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Principal Cloud SRE

  • Sky
  • Livingston, Watermark
  • 21/11/2023
Full time

Job Description

We believe in better. And we make it happen.

Better content. Better products. And better careers.

Working in Tech, Product or Data at Sky is about building the next and the new. From broadband to broadcast, streaming to mobile, SkyQ to Sky Glass, we never stand still. We optimise and innovate.

We turn big ideas into the products, content and services millions of people love.

And we do it all right here at Sky.

What you'll do

Join our Technology Products team in a pivotal role as a Principal Engineer focused on our Virtual Data Centre (VDC) platform. Bringing to bear VMware's vRealize Automation, you will play a crucial role in providing self-service access to the platform for various Sky teams working on critical internal and customer-facing applications. This is an outstanding opportunity to contribute to the architecture, design, and implementation of large-scale Software-Defined Data Centers (SDDCs) across Europe.

  • Lead the architecture, design, and implementation of large-scale SDDCs, contributing to the evolution of the Virtual Data Centre platform.
  • Collaborate with multi-functional teams to integrate various offerings into a consumable catalogue of products.
  • Drive technical excellence by providing leadership to a team of engineers across the UK.
  • Deliver sophisticated technical projects into private clouds, ensuring effective communication of technical challenges and progress.
  • Foster a culture of automation, security, and operational efficiency.

What you'll bring

  • Proven ability to provide technical leadership to engineering teams.
  • Passion for automation and crafting services that enable internal development teams to work towards their goals.
  • Proficient in programming/scripting languages such as vRO JavaScript, Python, or PowerShell.
  • Expertise in VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) and vRealize Orchestration (vRO).
  • Knowledge of configuration management/IaaS toolsets like Ansible.
  • Track record of delivering automation solutions using Infrastructure as Code (IaC).
  • Experience with private-cloud solutions, preferably VMware or similar products.
  • Strong problem-solving skills, ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, and take ownership of issues to ensure customer success.

Preferred Experience:

  • Familiarity with Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG).
  • Knowledge of VMware NSX and VMware Sophisticated Load Balancing.
  • Experience with Terraform or SaltStack.
  • Exposure to continuous integration principles and tools such as Concourse, Jenkins, and CodeStream.
  • Familiarity with Infoblox and IP management.

Team overview

Group Communications & Infrastructure

Looking to be part of non-stop innovation? Join our Group Communications and Infrastructure team and you’ll work alongside experts in broadband, telephony, mobile, cloud and infrastructure. We’re the team that designs, builds, supports and maintains the telecoms networks across the whole Sky Group. Together, we help Sky broadband, mobile and TV enter new markets by creating a single and secure infrastructure for the amazing content and services that keep our customers coming back for more.

The rewards

There's one thing people can't stop talking about when it comes to #LifeAtSky: the perks. Here’s a taster:

  • Sky Q, for the TV you love all in one place!
  • The magic of Sky Glass at a best-in-class rate
  • A generous pension package
  • Private healthcare
  • Discounted mobile and broadband
  • A wide range of Sky VIP rewards and experiences

Inclusion & how you'll work

We are a Disability Confident Employer, and welcome and encourage applications from all candidates. We will look to ensure a fair and consistent experience for all, and will make reasonable adjustments to support you where appropriate. Please flag any adjustments you need to your recruiter as early as you can.

We’ve embraced hybrid working and split our time between unique office spaces and the convenience of working from home. You’ll find out more about what hybrid working looks like for your role later on in the recruitment process.

Your office space


Our spacious tech hub is less than a mile from Leeds train station. There’s plenty of parking in the surrounding streets and at the nearby CitiPark.

Need a break? You can blow off steam over a game of pool or table tennis, and stay fit at our subsidised gym.


Livingston Watermark House

Our lively campus is a free shuttle bus away from Livingston South train station and the town centre. Plus there’s onsite parking available for cars, motorbikes and bicycles.

You’ll be well fed at our subsidised canteen, and you can keep in shape at our onsite gym – or play a game of pool or table tennis.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

We'd love to hear from you

Inventive, forward-thinking minds come together to work in Tech, Product and Data at Sky. It’s a place where you can explore what if, how far, and what next.

But better doesn’t stop at what we do, it’s how we do it, too. We embrace each other’s differences. We support our community and contribute to a sustainable future for our business and the planet.

If you believe in better, we’ll back you all the way.

Just so you know: if your application is successful, we’ll ask you to complete a criminal record check. And depending on the role you have applied for and the nature of any convictions you may have, we might have to withdraw the offer.