Tech Roles

Tech Roles

When looking at the opportunities that exist for tech roles it is important to know what employers are interested in. Being aware of the skills and qualifications needed to give the best chance of being selected for an interview and ultimately employment. 

 

There are usually two different sets of skills employers are looking for: 

Technical Skills, depending on the role you are applying for there will be a degree of technical knowledge required. 

Soft Skills, it’s really important that you have enthusiasm, adaptability, willingness to learn and what is considered to be broadly the right attitude. How these skills are seen by employers differs. However, the interview stage is a good place to demonstrate your ‘soft skills’ by making sure you are looking the interviewers in the eye and answering the questions fully.

We have a list of tech roles available in most regions of the UK:

Systems Engineer

Technical Support Engineer

Solution Architect

Cloud Engineer 

Data Architect

Database Engineer

QA Tester / Test Analyst

Developer

Java Developer 

Scrum Master

Product Manager

UX Designer 

User Researcher

We have identified some of roles and provide the skills likely needed to be successful in gain that role and skills needed to be able to be productive in that role:

What skills and qualifications do I need to be a successful Technology Specialist - UNIX & LINUX?

  • Expert technical knowledge in Virtualisation technologies specifically VMware, Oracle VM and ideally certified to VCP level.  Detailed knowledge across multiple technical domains including Linux, HPUX, HPE server Infrastructure, storage, Site Recovery Manger, Cloud management
  • Evidence of financial management/control experience and track record of building/delivering business plans
  • Strong analytical/problem solving skills demonstrated through managing complex issue remediation.
  • Capable of communicating highly complex issues in a simple manner to support decision making
  • Significant IT service delivery experience across multi-disciplined teams and extensive knowledge in relevant areas (ITIL Foundation as a minimum)
  • Resilient and calm in the face of significant challenge, able to harness these skills to support clear decision making in times of crisis

You’ll need skills and experience like this to be a infrastructure architect:

  • Experience on working on the following technologies;Platform  – VMware, Linux, Windows. Database – Oracle, SQL, Cloud Variants. Network – Data, Voice & SAN. Cloud – AWS, Azure, Google & Others

  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Lead technical decision making
  • Work with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Experience as an Infrastructure Architect in a complex environment

Product Manager you’ll need skills and experience like this:

  •       You’ll need to be an independent worker that can proactively drive your own agenda in a complex organisation
  •       Experience of designing and delivering solutions that meet your customer requirements yet fit with a wider business vision
  •       Strong influencing skills and ability to build strong relationships at all levels, working with senior stakeholders and business subject matter experts to understand the business strategy and goals
  •       Comfortable facilitating cross-functional working groups to model business scenarios and operational business processes, to understand the challenges and opportunities within large and complex change initiatives
  •       Defining valuable technology features, including the elaboration of User stories and Acceptance criteria
  •       Working with Solution Architects and Software vendors, to understand system capability and constraints, to come up with innovative ways to face business challenges, and translate into prioritised action plans
  •       Knowledge generation and sharing with tools such as Confluence
  •       Agile requirements management with tools such as Jira

To be a Solutions Architect you’ll need skills and experience like this;

 

  • Experience of working within a mixed landscape of traditional ERP type solutions and modular, event driven services,
  • Experience of integrating cloud-based SaaS platforms and solutions with internal applications and services
  • Experience of designing and delivering solutions that meet your customer requirements yet fit with a wider business vision, ideally within the context of an Online Retail business
  • Ability to come up with innovative ways to face business challenges
  • A background in software development, ideally you will have experienced developing software so you can support the technical development teams in the solution delivery
  • Experience of working with both internal and external resources on projects and preferably including elements of offshore delivery
  • Strong influencing skills and ability to build strong relationships at all levels
  • You’ll need to be an independent worker that can proactively drive your own agenda in a complex organisation
  • Up to date knowledge of current technology and architecture patterns

What skills and qualifications do I need to be a successful Junior Java Developer:

  •     Obtained a 1st class or 2:1 honours degree in Computer Science or equivalent
  •     Understanding of full life-cycle development in Java or Python, learning how to follow Agile principles and modern day development techniques
  •     Have a basic understanding of an API and a Microservice
  •     Have utilised some Source Code Control tools such as Git or SVN, or BitBucket or GitHub
  •     Basic usage of Atlassian Products (Confluence & JIRA & BitBucket) 

To be a Scrum Master you will need skills like this;

  •       Agile values and principles

  •       Understand all aspects of the software delivery life cycle

  •       Deep understanding of Scrum framework and how to apply it

  •       Understanding of other frameworks and methodologies desirable (Kanban, XP, Nexus, SAFe)

  •       Champion agile practices and continuous improvement initiatives

  •       Solid understanding of iterative development and incremental delivery.

  •       Understand backlog tracking, burndown metrics, velocity, and task definition

  •       Experience in coaching and facilitation techniques

  •       Analytical analyse techniques for Scrum and project

To be a Cloud Engineer you will need skills like this;

  • Ability to share knowledge with team members
  • Ability to learn from team members
  • Ability to meet deadlines and perform under pressure
  • Ability to contribute to technical architecture designs
  • Ability to contribute to solution design
  • Ability to mentor developers
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Work in a collaborative manner
  • Ability to be proactive and challenging
  • Planning / organisational skills
  • Analytical / strategic skills
  • Ability to make decisions, negotiate and influence
  • Relationship development and management
  • Ability to understand stakeholder requirements

To be a UX Designer you will need skills like this;

  •  Expertise in standard UX software (e.g. InVision, Adobe Creative Suite, Balsamiq).

  •  Designs must show strong understanding of interaction design, web accessibility standards, and commercial revenue generation.
  •  Leadership in the design and execution of end-to-end product design initiatives, including both remote and on-site user research and acceptance testing.
  • Ability to extract detailed UX requirements from both internal and external stakeholders, and translate these into elegant, customer-focused product designs. 

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