Lead Senior System Administrator

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Position Summary:

Responsible for the technical design, planning, implementation, and the highest level of performance tuning and recovery procedures for mission critical enterprise systems. Serves as a technical expert in the area of system administration for complex operating systems. Recommends the redesign and configuration of operating systems and system applications. Investigates and analyzes feasibility of system requirements and develops system specifications. Identifies methods, solutions, and provides project leadership and management in order to provide a high level of service to the customers of the department.


  • Manages the day-to-day operations of the data center production and development environments by monitoring system performance, configuration, maintenance and repair.
  • Ensures high availability and acceptable levels of performance of mission critical host computer resources.
  • Performs troubleshooting and leads problem-solving efforts often involving outside vendors and other support personnel and/or organizations.
  • Establishes guidelines and methods for the installation and management of the host computer operating systems, disk arrays, fiber channel switches, tape libraries and other components.
  • Installs, modifies and maintains systems and utility software on server computer systems. Applies revisions to host system firmware and software. Provides server support related to other software.
  • Ensures that records of system downtime and equipment inventory are properly maintained.
  • Develops new system and application implementation plans, custom scripts and testing procedures to ensure operational reliability. Trains technical staff in how to use new software and hardware developed and/or acquired.
  • Develops tools, procedures, and training sessions for Operations, Client Support and Systems Development staff to assist with work.
  • Develops procedures to maintain security and protect systems from unauthorized use, acts of nature and user abuse.
  • Develops procedures, programs and documentation for backup and restoration of host operating systems and host-based applications.
  • Develops and coordinates project directions and schedules to maximize benefits and minimize impact. Provides leadership in planning and implementation of projects for computer operations and enterprise systems administration.

About you:

  • At least 5+ years experience in Linux/Unix system administration, complex systems design, programming, and systems software and support
  • Strong troubleshooting skills of complex systems/application stacks
  • Deep current knowledge of programming languages and operating systems, current equipment and technologies in use, enterprise backup and recovery procedures, and system performance monitoring tools
  • Ability to plan, organize and document complex system design activities and to configure systems to be consistent with company policies/procedures; communicate technical/complex information both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain cooperation, understanding, trust and credibility; perform multiple tasks concurrently and respond to emergency situations effectively.
  • Highly disciplined and motivated, able to work independently, under direction, or as a member of a team
  • Must be willing to periodically work nonstandard hours and be on call
  • Experience running and maintaining a 24x7 Internet-facing production environment, across multiple data centers including Cloud
  • Ability to learn new skills and technologies as required

Technical Requirements:

  • A proficiency with scripting or programming is a must
  • In depth knowledge of Linux/Unix, including applicable security principals
  • In depth understanding of networking and relevant protocols, Load Balancers, firewalls, VPNs, and commercial network security solutions
  • Working knowledge of containerization technology
  • Working knowledge of Ansible, Terraform, Jenkins and other configuration management software

Nice to haves:

  • Experience with IDS/OSSEC
  • Experience with Nagios, Prometheus or other monitoring solutions
  • Experience working with SQL ( MySQL, Postgres) and NoSQL (MongoDB, Hadoop) databases
  • Experience working with data interchange formats such as XML, JSON and YAML


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