Cloud Engineer, Azure and Office 365

Cloud Engineer | Dunstable | Permanent

We have an exciting opportunity for a Cloud Engineer within our Support Centre in Dunstable. Looking for the opportunity to manage the whole Azure and Office 365 product suite? Would you like the chance to be involved with bleeding-edge technologies? If so, then we would love to hear from you!

Whitbread is the UK's leading hospitality company in the FTSE 100 including brands such as Premier Inn and Beefeater. By the end of 2020, our goal is to increase the number of Premier Inn UK rooms to an incredible 85,000. All while creating around 3,000 UK jobs a year and continuing to expand our presence worldwide. There has never been a more exciting time to Whitbread!


About the role:

With the expansion of Premier Inn & Restaurants in the domestic and International markets, and the increased consumption of SaaS and a shift in moving traditional Infrastructure to the cloud. Whitbread are looking to grow an in-house Platform Services function to support our traditional datacentres and Azure/AWS services.

With a recent move to Office 365 and a planned move into Azure, the Platform Services Team now requires a dedicated Azure & O365 SME to manage and maintain the underlying Cloud/O365 platform and ensure that we drive adoption of both current and future Azure & O365 features throughout the business. 


What you’ll be doing:

  • Be the Azure SME, deploying required Infrastructure into Azure. Feed into the cloud governance model and help shape and define how we deploy Infrastructure into our cloud platform.
  • Be the Office 365 SME, providing support and advice for the full suite of O365 applications, including PowerBI, SharePoint and Stream
  • Manage the digital champions network, ensuring we drive adoption throughout the business, promoting collaborative and new ways of working
  • Interface with the business, building strong relationships to ensure that translate business requirements into technical solutions that align to the Azure & O365 roadmap
  • Manage the O365 roadmap, ensuring that new features and changes are communicated and deployed where required
  • Azure / O365 license management
  • Management of InTune
  • Ensure our cloud platforms are maintained and monitored, remains complaint and adheres to our security policies and standards
  • Ongoing administration of Exchange Online and AAD
  • Maintain the Platform Services ticket queues, ensuring that SLA’s are met in accordance with the Incident, Major Incident and Problem Management processes
  • Work with third party Vendors to ensure that they continue to provide a consistent level of service and are performing to KPI’s. Hold regular service reviews to management performance and ensure that we drive value out of the service
  • Ensure that all platforms remain performant in line with business requirements and have enough capacity to deliver the underlying service now and for the future
  • Perform adequate DR and Failover tests in line with the business RPO and RTO
  • Facilitate the delivery of project work according to business need
  • Highlight opportunities to improve/evolve technology platforms to the benefit of the business


What you’ll need:

  • Proven track record of delivery within a fast paced, energised and customer centric organisation
  • 5+ years of IT Infrastructure experience, including management of cloud platforms
  • Translating features in the Azure / O365 roadmap into workable business solutions
  • Knowledge and understanding of :
    • Powershell
    • Active Directory / AAD
    • O365 directory syncing
    • Microsoft Azure
  • Exchange Online administration, including meeting room management, O365 groups
  • Managing Azure & Office 365 licensing, following license management best practices
  • Experience with integrating solutions within Office 365 (Video Conferencing etc)