Senior – IT Technician (Contract)

Background to Dr Foster
Dr Foster works with healthcare organisations to achieve sustainable improvements in their performance through better use of data. We are the leading provider of healthcare analysis and clinical benchmarking solutions worldwide: our specialist teams share their world class expertise with healthcare leaders in hundreds of leading hospitals and commissioning organisations. Dr Foster is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telstra Health.
Purpose of the role
  • To support and maintain the company IT systems including desktop provision, network infrastructure, and associated software and business applications.
  • To provide, maintain and continually improve a stable IT environment for all users, to meet and exceed user and business needs.  A great number of our users work remotely.
  • Provide technical support and input to projects, specifically office and data centre moves.
  • Demonstrate commitment to, embrace and evangelise our company’s values, which are: Working Better Together, Showing You Care, Making the Complex Simple, Trusting Each Other to Deliver, and Finding Your Courage.
Key Responsibilities/ Accountabilities
  •  Assist IT Team Lead with planning and executing key major projects including; relocation of two data centres, and an office move.
  • Liaise with Service Desk to ensure the timely resolution of user raised work requests relating to the Network and Systems in accordance with Service Level Agreements.
  • Mentor and support for the IT Support Analysts with escalated  queries
  • To undertake 2nd line support, 1st line support will be required from time to time.
  • Provide 1st and 2nd line support for the LAN and WAN infrastructure including trouble shooting and rectification of networking problems.
  •  Provide 1st and 2nd line support for the phone system including user’s handsets and mobile devices.
  • Monitoring network health, performance, utilisation and capacity.
  • Administration and maintenance of mission critical web and database servers. (Predominantly Microsoft, VMware and some Linux) hosted at both the company’s head office and London data centres.
  • Administration of Office 365, DNS and Active Directory.
  • Configuration and set-up of all new server systems required either internally for the company’s activities or for external clients.
  • Maintenance of existing Anti-Spam and anti-virus systems and the setting of new Anti-Spam policies, also includes endpoint encryption and USB port control.
  • Basic operational support for internal employee computer systems mostly Windows 10/2008/2012 R2/2016 and a small number of Linux Servers.
  • Administration of server backups (utilising BackupExec) ensuring we have the necessary backups on a daily basis and troubleshoot any problem areas.
  • Firewall administration and overall internal network security.
  • Out of hours maintenance work may be required when the needs arise, which may include updates/patches/commissioning new services etc.
Knowledge and Skills Required

(To effectively perform the role, the position holder must have the following skills, experience, qualification)


  • At least 5 Years’ experience in the IT Sector.
  • Good working knowledge of the following operating systems: – Windows 2008/2012/2016
  • Good working knowledge of AD, Group Policy, DNS and DHCP
  • Office365 administration, support and implementation experience
  • Good working knowledge of major networking components, network operating systems and computer hardware components.
  • Hands on knowledge of the procedures used in the installation, modification maintenance and repair of IT hardware and software.
  • Good working knowledge with various types of storage including SAN technology.
  • Server software and hardware builds.
  • Extensive knowledge of disaster recovery procedures and business continuity planning.
  • Well-developed clear and concise written and verbal communication skills
  • Sound organisation skills, self-motivated with the ability to take initiative and work without hands on leadership, the ability to prioritise according to demands
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of customer service


  • Graduate qualifications and/or industry recognition in the field of information technology
  • Experience project managing office and data centre moves
  • Experience of administering Linux systems
  • MCSE / MCSA, CCNA and ITL Certification
  • Experience in Cisco Routing & Switching in a Data Centre environment
  • Experience of Cisco VPN & Firewall configurations
  • Experience of WAN/LAN technologies
  • Experience of VMware (6.5) and other virtualisation technologies
  • Experience of administering SQL server.
  • Knowledge of IP telephony
  • Experience of administering Cisco network equipment
  • Knowledge of disk storage systems, DAS, NAS and SAN (particularly Nimble)
  • Experience of IMAC (Installations, Moves and Change) based projects.

• Sufficient personal mobility/flexibility to ensure time is spent as needed at sites including Nottingham, London, Bluefin, Imperial College and Old Street.