Hosting & Cloud Lead

Information Technology London, United Kingdom


  • Job Category:

    Information Technology

  • Location:

    London, United Kingdom

  • Job Type:

    Permanent

  • Number of Openings:

    1

Description

Position at Tokio Marine HCC

 




Hosting & Cloud Lead

 

Why Tokio Marine HCC?

Standing still is not an option in the current world of Insurance. TMHCC are one for the world’s leading Speciality Insurers. With deep expertise in our chosen lines of business, our unparalleled track record and a solid balance sheet, TMHCC evaluates and manages risk like no one else in the industry. Looking beyond profit, empowering our people and delivering on our commitments are at the core of our customer values, and so is a desire to grow and provide creative and innovative solutions to our clients. We have doubled our gross written premiums in the past 3 years and our plan is to do so again in the next 3 years. To support this desire, we need to be forward-thinking and innovative in every respect. That means continually improving our customer-focused business, it means providing systems, solutions, and technology to enable seamless growth and business innovation, and it means having the best people capability to apply to these challenges.

Part of our evolution involves growing our team, and bringing in a range of views, perspectives and backgrounds that will allow us to deliver this forward-looking culture, that relies upon open and trusting relationships, and a shared vision for that continual improvement. We aspire to build an environment where new perspectives are encouraged, where resilience, fresh ideas and different opinions are valued.

 

About the Opportunity

 

TMHCC is amid an IT transformation and is shifting towards a Product-centric operating model, whilst increasing the maturity of the IT Service Management capabilities. This new role will be a crucial part of the team facilitating positive change to the TMHCC organisation manging our datacentre and developing our cloud capabilities based on industry best practices.

The successful candidate in this role will be an individual with a customer centric focus and a passion for technology. They will relish the opportunity to change the culture within their teams as well as the wider IT teams to support this vision. 

 

 

 

 

Job Purpose:

 

The purpose of this role:

The Hosting & Cloud Platforms Lead is responsible for the day-to-day technical management of the IT infrastructure (e.g. data centres, servers, storage, , cloud) for TMHCCI line managing a team of up to 4. This role will interact with various IT teams across TMHCC subsidiaries with focus on operational performance, service levels, incident management and problem resolution. Reporting to the Head of Hosting & Cloud the Hosting & Cloud Platforms Lead responsibilities include optimizing team performance, technical ownership, and leadership of Infrastructure & Cloud services, improving processes and procedures, management of the currency and security protection of the infrastructure, supporting audit activities, managing, and recovering from business impacting issues, and proactive prevention of production incidents. The individual must have experience of working as part of a global Infrastructure supporting on premise and cloud datacentres with a team first mentality.

 

 

Responsibilities & Key Tasks:

 

 

 

 

 

  • Oversee the TMHCC and TME and associated HCC International companies. Responsible for the availability and performance & capacity of servers, storage, and backup solutions within the Data Centres or Cloud solutions.
  • Collaborate on the design and delivery of projects supporting cloud strategy, data centre moves/closures; ensuring solutions are ‘designed for service’ in the Production environment.
  • Responsible for precise and cost-effective management of cloud services, when appropriate, and on-premises data centres.
  • Management of agreed service level and operating level agreements proactively protecting adherence through actions taken on the back of MI on performance of the infrastructure estate utilising other technology teams as required.
  • Assist in the planning, preparation, development, and successful execution of departmental budgets. To include the management, reviewing and negotiating of vendor contracts.
  • Establish performance management and professional development as a priority and ensure that managers and staff are working together on development goals.
  • Responsible for the team skill levels required to support the infrastructure estate as well as any changes to the infrastructure estate.
  • Responsible for effective resource utilisation within area of ownership managing priorities across locations accordingly.
  • Actively promotes the core values of the company within the organization.
  • Collaborate to build and manage a disaster recovery plan in support of an overall business continuity program.
  • Maintain and grow partner resource relationships.
  • Work beyond scheduled hours as required providing out of hours support in incident situations.
  • Ensure that all infrastructure components are managed to the appropriate level of risk with respect to security patches, software/firmware revision levels and supplier supported versions.
  • Agree infrastructure standards and optimise savings through compliant procurement of compliant products, in collaboration with Enterprise Architects, regional technology Heads and Global Procurement.
  • Handle additional related projects as necessary.

 

Technical Skills and Knowledge

  • Familiar with Agile \ Dev Ops methodologies
  • At least 5+ years working in an Infrastructure Operations Team supporting AWS, Azure and on-premises Infrastructure.
  • Knowledge of server operating systems, with emphasis on Microsoft Windows, including domain structures, Active Directory, system administration, and Windows Terminal Server.
  • Technology management skills to take responsibility for the design, procurement, installation, upgrading, operation, control, maintenance, and effective use of IT infrastructure components and monitors their performance.
  • At least 5 - 7 years leading design and support of enterprise-level IT infrastructure.
  • Practical knowledge of ITIL application processes and implementation.
  • Experience working in companies going through significant change.
  • Sound working knowledge of VMWare, looking for 3-5 years plus knowledge, and building and maintaining Virtual environments.
  • Server Hardening and vulnerability patching skills including using SCCM and other patching tools.
  • Experience with key controls pertaining to IT infrastructure management.
  • Proven experience in leading through times of significant change.
  • At least 5 years of experience in a senior Infrastructure role across global locations;

Useful –

 

  • Experience of implementing CI / CD
  • Azure, AWS or VMWare qualifications
  • Experience with industry leading Monitoring tools such as VRops, VRA & cloud Monitoring solutions.
  • Knowledge of Infrastructure hardware including hyperconverged technologies and traditional 3 tier.
  • Vrealize Automation and Orchestration would be advantageous.
  • ITIL accredited is desirable
  • Experience with Ansible or other automation platforms for automation and configuration management

 

Personal Skills

Essential -

  • Hands-on, collaborative style with a heavy focus on business engagement and supreme focus on customer service and relationship management with organizational partners and customers.
  • Communication and stakeholder management skills to provide appropriate status and other reports to specialists, users and managers.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated ability to make effective decisions while working through complex issues.
  • Must be able to utilize and effectively communicate functional and technical components of an initiative to applicable parties both verbally and through documentation.
  • Attention to detail, good analytical and problem-solving skills and critical thinking are essential.
  • Ability to recognize and implement improved efficiencies and productivity.
  • Able to mediate issues between users, team members or other personnel and subordinates.
  • Able to mentor others as needed.
  • A self-starter/motivator having a proactive, agile and strategic mindset are a must.
  • Able to cope with adversity and handle urgent system issues under pressure.
  • Able to define activity roadmaps considering limited and scarce resources.
  • Able to embrace and adapt to change while demonstrating flexibility and the ability to develop.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Willingness to travel to Houston, Europe, and India.

 

Useful -

  • Knowledge of the Insurance Industry 

 

 

Number of direct reports and team / function size:

Five in London and one resource based offshore in India

 
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