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Lead Cloud Platform Engineer

At Penguin Random House UK, we are at an exciting milestone on our Cloud Transformation journey. To support us on this journey we are recruiting a Lead Cloud Platform Engineer to join our newly established Cloud Platforms team.


We are at the point of building out all the critical foundations of a new multi-cloud platform and embarking on a significant migration and transformation programme.


As our Lead Cloud Platform Engineer, you will work in collaboration with the Cloud Business Office and key business stakeholders to develop, implement, optimise, and maintain cloud-based solutions. You’ll embrace DevOps and understand the benefits of repeatable patterns, automation, and self-service capabilities.


Operating within the Cloud Platform Engineering Team, our Lead Cloud Platform Engineer will provide the enterprise standards as self-service capabilities that enable development teams to meet governance requirements while accelerating adoption.

You’ll identify the most optimal cloud-based solutions for our colleagues and business partners and maintain our cloud platforms in alignment with our cloud tenets. You’ll have excellent troubleshooting skills, enjoy educating teams on new cloud initiatives, and relish working as part of an agile and collaborative team.


You’ll have extensive experience operating public cloud platforms and will be comfortable developing and reviewing artifacts written in collaboration with business and project teams. You’ll own the design and refinement pipeline patterns using GitLab, or similar, and will promote the benefits and best practices for DevSecOps.


You’ll relish the challenge to raise the technical training bar, and to achieve this you will be

provided dedicated time each week to learn new skills, obtain certifications and increase

your exposure to new services and technologies. You will become a key contributor to enhancing our delivery of new business technology products and services, and to the overall success of Penguin Random House UK through the delivery of an exemplary technology capability.


To achieve this, you will:


  • Own the responsibility for developing and supporting the landing zones across our public cloud platforms.

  • Design new and enhance existing patterns for cloud products and services within the enterprise service catalogue.

  • Promote the cloud platform tenets around the business and showcase the benefits of Agile working patterns to project teams and business partners.

  • Play an active role in mentoring colleagues and team members, and lead knowledge sharing sessions for internal colleagues and conferences.

  • Build artifacts which support the entire lifecycle of a cloud product.

  • Design GitLab pipelines for promoting agile working patterns in Dev and UAT, and also automated deployments with security guardrails and remediations into production.

  • Understand the benefits and use-cases for IaaS, Paas, SaaS etc. when working with the business to develop new cloud products and services.

  • Work alongside business partners across identity management, infrastructure and security to integrate capabilities for use across the portfolio (such as unified authentication and interoperability with on-prem services).

  • Understand the various monitoring metrics across operations, finance and environmental (carbon emissions) and ensure the operational services meet contractual SLAs and KPIs.

  • Ensure public cloud services adhere to best practice frameworks including the Microsoft Cloud Architecture Framework and AWS Well Architected Framework.

  • Stay current with developments in emerging Azure and AWS trends and innovations and support the deployment of emerging services into our customer environments.

  • Working closely with the application delivery teams to seek continual service improvement opportunities.


Technical Experience and Qualifications:


  • You have extensive experience designing for and operating at least one public cloud platform (AWS/Azure)

  • You are certified to a minimum of Associate level on at least AWS or Azure

  • You have experience working in an Agile team and understand the Scrum cycle

  • You have strong knowledge of operating Windows & Linux infrastructures

  • You have demonstrable experience in designing and building fault-tolerant, scalable, and secure systems

  • You have demonstrable experience writing code artifacts in at least two of the following languages:

    • Python


    • Terraform (HCL)

    • PowerShell

    • JavaScript

    • TypeScript



  • You have worked efficiently with continuous integration/continuous deployment pipelines (CI/CD) using Terraform, Jenkins, Ansible and GitLab

  • Experience with all aspects of cloud service models and application delivery such as PaaS, Serverless and Containerized infrastructure (e.g. Docker, Kubernetes (ECS, EKS, Fargate etc.))

  • Infrastructure-as-Code capabilities and governance

  • Experience designing and implementing networking components (VPCs, Security Groups, VPNs, Transit Gateways etc)

  • Experience with observability capability and logging/monitoring

  • Experience with providing self-service access to cloud technologies


We’re currently experimenting with hybrid working and involving colleagues across the business to shape our future ways of working. The needs of our teams and individuals are different, so we’re not taking a one-size-fits-all approach. While our offices are places to connect, collaborate and celebrate with colleagues, we recognise that flexibility about where you work is just as important for doing your best work and for your wellbeing.


For this role, there are meetings and activities that you will need to attend in-person, mainly at our offices in Embassy Gardens. The exact balance of office to remote working will depend on the nature of your role and team needs, and we are open to discussing this through the recruitment process.


So, if you are passionate about innovation and love influencing technological change, we’d love to hear from you. Please apply with your CV and cover letter. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.




What you can expect from us:

Salary: £90k - £95k dependent on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus bonus and benefits.


Our employees are the heart of our business. We have a range of benefits to reflect our commitment to our employees, some of which are:

 •    27 days paid holiday entitlement in year one (plus bank holidays), increasing a day each year up to 30 days
•    Medical cover
•    Life assurance
•    Cycle to Work scheme
•    Discounted gym membership
•    Generous pension scheme
•    Summer working hours (role dependent) 
•    Volunteering policy and charity matching
•    Employee Assistance programme
•    Mentoring programme
•    Extended gender neutral parental leave
•    Access to books and eBooks across Penguin Random House UK
•    Each site has trained mental health first aiders 
•    We plant a tree for every new employee to our business


Our creativity is inspired by different perspectives, so we want our culture to be one of belonging, where everyone feels welcome and where differences are celebrated.


As a Disability Confident Committed organisation, we’re part of the offer an interview scheme. This is where disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role can opt in to get to the next recruitment stage. There may be some situations where volume of applicants means we can’t take all eligible candidates to interview.


We want to make sure disabled applicants can be their best at each step of the recruitment journey. If you need adjustments during the application process, we encourage you to get in touch with us at

Remember, you only need to share what you are comfortable to for us to support your adjustment request. Find out more about our approach here:

We partner with The Book Trade Charity, who provide financial assistance for people looking to get into the publishing industry; you can find more information and talk directly here:

Please note, we are not able to accept agency CVs for this role. Any CVs sent speculatively will not be eligible for a fee.


Company: Penguin Books Limited 

Country: United Kingdom 

State/Region: London 

City: London 

Postal Code: SW11 7BW 

Job ID: 237767

Date:  22-Jul-2022

London, LND, GB, SW11 7BW

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