Senior Dev/Ops Engineer

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Responsible to: Head of OceanMind

Working Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Contract: Permanent

Holiday: 28 days per annum, plus statutory holidays

Equal Opportunities: The Satellite Application Catapult strives to be an equal opportunities employer and commitment to this process will be expected.

About Us

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent technology and innovation company whose purpose is to promote, develop and facilitate the commercialisation and advancement of the satellite applications industry. The company is a not for profit Research Organisation, with a commercial trading subsidiary. The organisation embraces an open and innovative culture, encouraging an ethos of knowledge exchange and sector engagement, and has quickly become a world class centre of facilities and expertise.

We’re one of ten Catapults established and overseen by Innovate UK. They are places where the best of the UK’s innovative businesses and researchers work together to bring new products and services more quickly to commercialisation. Focusing on areas with great market potential, Catapults will open up global opportunities for the UK and generate economic growth for the future.

Our Mission

To innovate for a better world, empowered by satellites

Our Vision

To be a world-leading technology and innovation company, helping businesses of all sizes to realise the potential from space. By embracing a pioneering, agile, collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit, we create valued partnerships to deliver game-changing results

Our Culture

The Catapult fosters an open and collaborative culture that stimulates and develops staff and encourages collaboration and innovation. Our employee value proposition is strong. We have worked hard to create an environment which is dynamic, exciting, challenging, rewarding, flexible and, most importantly, fun. More about the Catapult Culture


OceanMind is a business unit of the Satellite Applications Catapult and provides unbiased, independent monitoring, verification and validation of fishing behaviour, and is working to increase the sustainability of fishing globally. Our advanced system uses state of the art technology in conjunction with specialist fisheries analysts to provide detailed, actionable insight, tailored to our customers’ needs. OceanMind is unique in its ability to deliver detailed risk information to governments and the seafood supply chain relating to fishing vessels, their behaviour and catch compliance. Learn more on the OceanMind website.

The Role

The role is to ensure the stable, ongoing operation of our big data analytics solutions.  This will involve monitoring systems, automating systems administration tasks, developing operational support services, deploying and maintaining software, developing scripts to manage and maintain environments, developing services to support our software (such as ETL for data sources), data management, deployment of new data processing nodes, supporting the users, and anything else needed to ensure that the technical operations of the business continue uninterrupted.

The role is office-based, at the Satellite Applications Catapult’s offices in Harwell, Oxford.

About You

Required Skills and Experience

  • Absolute focus on system availability
  • Deep understanding of the operational needs of a high-tech start-up
  • A proactive, can-do attitude, self-motivated and self-directing
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Excellent working knowledge of Linux (CentOS 7)
  • Excellent knowledge of the Python programming language
  • Excellent knowledge of bash scripting
  • General systems administration duties, patching, backup
  • Hardware installation and support
  • Experience testing and troubleshooting complex distributed systems
  • Experience of the development life cycle
  • Experience supporting HA and distributed systems
  • End user support


Beneficial Experience

  • HDFS/Hadoop 2.7
  • NoSql DB support (Accumulo, HBase, Cassandra)
  • Large traditional DB (PostgreSQL, SQLServer, Oracle) support
  • Configuration management (Ansible / Puppet / Chef / salt)
  • Code / version control (ideally Git)
  • High throughput messaging systems (NATS / 0mq)
  • Network security, anti-malware, intrusion detection, etc.


If you are up for the challenge and thrive in a fast-paced and creative environment, send your CV along with a covering letter to

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