Daniel Grammatica
Engineering Manager


I have always had a fascination with technology since a young age. At twelve I was helping to manage my schools network and fixing computers for friends. This passion only grew as I got older and transformed into a career. Although I spend a lot of free time tinkering, building and crawling /r/sysadmin, I recognise the need to disconnect. From this need I have developed a great love for all things outdoors, especially climbing. I spend a lot of my free time down the local climbing gym and weekends exploring the Lake District, Snowdonia and Scotland.

Work Experience

June 2017 – Present
Engineering Manager
I've naturally progressed to this role having been a mentor to the engineering team, whilst advising the sales team ensuring expectations are met first time. At Smart Solutions we pride ourselves in offering honest business solutions and support. Part of my role is upholding this reputation ensuring customer satisfaction. We have a strong proven loyal customer base. Amongst many, a major highlight has been heading up Peterborough United FC's systems. Not only providing day to day support, overhauling their IT and Telecoms infrastructure, also match day support having the privilege to see them through to the Championship.
  • Helping develop Junior engineers skillsets and seeing them grow into the industry achieving their qualifications
  • Maintaining a stong customer base developing business relationships
  • Getting nominated for Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) Project of the Year following our efforts to get Peterborough United FC match ready in five weeks (https://sdcawards.com/vote)
March 2016 – May 2017
IT Support & Systems Analyst
I joined the Raspberry Pi Foundation during a sustained period of growth, within a year we went from roughly 20 employees to 120+. This was an initial contract of three months with the aim to deploy a cloud infrastructure and improve local infrastructure in Cambridge and London. This contract was then extended to complete further projects.
  • Migrating the foundations existing hosted exchange and file storage to the Google suite of applications.
  • Working with different teams to identify workflows and establish IT systems to help automate and remove mundane processes.
  • Identifying the needs of different teams and trialling different CRM's before implementing the most suitable system.
  • Helping with the security requirements to enable ground to space communication with our two Raspberry Pi's on the International Space Station.
  • Networking with leading professionals at a variety of events, most notably our birthday party celebration at the Houses of Parliament.
  • Spending a week at the family orientated music festival Camp Bestival teaching children how to code in Scratch and Python.
October 2015 – March 2016
IT Systems Engineer
At Smart Technologies I supported over 45 clients with 235 Servers and 1000+ Workstations alongside my colleagues. Moving to the Private Sector was an interesting step knowing there wasn't much adoption for OpenSource systems within Small/Medium Business Applications.
  • Exposure to proprietary systems, SLA's, their commercial uses and vendor contracts that come with.
  • Building my PowerShell skills developing fixes and scripting solutions for clients.
  • Managing Cloud Based systems, Office365, Spam filtering, Remote Management etc.
  • Migrating clients to hosted solutions ensuring a smooth changeover, without any loss of data or business productivity.
  • Working with a vast range of Hardware/Software products. Applying previous knowledge to new systems, discovering the fundamentals are the same. For example Firewall's being a Linux Box running IP Tables alongside a GUI.
  • Developing my customer focus and team working skills, ensuring the client is satisfied with the end product and level of support.
March 2011 – October 2015
Systems Administrator & Performing Arts Technician
I started at Bourne Grammar School as an IT Technician after proving myself as a student IT assistant. My main responsibility was providing support for 1800 pupils and 100 staff. As I worked up to Systems Administrator I've built new systems and optimised many others, improving the end-user experience and enabling the School to use their finances for other departments.
  • Setting up an Openstack private cloud to enable students to experiment with Linux and web servers.
  • Using Cobbler and Fabric to PXE boot and configure a subnet of PC's with a Windows/Linux dual boot.
  • Rebuilding the Schools network improving reliability and implementing VLANS. Along with a Fortinet firewall, web filtering and nginx reverse proxy to save on IPv4 address'.
  • Implemented BYOD for 1800 users using Meru wireless networking, combined with port ACL's for security.
  • Building an Asterisk PBX to replace our dated Siemens analogue PBX, saving the School on expensive phone lines and support contracts.


Peterborough Mountaineering Club
October 2021 – Present
Child Protection Officer
Peterborough Mountaineering Club
December 2018 – Present
TakeIn Editor
Peterborough Mountaineering Club
December 2018 – Present
Peterborough Climbing Wall
September 2016 – January 2021
Supervisor and Route Setter
As a volunteer supervisor at the climbing wall I took part in a rota to open the centre, manage new registrations, check people in and ensure every one taking part were climbing safetly. Outside of opening hours as part of the route setting team I would set new routes and ensure a good range of grades were set.
Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue
March 2017 – Present
Search Technician
Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue (CamSAR) is the Lowland Rescue unit covering our county, often also assisting sister teams in the wider region. We are a specialist team, called upon by Police in the search for vulnerable missing people: a child, an elderly person living with dementia or even someone who is considering taking their own life. We are on call 24/7/365.
  • Locating a missing person allowing family and friends closure.
  • Building on my skillset with specialist training. Including ALSAR First Aid, Health & Safety, Casualty Evacuation, Operations Control and more.
Bourne & District Roundtable 896
October 2014 – April 2017
Hon. Treasurer
Roundtable is about having a good time, networking and helping the local community. As well as our Music Festival, we invite the pensioners in Bourne to a Christmas Dinner. Along with a Fireworks night raising funds for the local primary school. During my time as Treasurer I had to manage the Charity and House accounts and submit them to the auditor at the end of the financial year
  • Organising a Music & Beer festival annually for the local community, raising on average £20k for charity.
  • Attending social events. Raft race, Segwaying, Shooting and drinking!
Stamford Shakespeare Company
– Present
I love pushing faders! I help out with lots of local events (mostly charitable) either providing Equipment or Engineering. I'm predominantly a noise boy and enjoy mixing sound.
  • 5AM Full English after an overnight de-rig


Peterborough, Cambridgeshire UK
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  • 2005 2010

    Bourne Grammar School

    Secondary School

    • 9 GCSE's including Maths, English, Science, IT
    • 1 GCE AS - Computing


Systems Administration Advanced
Windows Windows Servers Linux (Mostly Debian based) Firewalls/Security Networking Scripting (Python/Powershell/Bash) Documenting LEMP/LAMP Stacks Cloud Services (Azure/365/AWS/DO)
Web Development Comfortable
HTML CSS Markdown Frameworks CMS Photoshop/InDesign
Live Events Advanced
Event management Sound Lighting Stage Rigging Health & Safety


Online Rights
Electronic Frontier Foundation Open Rights Group Raising awareness
Great Outdoors
Bouldering Rock Climbing Scrambling Kayaking Wild Camping Skydiving
Road Cycling Mountain Biking


Daniel has quickly established himself as able to learn and apply new skills and knowledge. His recent work on setting up a Linux AD integrated environment was impressive.

Daniel has matured into a very responsible, hard working and honest young man, someone I am proud to call a true friend.