Senior DevOps and Solution Architect

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Senior DevOps Engineer, Technical Lead and Solution Architect roles mainly in the last 10 years, originally from Scotland, my partner is German so I now live in Berlin. Looking for interesting freelance jobs.

Ich biete

IT, Entwicklung
  • DevOps (allg.)
  • Continuous Delivery (CDE)
  • Cyber Security
  • Cloud Computing
  • IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service)
  • Solution Architektur
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Linux Entwicklung
  • Application Development
Technik, Ingenieurwesen
  • Technische Projektleitung / Teamleitung

Projekt‐ & Berufserfahrung

CTO / Co-Founder (Festanstellung)
Cyberpunk Networks, Berlin
3/2017 – 9/2017 (7 Monate)
IT & Entwicklung

3/2017 – 9/2017


• Bespoke software consultancy focusing on time-series data collection and data visualization targeted at manufacturing and IOT applications
• Tech stack is almost entirely Erlang/OTP
• Still working on the tooling/getting the office setup
• Self funded/bootstrapped
• Ultimately folded as we ran out of runway

Eingesetzte Qualifikationen

Datenbankentwicklung, SAAS

Senior Consultant / PreSales Solution Architect (Festanstellung)
Aservo Software GmbH, Berlin
9/2016 – 2/2020 (3 Jahre, 6 Monate)
IT & Entwicklung

9/2016 – 2/2020


Multi-Client work around Aservo‘s CI consultancy business
• Design / Implementation of POC setups as part of pre-engagement sales
• Huge mix of technologies and stacks (however redhat/jenkins/ansible/atlassian featured
in most)
• Capacity planning for the post-poc implementation, hiring
• Planned, wrote and held multiple multi-day workshops with Aservo staff for training (on
Ansible, security, low level(ish) linux, CI)
• Point of technical escalation across Aservo‘s various teams, often called in to help
triage complicated issues when the teams there run out of ideas
• Lead developer/architect for a planned security appliance (elixir/lua/c)
• Security assessment

Eingesetzte Qualifikationen

Continuous Delivery (CDE), DevOps (allg.), Cyber Security, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Confluence (Atlassian), Python, Cloud Computing, IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), Schulung / Training (IT), Solution Architektur, Presales

Lead Platform Engineer
SmartFocus, London
3/2016 – 12/2016 (10 Monate)
IT & Entwicklung

3/2016 – 12/2016


Came onboard to help SF through some significant platform issues they were facing and built the capacity into the team to stabilize the high traffic (~400kr/s) platform
• Largely java/oracle (legacy) flume/hadoop (intelligence) and php|rails/mongo (clientdev) however some nodejs components and various OTS ETL platforms were kicking around.
• Redesigned and implemented the DFS using Gluster+ZFS
• Deconstructed and simplified a very large legacy deployment system (19 instances, 300+boxes / instance)
• Training / Mentoring technical staff on new tooling
• Some clientdev and integration work while I found suitable staff to do this full-time
• Jack-of-all trades style job due to the complexity of the environment and fragility

Eingesetzte Qualifikationen

Apache Hadoop, ETL, Oracle (allg.), DevOps (allg.), J2SE (Java SE), Puppet, Storage, PHP, Ruby on rails, E-Mail Marketing

Infrastructure and Automation (Devops) Lead
VouchedFor, London
9/2015 – 1/2016 (5 Monate)

9/2015 – 1/2016


Joined the team at VouchedFor for 3 months to re-implement the entire infrastructure packaging and deployment system and to help gradually move them towards a devops culture
• Designed and Implemented full end->end infrastructure management and deployment
• Tech: Terraform, AWS, RDS, Docker, Ansible, Jenkins, NGINX, CloudFlare
• Held weekly 'all hands' demos and sessions with the devs to upskill them in the various 'new' tools we'd implemented
• Lots of sessions to show development how adopting some new principles and tools enables them to respond quicker to business requirements, while keeping the burden of switching to these at a minimum, to enable BAU to continue with as little interruption as normal
• Teasing apart some very debt heavy environments, explaining why these are so dangerous to the implementors/business and guiding the way to best-practice
• Support and advice on performance tuning, deployment strategies and so on
• Removed a very clunky and slow vagrant setup, replaced with docker-compose

Eingesetzte Qualifikationen

DevOps (allg.), NginX, Docker, Amazon Web Services (AWS), PHP

Application Delivery Architect and Technical Team Lead
GDS - Government Digital Service (, London
9/2014 – 5/2015 (9 Monate)
IT & Entwicklung

9/2014 – 5/2015


Built a team to transition a very large govt project (150m gbp+ budget >100 devs) to an agile/devops culture
• Pipeline, Delivery and Automation architecture design and implementation
• TeamCity, Ansible, Puppet, Yum, Packaging, SCM etc etc etc
• Pushed for standardisation across all vendor and internal dev teams re: deployment+monitoring
• Tooling creation in Perl, Ruby, Python and a whole load of bash+make
• Mentoring+refactoring of the existing puppet codebase and begun the process of building proper orchestration around the legacy platform
• Playing inter-vendor politics, mostly won, helping to find good compromises otherwise
• Introduced weekly sessions with the business to demonstrate what we were doing and (more importantly) why
• Involved in the design and buildout of the ‘future’ platform using sane processes, while factoring in legacy constraints (e.g oracle, legacy integration)

Eingesetzte Qualifikationen

Oracle (allg.), Continuous Delivery (CDE), DevOps (allg.), Projektleitung / Teamleitung (IT), Bash (Shell), Jenkins, Python, Ansible


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Persönliche Daten

  • Englisch (Muttersprache)
  • Europäische Union
10 Jahre und 10 Monate (seit 02/2010)
5 Jahre


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