Matt van den Bos
Manager Data Centre Operations
“Forward thinking, high performing and lots of opportunities. … I instantly felt this was the place”
My Mundipharma story started back in 2006 when I applied for a student placement year at Sheffield Hallam University. I studied for a Computer Networking degree and at the time placement opportunities in the industry were hard to find and fiercely competed for. I interviewed for a number of different roles and went through some vigorous selection processes at companies such as GSK and McLaren. When I came for interview at Mundipharma I instantly felt like this was the place I wanted to start my career and after being successful at interview my career began.
During my first year here we shaped the student role from being quite narrow in its responsibility to one which encompassed many different tasks ranging from system backups to working on the 1st line of the Service Desk. The year went very quick and during the spring of 2007 I went back to university to finish my degree.
In 2008 I came back to Mundipharma and spent a year working on the service desk before being moved in to a Infrastructure position. From there I specialised in IT Security and worked to build security policy for the business and start a number of initiatives that would help further secure our systems from external factors. I spent two years in this role before moving to the Core Infrastructure team where my specialisation as a technician had to change again. The core team was responsible for managing the Mundipharma network that span globally over multiple sites with a high degree complexity as well as the storage infrastructure and the virtual hosting layer. My previous years working in Security I worked on projects to implement Firewall devices in a number of sites and here is where I then decided to move my focus to networking which by comparison to Windows administration was like trying to learn another language.
I spent another 2 years working in this role before taking an opportunity to manage our Operations Team. The role was quite varied and included tasks such as; being the escalation point between the service desk and the infrastructure team for all incidents and service requests, monitoring and maintaining all aspects of what make up the datacentre services delivered to our customers, man management of the members of the team, support and guidance technically for the team, budget planning and management, high level reporting to the leadership team on the uptime and performance.
This role continued until May 2015 where a restructure of the company changed the team and its responsibilities. The name of the team changed to the Data Centre Operations Team which changed our focus from being an escalation point for the customer to being primarily focused on the up keep of the Datacentre technologies. I am now focussing on building a strong team to maintain our highly performing and growing infrastructure. To give an idea of scale Mundipharma IT Services support a global network reaching to over 37 different sites spread over many countries across the globe. We manage and maintain 11 different Active Directory domains consisting of nearly 6000 users with over 1000 servers. These 1000 servers housed primarily in state of the art datacentres strategically positioned globally for the best possible performance for our users.
9 years later and still not quite at the ripe age of 30 I can look back on a career that when I was at university I would have been quite proud of if that is what I achieved in a lifetime. The opportunity and career Mundipharma have given me has been one which I will always be grateful for. The drive I had when walking through the doors nearly 10 years ago still resides and I look forward to continuing doing my part to move the company forward for years to come.
When not at work, I like to spend as much time as possible outdoors, exploring new places, visiting friends and family and eating good food. One of my dreams is to cycle around the world on a tandem with my girlfriend. If I suggested this to her she would say “dream on”… so I think this fits the category of big dreams!