Graduate Systems Engineer


Open Answers ( is a provider of premium quality digital technology services to blue chip customers and the public sector, specialising in cloud systems integration. Customers include British Airways, Camelot (National Lottery) and Channel 4 Television, along with technology vendors such as MuleSoft and Red Hat. We are passionate about creating business value through doing innovative and interesting things with technology. Our software powers business critical systems in areas as diverse as lottery ticket sales, TV broadcast and care industry regulation, to name but a few. Within our small but successful company you will have the opportunity to make the most of and enhance your skills, working as part of a great team.

Open Answers provides a happy, respectful and collaborative working environment and we give our employees the freedom to find innovative solutions for themselves. Working conditions are informal and un-corporate, there’s no dress code (unless meeting a customer); you’ll even get to choose the Linux distro that runs on your desktop.

The Role

We are looking for a bright DevOps-minded junior systems engineer with development experience to join us in supporting and developing infrastructure solutions for our customers. The role will touch on all aspects of Linux systems engineering, supporting, building and maintaining the infrastructure, applications and tools that we and our customers depend on.

This is an ideal opportunity for a graduate with some relevant industry experience who wants to progress to the next level, immerse themselves in technology, working with and learning from some exceptional peers. Your responsibilities and rewards will grow with your experience.

Technology-wise you will have the chance to receive exposure to all levels of the applications and infrastructure stack. We develop applications in many different languages and open frameworks, deploying and supporting them in our own data centre space, public and private cloud or on customer premises. Recognised as Integration experts we are an active part of the ‘API Explosion’, helping our customers gain business advantage through integration in the Cloud.

To Be The Successful Candidate

  • You are a self-starter, quick to learn and have a passion for delivering to exceed expectations.
  • You have a desire to pick up new skills and share your knowledge to help the team continuously improve.
  • You fill the gaps in your knowledge by asking the right questions.
  • You are interested in automation and building infrastructure as code, perhaps with experience of Docker, Kubernetes, Terraform, or Ansible.
  • You have an interest in or experience of monitoring and analytics tools, for example zabbix or grafana.
  • You are confident writing programs and command line scripts. You may have published some of your projects on places like GitHub.
  • You have a degree (or equivalent) in an IT related subject.
  • You'll have good communications skills and a pleasant personality – you’ll run Linux on your desktop at home and have an opinion on what’s the best distribution and why.
...if this is you then please visit our website and complete the online test. If you are successful we’ll get in touch with you to continue the application process.

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What our customers are saying

Open Answers not only know what they're doing backwards but also genuinely care about their customers – that’s almost unique among the many IT vendors I've ever worked with.

CTO, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Open Answers specialist skills and design experience, across all layers of the technology stack, have enabled Practical Law Company to grow its delivery capability to a global scale. Without hesitation, we would recommend Open Answers as the ‘go-to’ infrastructure experts.

CTO, Practical Law Company

Open Answers has supported our growth, thanks to their substantial experience in technology architecture. Their advice is highly respected and we value their independent viewpoint, especially in appraising complex situations.

IT Director,

Open Answers depth and breadth of Unix expertise provides Sun Microsystems with an excellent resource, from education to support and engineering.

Sustaining Engineering Manager, Sun Microsystems

Open Answers managed services deliver high quality solutions at an affordable price point. Critically, the company has a depth of technical expertise that ensures continual high performance and high availability of business critical websites.


Open Answers continues to deliver vital technical skills that support the development of innovative, business critical web sites across British Airways.

Technical Manager eBusiness, British Airways

Open Answers experience in developing and supporting complex Unix based environments enabled us to rapidly create the dynamic site and deliver interactive online play to our customers.

Chief Architect, Camelot Group

Open Answers have always provided AirMiles with a top-quality, reliable service covering the whole spectrum from development work to hosting and operations. Knowing that the web-site is in your hand is one less thing to worry about.

IT Services Manager, Air Miles Travel Promotions

Open Answers managed firewall service delivers both the performance and high availability required by an international organisation which relies considerably on communications.

C.B. Richard Ellis