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September 2017

New Requirement! – SQL DBA – Herts, Contract

Skills: SQL DBA – Performance tuning and optimization, SQL 2008-2016, T-SQL. You must have:

 

  • Experience with Database Administration for MS SQL Server 2008-2016.
  • Experience in troubleshooting and resolving database problems.
  • Experience in Performance Tuning and Optimization (PTO), using native monitoring and troubleshooting tools.
  • Experience with backups, restores and recovery models.
  • Knowledge of High Availability (HA) and Disaster Recovery (DR) options for MS SQL Server.
  • Experience in implementing operational automation using scripts.
  • Knowledge of indexes, index management, and statistics.
  • Good communication and documentation skills.

 

Role is to:

  • You will be largely responsible for providing operational database services to the organization. This is primarily a production DBA role. Some of the primary responsibilities of this role would include owning, tracking and resolving database related incidents and requests, fulfilling requests and resolving incidents within SLAs, reviewing service related reports (e.g: database backups, maintenance, monitoring) on a daily basis to ensure service related issues are identified and resolved within established SLAs, responding to database related alerts and escalations and working with database engineering to come up with strategic solutions to recurring problems.
  • You will require a service oriented mentality, high sense of ownership of the problems and requests assigned, focus on managing and resolving issues in alignment with the SLAs, establishing and maintaining communication with technology customers to keep them updated with status of their requests, initiating and performing changes on production systems and proactively escalating any issues that cannot be resolved within the established timeframes.
  • Define, develop and execute strategies to ensure SQL services are delivered to best practice consummate with the risk and security demands of the business.
  • Ensure development teams across the business are supported such that queries against the SQL databases are optimised, including indexing and design support.
  • Deploy third party vendor database change scripts.
  • Troubleshoot service issues within the SQL services, including after-hours and weekend.

 

This role is commutable from Watford, Milton Keynes, Luton, St Albans, Aylesbury and parts of North London – Borehamwood. Please send your most up to date CV ASAP!

Location: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

Start:ASAP

Duration: 3 Months +

Salary: £400pd

Agency:LATCOM

Contact:Steve Spevack

Telephone:01442 291 800

Email: Steve.Spevack@Latcom.co.uk

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New Requirement! – Programme Manager – Service & Operational background – Hampshire, Contract

Skills: Programme Manager from an Service & Operational background. You must have extensive experience of leading change programmes in highly complex B2B environment and the personal credibility and stakeholder skills to influence at a C-level. I.e. they need to be able to represent my clients interests with large customer’s and supplier’s senior decision makers and also lead the strategic development of these programmes, they must also have experience of producing Board level strategy / briefing papers and business cases – You must have a track record of doing this from a Service and Operational background.

 

 

Role involves:

  • Lead the definition of business unit programme scope, goals and deliverables and produce the Programme Initiation Document.
  • Direct the planning of projects and work streams within the programme, ensuring the tasks and resources required are identified and each produces a comprehensive project plan establishing project timelines, dependencies and critical paths.
  • Establish and lead the cross functional and multi-disciplined teams, both direct and virtual, required to deliver the programme, agree allocation of activities and manage their performance throughout the programme.
  • Plan and agree the programme budget and control delivery costs across each project and work stream within the programme.
  • Define and ensure standards of delivery, product specification and documentation of 3rd party suppliers are aligned to programme requirement.
  • Define and implement programme controls and governance to ensure process, documentation, risks and issues and Health and Safety practice comply with best practice and ISO standards.
  • Lead stakeholder engagement, providing progress and status reports in line with agreed Communication Plans, including contribution at the relevant Steering Boards and through all agreed reporting mechanisms.
  • Manage key dependencies and interfaces between projects and work streams within the programme, resolving any issues escalated.
  • Provide guidance and support to the Project Management Community, leading best practice and driving continuous improvement.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

Start: ASAP

Duration: 8 Months

Salary: £700pd

Agency:LATCOM

Contact:Steve Spevack

Telephone:01442 291 800

Email: Steve.Spevack@Latcom.co.uk

New Requirement! – Application Architect – Financial Services – West Midlands, Perm

Skills: Application Architect – Financial Services. My client based in West Midlands are looking for Application Architect with Financial Services experience. You will propose high level design options for potential solutions to business problems, and produce detailed applications designs, whilst also being expected to design appropriate transitional stages within the projects. You will ensure a business-wide understanding of how the Applications components of the IT infrastructure integrate and ensure that the impacts of proposed changes to Applications are understood by all appropriate staff.

