Linux Systems Administrator

Why aql?

At aql, we believe a connected society is a better society. A career with us will place you at the heart of a thriving workplace community, (em)powering people across the world.

We're a group of techies, creatives and everything in between, and we're always looking for talented people to join our growing team in the heart of the thriving South Bank, Leeds. We’re soon to be surrounded by a 6 acre city park and our HQ will become the focal point.

We innovate and break things; doing things other companies don't do - details of which you can find on In other words, aql isn't your average company and our people aren't average either.

We want to be excited about coming to work and we want to make a difference. Otherwise, what's the point?

Key values :

  • Collaboration: Above all, we believe in and succeed through collaboration. It’s at the heart of who we are, we support each other in order to succeed.
  • Knowledge: With collaboration comes a sharing of knowledge. We are always learning, growing and evolving in order to continue to deliver the best possible service for our customers. As one of the team, you will have the opportunity to work alongside leading experts in their field, with a wealth of experience to share.
  • Innovation: We strive to accelerate progress by taking an imaginative and original approach to all we do.
  • Trust: We have a culture of transparency, communication and respect, ensuring our relationships with employees, teams and customer partnerships are built on trust and integrity. We embrace change, diversity and the opinions and ideas of others.
  • Impact: Not only are we driven to innovate, but we are mindful of doing this in a way which gives back to our planet and environment. From protecting ancient woodland to designing heat-sharing schemes for our datacentres - we believe in being “more good” rather than “less bad”.


Job role, duties & responsibilities :

We provide services to many UK telecommunications operators and to thousands of other organisations, such as retail and government.

As a Systems Administrator, you'll be an integral member of our team. You will be responsible for supporting, maintaining, expanding and improving the aql systems estate, while liaising closely with technical operations, development, networking and support teams.
You will be asked to take part in an on-call rota providing 24/7 support, and interacting with our customers, suppliers, contractors, senior management and directors; therefore excellent communication skills, and the ability to work to deadlines with flexible hours are essential.
Our customers trust us with their sensitive data: You must be able to pass the UK Government Security Vetting.

Essential skills, knowledge and/or experience :

  • Linux (mostly Debian) Systems/Platform Administration/Engineering or similar 3rd line support role
  • Configuration Management / Configuration as Code (e.g. SaltStack, Ansible)
  • Scripting (e.g. Bash, YAML, PHP, Python)
  • SQL (MySQL, MariaDB, Percona)
  • Infrastructure Monitoring (e.g. Zabbix, Grafana)
  • Version Control (Git)
  • Security practices (e.g GPG encryption, SSL)
  • Effective problem solver
  • Ability to work on complex project requirements, both collaboratively and/or with minimal supervision

Other desirable skills, knowledge and/or experience :

  • Telecoms technologies (e.g. Asterisk, SMS, SMPP, PBX)
  • Other distros e.g. Ubuntu, CentOS, RedHat, FreeBSD, FreeNAS
  • Atlassian Stack (Jira, Bitbucket, Bamboo, Confluence)
  • Database Management / Administration
  • Storage and Backups
  • LAMP Stack
  • Networking
  • Hardware and Data Centres Virtualization Platforms (e.g. On-App, KVM, VMWare, Proxmox, OpenStack)
  • Elastic Stack
  • Containerization (Docker)
  • Continuous Integration (CI)
  • Continuous Delivery/Deployment (CD)
  • HashiCorp products (e.g. Vagrant)
  • Hosted Services
  • Infrastructure Management
  • IT/Computer Science qualifications and/or professional certifications ITSM/ITIL 4

Stuff :

  • Access to Linux Academy training platform
  • Convenient location in South Bank, a five-minute walk from the station
  • Free on-site gym
  • Free on-site parking
  • Free fruit
  • Free payday company breakfast
  • Free table tennis and table football
  • Free monthly socials
  • Healthcare cash plan
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Annual travel pass scheme