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Systems Administrator

  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Job Type: Direct Placement
  • Ref No: 19-06955
  • Date: November 25, 2019
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Job Description - Systems Administrator


An established and growing tech-focused organization is seeking an experienced Systems Administrator to join their local 4-person team.  As the Systems Administrator you will provide proactive systems maintenance to the company's most critical systems working in a highly virtualized Microsoft server environment that leverages Hyper-V virtualization, Active Directory, Azure, IaaS and cloud services, Cisco and Client server hardware, Office 365, Skype for Business, NetApp SAN and NAS storage devices, and Cisco-based networks that support highly available enterprise solutions at 40+ locations around the globe with 24/7 operations.  Excellent communication skills are required.



Serve as the in-house Microsoft Windows Server, Hyper-V Virtualization, Active Directory, and Microsoft Azure technical authority on the Infrastructure & Operations server team

Provide leadership in building process, procedures, and documentation for infrastructure deployments and operational support.  This includes defining server build and decommission procedures, documenting server build standards, and drafting infrastructure and/or application architecture diagrams

Participate in projects driven by IT and other business lines requiring IT participation, deployment, and ongoing operational support

Proactively maintain server & storage systems

Conduct regular OS and application updates/patching

Implement/monitor/administer server backups

Monitor and manage system capacities and address resource constraints before they become serious problems

identify and deliver on other areas of regular proactive maintenance that minimizes unexpected downtime increases system availability and performance

Troubleshoot and resolve critical server and storage-related problems as identified by Levels 1 & 2 support, and through responding to automated monitoring alerts

In coordination with the Business Application team, lead disaster recovery fail-over testing, documentation, and process improvement

Participate in the IT Change Management process and regularly scheduled maintenance windows

Collaborate with organization counterparts and department team members including Networking, Business Applications, Service Desk, Security, and the Business Solutions teams

Provide technical and career development mentoring and guidance to junior staff

Adhere to the company's values and behaviors while providing competent, proactive support to the company's server and storage environments and delivering IT solutions

Participate in the IT After-Hours support rotation following the company's incident response and escalation policy



Associate's Degree in an information technology or related field, or demonstrated comparable experience

3-6+ years' experience in a Windows Systems Engineer or Administrator role with in-depth hands-on experience in the following technology areas:

Hyper-V Virtualization

Configuring and administering SAN disks, NetApp preferred

System and application monitoring using an enterprise monitoring system

Administering ShadowProtect or equivalent enterprise backup system

Server OS and/or application updates via System Center

MS Azure professional experience is desired

Working knowledge of:

Lync 2010 or Skype for Business

Citrix XenServer

NAT, TCP/IP, layer 2 and 3 switching, WAN connectivity

Analytical skills

Organizational and planning skills

Ability to work alone or in a team setting

English written and verbal communication skills

Customer service skills



Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in an information technology-related field

Current and valid MCSE Server Infrastructure or MSCE Cloud Platform & Infrastructure preferred, not required

Additional certifications: MCSA SQL Server or higher, MSCE Communication

3+ years hands-on experience in Hyper-V Virtualization



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