Share this Job

Principal, Squad Lead (Platforms)

Posting Date: 10-Jan-2023

Location: London, GB

Company: EBRD

Requisition ID 32527
Office Country United Kingdom
Office City London
Division Information Technology  
Contract Type Fixed Term 
Contract Length 3 years 
Posting End Date  





Purpose of Job


The Principal, Squad Lead is responsible for the delivery of modern, secure and cost effective infrastructure services to the Bank. The role requires the post holder to co-ordinate technical teams across EBRD staff and partners to enable the business value.



Accountabilities & Responsibilties


The Squad Lead:

  • Holds outsourced and professional services partners to account in technical terms to ensure industry best practice
  • Gathers technical requirements for new engagements (IT programmes, projects, discrete enhancements, consultancy engagements or BAU service delivery)  or changes existing engagements with infrastructure partners, projects and programmes
  • Acts as a senior escalation for Associate technical leads in relation to Major Incidents, Problems, Changes or other significant technical challenges within the squad / area of responsibility
  • Works with the relevant Technical Leads to main a suitable resourcing profile for both build and run requirements
  • Assists the Capability Leadership team comprised of the Associate Director, Capability Lead, Associate Director MN&I Product Owner and Principal, Capability Architect, Principal, Capability Analyst and Principal, Capability Quality Lead   to build the vision and roadmaps
  • Works with leaders in both MNI and across other capabilities to ensure platform requirements are met and suitably sized
  • Deputises for the Associate Capability Lead, MNI as required
  • Responsible for creating a psychologically safe environment in which the newly formed squad can operate.


Specialism – Platforms Lead


The squad lead for platforms is primarily responsible for Wintel and Unix scrums. Technology in this area includes but is not limited to:


•          Microsoft Windows Server

•          Virtualisation

•          Continuous data protection

•          Hyperconverged Infrastructure

•          Red Hat & Oracle Linux OSE

•          Storage

•          Backup

•          Hosting facilities - Co-location / Data Centre / in-office server rooms for HQ and Resident Offices.


Working with other Capabilities, Squads and Scrums there is a shared responsibility for some cloud services (primarily delivered from Microsoft Azure).




Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications


  • Extensive infrastructure management experience including managing teams, managed service providers and professional service organisations
  • Comfortable managing resourcing requirements (supply and demand)
  • A good grasp of infrastructure engineering principles, formerly from a technical background
  • Relevant, current experience of managing modern data centre and cloud based platforms aligned with industry good practice. Ideally certified
  • Experience working in an ITIL governed environment, ideally certified
  • Familiarity of working with Agile software development teams, ensuring that infrastructure enhances velocity rather than introduces inertia
  • A strong understanding of IT security, service continuity, audit, risk and compliance. Capable of aligning with suitable controls and monitoring effectiveness
  • Driven to ensure wherever possible technology is automated and appropriately quality assured with the aim of removing waste
  • A persuasive communicator who can engage across levels of seniority and technical capability
  • Must be comfortable with office productivity tools including the Microsoft Office suite.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

What is it like to work at the EBRD?


Our agile and innovative approach is what makes life at the EBRD a unique experience! You will be part of a pioneering and diverse international organisation, and use your talents to make a real difference to people's lives and help shape the future of the regions we invest in. 


The EBRD environment provides you with:

  • Varied, stimulating and engaging work that gives you an opportunity to interact with a wide range of experts in the financial, political, public and private sectors across the regions we invest in;
  • A working culture that embraces inclusion and celebrates diversity;
  • An environment that places sustainability, equality and digital  transformation at the heart of what we do.


Diversity is one of the Bank’s core values which are at the heart of everything it does.  A diverse workforce with the right knowledge and skills enables connection with our clients, brings pioneering ideas, energy and innovation. The EBRD staff is characterised by its rich diversity of nationalities, cultures and opinions and we aim to sustain and build on this strength. As such, the EBRD seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities and works in an inclusive environment. The EBRD encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of the EBRD member countries to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities.  As an inclusive employer, we promote flexible working and expecting our employee to attend the office 50% of their working time.

Job Segment: Cloud, Data Center, ERP, Open Source, System Administrator, Technology