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Senior Specialist - DevOps Engineer

Date: 08-Oct-2021

Location: Johannesburg GAU ZA, GT, ZA

Company: Liberty Group Limited

At Liberty, we employ more than 6 000 people across 7 businesses in 18 African countries. Every day, our employees grow their knowledge by working with diverse groups of people who specialise in a wide range of skills across insurance, asset management, investment and health products. We continually seek to engage, develop, recognise and reward the people who make our business great.


The purpose of the job is to automate the processes between software development and IT teams to enable continuous delivery through designing, developing, testing, and releasing software frequently, faster, and more reliably in an agile environment. To ensure continuous delivery through continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD). Work on a combination of long-term strategic development and shorter-term business focused CI\CD on our trading and risk management platform. Take full ownership of your projects with the backing of a well-established team.

Minimum experience

  • 3 - 5 years of enterprise Java in an agile environment, and solid experience with supporting technologies (JBoss, JAVA EE, Hibernate/JPA, MsSql, SQL,SVN, GitLab, DevOps, JavaScript), minimal C and C# knowledge
  • 2-year experience in a DevOps environment
  • Exposure to Architect role and able to design solutions
  • Knowledge on Kubernetes, Docker, AWS IAM, Lambda, EC2, RDS, SNS, DynamoDB
  • Exposure to SA financial markets and understanding of derivatives essential
  • General financial instrument valuation analytics required

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor`s Degrees and Advanced Diplomas [NQF Level 07] in Information Technology and Computer Sciences


  • Technical knowledge (Server, Database, Networking, Application)
  • Knowledge of any of DevOps tools (GIT, Jenkins, CHEF, Control-M, Junit, Selenium, etc)
  • Profound insight of Java and JEE internals (Class loading, Memory Management, Transaction management etc).
  • Proven hands-on Software Development experience.
  • Proven working experience in Java development.


  • Apply relevant research methodologies, tools and techniques to effectively and purposefully gather information.
  • Understand the interdependence and integration of different systems and related processes to apply practically in an area of work.
  • Provide specialist advice and support in area of accountability to ensure that identified solutions and recommendations are appropriate and effective.
  • Gather specification and related information in order to inform the architectural design of IT systems.
  • Provide constructive and timeous feedback on work progress and problems encountered to relevant stakeholders.
  • Research and examine current systems and consult users to obtain information to inform possible improvements.
  • Write software and develop documentation and related operating manuals to increase the utility value of systems.
  • Develop and deliver technical design solutions according to agreed standards that address business requirements within an agreed timeframe.
  • Accountable for the improvement of quality, service and work outputs, continuously recommending improvements.
  • Plan for the organisation of work outputs and process improvement activities in light of a specific situational context related to the area of specialisation.
  • Proactively identify area of specialisation related problems, determine cause and effect and recommend the best option to implement corrective action based on previous experience.


  • Provide specialist expertise and advice to internal/external customers, that builds strong relationships and creates a favourable impression aligned to Treating the Customer Fairly (TCF) principles.


  • Adhere to financial controls, governance and compliance policies and processes throughout an area of specialisation, contributing to cost efficiency.

Learning and Growth

  • Contribute positively to human capability improvement, related to knowledge optimisation and associated with area of specialisation.


  • Comply to risk and governance policies, implement and provide subject matter input to the development of related processes, applicable to the area of specialisation.

Technical Competencies

  • Design Software (Proficient)
  • IT Systems (Proficient)
  • Knowledge of IT Governance and Business (Proficient)
  • IT Knowledge (Proficient)
  • Automated Unit Testing (Proficient)
  • Research and Information Gathering (Intermediate)
  • Reporting and Interpretation (Intermediate)
  • Customer Advice (Technical) (Intermediate)

Behavioural Competencies

  • Professional/Technical learning (Intermediate)
  • People Management and Empowerment (Intermediate)
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness (Intermediate)
  • Problem Solving and Analysis (Intermediate)
  • Teamwork and Cooperation (Intermediate)
  • Communicating with Impact (Intermediate)
  • Relationship Management and Networking (Intermediate)
  • Customer Orientation (Intermediate)

Liberty Group Limited is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. In compliance with the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 and the group's Transformation Strategy, preference will be given to suitable candidates from designated groups whose appointments will contribute towards the achievement of equitable demographic representation of our workforce profile and add to the diversity of the organisation. 

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