Arbor Education

DevOps Engineer - AWS

Join Arbor Education as they are looking for a DevOps Engineer - AWS

DevOps Engineer

About us

At Arbor, we’re on a mission to transform the way schools work for the better.

You’ve probably seen the headlines. Heavy workloads, constant change, admin pressure on teachers and staff at every level… sometimes it feels like this is just part and parcel of school life today. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

We passionately believe that there’s a better way to work. And it starts by giving everyone the right tools and technology for the job.

We’re building a platform and products we believe in - as well as a strong, diverse team of experienced specialists, ex-teachers and Edtech engineers passionate about making a difference to the sector.

Ultimately, we’re here to help make our schools and trusts stress a little less, and focus on what matters most - improving the lives of teachers and outcomes of students everywhere.

About the role

The DevOps Engineer will bring a dedication and focus towards improving the resilience and performance of the Arbor platform enabling the business to rapidly scale.

We are looking for an enthusiastic DevOps Engineer with considerable experience within AWS environments and a good knowledge of Terraform. The successful candidate will be a curious engineer, who is always keen to automate and understand why the system behaves as it does.

Core responsibilities

  • Work with Head of Platform to identify improvements within the platform infrastructure and implement plans to address

  • Work with the DevOps team to improve the maturity of all components within the system, including ensuring High Availability, and adequate testing and DR plans

  • Contribute to improving the method of deployment for the core Arbor monolith, with a view to improving speed of deployment, and stability

  • Contribute to increasing the security of the Arbor platform through introduction of configuration management software to handle secrets and credentials

  • Assist in incident response and resolution, and subsequent post-mortems and retrospectives

  • Participate in tech-talks and team based learning to ensure knowledge is spread

  • Document obsessively, relying on Playbooks/Runbooks and systems documentation to aid knowledge transfer

  • Join the on-call rota to respond to out of hours incidents

About you

  • Extensive experience of DevOps Engineering and operating a large scale platform

  • Considerable experience of distributed cloud systems, and specifically Amazon Web Services

  • Experience of Infrastructure as Code tooling, such as Terraform, Ansible, Cloudformation etc

  • Understanding of relational database technologies and their cloud versions (e.g. AWS Aurora)

  • Experience with messaging and distributed asynchronous workloads

  • Experience with nginx or similar technologies

  • Experience with DataDog, Prometheus or similar tools

  • A positive and proactive attitude to problem solving

  • A team player, willing to muck in and help others when needed, driven personality who asks questions and actively participates in discussions

  • Good written and spoken English so you can present your ideas

What we offer

The chance to work alongside a team of hard-working, passionate people in a role where you’ll see the impact of your work everyday. We also offer:

  • A dedicated wellbeing team who champion initiatives such as mindfulness, lunch n learns, manager training, mental health first aid training and much more!

  • 32 days holiday (plus Bank Holidays). This is made up of 25 days annual leave plus 7 extra company wide days given over Easter, Summer & Christmas

  • Enhanced maternity and adoption leave (20 weeks full pay) and paternity (6 weeks full pay) pay

  • 5 free return to work maternity coaching sessions, helping you adapt to this new exciting time of life!

  • Access to services such as Calm, Bippit (financial wellbeing coaching) and Health Assured (Employee assistance programme)

  • All of our roles champion flexible working and we are happy to discuss what this means to you!

  • Social committees that plan team, office and company wide events to bring people together and celebrate success

  • Dedicated professional development training budget (CPD courses, upskilling resources, professional memberships etc)

  • Volunteer with a charity of your choice for a day each year

  • Dog friendly offices!

Refer a friend:
Know someone else who would be good for this role? You can refer a friend, family member or colleague, if they are offered a role with Arbor, we will say thank you with a voucher valued up to £200! Simply email:

Arbor Education is an equal opportunities organisation

Our goal is for Arbor to be a workplace which represents, celebrates and supports people from all backgrounds, and which gives them the tools they need to thrive - whatever their ambitions may be so we support and promote diversity and equality, and actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

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