Assistant Linux Administrator

Oxfordshire (UK), or Remote (UK)

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Penman Consulting is a specialist consulting business supporting the chemical, petrochemical and plant protection industries on product regulatory, health and environmental issues. Founded in 1997, Penman Consulting has rapidly gained wide recognition for its ability to deliver on regulatory and associated scientific issues. We provide advice and assistance to companies both large and small and also to trade organisations on a global basis.

With our origins in the petrochemical industry, we manage some of the largest regulatory projects in the EU, such as Lower Olefins and Aromatics REACH2 Consortium (LOA), and have been involved in other large consortia and numerous activities for companies large and small.

Our clients recognise the leadership and expertise that we bring to such projects and we are well-recognised within the industry.

Penman Consulting provides Product Stewardship services for client companies, where the offering is supported by a unique approach and our IT system, Active Steward, allows us to provide services in a cost effective and efficient manner.

Penman Consulting is staffed by professionals with considerable experience within the chemical industry managing regulatory affairs, toxicology and environmental and exposure science on both a product and site basis. We believe this allows us to provide a business perspective to our service which is of value to our clients. Where necessary, we partner with other organisations to provide a holistic service, from legal and financial support, to specialised science areas.

Penman Consulting has offices in Brussels, Belgium and in South Oxfordshire, UK.

Job Description

We have a vacancy for an Assistant Linux Administrator.


Assist the Senior Linux Systems Administrator as directed to:

  • Monitor infrastructure to ensure constant operation
  • Update and patch all infrastructure and applications, keeping abreast of end-of life infra and new vulns
  • Diagnose and repair infrastructure outages
  • Work with a team of developers to maintain and roll out application versions and patches
  • Provide ad hoc support to non-technical users on Windows, sometimes general IT support
  • Work as directed by a Senior Systems Administrator, with the IT Manager, to maintain the ISO 27001 compliance

Skills/Experience (* on those skills we can train on)

  • Linux Servicer and the CLI (preferably Ubuntu Server)
  • Looking after interesting industry webapps
  • Basic DNS concepts
  • Configuration management (bonus: Puppet) across a diverse virtualised estate (*)
  • General DBA/DB manager knowledge, with basic SQL. Postgres and Derby/Java DB knowledge a bonus
  • Web server config (bonus: Nginx)
  • Applications server knowledge (bonus: Glassfish/Payara/Tomcat) (*)
  • Basic cloud services to interface with AWS storage (S3/Glacier)
  • General IT knowledge to assist Windows users in using applications when needed

As Penman Consulting continues to grow as a company, there is a need to attract the brightest minds and offers a collaborative, inclusive and nurturing environment to work and grow. The Company remains family owned and managed and ensures every voice is heard. Penman Consulting offers a collaborative approach to all customer work and encourages and facilitates people to reach their full potential in a safe and rewarding career.

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