Role Description

Managed Services Engineer at IT Lab, Manchester

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 in our Manchester 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
-          Network Operations Centre - Monitoring
-          Backup Management
-          Firewall Management
-          Endpoint Management and Managed AV
-          Patch Management
·         Effective handling of escalated critical issues needing high level attention
·         Management of risk and downtime during maintenance windows
·         To provide to role of IT Administrator / IT Manager for an increasing number of outsourced IT systems
·         Proactive assessment of events to reduce incidents
·         Responding to, handling alerts, incidents and escalated problems on the variety of platforms and supported networks from logon to the resolution
·         Involvement and presence in core Virtual Teams
·         IT Administrative tasks following the client on boarding or change to the services provided
Location and Environment
 This role will be based in Swinton, Manchester; 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 hardworking but 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.
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:
·         Solid previous experience in supporting or managing Microsoft networks and associated technologies
·         Experience with the following Technologies
-          Networking and Firewalls – Cisco, Dell, Fortinet
-          Microsoft Servers 2008 – 2016
-          Cloud platforms – O365, Azure, AWS, Mimecast
-          RMM and Professional Monitoring toolsets
-          Backup solutions – Backup Exec, VEEAM, Ahsay, DPM, Azure Site Recovery
·         Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
·         Good planning, organisation and risk assessment
·         Good understanding of ITIL framework and processes
·         Experience troubleshooting using monitoring metrics
·         Experience of problem management
Generic Essential Individual Attributes
·         Process-focused
·         Excellent technical ability in one or more key virtual team areas
·         Very good technical understanding of current leading technologies, suppliers and industry terminology
·         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
·         Ability to work well within team, supporting other team members
·         Willingness to gain relevant qualifications and accreditation's
The Package 
·         Working hours are up to 40 hours a week, rotational early morning and late evening shifts (no requirement for night shifts), based on a 4 on, 4 off pattern
·         Package depending on experience (plus shift allowance)
·         Working for an established London based employer with predominantly UK based clients
·         Free breakfast daily, lunches paid for on Friday (and a whole array of other benefits!)
·         Opportunity to be a part of a large group of experienced Support Engineers, for you to grow and develop your skills and experience
·         Access to a medical aid and pension scheme
·         22 days’ annual leave
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.