JOB SPECIFICATION: DevOps Engineer/System Administrator

POSITION  Linux System Administrator
(DevOps environment)
LEVEL  Senior
REPORTING LINE DevOps Manager SALARY R550,000 – R600 000 p.a. CTC
LOCATION Midrand ROLE TYPE Long-term contract


DNS is made up of a specialised team of domain name industry experts with their roots in Africa and aspirations on the world. We are dedicated to assisting registries in providing professional and efficient services to our customers.  Among other things, we are the back-end registry operator for the and .za domains. 

We have a small team,  but are growing with offices and staff in Johannesburg, Capetown, Mauritius, and Austria.


The successful candidate will be responsible for all SysAdmin functions in a DevOps oriented environment, including collaborating with the Product, Development, and Business Development teams to ensure that DNS provides stable, reliable services to Internet Registries, Registrars and Enterprise customers.

We run a mixture of systems from traditional Linux servers to Docker-based systems and are heading towards using container-based orchestration systems like Kubernetes.  Come help us finish the move!  Learn with us. Your opinion will matter.

Outside of lockdown, there is an opportunity to travel.


We currently have servers at both Teraco Isando and Xneelo Midrand. You will need to be able to assist onsite if something can’t be handled remotely.  Our offices are in Midrand but during lockdown, we operate completely remotely. This means you will need to have a decent internet connection at home – preferably fibre or good LTE.


Competency Skills required Knowledge/Experience required Education / qualifications required
  • Strong knowledge of Linux (essential)
  • KVM 
  • libvirt
  • Docker / Kubernetes
  • Database administration (PostgreSQL)
  • Exposure to cloud-based infrastructure advantageous 
  • Previous exposure to a DevOps environment advantageous
  • Some python and bash skills
  • Git
  • Network experience advantageous
  • Thorough knowledge of Infrastructure related best practices, and the ability to adjust and apply them in a dynamic environment
  • Ability to configure, monitor, and maintain HA server environments.
  • Ability to architect, debug and improve solutions
  • Demonstrable ability to work independently, research solutions and implement them well
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Experience in an ISP or similar environment preferred
  • Familiarity with domain name industry advantageous
  • Strong problem-solving skills 
  • DevOps & Agile Frameworks preferred
  • Matric certificate required
  • Appropriate degree/diploma preferred
  • At least 5 years of solid System Administration experience in an ISP or similar environment
  • Accuracy and attention to detail 
  • Disciplined self-starter
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Emotionally mature team player
  • Analytical & logical thinker
  • Flexible
  • Presentable
    • Assertive 
    • Accountable
    • Integrity
    • Self-assured
    • Creative Thinker 
    • Able to perform under pressure
  • Willingness to wear clothes during Zoom meetings essential.

Please send CV’s from appropriately pre-qualified candidates to Ed Pascoe  –

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