Senior System Administrator
Pivotal - San Francisco Bay Area, CA

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Build it. Manage it. Make it hum.
Pivotal is seeking a senior level Systems Administrator to join our team in building and managing our physical, virtual and cloud based infrastructure. Do you set up your own labs for fun? Have you ever tried to actually replace yourself with a small shell script? Do you see past the “cloud” buzzword to the true incredible potential behind the idea? Do you think that the future of system infrastructures is more brilliant than the past? Then it’s time for us to talk.
Who is Pivotal?
We are a global software and services company. Our people are diverse, distributed and are world-class talents in their fields.
What does Pivotal do?
Pivotal is building a new platform for a new era, setting the standard for Enterprise Platform- as-a-Service (PaaS). The company’s mission is to enable customers to build a new class of applications, leveraging big and fast data, doing all of this with the power of cloud independence.
What does Pivotal IT do?
Pivotal IT is a lean, high-performing organization whose chief goal is to enable all our teams to do what they do best: deliver amazing software and services. We are fast, smart, experienced, agile and we put a priority on getting things done. We work smart and we work together to keep our compatriots connected, our datacenters online and our services running.
What do we need from you?
Senior+ level systems administration talent and experience with some solid network experience. You should be fluid, comfortable and highly competent in a heterogeneous systems environment. We are Mac-heavy on the user side and Linux/BSD-heavy on the server side with a good dose of Windows and UNIX as well. Which flavor of OS or distro shouldn’t matter to you. You should be competent with Windows but prefer *nix. You should be equally comfortable in physical and virtualized environments for systems andnetworking. You should be familiar with cloud-based infrastructures such as VCD, AWS and Rackspace. We will work with many teams, communicate with many people, work with vendors, stay within budgets and meet deadlines. We design, plan, implement and maintain and we’re all as likely to set up Nginx as we are to sit down with executives. We share, communicate and train each other. We do travel as needed, but not all the time. We are building the Special Forces, not the whole Army.
What technologies do you use?
Some, of many, with no particular order or grouping: LDAP, VMware, Active Directory, Apache, Nginx, DNS, DHCP, Configuration management such as Puppet or Chef, OpenVPN, iptables, pf, samba, CUPS, Snort, Splunk, MIT KRB5, RSA, AWS, FC-AL, SAN, NAS, iSCSI, git, SVN

Qualifications and factors for success:
5+ years experience with small, medium and/or enterprise infrastructures.

Strong experience with virtualization and cloud technologies such as VMware vSphere, VMware VCD, AWS, Rackspace, Xen.

Strong experience working with and integrating SaaS providers.

Solid datacenter experience.

Programming skills in relevant languages such as Python, Ruby or Perl, is highly desirable.

Networking competence. Experience with Cisco iOS is desirable.

Storage experience, including SANs.

Strong security skills.

Very strong experience with multiple flavors of *nix and Windows.

The ability to develop creative solutions to problems, complex and mundane.

Strong teamwork skills along with the ability to work independently.

Experience working with globally distributed networks, sites and groups.

Demonstrated ability to communicate at all levels of technical expertise and seniority, inside and outside the organization, both verbally and in writing.

Education and certification is desirable but not required.

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