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Associate Automation Engineer

Posted 19 January by Paddy Power Featured Ended

Paddy Power Betfair operates a 24/7 business with low latency, highly transactional workloads and this comes some amazing technology and incredible people.

To support our products we have built an award winning active/active private cloud based upon RedHat Openstack and Nuage Networks software defined networking and we are pretty proud of what we have achieved so far but this is only the beginning.

The Delivery Enablement team is looking for new team members to help us go 1 louder (turning automation up to 11) and continue to automate the deployment of code, infrastructure, networking and storage via continuous integration and continuous delivery.

If you are thinking of joining you need to be as passionate about technology and DevOps as us; you will join a team who will be working hand in hand with our technical partners to keep Paddy Power Betfair at the forefront of innovation and CI/CD automation.

Our infrastructure technology stack consists of OpenStack, Nuage VSP, AVI Networks, Citrix Netscalers, HP DL360 Gen 9, Pure Storage and Netapp. All vendors have APIs so there is no excuse for not automating everything as we believe in a everything as code philosophy.

Don't believe us? Check out our OpenStack reference white paper on what we have built: http://2rRrexX. This is how we have realized our vision and put it into practice: https://youtu.be/0PlPJG-xuHw & https://youtu.be/9QcsoMBCwDc. As an added bonus this has made us a multiple award winning team Redhat Innovation Award 2016, Hewlett Packard award for Innovation 2016 and Openstack SuperUser 2017. But most importantly it has allowed us to deliver software reliably and in a repeatable fashion as we now do over 1000 deployments a day on our OpenStack platform and utilize around 3 petabytes of storage. But we still want to be quicker, learner and continuously improve our processes.

We want you to help with that. If you think you have what it takes then come and talk to us.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Help development team’s on-board applications onto OpenStack by creating continuous delivery pipelines for technology such as Kafka, Apache Storm, MySQL, Informix and many more in a completely immutable way. 

  • Provide consultancy to development teams looking to deploy new technology or types of applications

  • Look at ways of utilizing OpenStack API’s to automate manual activities in the data-center 

  • Offer deployment teams a choice of VM’s (nova), bare metal (Ironic) or containers (Kubernetes) to on-board their applications and help maintain the self-service workflow that the teams will use. 

  • Implementing a continuous improvement model using feed-back loops for continuous integration and CD pipelines so each process is improved continuously.

  • Creating unit and performance tests for our CD pipelines and automation framework

  • Assessing new technology that could be beneficial to Paddy Power Betfair and creating POC’s to evaluate new tooling or technology 

  • Raising the technical profile of Infrastructure Automation within Paddy Power Betfair and of Paddy Power Betfair in the wider technical community. 

  • Present at external conferences and evangelize DevOps and everything as code principles

Essential Skills & Experience 

  • Embrace new technologies and ideas and be able to work in team environment with a challenge everything mantra

  • In depth technical knowledge of Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, Configuration Management, Linux, Networking, Storage and Databases. 

  • Background in large scale, highly transactional site delivery and operations. 

  • Excellent coding skills as you will be automating infrastructure. 

  • Willingness to occasionally travel (mainly UK, Ireland, Romania, Portugal) 

Desirable Skills & Experience 

  • Development experience in Python. 

  • Exposure to GIT, Jenkins, Artifactory, Ansible and Openstack and Software Defined Networking

  • Excellent presentation skills for both internal and external conferences. 

  • Agile delivery methodology.

In February 2016, Paddy Power and Betfair merged to form one of the largest online betting operators in the world: Paddy Power Betfair plc. The merger propelled the enlarged group into the FTSE 50.

The Paddy Power brand boasts an international multi-channel betting and gaming group. The Paddy Power brand is widely seen as one of the most distinctive consumer brands in Europe. The Betfair brand is famous for Innovation. Betfair pioneered the betting exchange in 2000 – a product which altered the landscape of the sports betting industry.

Today, Paddy Power Betfair is a force to be reckoned with. We have a market-leading presence in the UK, Ireland, Australia and the USA, as well as a range of B2C and B2B operations across Europe.

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