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Infrastructure Team Leader

Head Office/Support Centre

About our culture

The Works is such a welcoming place to… well… work!

Our atmosphere is supportive, friendly and inclusive. A second home-from-home where you can be your best and authentic you.

We’ve built an environment that’s busy, always moving, and full of energy. Yet we still make space to share must-watch TV recommendations and our favourite page-turners!

We’re a proactive and hardworking bunch who are dedicated to inspiring and empowering our customers to read, learn, create and play.

It’s the perfect place for people who know how to roll their sleeves up, get creative, and put their passion and imagination to work… we’re people who ‘do’!

If you’re the kind of person who is as ’crafty’, ‘caring’ and ‘can-do’ as we are, then this is the kind of culture for you.


What we will give to you!


  • 25% off colleague discount in-store and online (Often increased to 50% off for seasonal offers!)
  • 33 days holiday (Inclusive of Bank Holidays)
  • Holiday Purchase scheme to increase your annual leave entitlement by 5 extra days per year
  • Access to our MyWorks reward platform which has thousands of exclusive online discounts across hundreds of well-known retailers, utilities, holidays and much more!
  • Hybrid working – This varies by department, but typically we’re working to 1 or 2 days per week in the office
  • Save As You Earn (SAYE) scheme. Become a shareholder and buy your own piece of The Works by buying shares at an exclusive discounted rate direct-from-salary
  • Company pension contribution
  • Can-Do Academy – Instant access to training and development programmes when it suits you
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Employee Health, Wellbeing and Financial support through the Retail Trust and our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) – Because you matter!
  • Life Assurance
  • Healthcare Cash Plan
  • Free Car Parking when on-site at our Support Centre
  • Optional Charity Giving schemes – Pennies from Heaven and Give as you Earn

About the Role

Reporting into the Head of Systems, Services & Operations you will play a crucial role in delivering outstanding infrastructure support and project delivery to your colleagues across Stores, Distribution Centre (DC) and Support Centre (SC) as well as our ecommerce website.

 

You’re a natural communicator who enjoys keeping your colleagues in the loop, ensuring they feel their issues are understood and giving them the confidence that the issues will be resolved. You thrive on seeing incidents and problems through to resolution, spotting trends and holding yourself to the highest best practice standards. You keep up to date with technology; particularly Microsoft Server, Office 365, and hybrid cloud. You are someone who wants to own delivery of improvements and projects with a focus on enterprise class service wraps and cyber security.

 

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious, technically strong and solution focused Infrastructure Lead to join our evolving Technology Services team.


The purpose of the role is to own the delivery of Infrastructure support, maintenance & project delivery. Responding effectively to incidents and requests restoring service or fulfilling requests as quickly as possible whilst communicating with all relevant stakeholders. Providing cover for the Head of Systems, Services & Operations as required. To provide a problem management function for Infrastructure & Networks. To drive Infrastructure standardisation, documentation, performance, and knowledge both within Technology Services and the wider business. 

 

Incident Management


Acting as a technical escalation point for the Technology Service Desk. Reviewing infrastructure & network incidents, completing diagnostics, replicating issues and resolving or technically escalating incidents. Ensuring the right resolution path is followed and SLAs are continuously monitored. Flagging any knowledge management opportunities prior to closure.

 

Problem Management

 

Owning problem management for infrastructure & networks, prioritising, monitoring, reporting on and ultimately resolving problems. Continually utilising incident trend analysis to reduce demand on incident management via root cause analysis. Ensuring the lessons learnt from each problem are identified and documented.


Knowledge Management

 

Creating and maintaining known errors, workarounds, knowledge articles and standard operating procedures. Seeking training and documentation opportunities across Technology Services pushing knowledge towards the Technology Service Desk as well as the wider business.

 

Capacity & Demand Management

 

Creating capacity management reporting, assessing BAU growth and project demands, forecasting future storage and compute needs.

 

Discovery & Design

 

Managing technical discovery for potential projects and or service improvements. Working closely with development & projects, pitching designs to the design review group considering compatibility with the current estate and future operating model. Showing true ownership of the Infrastructure & Network spaces.

 

Project Delivery

 

Owning smaller projects or technical delivery of workstreams within larger programs. Engaging with all project stakeholders managing expectations, ensuring that they are kept updated with project progress and risks to agreed timelines or budgets.

 

Cyber Security

 

Working with the vCISO, 24/7 SOC and the Head of Systems, Services & Operations to identify & mitigate security risks. Including firewall reviews, patch management, vulnerability scanning, design reviews, GPO / OS hardening, pen test reviews, PCI compliance and responding to incidents as required.

 

About you

  • PASSIONATE – In everything you do – you want to learn, you want to grow and you want to develop the service we offer.
  • STRONG COMMUNICATOR – You enjoy building and developing relationships with people, keeping everyone up to date.
  • HIGHLY ORGANISED – You can prioritise your workload, set expectations and keep your promises.
  • TECHNCIAL MINDSET – You have a strong technical mind-set and ability to troubleshoot ambiguous issues logically.
  • ANALYTICAL – You enjoy working with data, monitoring situations and making decisions based on facts.
  • INNOVATIVE THINKING – You are able to “think outside the box” and are always looking for the next opportunity.

 

The sought-after experience we’re seeking

Mandatory

 

  • Expert in Windows Server design, build, management, and maintenance in a multidomain environment.
  • Expert in VMWare design, build, management, and maintenance.
  • Expert in Active Directory including AAD, GPOs & UAC.
  • Expert in management and ongoing improvements of Microsoft 365 including Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive & Exchange Online.
  • Strong experience in hybrid cloud environments and modernising legacy infrastructure.
  • Strong experience managing Intune policies and configuration, with the ability to troubleshoot autonomously.
  • Experience of working with network switches & firewalls with the ability to troubleshoot autonomously.
  • Experience of working in an environment aligning to ITIL best practice and focusing on the business impact.
  • Experience in delivering small projects as well as owning workstreams within larger programmes.
  • Experience in DevOps.
  • Experience with containers such as Docker.
  • A good understanding of cyber security principles and a security first approach to infrastructure design.
  • Ability to take log files and events then problem solve and root cause analyse ambiguous incidents.
  • Ability to lead and develop people.

Desirable

 

  • Retail experience
  • Experience in Infrastructure as code such as terraform
  • PCI compliance experience

Finally, the bit about The Works

 

We are working towards our ambition of becoming one of the most loved retailers in the UK and the go-to place for reading, learning, creativity and play.


We believe in the importance of fun and fulfilment and taking time out to do the things you love.
With 525 stores nationwide and a strong multi-channel proposition, our mission is to offer a unique and enjoyable shopping experience, built on core principles of value, variety and quality.

We’re super proud to be certified as two star ‘Outstanding to work for’ via Best Companies for three years running and a Sunday Times 2020 Top 25 Best Big Companies to work for.

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