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Sentia - Senior Engineer Linux, VMware

Looking for a job where things change rapidly but without chaos? Do you want to have the ability to work with new and bleeding edge technology on a project-based fashion without running into the death by process trap?


Stop looking and join Sentia's Implementations organization!


We strive towards quality and long-term operational sustainability of technology so you will not just play with technology! We actually want you to look critically at technology and help deliver our mission.

As a Senior Engineer with expertise in Linux, VMware, or Ci/Cd, you will be part of our implementations organization responsible for the successful delivery of customer and internal projects. Ranging from smaller projects over to more daunting and challenging complex environments, your team eats projects and technology implementations for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

As a Senior, you are considered one of the “Yoda's” in the team and you've earned your rings of experience in your realm. Together with your CO-seniors, you are the one providing the stability and tranquility in the team.

Sounds like fun? Keep on reading!



So tell me, what is this all about?

  • You are contributing to the lifecycle of internal and customer facing platforms together with your Operations colleagues
  • You will be designing and implementing complex, customer-specific environments
  • You will transition environments towards your Operations colleagues by transferring knowledge about the respective environment
  • Together with your project management colleagues you might take the technical lead during projects
  • You will be participating in an on-call set-up, for that small set of service-down issues that pop-up once in a while
  • You are considered as “the internal knowledge base” due to your expertise and contextual knowledge of the environments you built here and in your past experience
  • You will be training the team on your expertise, you take pride in letting others grow
  • You will be considered as an important stakeholder supporting our R&D engineers
  • You will be supporting complex migrations from analysis to execution using your critical and experienced mindset
  • You might be supporting your pre-sales colleagues as they run into new technology requests from our customers to help assess operational sustainability
  • You are expected to regularly decompress and maybe even play some ping pong


What do we want from you?

  • Advanced knowledge of one of the following:
    • Linux-flavored OSS and its secrets
    • VMware's ESX server and its associated suite of products
  • Advanced knowledge on one or more of the following frameworks, Middleware and application servers running on Linux:
    • E-mail application servers (postfix, ...) and its associated protocols (SMTP, imap, pop & asav)
    • Web application servers (Apache, nginx, ...) and its associated protocols (HTTP, https, ...)
    • Database application servers (MySQL, Oracle DB, MongoDB, Redis ...)
    • Middleware application servers (tomcat, JBoss, ...)
  • Advanced knowledge on one of the following essential platform supporting technologies:
    • DNS application servers (bind, pdns, ...)
    • NTP application servers
    • Scripting languages such as PHP, Perl, Python, bash, ...
  • Advanced knowledge about automating deployment and configuration of the above with tools such as Chef, Puppet and Ansible
  • Preferably an understanding of the concepts continuous integration and continuous deployment as well as the platforms and tools used to accomplish this:
    • Containerization platforms (Docker, ...)
    • Orchestration platforms (OpenStack, Kubernetes, Mesos, ...)
    • Otap/Dtap streets (Jenkins, Bamboo, ...)
  • Advanced knowledge of one of the following:
    • Caching technologies (Varnish, memcached, ..
    • Kernel modifications
    • Compiling from source code
    • Clustering technologies (Haproxy, Lvs, ...)
    • Linux security (SELinux, auditd, ...)
    • Storage (iSCSI, NFS, Cifs, ...)
  • Understanding Windows-based environments, and accepting that the world is more than Linux, is a nice to have J
  • You understand the OSI layer model and have a basic understanding of networking
  • You have at least 4 years of relevant experience in one of the above-mentioned concepts and technologies
  • We believe everyone can grow regardless of his/her education, however having had a technical background and education is considered a pro (civil or industrial engineer, bachelor IT...).
  • Nevertheless experience is as valuable as education as this position is considered a senior role.
  • Experience in the hosting or cloud sector is considered a boon but not a pre-requisite


Your personality

  • You have a passion for technology
  • You are eager to learn continuously
  • You are a team player and can adapt to new situations
  • You have a critical and analytical mindset and are a walking “lessons learned”
  • You are a go-getter and are not afraid to pull in additional people when needed
  • You are concise and result-driven (read: get things done)
  • Operating under pressure give you a “been there, seen that” feeling which reflects itself in tranquility
  • You are flexible; if needed you jump in to help the team
  • You believe creativity, motivation, integrity, and teamwork are important values


We offer

  • A no-nonsense, open culture where we promote new ideas and value your contribution
  • A working environment with large and well-known customers so the stuff you do actually matters!
  • A tailored career path so you can continue to grow your competences and knowledge
  • Regular and transparent updates so you know where we are going
  • Multiple teambuilding events during the year and Happy Friday @ the office
  • Quarterly team updates consisting of a formal and informal piece
  • Twice a week fresh soup and daily fresh fruit
  • Regular breakfast and lunch activities

Beschrijving bedrijf

Sentia's ambition is to be the European leader in managed services and outsourcing for complex and critical applications on scalable cloud-platforms in an ever-changing world.

For our customers we want to be the 'supplier of choice' with a perfect 100% recommendation-score. We serve customers with intimate teams of specialist, using the best tools available in a way that builds long lasting relationships. Our drive is creating a culture of excellence and continuity.

We love how technology enables organizations to interact with their audience in innovative and customer centric ways. Our employees recognise Sentia as a 'great place to work' that enables engineers to work for the best and with the best!

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