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Java Support Engineer - ACTIVE DV

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  • Location:


  • Sector:

    Technology & Digital

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    £500 - £600 per day + OUTSIDE IR35

  • Contact:

    Fraser Richings

  • Email:

  • Job ref:


  • Published:

    14 days ago

  • Duration:

    6 Months

  • Expiry date:

    04 July 2024

  • Start date:


Yolk Recruitment Ltd are working with a software house who consult in the area's national security industry, and they are looking for a Java Support Engineer on a 6 month contract (OUTSIDE IR35) to be based 5 days a week out of their Cheltenham Office. London or Manchester can also be considered as locations.


About the role:

Successful candidates will be working as part of an on-site team to maintain and support a managed cross-domain service using a wide range of technology, platforms and tools. The team employ site reliability engineering tools and practices to continuously verify and improve the service. Some code development will be required with the opportunity to learn and support Rust.


Problem diagnosis and debugging:

  • Interpret dashboards and system logging to diagnose complex problems as the system is integrated with external data-feeds.
  • Analyse received data using tools such as Wireshark to debug system operation.
  • Create representative XML data to reproduce error scenarios.
  • Write and update & run Java E2E and performance tests to ensure optimal system performance.

Support and troubleshooting:

  • Work closely with development teams to ensure smooth integration of new releases into production environments.
  • Provide detailed descriptions of any failure scenarios to allow the remote development team to reproduce the problem and provide a fix.
  • Root cause analysis and proactive problem solving. The team is empowered to deploy changes in response to arising requirements.

Verification & Monitoring:

  • Work with platform team to manage OpenShift system resources and networking to determine and resolve bottlenecks or networking issues.
  • Track performance and availability metrics from deployed services with Influx and Grafana.
  • Configure automated alerts to trap problems before they become incidents.
  • Review application logs and respond to changes in system behaviour as they arise.

Build and Deploy code from multiple project teams:

  • Maintenance and administration of a CI pipeline building artefacts using Java & Maven.
  • Configuration and execution of component and service acceptance test suites using Maven.
  • Deployment and configuration of tested services using Terraform and Ansible. Target platforms include OpenShift, RHEL/CentOS and Docker.
  • Configuration and deployment of third-party appliances and software services.

Business-as-usual maintenance:

  • Use of automation tools and techniques to reduce toil.
  • PostgreSQL Database housekeeping.
  • OS level health checks and patching.
  • Generate and Manage system SSL certificates.

Key skills

  • Experience with Java Spring Boot micro-service development.
  • Experience with OpenShift or Kubernetes.
  • Experience with asynchronous messaging platforms such as AMQP.
  • Experience with infrastructure-as-code tools: Terraform/Ansible.
  • Experience with S3 object storage tools and techniques.
  • Experience with RDBMS platforms: Oracle or similar.
  • Knowledge of XML / XSD.
  • Critical thinker with the ability reason about problems, test hypothesis and make appropriate risk decisions.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Quick prioritisation of tasks and the ability to adapt to changing priorities during incident response scenarios.
  • Experience with git version control.

Desirable skills

  • Experience with Atlassian Tools including Bamboo.
  • Experience with infrastructure-as-code tools: Terraform/Ansible/Ansible Vault.
  • Understanding of docker and containerisation.
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