IT Manager

| Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, GBR
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Our mission is to push the boundaries of complex cell analysis. Using the Lightcast platform we are working with major pharmaceutical companies and leading academic institutes. Together, using our next generation microfluidic platform, we are making advances towards new science, unique clinical approaches, new therapies and innovative products.
The Lightcast platform allows precise and highly flexible independent control of thousands of microdroplets independently and in parallel using software-generated light patterns. By combining droplets containing different cells, antibodies, cancer drugs, reporters and /or other reagents we can perform complex workflows and assays with a flexibility far beyond what is currently possible on any cell analysis platform. 

About the role

A key member of the Lightcast team, you will lead the team providing IT support to a growing company of over 100 staff. You will be working with a variety of technologies, helping plan the company’s IT infrastructure strategy and improving current processes, as well as supporting other members of the team in the provision of front-line support.

Lightcast is a fast-growing company where we’re committed to developing our people and their careers. Our ideal candidate will be comfortable collaborating across different functions, but also happy to work independently. You will be personable, hands on and eager to learn.

Key aspects of the role include: 

  • Management and maintenance of internal IT infrastructure. Including Servers, Hardware, Virtual Environment, VLAN, LAN & WAN, Storage and Telecoms 
  • Design, installation, upgrading, operation, control and maintenance of Windows and Linux server systems, network, and desktop infrastructures, covering two sites (Cambridge and Boston, USA) 
  • Ensuring the availability of all relevant systems, through the implementation and management of maintenance, monitoring and change control strategies 
  • Specification and ordering of equipment, software, and services, plus ensuring maintenance contracts are in place 
  • Maintaining up to date and effective documentation on all relevant IT systems, services, and procedures 
  • Managing user accounts and access levels 
  • Development and control of the IT security policy and associated policies 
  • Ensuring security on all systems and legal requirements are met 
  • Assisting in the management and responsibility for company data ensuring that all backup and restore procedures are adhered to and effective 
  • Building and maintaining relationships with External and Internal contacts 
  • Assisting in the planning, development, documentation and testing of Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plan, processes, and procedures 

Required Skills: 

  • Detailed working knowledge of Microsoft server environments 
  • Good working knowledge of Linux server environments 
  • Detailed working knowledge of local and wide area networking, including VLAN, and associated technologies, e.g. switches, routers, firewalls, VPN’s etc 
  • Good understanding of storage environments and configuration, e.g. Synology NAS 
  • Good understanding of Virtualisation technologies, with hands on experience of Hyper-V 
  • Good understanding of network/domain security principles 

Additional Desirable Skills: 

  • Good understanding of cloud infrastructure for software hosting and systems backup 
  • Experience of enterprise tooling such as Teams / Jira / Confluence / SharePoint 
  • Knowledge of DevOps systems (TeamCity / Jenkins) and principles (Continuous build and release) 

The role offers a competitive salary between £48,000-55,000 per annum depending on experience, plus a comprehensive benefits including:  

  • 26 days holiday, plus Public Holidays
  • Flexible working hours
  • Pension contribution matched up to 7%
  • Private medical insurance
  • Income protection
  • Life insurance
  • Subsidised gym membership and weekly cross fit sessions
  • Access to Cycle to Work and Technology schemes
  • Enhanced family leave policies  

Here at Lightcast Discovery we have an informal, open work environment where collaboration and innovation are at the heart of what we do. We are based in West Cambridge, near excellent transport links and plenty of local amenities. We regularly gather as a team to hear about developments across functions and to share ideas. We enjoy social events and regular team lunches, promote career development and learning opportunities. It is an exciting time to join our revolutionary team as we push boundaries and continue to grow.  

At Lightcast, we recruit on a rolling basis, meaning we carry on recruiting until we find the right person for the role being advertised. We tend to compare individuals to the role specification rather than to each other. 

About Lightcast 
Lightcast Discovery is a bio-tools company developing a platform that combines the flexibility to analyse a wide range of cell types and assays with precise control over droplet number, occupancy, location and movement. Working with major pharmaceutical companies and leading academic institutes. Together, using our next generation microfluidic platform, we are driving scientific innovation, developing unique therapeutic approaches, and forging a path to exciting new scientific discoveries. Learn more about Lightcast Discovery at 
Lightcast Discovery is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, colour, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. 
At Lightcast, we recognize there is no perfect candidate. If you have some of the experience listed above but not all, please apply anyway. Experience comes in many forms, skills are transferable, and passion goes a long way in our book. We are dedicated to building diverse and inclusive teams and look forward to learning more about your unique background and what you can bring to Lightcast Discovery. 
Recruitment & Staffing Agencies: Lightcast Discovery does not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than directly from candidates. The submission of unsolicited resumes by recruitment or staffing agencies to Lightcast or its employees is strictly prohibited unless contacted directly by Lightcast Discovery’s internal Talent Acquisition team. Any resume submitted by an agency in the absence of a signed agreement will automatically become the property of Lightcast Discovery, and Lightcast Discovery will not owe any referral or other fees with respect thereto.

More Information on Lightcast Discovery
Lightcast Discovery operates in the Biotech industry. Lightcast Discovery was founded in 2019. It has 98 total employees. To see all jobs at Lightcast Discovery, click here.
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