Infrastructure Designer

Location Manchester
Discipline: Retail Banking
Job type: Permanent
Job ref: 025982
Published: about 2 months ago

Infrastructure Designer

Salary up to £70,000

Home working with Manchester office location


Want to change the world? A career that makes a difference


Why not join the UK’s original ethical Bank in our industry leading Chief Technology Office team.


We are excited to announce a brand new opportunity for an Infrastructure Designer. You will have the opportunity to provide technical leadership to projects throughout the design and delivery phases, manage solution designs within the Bank’s architectural governance framework and work with 3rd party supplier build teams to ensure solutions are implemented. If you are thinking about your next step up into a fast paced, ethical organisation this role may be for you.


You can be based out of either Manchester / Leek / Skelmersdale offices, or flexible home working. Your preferences for home/office based work can be discussed.


Key accountabilities


*       Produce infrastructure design documentation based on a solution architecture to be implemented by a 3rd party supplier.

*       To coordinate accurate estimates for inclusion in end to end project costs and business cases and to assist with the estimates for the end to end IT costs of the Co-operative Bank.

*       Leadership within projects of technical resources and SMEs.

*       Input to infrastructure solution frameworks and patterns displaying awareness of external markets and suppliers, so that the best value for money and service is delivered.

*       Ensure that clear root cause is established for incidents impacting the deliverables of the Infrastructure CoE and that these issues are addressed.

*       Work with 3rd party supplier build teams, development and test environment leads to ensure that solutions implemented across the Bank project portfolio are compliant to design.

*       Involvement with 3rd parties to design product integration to existing / new solutions.

*       Act as a technical escalation point and convene troubleshooting teams to ensure rapid identification and resolution of infrastructure issues.


Technical Capabilities


*       Extensive experience in VM Ware Platforms and Infrastructure Solutions, Networking Environments & Firewall Knowledge

*       Proven expertise in leading infrastructure solution, design and process improvement activities within an IT operational environment which resulted in improved efficiency, performance and financial benefit.

*       Strong communication and influencing skills for dealing with internal management and teams, liaison with business partners and customers and external IT service providers.

*       Good technical authoring skills


Must have knowledge of the following:

  • VM Ware Platforms and Infrastructure Solutions
  • Networking Environments
  • Firewall Knowledge

Additional desirable technical skills

  • Mainframe (CICS, COBOL, Objecstar, CA Datacom, VSAM etc.)
  • UNIX Environments (AIX, LINUX, Solaris etc.)
  • Wintel / Storage / Desktop Environments
  • Data Centre Hosting
  • Cloud Services and integration
  • Mobile and BYOD
  • Middleware and Integration (IBM Message Broker, DataStage etc.)


What You Can Expect From Us:


*       Flexible and home working options

*       27 days holiday rising to 30 with service, plus opportunity to buy 5 extra days

  • Competitive pension with up to 10% employer contribution
  • Income protection / life assurance

*       Commitment from employers on continued learning & development

*       Wellbeing support ‘Help@Hand’ offers mental health support, physiotherapy, GP’s for both you and your family.

  • 2 paid days for volunteering per year
  • ‘MyReward’ corporate discount for over 800 retailers and Cycle to Work Scheme.  
  • Family friendly policies and supportive working environment
  • Colleague network groups committed to inclusion and diversity within our Bank.


We can only consider candidates with the right to work in the UK at this time.


Our Bank is committed to continuing to create a diverse workforce and an inclusive environment where all colleagues can fulfil their potential. We welcome applications from talented individuals from all backgrounds and lifestyles who can work with us in maintaining a culture of belonging, where people are valued and respected.


If your application is selected for recruitment, we will ask if you require any reasonable adjustments in order to proceed to an interview with us. If you require more information or this document in a different format, please contact  


As a reputable employer regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, all offers of employment for this role are subject to a series of background checks, including criminal (DBS) and financial checks.


*Rated by Morningstar Sustainalytics in the Regional Banks sub-industry with a score of 8.5 as of 9 October 2023.