 

Key Responsibilities:

 

  • To play a role in the requirements gathering process for projects, such that architectural requirements are considered and documented alongside business requirements.
  • Design the way Applications will operate and interact with each other in order to meet the requirements of projects, including the design of solutions that offer interim benefits that can be delivered during the project journey.
  • Assuring solutions are in line with the Architectural Principles and documenting these solutions in the form of High Level Designs during the initial stages of the project, and once approved documenting the Detailed Designs in conjunction with the suppliers and technical teams.
  • Working with different departments across the business to ensure projects and plans are completed as designed.
  • Maintaining a working knowledge of how the Applications components fit together at a detailed level.
  • Input into the definition of the Target Operating Model by providing a strategic view of future use of Applications based on known and planned projects.

 

Skills & Attributes

 

  • The ability to effectively communicate both in writing and verbally with all levels of staff and tailor communication towards the target audience.
  • An understanding of Security risks and issues.
  • Possess knowledge of processes, core systems, procedures and policies.
  • Experience and knowledge of Financial Services.
  • Being able to analyse understand complex internal and external documentation.
  • Have an overview of the technical infrastructure within which the systems operate.
  • A reasonable understanding of how the systems operate to support the relevant business processes.
  • Being able to understand and work with multiple work streams and multiple system interdependencies.

 

 

 

Please send in your CV ASAP for a great opportunity and a full job spec!

Location: West Midlands

Start:ASAP

Duration: Perm

Salary: £50k-£62k + Pension + Good Benefits

Agency:LATCOM

Contact:Steve Spevack

Telephone:01442 291 800

Email: Steve.Spevack@Latcom.co.uk

New Requirement! – Head of Projects – Hampshire, Contract

Skills: Head of Projects. You must be able to start immediately for this role. You must have extensive hands on experience of leading projects and programmes in highly complex B2B environment and the personal credibility and stakeholder skill and capable of working under pressure, able to demonstrate at all times a high level of competency and expertise in dealing with senior management, professional advisers, members of the board, as well their colleagues. You must also have experience of producing Board level strategy / briefing papers and business cases. Coming from a teleco background would also be highly advantageous.

 

Role involves:

  • Lead and define the project demand profile to forecast future resource requirements and plan, source and allocate the resources required to ensure the delivery of project portfolio
  • Lead engagement with major customers and stakeholders, identifying key contacts, building positive relationships, providing regular reporting and responding to customer feedback
  • Direct the planning of projects and subsequent workstreams, ensuring successful delivery of all projects within the portfolio
  • Track progress against the project portfolio and report status to all stakeholders
  • Drive and deliver team engagement
  • Provide project management information to support the sales and bid management process
  • Drive the adoption of the defined Project Management Frameworks and processes to achieve consistency of delivery and project governance in the management of change, risks and issues
  • Manage 3rd party suppliers ensuring standards of delivery, product specification and documentation are aligned to project requirement

 

 

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

Start: ASAP

Duration: 7 Months

Salary: £700pd

Agency:LATCOM

Contact:Steve Spevack

Telephone:01442 291 800

Email: Steve.Spevack@Latcom.co.uk

New Requirement! – 2nd / 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer – Remote Support – Perm, Glasgow

Skills: 2nd / 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer – Remote Support, Windows Server 2003/2008, Exchange 2003/2007, Active Directory, Basic Networking, Firewalls. My client based in Glasgow, has a new requirement for a 2nd / 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer for an 6 months Fixed Term contract with a view to go permanent (You will be on my clients payroll paying £30k-£35k pro-rata –please do not send in your CV if you are looking for a daily or hourly rate, this role would suit someone who is available now or at short notice). My client would consider an solid 2nd liner looking to progress into a 3rd line role.

 

You must have technical skills in Remote Support, Windows Server 2003/2008, Exchange 2003/2007, Active Directory, Basic Networking, Firewalls with an outgoing / proactive personality & good communication skills. Any VMware, NetApp, NAS/EMC storage, Cisco Switches & Routers are a bonus.

 

This is a varied role and you will be responsible for remote support, project work, implementation and configuration, administering all aspects of the networked operation including, anything from 1st to 3rd line support!. Due to occasional support to other locations (some international) a valid UK driving licence is essential. Role does require some out of core hour’s support in order to meet business requirements. Please send your most up to date CV ASAP!

Location: Glasgow, Scotland

Start:ASAP

Duration: Permanent

Salary: £30k-£35k + Good Benefits

Agency:LATCOM

Contact:Steve Spevack

Telephone:01442 291 800

Email: Steve.Spevack@Latcom.co.uk

New Requirement! – Desktop Support Engineer – 2nd/3rd Line – Perm, Bucks

Skills: Desktop Support Engineer – 2nd/3rd Line. My client are a small and friendly company based in Milton Keynes (Tongwell area), are looking for a Desktop Support Engineer. My client ideally requires someone who can start immediately or within two/three weeks, due to increase in workload and shortness of staff. This is a varied role dealing with anything from 1st to 3rd Line IT Support.

