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Head of Systems

Full Time - Oxford, UK

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Do you have experience with managing SaaS infrastructure and a desire to take your next leadership role?

We are hiring a Head of Systems to lead Adestra’s growing Systems and IT teams to deliver scalable and secure high availability infrastructure for our SaaS email marketing platform.

The Role

Working closely with our Technical Director and Head of Platform to fulfil a two-week sprint cycle, you will play a hands-on role and take overall responsibility for the team working on several key areas including deployment, platform security, reliability, scalability, capacity management, incident management, automation, policy and process, working within the following technical environment:

  • FreeBSD, CentOS
  • PostgreSQL
  • Perl, Python, Bash
  • Exim, Postfix, PowerMTA
  • Nginx, Varnish, Lighttpd, Apache
  • Cisco, Juniper Network hardware
  • Dell/HP servers
  • IPsec, OpenVPN
  • SSL, SSH
  • Nagios, Cacti, Grafana
  • Google Cloud/AWS/


You will also provide leadership and inspiration to the Systems, Infrastructure and IT teams to deliver high quality work to tight deadlines, generating the story of continuous evolution and scalability. As part of this, you’ll review and implement new ways of working including integrating the Agile and Scrum methodologies being used in other teams. You’ll also take responsibility for developing and monitoring team and individual KPIs.

About You

The right person for this role will have excellent people management and leadership skills with proven, successful team leadership experience both direct and matrix. You will have a record of owning/managing successful SaaS infrastructures in an Open Source and cloud environment, with a desire for continuous learning and improvement.

To apply for this position, please submit your information here. No phone calls please; we’re really busy speaking to clients!

Adestra are an Equal Opportunities Employer