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Sr. Windows Systems Administrator- NOAA

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Job ID: 197267
Location: PRINCETON, NJ, United States
Date Posted: Nov 4, 2019
Category: Information Technology
Subcategory: Sys Administrator
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: No
Minimum Clearance Required: Public Trust
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: None
Potential for Teleworking: No

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Job Description

Description

SAIC is seeking a Senior Infrastructure Engineer to join our program as a general technologist to support our NOAA GFDL program in Princeton, NJ serving the NOAA GFDL lab in a highly scientific user and mission driven facility. This individual would support both projects (60%) and user (40%) actives in a high interrupt tiered support environment requiring rapid response to the most complex customer systems inquiries. The environment consists of a Core Windows Infrastructure running on mostly Dell Hardware, with 200+ Linux workstations, 50+ Windows Workstations, and 20+ Mac Workstations. On a daily basis this individual may divide their time between (1) managing Junior System Admins to support lower level issues; (2) identifying, evaluating and prioritizing customer problems to ensure that inquiries are resolved appropriately; (3) conducting project work on several complex system projects simultaneously; and (4) managing and actively reporting on project status; (5) setting technical infrastructure direction and offering suggestions to improve and further automate the environment;

 

The ideal candidate must be an independent self-starter, be system agnostic, and adept at supporting Linux, Windows and Mac in a heterogeneous environment, where the Core Infrastructure is Windows, and have excellent customer facing communication and consultation skills (with managers and/or scientists).

 

The duties will include, but not limited to:

  • Providing Mid-Tier to Top-Tier System Administration for client and server systems in heterogeneous environment, where the Core Infrastructure is Windows based;
  • System Administration – Maintain IT Security posture according to organization requirements, manage rigorous patching schedule for all system software and firmware, manage existing patching deployment tools, maintain and enhance current tools;
  • Maintain, monitor, support, and upgrade as needed the infrastructure environment, including the Windows Core Infrastructure, and lead enterprise base work initiatives and projects;
  • Support multiple systems or applications of medium to high complexity with multiple concurrent users, ensuring control, integrity and accessibility;
  • Work with project managers to coordinate and plan project tasks and resources;
  • Integration solutions with other applications and platforms based on requirements;
  • Maintain a monthly patch schedule for all workstations, servers, cluster, hypervisors, etc.
  • Coordinate changes across multiple systems;
  • Perform routine maintenance tasks for infrastructure systems as follows, but not limited to:

o Highly available virtualization and database clusters;
o Web server clusters;
o File Share services (NFS/CIFS);
o Multi-Tiered Public Key Infrastructure;
o Virtual Desktop Infrastructure;

  • Working with engineers on the requirements and provides recommendations for improvements;
  • Recommend changes/enhancements for improved systems availability, reliability and performance;
  • Coordinates problem resolution among a variety of functional areas and provides subject matter expertise support for diagnosing and resolving problems;
  • Recommend and implement software or hardware changes to rectify problems or address improvement opportunities;
  • Ensure compliance with policies, procedures and standards;
  • Provide technical guidance, coaching/mentoring to team members;
  • Evaluate future technologies and makes recommendations for software and hardware upgrades;
  • Generate and validate IT system baselines, including validation of documentation;
  • Ensure IT system security basslines are met and security improvements are implemented across the server and client environment;
  • Generate processes to ensure appropriate user privileges and access are granted, ensuring data integrity and security is met;
  • Work with vendors and architects to understand their technology roadmaps;
  • Develop plans to adopt new technology;
  • Writing/updating/enhancing system documentation concerning problem resolutions and HPC assets;
  • Writing technical justifications for the procurement of hardware & software;
  • Reviewing system inventory/warranty, plan upgrades for client and server systems;

Qualifications

  • Must have 8+  years of experience and a BS in a STEM related field;
  • Experience with medium to large server/data center environment;
  • Experience working with Hypervisors, chassis, blade servers, and Production Cluster;
  • Automation and Load Balancing Experience;
  • Documented experience with scripting (powershell, ansible, bash, python);
  • Experience with CAC authentication solutions such as Centrify in an Active Directory Environment;
  • Experience managing and maintaining virtualization cluster preferably Hyper-V;
  • Experience managing and maintaining Active Directory;
  • Experience managing and maintaining database clusters, preferably Microsoft SQL cluster and Percona XtraDB/MySQL cluster;
  • Experience with system deployment, SW deployment and configuration management solutions: Ansible (most desired), Powershell (most desired), Satellite/Foreman/Spacewalk, Puppet, Symantec ITMS, Microsoft SCVMM;
  • Experience developing/diagnosing automation scripts (Ansible, Powershell);
  • In-depth knowledge of Microsoft Server/Client, and Redhat/CentOS Operating systems, and have experience developing security baselines;
  • Knowledge of building systems for clients and servers; and knowledge of different classes of system architecture;
  • Experience managing VDI infrastructure; preferably Microsoft VDI solution;
  • Understanding of licensing structures for Microsoft and RedHat products;
  • Experience with CI/CD pipelines;
  • Experience with configuration and support of access methods e.g. VPN, SSH tunneling;
  • Experience with Backup solutions such as Bacula and or Veritas NetBackup;
  • Keeping up-to-date with current hardware/software events/releases;
  • Experience managing and maintaining software scalable network file systems, and centralized storage appliances;
  • Experience managing, and support Active Directory with smart card authentication infrastructure;
  • Must have a strong automation experience, software deployment, and configuration management solutions for multiple environments;
  • US Citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain a Public Trust clearance.

Desired Qualifications

 
  • Masters degree preferred


Overview

SAIC is a premier technology integrator, solving our nation's most complex modernization and systems engineering challenges across the defense, space, federal civilian, and intelligence markets. Our robust portfolio of offerings includes high-end solutions in systems engineering and integration; enterprise IT, including cloud services; cyber; software; advanced analytics and simulation; and training. We are a team of 23,000 strong driven by mission, united purpose, and inspired by opportunity. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $6.5 billion. For more information, visit saic.com. For information on the benefits SAIC offers, see Working at SAIC. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

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