OSS Systems Specialist – Digital Policing

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OSS Systems Specialist - Digital Policing
Tower Hamlets, London
Interim Position

MPS 0007 6F78 / 1

Posted: 10th May 2023 09:13
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  • Pay Rate:

    Up to £464.94 per day PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 6 months

  • Tower Hamlets, London,

    E3 4ND

What's involved with this role:

Interim OSS Systems Specialist - Digital Policing

Reference no:  MPS 0007 6F78 / 1

Pay Rate: Up to £464.94 per day PAYE depending on experience

This opening assignment is for 6 months

Hybrid working – 2 days in the office per week

CTC vetting required for this role

Candidates with current CTC clearances will go through their vetting processes, currently this is taking up to 6 months.  If you are already in a contract that potentially is not ending for a few months and this role is of interest, do let us know, we would be happy to discuss further.

The OSS Systems Specialist is required to enhance the development capability for core policing applications. A key role is to create automation frameworks to create environments and infrastructure systems that developers can easily access. In addition, to design and create deployment and hosting solutions to provide secure and repeatable delivery technologies for varied environments.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Light-touch agile methodologies especially JIRA Kanban.
  • DevOps automation including CI/CD using Jenkins.
  • Configuration management/automation using tools such as Packer, Puppet and Ansible.
  • Support and enhance on-premises cloud technologies including the core components of OpenStack, Heat/Terraform orchestration, customisations/Hooks and status monitoring tools.
  • Support and enhance MongoDB and PostgreSQL databases and SOA bus developed to run in Redhat JBoss Fuse 6.
  • Get directly involved in designing new strategies and toolsets, including liaison with surrounding teams/projects.
  • Develop methodologies for orchestration of design, development and deployments for multiple environments.


 “Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:



  1. Qualification in relevant digital forensics, engineering, scientific or technical discipline.


Skills & Experience:

  1. At least 3 years hands-on experience with Linux system administration (Ubuntu preferred) including fault diagnosis from application logs all the way down to hardware, package/dependency management and centralised configuration management.
  2. Hands-on experience automating on-premises virtualisation platforms using tools such as Heat or Terraform and/or custom automation elements using native APIs and/or CLI. OpenStack experience will be of significant benefit.
  3. General experience of CI - build and release management, quality assurance, automated testing (e.g. ServerSpec, RSpec) and change control.
  4. Extensive knowledge and hands-on experience with open source SDLC toolset, including Jira, Confluence, Bitbucket Server, Git, Jenkins.
  5. Ability to communicate directly with developers and senior leadership to resolve issues and to fully understand business requirements.
  6. Experience with OS provisioning, software installation and configuration management using modern configuration and orchestration tools on complex environments – this includes tools such as Puppet, Heat, Ansible, Packer, Cobbler, and Vagrant.
  7. Effectively escalate & liaise with 3rd line support and/or customer until fault resolution.
  8. Candidates are encouraged to share a GitHub account where any open source contributions can be reviewed prior to an interview.
  9. Programming experience using Java, Ruby or Python.
  10. Scripting experience using Bash and Microsoft PowerShell.


NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD.

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To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF

If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.


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OSS Systems Specialist - Digital Policing
Client Category: Local Authority

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