Senior Linux Systems Administrator for Cloud Start-up in Bristol

Senior Linux Engineer / Linux Systems Administrator – RedHat Linux (RHEL), Chef, MySQL 
Brilliant Established Tech Start-Up 
Amazon AWS | Cloud Infrastructure | SaaS Product 
Based in Central Bristol 
£40k – £50k + benefits 


The Company & Role
Working for a brilliant, established tech start-up, the Senior Linux Systems Administrator will help design and maintain an infrastructure that delivers a cutting-edge, enterprise SaaS product. You’ll get to work with a complex, distributed server infrastructure that spans multiple data centres globally and runs many-thousand MySQL database instances.

You will call on all your Linux skills to maintain and optimise servers running the RedHat Linux family (RHEL, CentOS, Fedora) and master modern configuration management tools, specifically Chef (bonus points if you have ever written a Chef Cookbook).

Person Spec 

Essential Skills

• Expert administration skills in Linux RedHat family (RHEL, CentOS, Fedora)
• Good understanding of administering and tuning databases (Ideally MySQL v5 or above)
• Experience of modern configuration management tools e.g. Chef or Puppet
• Sound knowledge of networking, infrastructure hardware, protocols and components
• Experience of working alongside an Agile Development team and on a high-volume, high availability system, is preferred

Desirable Skills

• Proven experience of using cloud and virtualisation technologies e.g. Amazon EC2 / AWS / S3 and VMware
• Expert knowledge of configuration management and automation using Chef, making changes to a distributed system in an orchestrated way
• Knowledge or appreciation of DevOps e.g. build, release and continuous integration / continuous deployment tooling
• Previous experience of working in an Agile / Scrum / Kanban development environment
• Specialist skills in MySQL database maintenance, development and tuning
• Guru level server admin skills across the Linux RedHat family (RHEL, CentOS, Fedora)
• Any coding / scripting skills in Bash, Ruby, Java or PHP

The broader technical stack includes: Linux (RedHat/Amazon/CentOS/RHEL), MySQL 5.x, Amazon AWS/EC2/RDS/Cloudfront/S3/VPC, Java 7, Tomcat 7, PHP 5.x, ActiveMQ, Hazelcast, Chef, Ruby, Groovy, VMWare ESI

The Package 

Location: Central Bristol
Basic salary: £40k – £50k (if your salary expectations exceed this level, please get in touch for a conversation in confidence – there may be some flexibility for an awesome candidate)
Benefits: Pension, Health, Dental, Professional Training Budget, 24 days holiday

If you are a talented Senior Linux Engineer / Linux Systems Administrator, please apply now with a recent CV for further details.


My details:

matthewhyatt [at] peoplesource [dot] co [dot] uk

Tel: 01179 22 7000


Java Agile Tech Lead – Funded Startup, Bristol

Java Technical Lead | Java Team Leader – Agile, Java 7, Spring 3, AWS
Working for an established cloud software start-up
Central Bristol
£50k – £60k basic + share options + benefits

Great chance for a talented Java Tech Lead or Java Team Leader to join an exciting, established start-up organisation, with over $15m of funding to build-out an awesome suite of eCommerce apps, delivered in a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model.

The Role

Working in a fast-paced, Agile (Scrum) software development environment, the Java Tech Lead will join a really talented dev team, playing a key role in product design and development.

You will work with the latest engineering methods and technologies, including TDD, Scrum, Continuous Deployment/Continuous Delivery, Java 7, Spring 3 and AWS.

This is a great chance to join a start-up that has proved itself already. The position comes with stock options, making this is a unique opportunity to take on Silicon Valley from the comfort of Bristol.

Why work here?

* Exciting new cloud-product development using the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model
* Chance to work in an Agile (Scrum) development environment, where TDD/Unit Testing is a given
* Company well-funded with aggressive growth plans for 2014/15 – dev team set to double in size
* Brilliant team, bringing together leading industry experts
* Great culture, fresh new offices in central Bristol with excellent working environment and access to the best the city has to offer for food, shopping and entertainment

Person Spec

In order to apply, you will be a talented Java Tech Lead or Java Team Leader, with excellent Java development skills and proven expertise in the development of web-based applications. Ideally, these will include high-volume, high availability online services.

