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Service Delivery Manager - Networks

Service Delivery Manager – Network Services

Milton Keynes

We are the Builders of ArgosTech and we are building the future of retail

We build technologies that customers and colleagues love and other builders respect. But we’re building more than technologies, we’re also building ourselves.

The future of retail technology won’t come from a single effort or invention, but rather from ArgosTech teams empowered to build that future. That’s why we invest in people and teams, not projects.

Our Engineering teams build new tech in greenfield status across several digital channels such as our Website (1B yearly visits), In Store Digital Tablets (12M+ monthly users), Mobile Apps (6M+ downloads) and 900 Retail Stores. We have been ranked the 2nd largest digital retailer in the UK and have just been awarded with 'Tech Retailer of The Year 2017.'

In the end, we expect to build the best place in the world to build the best tech in retail.

As the Service Assurance Manager for Networks & Telephony, you will operate in collaboration with our key service partners to deliver of world class IT services which our customers and colleagues can take-for-granted will work brilliantly every day.

This role covers a broad spectrum of activity, including elements of; service management, incident management, change management, problem management, continual service improvement, Disaster Recovery (DR), Business Continuity (BCP), strategy & planning and vendor relationship management.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter with all-round service management experience, preferably in Networks & Telephony, able to easily build relationships, quickly appreciate how IT is used by the business, communicate clearly and can think-on-your-feet.

What you’ll be doing

* Working with a team of service assurance managers and strategic service partners, you will deliver great service to Sainsburys Argos colleagues and customers on a day-to-day basis
* Being the ‘go-to’ person for the Network & Telephony service tower, providing a point of escalation and managing situations that require increased awareness or to offer help and guidance
* Engaging in resolution of major incidents, ensuring that root cause analysis is completed in a timely manner, lessons are learnt, next steps & actions are followed up on
* Managing the performance of 3 – 5 strategic service partners, formally reviewing service levels, operational agreements and other performance metrics on a regular basis
* Using strong problem management & trend analysis processes, analyzing incident data to identify underlying problems, defining and delivering activity to drive down incident volumes and to prevent on-going or significant operational impact
* Taking a structured approach to continually improving the service offering, working with existing tools and processes to manage an improvement backlog for the area
* Engaging with the Platform engineering team to understand and take-on support of new tools, technologies and platforms
* Providing assessment & sign-off of changes, being able to understand and articulate the technical and operational impact of change
* Supporting activity to design and transition new services as early as possible in their delivery lifecycle
* Ensuring that Disaster Recovery procedures are reviewed and tested on a regular basis.
* Managing an Opex budget up to circa £10m
* Performing role of Duty Manager out of hours (on rota), providing support and assurance for out of hours major incidents affecting business continuity


* You know that the only good tech is working tech; you understand what good service looks like and know how to make this happen
* You are comfortable with working in a fast paced, ever-changing environment, embracing change and ensuring it lands smoothly
* You are hands-on, not arm’s length, you have a can-do attitude, prepared to roll-your-sleeves-up when required and are as happy doing as managing
* You revel in the details, happy to analyse and understand data relevant for your area
* You can communicate clearly and concisely with a broad and varied range of stakeholders
* You are organised and structured, but not rigid in your approach
* You can think on your feet and make decisions

Skills & Experience

* Extensive experience in a similar role in an IT Service Management environment, preferably in the Retail Industry
* Hands-on experience of working in technical domain relevant to role eg. Network (eg. DNS, IP addressing, LAN / WAN, Firewalls, Routers, Switches, Access Points, WiFi)
* Broad technical knowledge; Infrastructure Operating Systems & Platforms (eg. Windows, UNIX, LINUX, Mainframe, Cloud) / Data Centre, Operational Management & tools / Desktop
* ITIL V3/2012 senior accreditation
* Experience of working in an outsourced delivery model with vendor management experience
* Excellent decision-maker with the aability to improve processes
* Strong analytical and communication skills


Healthcare cover
Company pension – We double your 4% or 5% contribution
Discount at Argos, Sainsbury’s and Habitat
Holidays – 24 to 27 with the option to buy up to 10 days per year
Sharesave scheme – Risk-free way to buy shares at a discounted rate
Childcare vouchers
Cycle to work scheme
Season Ticket Loan
2 days paid leave to volunteer to an organisation close to your heart
One professional subscription per year

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