Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC249287
Location Nottingham See on Map
Salary £30782 - £33459
Date Posted 26 April 2019
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 24 May 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 per annum to £33,459 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: UKRI - D
Contract Type: Fixed Term until 31 March 2020
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 24th May 2019

About the role

To develop, maintain, manage and test disk and tape storage infrastructure, the VShere environment as well as associated procedures and controls within the UKGEOS project.

You will report to and liaise closely with the BGS Storage Virtualisation Manager and with the Backup and Archive Administrator.

Responsibilities will include management of the virtualisation infrastructure, involving patching, securing, managing, upgrading firmware and software, and future proofing over 250 virtual servers.  These provide mission critical services to both internal staff and external stakeholders including many public facing and high profile websites and services.

The data storage role involves ensuring BGS’ vast data holdings (currently around 350TB of live data at the Keyworth site) are secured and accessible at all times. This requires managing the primary, secondary, backup and archive storage as well as developing and enhancing existing SAN (storage area network) infrastructure.

The primary tasks of this role will be to:

• report to and liaise closely with the BGS Storage and Virtualisation Manager

• diagnose and resolve technical issues and to mitigate against recurrence

• identify potential problems or weaknesses in the systems and to ensure that measures are developed, tested and carried out to prevent any impact on our users and stakeholders

• liaise with the sensor network teams and the core scanning teams to ensure that best technical and security protocols, procedures and policies are developed, documented and followed

• ensure that all virtualisation and storage systems are kept secure and reliable with regular updates to drivers, software and firmware

• manage the backing up and restoring of virtual servers through tested enterprise-level backup and disaster recovery solutions

• manage the storage media and systems, whilst liaising closely with the BGS data archive managers and the IT Security Manager

• manage and plan current and future storage and virtualisation requirements. To ensure that the BGS’ future data storage and virtualisation needs are met by researching and implementing enterprise level systems that are cost effective

• contribute to formal reports as required, internal and external meetings, and to review all relevant events and incidents. To liaise with the Data Management Group on a regular basis to ensure that BGS’ data is being stored, backed up and archived in line with the Survey’s policies

• work closely with the Dev Ops teams to ensure that they are able to develop systems in an environment which gives them the freedom needed for frequent testing, but which still meets the requirements and standards of the BGS IT security policies

• rationalisation and automation of procedures and processes through the development of PowerShell scripts to ensure that scheduled tasks and systems monitoring is completed outside of business hours to reduce the impact on users

• racking hardware and replacing components in physical servers.

You will also be expected to:

• visit other BGS offices and field sites as and when required

• follow a path of continued professional and personal development through both on the job training and attendance at technical and personal development training courses as required

• maintain awareness of developing enterprise level technologies in virtualisation and storage

• meet all core expectations, including Health & Safety procedures.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The British Geological Survey (BGS), founded in 1835 is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and is the world's longest-established national geological survey and the UKs premier centre for earth science information and expertise.

Shortlisting & Interview criteria



• degree or equivalent in an IT related subject (substantial equivalent work experience may be considered).


• relevant Microsoft, IBM, Hitachi certification.



• experience and knowledge of managing and developing Storage Area Networks and Fabrics
• experience and expert knowledge of Microsoft Active Directory administration in relation to management of SAN access control lists
• extensive experience of Microsoft Windows Server management (including previous versions)
• willingness to respond reactively to changing requirements and time-critical events
• substantial experience in an appropriate role in demanding and busy IT department
• experience of working as part of a close-knit technical team
• experience of testing, developing and documenting systems
• diagnosing and resolving issues with a holistic understanding of IT systems
• experience of Enterprise level backup systems
• demonstrable experience and skill with Microsoft PowerShell.


• in-depth technical knowledge of SANs
• in-depth technical knowledge of virtualisation systems
• an understanding of hierarchical storage systems and the best practises employed to ensure maximum efficiency when delivering large data sets.


• knowledge of Hitachi HUS systems
• knowledge of Dell Equalogic systems
• knowledge of IBM Spectrum Project.



• ability to write and maintain clear documentation and procedures
• ability to work largely unsupervised
• critical attention to detail in all areas
• excellent diagnostic and problem solving abilities
• excellent communication skills, both written and oral
• excellent time management with the ability to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines
• ability to work within a variety of teams, with the ability to participate fully as a team member
• flexibility to cope with and manage rapidly changing priorities
• flexible approach including a willingness to occasionally work anti-social hours.


• excellent presentation skills directed at all levels of audience (technical and non-technical)
• ability to provide training to colleagues.



• approachable
• ability to fit in with an established team, working in an open-plan environment
• able to express themselves clearly and concisely
• logical and methodical in their approach
• willingness to travel to other BGS offices
• alignment to and appreciation of BGS core values.



• demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS, NERC and UKRI
• displays an enthusiasm for their areas of expertise and skill and a desire to develop this further
• demonstrates curiosity and a drive to resolve technical problems
• willingness to attend residential training courses
• ability to provide support to colleagues in other areas outside of your specialities.

Working hours will be 37 per week excluding lunch breaks. A generous benefits package is also offered, including a company pension scheme, 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 days public and privilege holidays (pro rata). NERC has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under represented and their applications are particularly welcomed. Guaranteed interview scheme for applicants with disabilities. The British Geological Survey is an Investors in People organisation.

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