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IT Systems Administrator

Posted on Nov 23, 2022 by CFMS

Bristol, Somerset, United Kingdom
Immediate Start
Annual Salary


The Centre for Modelling and Simulation (CFMS) is a growing, independent digital engineering consultancy providing technical expertise to help organisations create cutting edge solutions by pioneering new approaches to product development and enabling innovation services.

Working with commercial and research organisations of all sizes, CFMS has a full portfolio of digital innovation capabilities, including design and analysis services, consultancy, and IT infrastructure, CFMS uses digital innovation across the cyber-physical landscape (including a new robotics capability) to help develop more effective engineering solutions across industrial sectors critical to the UK economy.

As a commercially focused organisation we reinvest profits from commercial activity into the continued development of our people, facilities, and research capability.

About the role:

CFMS' Engineering Computing Services (ECS) team provides infrastructure and technical systems to internal stakeholders and external clients, making use of leading-edge scientific computing services including:

  • Two HPC clusters totalling ~5000 cores
  • Openstack private cloud systems
  • High performance Ethernet networking
  • General purpose business computing

The ITSA role is to support and develop the technical running of the company's IT systems in alignment with its business objectives. The role will support the Head of ECS in the maintenance and continued operation of the company's existing systems and developing strategies for running Linux based applications on internal systems, external systems and public cloud.

The ITSA will be exposed to a wide variety of exciting and leading-edge technologies and systems, with many opportunities to learn new skills.

Key Responsibilities:

The ITSA will take a key role in the day to day running of CFMS IT systems, including:

  • Provide support to the wider technical team and clients
  • Being responsible for tickets and resolving them in a timely manner
  • Planning and implementing OS and software upgrades to virtual machines and physical Servers
  • Monitoring and analysis of system performance

Key Relationships:

The ITSA will work closely with the Head of ECS and the ECS team, but also with the wider CFMS technical team and directly with client end users.


  • A degree or relevant college qualification in a technical subject is desirable/beneficial.
  • Credible Linux or UNIX experience.

Skills, Knowledge and Competencies:


  • Knowledge of Linux and/or UNIX
  • Demonstrate best practice administration management and installation of Linux based systems and technologies
  • Knowledge of Linux security strategies
  • Comfortable with Linux patching regimes
  • Appropriately deploying and maintaining Linux systems in a secure manner.
  • Comfortable with Linux patching regimes


  • Basic networking knowledge
  • Some experience of MacOS and MacOS administration
  • Experience with programming or Scripting eg bash, Python, Ansible
  • Experience using source control mechanisms eg Git, Gitlab
  • Experience/knowledge of virtualisation


25 days annual leave

4 x salary life assurance

Group Personal Pension Scheme

How to Apply:

Email your CV and covering letter. If you would like further information on the role, please contact us on the email above or call.

This vacancy is open to UK nationals only.

Direct applications only - no agencies.

Reference: 1801865864

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