technology evaluations and solution proposals.
  • Work with OS, Network and Storage teams to plan and design new server/application implementations.
  • Define and deliver on capacity analysis and monthly reporting.
  • Contribute to team projects, including prioritisation and multi-task assignments.
  • Function as a liaison between Infrastructure Services and other teams within the company, which may include direct or indirect contact with our customers.
  • Any and all additional job duties as defined by hosting management


Essential Skills/Abilities:

  • Has extensive experience, having held a senior technical level position for at least 2 of those.
  • Be able to demonstrate architectural and leadership qualities.
  • Possess the skills necessary to ensure assignments are implemented in a clear, controlled, and anticipated fashion.
  • Demonstrates strong written and verbal communication skills, being able to articulate their ideas and thoughts to senior management. Demonstrate interpersonal and negotiating skills, being able to influence internal & external stakeholders to achieve results.
  • Has experience in creating processes and procedural documentation.
  • Demonstrates exceptional problem solving skills.
  • Providing in-depth investigations and root cause analysis of incidents and outages
  • Provide strategic direction and ensure the delivery of technical based projects
  • Deployment of new platforms and improvements to existing ones
  • Designing complex solutions and providing architectural recommendations
  • Have a flexible approach to your working hours whilst part of a global organisation. Work effectively with all levels of company staff; must be a self-starter, and work well in a team environment.
  • Keen to learn and develop new skills as part of continual self-development.
  • Knowledge of hosting/SaaS/ASP environments. Experience of large scale multi location data centre environments.
  • Possesses a strong understanding of Intel hardware, preferably HP compute and blade environments.
  • VCP Certification. Powershell/PowerCLI scripting experience.
  • Has experience of designing for high availability and disaster recovery. Using products such as SRM or Zerto would be an advantage.


Desirable skills/Abilities (but not essential):

  • Experience with enterprise VCOps highly desirable.
  • Experience of Horizon View solutions advantageous but not essential.
  • Experience of storage, backup and SAN administration would be an advantage.
  • Cloud Storage concepts and supplier offerings.
  • Performing capacity Planning functions and report generation.
  • Develop and maintain solution roadmaps.
  • Has experience of solution cost management.
  • Having experience of hybrid compute environments is highly beneficial, together with an understanding of AWS offerings.


Why a career with CDK Global?


We demand diversity. Our people may be spread across countries, continents and cultures, but we’re united by a passion and enthusiasm to drive our business forward. This means no matter where you work you’ll feel like part of our global team. Diverse backgrounds, ideas and experiences are the only way to deliver world-class service to our customers. Our differences are our strengths


Your benefits. To help us attract and retain the best, we pay people according to performance, not length of service. We will also help you grow your career, not only through focused investment in learning and development but also by enabling you to explore the exciting opportunities our global market has to offer.


The perfect opportunity awaits. Start your career with CDK Global.

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