 

You must have strong:

  • Active Directory
  • Windows Server
  • Exchange
  • Windows 7
  • Office 2010
  • Citrix knowledge

 

Good understanding of; TCP/IP, DHCP, DNS, VPN’s, VMWare, NetApp storage or Veeam would be desirable. Training will be provided on any technologies above you haven’t worked with, this is an excellent opportunity for a strong 2nd liner to grow your skills. I am looking for someone who is well organised and has excellent communication skills. This role is commutable from Bedford, Luton & Northampton . Please send your CV ASAP for a great opportunity and an immediate start !

Location: Milton Keynes, Bucks

Start: ASAP/Immediate Start!

Duration: Perm

Salary: £28k – £30k + 10% Bonus + Training

Agency:LATCOM

Contact:Steve Spevack

Telephone:01442 291 800

Email: steve.spevack@latcom.co.uk

New Requirement! – Linux / UNIX Specialist – AIX, Rehat, RHEL – SC cleared – Hampshire, Contract

Skills: Linux / UNIX Specialist – AIX, Rehat, RHEL – SC cleared. You must have valid Security Cleared to SC level, please do not send in your CV if you are not. The purpose of this role is to ensure the normal operation of the Redhat sever infrastructure through provision of proactive and reactive technical support, and to provide specialised advice or consultancy on Linux/UNIX related matters.

 

Essential Skills in Priority Order:

  1. UNIX (AIX, REHAT) admin (great if you are certified)
  2. RHEL 5/6/7
  3. RHEL Satellite 5/6
  4. VMware
  5. Experience
  6. Java (Keytool, SSL)
  7. Apache,Tomcat,Apache (SSL)
  8. JBoss Fuse
  9. Splunk
  10. VCS Expert (great if they are certified)
  11. OVM Expert (great if they are certified)
  12. Networking & Security Hardening
  13. PostGres Experience
  14. Oracle OBI Experience/Integration
  15. Puppet & GIT experience
  16. Understanding of Principles
  17. Security
  18. Networking
  19. Patching Management

 

 

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

Start: ASAP

Duration: 3 Months

Salary: £500pd

Agency:LATCOM

Contact:Steve Spevack

Telephone:01442 291 800

Email: Steve.Spevack@Latcom.co.uk

New Requirement! – Embedded Software Engineer / Graduate – Perm, Cambridgeshire

Skills: Embedded Software Engineer / Graduate. My client based just outside Peterborough are currently looking for an Embedded Software Engineer and would consider an graduate in Computer Science at an entry / junior level. You must have knowledge and experience of programming in C as work experience or part of your degree, use of change control software and software testing including unit testing and code reviews – ideally with MS Visual Studio including C# would be a bonus. Role involves design and develop the embedded firmware, learn about and keep up to date with developments industry, contribute to the continuous improvement of the company software development procedures, liaise with in-house design, production and service functions. This role is commutable from Huntingdon, Cambridge, parts or Northampton and Leicester. Please send your CV ASAP for more details.

Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Start:ASAP

Salary: £Neg

Agency:LATCOM

Contact:Steve Spevack

Telephone:01442 291 800

Email: Steve.Spevack@Latcom.co.uk

New Requirement! – Change Manager – Hampshire, Contract

Skills: Change Manager. You must have:

  • PRINCE2 qualification Excellent oral and written communication skills to make concise explanations of complex issues and implications
  • Evidence of delivering economic value through Change; Contingency savings through risk identification and mitigation and savings in programme delivery.
  • Experience in a large PMO
  • Recent successful lead role in evaluating and managing internal and external change
  • Understanding and experience of Change processes across a complex delivery portfolio and set of customer programmes
  • Experience of developing and delivering mitigation of risks
  • Experience of managing design, costings and approvals
  • Evidence of improving the economic return of programmes through Change and Risk mitigation
  • Technically, commercially and financially astute
  • Excellent communicator at all levels both written and verbal
  • Excellent management qualities and behaviour
  • Ability to challenge norms and establish new best practice
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Security cleared, or able to be cleared

 

Role is to: Capture, track and manage Customer Change.  Drive impact assessment and costed change options. Define and own the Change Management process.  Coordinate Customers, internal Delivery Teams and Suppliers throughout the change lifecycle including logging, analysis, review, detailed technical and commercial assessment and responses.

 

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

Start: ASAP

Duration: 6 Months

Salary: £425pd

Agency:LATCOM

Contact:Steve Spevack

Telephone:01442 291 800

Email: Steve.Spevack@Latcom.co.uk

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