Role Description

Managed Services Engineer at IT Lab, Cape Town

Company Background
IT Lab is a leading technology and managed services provider in the UK, ranked within the top five European and top 50 global managed services suppliers and operates out of offices in London, Manchester and Cape Town and, via its global partners, in 13 countries across the world. The award-winning company provides a range of services including 24/7 support, cloud services, ERP software implementation, technology transformation and change projects, strategic consulting and analytics. 

We are a dynamic and fast growing company that truly values and is reliant upon our people, our culture and our commitment to excellence we call Service Obsession. Being the best means having the best people, and getting the best people means being the best place to work. 
A core part of our business is our Cape Town operations centre from which we provide 24/7 support to our predominantly UK based clients and their global operations via a 1st – 3rd line service desk, 365 days per year. This operation is planned to expand significantly in the coming years. This expansion is to not only accommodate growth in our service desk, but also an expanding remit to broaden our local service capability. 

An opportunity has arisen for a Managed Services Engineer to join the remote Desk team in our Cape Town office, providing unparalleled service excellence to our base of over 400 clients and 13,000 end users across the UK. 

The Role
Working within our Managed Services team you will assume the function of an IT system administrator for a wide range of clients who have outsourced their IT support to IT Lab. This involves the monitoring and management of client backups, routers and firewalls, servers and device endpoints to ensure issues are handled proactively with minimal impact on the client. Resolving issues efficiently, identifying and correcting trends is a key part of the role.

Reporting to the Team Leader, the key deliverables of our Managed Services Engineers can be summarised as follows:
  •  Delivery of quality proactive managed services across the IT Lab client base
  •  Backup Management - Daily tasks across various backup technologies 
  •  Patch Management - Regular patching procedures ensuring client infrastructure is kept up to date
  •  Firewall Management – Processing monthly firewall reports detailing important performance and availability vitals
  •  Managed Endpoint – Regular procedures of endpoint security coverage and review of incidents
  •  Network Operations Centre – Auditing monitoring platforms and on boarding new devices
  •  IT Administrative tasks following the client on boarding or change to the services provided
  •  Management of risk and downtime during maintenance windows
  •  Effective handling of escalated critical issues needing high level attention
  •  Responding to, handling alerts, incidents and escalated problems on the variety of platforms and supported networks from logon to the resolution

Location and environment
This role will be based in our beautiful Century City Office in Cape Town; however, you will work amongst a team split across London, Cape Town, and Manchester offices. Our culture is non-hierarchical and one which stems from a work hard, but have fun environment. We like to laugh, we like to do things together and among all the challenges of growing a fast-paced business, we endorse people being themselves, allowing them to focus on outcomes and substance rather than form. We’re proud of our employee engagement and have successfully been listed in the Sunday Times “Best Companies to Work for” for six years and with our group companies, 11 of the last 12 years. 
We’re also pleased with our number 80 ranking in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 which tracks the fastest growing technology companies in the UK.

If you think you are a results oriented, positive, strategic thinker as well as tactical practitioner, then the Lab is the place for you.

Required skills and capabilities
The ideal candidate will have/be:
  •  Previous experience working in a IT Support or Systems Administrator role
  •  Supporting or managing Microsoft networks and associated technologies
  •  Microsoft Servers 2008 – 2016
  •  Experience troubleshooting using monitoring, log and event metrics
  •  Experience working with a backup solution
  •  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  •  Good planning, organisation and risk assessment
  •  Good understanding of ITIL framework and processes
  •  Desirable experience and skills
  •  Remote monitoring and management (RMM) toolsets
  •  Backup solutions – VEEAM, Backup Exec, Ahsay, DPM
  •  Networking and Firewalls – Cisco, Dell, Fortinet
  •  Cloud platforms – O365, Azure, AWS, Mimecast
  •  Linux Servers – Administering and troubleshooting
  •  Exchange and Citrix understanding (not essential but beneficial)
  •  Process-focused and logical thinker
  •  Able to prioritise under pressure and work to deadlines
  •  Excellent decision making, judgement, planning and organisation skills
  • Flexible, calm and approachable, ‘can do’ attitude
  •  Solid customer relations skills to understand client/client representatives concerns and requirements
  •  Obsessed with delivering excellence, and engages change

The Package
  •  Working hours will be 40 to 45 hours a week during standard business hours (Monday – Friday, rotational shifts between 7am – 7pm UK time)
  •  Package depending on experience
  •  22 days’ annual leave
  •  Access to a medical aid and pension scheme
  •  Rewarded for additional IT related study
  •  Opportunity to be a part of a large group of experienced Support Engineers, for you to grow and develop your skills and experience
  • * Free breakfast daily, lunches paid for on Friday (and a whole array of other benefits!)
  • * Working for an established London based employer with predominantly UK based clients

Good luck and please bear in mind we receive a very high number of applications; we will endeavour to get back to all applicants, however, we thank you for understanding this is not always possible for unsuccessful applicants.

IT Lab is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to attracting and retaining the best talent.