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R&D IT Support - Software

Schneider Electric

Cambridge, United Kingdom

As part of the Schneider Electric organisation, Spiral Software has a strong development focus, with over two thirds of our staff in software development roles. We provide industry-leading technology for the process industries, focusing in particular on the oil and petrochemicals sector. Spiral offers a range of desktop and web-based products including SaaS and HPC services, using an onsite datacentre and cloud based resources.
Job Profile
Working with the other members of the R&D IT team, you be responsible for IT services with the role balancing end user support with IT infrastructure maintenance and development. You will need to be bright and enthusiastic with excellent communication, troubleshooting and problem solving skills. Interacting closely with the development and customer support teams, you will help us implement industry leading tools to meet our IT needs, selecting, testing and implementing off-the-shelf products where appropriate, or integrating systems to provide new services to maintain Spiral's IT advantage.

We are looking for applicants who have a strong academic record, a good degree or equivalent qualification and previous experience in an IT support role. Applicants must have a broad level of IT knowledge but also be able to demonstrate areas of expertise. A strong interest in general IT, computer hardware and software is highly desirable. A strong technical background, good communication skills and problem solving abilities are essential. Successful applicants will be flexible, self-motivated and will work well as part of a team.

· Experience working in a technical or IT support role.
· Experience with Microsoft Windows client and server operating systems.
· Good knowledge of IP networking such as subnets, routing and NAT.
· A proven ability, in either an academic or a commercial context, to:
o Work independently on significant projects, delivering to deadlines,
o Research technical topics in a timely and effective manner,
o Balance helpdesk support work with development projects,
o Understand and communicate detailed technical requirements.
· A strong interest in and up-to-date knowledge of software and hardware in Windows desktop and server sector.

· Degree in a technical discipline or another relevant qualification
· Experience working in a software development environment
· Experience of implementing, supporting and maintaining one or more of Microsoft SQL Server, SharePoint, Exchange, Active Directory and Hyper-V environments.
· Experience or understanding of security technologies: for example, VPN, firewalls, Anti-Virus products or IPsec.
· Experience of Active Directory Group Policy and management.
· Experience of Microsoft Windows Server Core and Hyper-V Core editions.
· Good knowledge of networking technologies such as trunking, VLANs and spanning tree.

Salary and Benefits
This role enjoys a salary of £25,000-35,000 depending on background and past experience.

Our benefits package includes a discretionary annual bonus scheme, a share incentive plan, a competitive contributory pension scheme, BUPA health and dental cover, life insurance cover, and high-speed broadband at home.

We support personal and professional development including support for external training and certification.

We go to great lengths to maintain a friendly and comfortable work environment, including a fully-stocked, complimentary kitchen and drinks room, and a pool table. Combined with a continuous stream of interesting and challenging work, these have enabled us to sustain a happy workplace and very low staff turnover.


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