Essential Skills

* Experienced in the development of complex web-based applications
* Proven Team and Technical Leadership experience
* Strong skills in Java 6 or Java 7
* Seasoned Agile Development experience using Scrum with TDD/Unit Testing
* Superb communication skills

Desirable Skills

* Deep experience of the latest Agile Development methodologies / insights into TDD/BDD/ATTD
* Fluency with Servlet Containers (ideally Tomcat)
* In-depth use of Spring frameworks
* Familiarity with MySQL Database (ideally MySQL 5.x)
* Recent development on Linux (ideally Centos, Fedora or RedHat)
* Modern web technologies and frameworks (jQuery, CSS etc.)
* Some exposure to PHP 5 (LAMP) would be beneficial- if you have an alternative language such as Python or Ruby, this is also of interest

Above all, you must be ambitious, hungry to learn and really passionate about software engineering. This company has aggressive growth plans and requires the right people to achieve them.

The Package

Role based in central Bristol.
Basic salary: £50k – £60k dependent on experience

Next Steps

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact me at matthewhyatt[at]peoplesource[dot]co[dot]uk with a recent copy of your CV.

If you have time to tell me about your use of SOLID, TDD/BDD and what books, blogs or learning you do as well, then great.

I am actively involved in hiring for Agile software professionals. Please feel free to add me to your LinkedIn Network as a useful way to keep in touch: bit[dot]ly/matthyatt1


Head of SEO | Top 50 UK Website

Head of SEO | Head of Search Engine Optimisation

Top 50 UK Website (end user)

Natural Search, Multiple Brands, Creative Inbound Marketing Guru Required

£65k – £90k basic dependent on skills and experience

Central London


This is a huge opportunity for a creative, inbound marketing genius and natural search expert to become the Head of SEO at a major UK brand and Top 50 UK website. We are in search of an SEO thought-leader, who has a proven track-record of delivering brilliant SEO for high traffic consumer websites.



Head of SEO | Head of Search Engine Optimisation – The Job

You will work as the Head of SEO for a Top 50 UK website and company with multiple brands. You will act as the authority for SEO at a time where the business seeks to execute an impressive strategic plan, which will involve building new products and moving into new markets.

Winning at SEO is pivotal to success.

The Head of SEO will work closely with product, development and leadership teams to build-out new products, features and ideas. You will ensure that execution has SEO at its core and that all activity helps build reputation.

There is a small SEO team, with a Search Manager and Content Editors that you will manage and develop but this is very much a hands-on role.



Head of SEO | Head of Search Engine Optimisation – Person Spec


In order to apply, you will be a Head of SEO, SEO Director, Director of Search or equivalent, ideally working for a major consumer-facing website. We are not looking for someone to step-up into this role.

It’s unlikely that the right person will be limited to agency experience only, although if the clients have been high profile enough and part of a long term relationship, then that could still be interesting.

The skills you will need to bring:


  • Visibility – you will understand exactly how to remove, prevent and solve blockages to ensure Google finds every page as planned. This is bread and butter stuff. You will know how to deal with Malware attacks instantly to minimise their impact


  • Content & Relevance – you will have a brilliant logical mind and use this to structure websites into subdirectories and taxonomies that maximise natural search and long tail search strings. You will have a proven track-record in delivering unique pages with ultra-relevant content.


  • Reputation & Authority – This is where we need you to blow us away! You will be an inbound marketing genius. We’re looking for someone with expert skills in understanding how Google values pages, with creative ideas on how to drive traffic through making your website most relevant, useful and memorable for users.


Alongside being anSEO genius, we’ll need you to be able to build key relationships inside the business, with a supremely talented leadership team, an awesome dev team and an innovate product department. Your communication style, team working skills and ability to influence are as important as your SEO skills.



The Package

Role based in central London

Basic Salary: £65k – £90k basic depending on skills and experience

Benefits: Pension, Health, Bonus, 25 days holiday



What Next?

If you are a talented Head of SEO, or equivalent, with outstanding Search Engine Optimisation skills in natural search / organic search and a background with a major online brand, then please apply for further details.

You can reach me at

Feel free to add me on LinkedIn: