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Linux Systems Engineer

  • NCI Agency BE, Mons
Mons, Belgium
Full-time
Published:
Application Deadline: June 3, 2024
  • NCI Agency BE, Mons
Mons, Belgium
Full-time
Published:
Application Deadline: June 3, 2024

This is a position within the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA), an organization of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

To strengthen the Alliance through connecting its forces, the NCI Agency delivers secure, coherent, cost effective and interoperable communications and information systems in support of consultation, command & control and enabling intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, for NATO, where and when required. It includes IT support to the Alliances’ business processes (to include provision of IT shared services) to the NATO HQ, the Command Structure and NATO Agencies.

The NATO Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is responsible for planning and executing all lifecycle management activities for cyber security. In executing this responsibility, NCSC provides specialist cyber security-related services covering the spectrum of scientific, technical, acquisition, operations, maintenance, and sustainment support, throughout the lifecycle of NATO Communications and Information Systems (CIS). The NCSC enables secure conduct of the Alliance's operations and business in the context of NATO's C4ISR. The NCSC provides cyber security services to NCI Agency customers and users, as well as to all other elements of the Agency; this includes all Service Lines, Programme Offices, CIS Support Units/Elements, and the Agency Ops Centre. The NCSC is responsible for providing the bread spectrum of services in the following specialist security areas: CIS Security, Cyber Defence, Information Assurance, Computer Security and Communications Security. In executing its responsibilities, the NCSC provides support to the development and implementation of cyber security-related policy, trategy, and provides lifecycle security risk management services for all NATO CIS. The NCSC leads in the development of new capabilities and innovation in cyber security. The NCSC incorporates and provides specialist services to prevent, detect, respond to and recover from cyber security incidents.

The Infrastructure (INFRA) Branch delivers a suite of enabling services in the specific areas of Cryptography, Identity Management, Technical Services (supporting CS Operations) and CIS Protection. These services include integration and validation of NATOs crypto solutions, lifecycle management of cryptographic equipment and keys, operation and logistic support for NATO-wide online and offline cryptographic equipment, identity management services, gateway services, specialized enterprise-wide CS infrastructure (including NCSC elements), applications, implementation, configuration and management of NATO Enterprise-wide endpoint security software.

The Platform and Infrastructure Services (P&IS) Section is responsible for the configuration management, change implementation, maintenance and monitoring of all NCSC platforms, infrastructure and networks on the NATO physical footprints, including Theatre of Operations.

WHO WE ARE:

For more than 70 years, NATO’s mission has been to preserve peace and security in the Alliance for nearly one billion citizens. The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) and its predecessors have worked tirelessly in providing the means that enable the connectedness and togetherness that keep our Alliance strong. We are the NCI Agency, a team of 3000 civilian and military staff in 29 locations throughout Europe, North America and Asia.

Our technology and cyber experts allow NATO to conduct critical operations, protect NATO’s airspace, make data-driven decisions, defend against cyber-attacks, secure NATO networks and maintain superiority in space. This is all possible because of our greatest force, our people. In order to keep this edge we aim to hire, train and retain the very best staff.

Our staff members represent both the diversity and unity of our Alliance. When you join the NCI Agency, you will be part of an organization where you can contribute authentically to the mission and purpose of NATO and help us keep our technological edge.

ABOUT THE JOB:

Based in Mons, Belgium you will join the Agency as we embark on a journey to transform our IT services to support NATO’s Digital Endeavour. You will join NATO Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is responsible for planning and executing all lifecycle management activities for cyber security. In executing this responsibility, NCSC provides specialist cyber security-related services covering the spectrum of scientific, technical, acquisition, operations, maintenance, and sustainment support, throughout the lifecycle of NATO Communications and Information Systems (CIS).

We are looking for a driven and enthusiastic Linux Systems Engineer who will take on the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Perform scheduled checks of the NCSC enterprise Linux environments, including health checks and auditing of system logs as needed to ensure the performance and availability of NCSC Services are meeting established service levels on the Linux environment;

  • Improve environments with IaC (Infrastructure as Code) with existing and suggested tools;

  • Support the Engineering team on the software deployment;

  • Perform daily work on SSH, Ansible, GIT, Packaging, Python, BASH scripts to operate the NCSC physical and virtual environments (deploy, consolidate, migrate).


DUTIES:

Under the direction of Branch Head, Section Head or a delegated authority, the incumbent will perform duties such as the following:

  • Perform scheduled checks of the NCSC enterprise Linux environments, including health checks and auditing of system logs as needed to ensure the performance and availability of NCSC Services are meeting established service levels on the Linux environment;

  • Improve environments with IaC (Infrastructure as Code) with existing and suggested tools;

  • Support the Engineering team on the software deployment;

  • Share knowledge and support communication with all engineering teams;

  • Daily work on SSH, Ansible, GIT, Packaging, Python, BASH scripts to operate the NCSC physical and virtual environments (deploy, consolidate, migrate);

  • Ability to troubleshoot system issues, analyse log files, and perform performance tuning on Linux servers;

  • Performs other duties as may be required.


ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:

  • Higher vocational training in a relevant discipline with 3 years post-related experience. Or a secondary educational qualification with 5 years post-related experience of system administration on Linux platforms;

  • Experience with Linux server administration, including installation, packaging, configuration, and maintenance of servers especially on RHEL and Ubuntu;

  • Software engineering skills including programming and/or scripting knowledge, Python, Bash/Shell scripting;

  • Strong experience with configuration management tools like Ansible for managing infrastructure as code;

  • Strong understanding of Red Hat Satellite or similar application;

  • Familiarity with virtualization technologies such as Docker, Kubernetes, and virtual machines (VMs);

  • Proven ability to understand and design how different system layers (Application, Container, Network and Infra) work together and interact.


DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:

  • Prior experience with information security standards and practices;

  • Red Hat Certified Engineer (RCHA) preferred or similar;

  • Understanding of security best practices and experience in implementing security measures on Linux systems (e.g., firewalls, encryption, access control);

  • Prior experience of working in an international environment comprising both military and civilian elements;

  • Supporting the DevOps approach in large organization;

  • Continuous learning and staying updated with the latest trends and technologies in the Linux ecosystem.


LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY:

  • A thorough knowledge of one of the two NATO languages, both written and spoken, is essential and some knowledge of the other is desirable;

  • Note: Most of the work of the NCI Agency is conducted in the English language.


COMPETENCIES OR PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:

  • Deciding and Initiating Action: Takes responsibility for actions, projects and people; takes initiative and works under own direction; initiates and generates activity and introduces changes into work processes; makes quick, clear decisions which may include tough choices or considered risks;

  • Creating and Innovating: Produces new ideas, approaches, or insights; creates innovative products or designs; produces a range of solutions to problems;

  • Delivering Results and Meeting Customer Expectations: Focuses on customer needs and satisfaction; sets high standards for quality and quantity; monitors and maintains quality and productivity; works in a systematic, methodical and orderly way; consistently achieves project goals;

  • Achieving Personal Work Goals and Objectives: Accepts and tackles demanding goals with enthusiasm; works hard and puts in longer hours when it is necessary; seeks progression to roles of increased responsibility and influence; identifies own development needs and makes use of developmental or training opportunities.


ABOUT YOU:

The valuable knowledge and experience that you bring to this role are:

  • Higher vocational training in a relevant discipline with 3 years post-related experience. Or a secondary educational qualification with 5 years post-related experience of system administration on Linux platforms;

  • Experience with Linux server administration, including installation, packaging, configuration, and maintenance of servers especially on RHEL and Ubuntu;

  • Software engineering skills including programming and/or scripting knowledge, Python, Bash/Shell scripting;

  • Strong experience with configuration management tools like Ansible for managing infrastructure as code;

  • Strong understanding of Red Hat Satellite or similar application;

  • Familiarity with virtualization technologies such as Docker, Kubernetes, and virtual machines (VMs);

  • Proven ability to understand and design how different system layers (Application, Container, Network and Infra) work together and interact;

  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken.


Please note that internally the job title is Principal Technician (Infrastructure).

WHAT WE OFFER:

  • Genuinely meaningful work as part of the most successful alliance in history;

  • 3 year contract with competitive tax-free salary and household and children’s allowances;

  • Privileges for expatriate staff including expatriation and education allowances (where appropriate) and additional home leave;

  • Excellent private health insurance scheme;

  • Generous annual leave of 30 days plus official holidays;

  • NATO Pension Scheme;

  • Development programs such as professional training, wellbeing, and more.


To learn more about NCI Agency and our work, please visit our website.

The NCI Agency prides itself on being an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment of mutual respect and value uniqueness and differences in gender, gender identity, race, ethnic or cultural origin, age, religion, sexual orientation and physical or neurocognitive ability.
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