Innovation Engineer, Open to flexible working

Stevenage, Hertfordshire
25 Nov 2021
25 Dec 2021
Contract Type

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We will be delighted to hear from talented individuals that align to our values. These are at the heart of everything we do and include: Patient focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity along with Courage, Accountability, Development, and Teamwork. 

When you set out on your adventure at GSK, we make a deal. You commit to living our values and expectations and performing against our Innovation, Performance and Trust priorities. In return, GSK commits to providing the right environment for you to thrive.  Together, we build an environment where we can all thrive and focus on what matters most to each of us.

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Job Title

Innovation Engineer

Are you excited at the prospect of working on ground-breaking projects that leverage and develop novel, cutting-edge systems, technologies and methodologies that have a huge impact on health, wellness, and patient outcomes around the globe? If so, then read on to learn more about an exciting opportunity for you in the GSK’s R&D Innovation Team!

As an Innovation Engineer, you will work on the design, development, and implementation of new systems and methodologies that will leverage, but are not limited, to Infrastructure as Code, Containers, Cloud, Blockchain, Quantum Computing, Big Data, Knowledge Graphs, Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team within GSK’s R&D Technology with experience in Entrepreneurship, Data Science and High-Performance Computing. Our members are passionate about technology innovation. Some hold multiple PhDs have worked in Silicon Valley (California) and at the IBM TJ Watson Research Centre (New York) for the US government. We have consistently delivered excellent results on mission-critical systems using scalable solutions and bleeding-edge technologies and methods. GSK leadership is leveraging us to ideate, create, and productionize novel, ground-breaking, high-value solutions for increasingly complex and critical challenges.

We expect that you will be able to work independently, if necessary, but also be a good team player to collaborate in the development and integration of solutions for our most challenging projects.

One of key principles of performant and scalable solutions is the infrastructure on which the solution is deployed. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of delivering enterprise solutions across multiple clouds or a with a hybrid-cloud/burst architecture. You should be familiar with the GitOps/DevOps ways of working, Infrastructure as code, building and pioneering new development tools and environments, understanding hybrid cloud and cloud agnostic infrastructures and high pace/high quality deliveries through use of automation and deployment techniques.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of delivering enterprise solutions across multiple clouds or a with a hybrid-cloud/burst architecture. Also, should have experience developing tools and technologies within containers, with the ability to customise or even self-develop (multi-layer) Dockerfiles following industry best practices for container management and vulnerability scanning etc. Alongside, a key aspect will be reliably deploying large software ecosystems to Kubernetes environments with a detailed understanding of the wider CNCF landscape. Primarily leveraging Helm to deploy and manage the Kubernetes applications.

Exposure to Site Reliability Engineering is a plus as the role within the Innovation Team requires a comprehensive knowledge of not only software engineering but the operational side of application delivery. As an innovation team we often work on new and novel technologies that cannot be quickly transitioned into the regular support organization. With this in mind, we must incorporate and leverage monitoring technologies to alleviate the manual overhead of support.  Finally, a knowledge of distributed and or virtual data storage systems would be a bonus in a hybrid cloud enterprise.

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:

  • Working experience as a Software Engineer or DevOps Engineer
  • Experience in deploying solutions on Cloud Platforms, preferably Azure or GCP
  • Experience in developing with Scala and Python as programming languages
  • Expertise with container technologies: Kubernetes, Helm, GitOps
  • Experience in design, implementation and productionisation of large-scale systems
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in Terraform, Ansible
  • Knowledge and experience in using CI/CD suites: Azure and GCP DevOps, Jenkins
  • Experience implementing container security best practices including image and cluster scanning
  • Understanding of agile software delivery including analysis, enterprise dev and quality assurance
  • Collaborative with strong communication and documentation skills, able to work dispersed teams

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in Site Reliability Engineering
  • Experience with automated infrastructure and code testing – Chef InSpec, code linters.
  • Expertise with non-imperative paradigms – Haskell, F#, Typescript or Open Policy Access Rego
  • Streaming data experience with technologies like Apache Kafka
  • Experience operating in a highly regulated and secure environments.

Why GSK?

Our values and expectations are at the heart of everything we do and form an important part of our culture. These include Patient focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity along with Courage, Accountability, Development, and Teamwork. As GSK focuses on our values and expectations and a culture of innovation, performance, and trust, the successful candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:

  • Operating at pace and Agile decision-making
  • Using of evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigor and risk
  • Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution
  • Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning
  • Sustaining energy and well-being
  • Building strong relationships and collaboration, honest and open conversations
  • Budgeting and cost-consciousness

As a company driven by our values of Patient focus, Transparency, Respect and Integrity, we know inclusion and diversity are essential for us to be able to succeed. We want all our colleagues to thrive at GSK bringing their unique experiences, ensuring they feel good and to keep growing their careers.  As a candidate for a role, we want you to feel the same way.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are open to all talent. In the US, we also adhere to Affirmative Action principles. This ensures that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race/ethnicity, colour, national origin, religion, gender, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, disability, genetic information, military service, covered/protected veteran status or any other federal, state or local protected class*(*US only).

We believe in an agile working culture for all our roles. If flexibility is important to you, we encourage you to explore with our hiring team what the opportunities are.

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