Systems Engineer
Gainsco Auto Insurance - Dallas, TX

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Design, deploy, support and maintain all server, storage, operating system and applications in all Gainsco technology environments.

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Design, deploy, support and maintain all server, storage, operating system and applications in production and pre-production environments. Ensure smooth system operation of responsible systems by implementing configurations based on proven best practices and adherence to departmental standards; troubleshoot and resolve system and application outages quickly and efficiently in mission critical environments; manage servers, including database, email, print and backup servers and their associated operating systems and software; develop, implement, document and maintain policies, procedures, and associated training plans for system administration usage, and disaster recovery; develop and maintain monitoring and alerting profiles; execute maintenance and deployment activities and a part of promotions of code to production environment during off hour maintenance windows.


Ensure infrastructure documentation availability and increase understanding by creating and maintaining documentation as it relates to systems configuration, logical mapping of processes and service records; produce guidance to junior members of the team.


Manage Infrastructure assets by maintaining system component inventory and related documentation as well as technical specifications information; oversee new and existing equipment, hardware and software upgrades; Interact and negotiate with vendors, outsourcers and contractors to secure products and services.


Ensure systems are optimized by conducting research on infrastructure products, services, protocols, and standards to remain abreast of emerging technologies


Help ensure network security and maximize uptime and availability by participating in all network security solutions; perform server and security audits; perform system backups and recovery.

Required behaviors for all positions :
  • Communicate with co-workers, management customers, vendors, and others in a courteous and professional manner
  • Conform with and abide by all Company codes, regulations, policies, values, work procedures and instructions
  • Prompt, Regular attendance
Job Requirements
Education : Bachelor’s degree in computer science or electrical engineering and/or 5 years equivalent work experience.

Experience : Insurance industry knowledge a plus; proven experience and success with Heavy VMWare ESX 3x/4x Server, Active Directory, Server 2003/2008, Sharepoint 2007/2010, Exchange 2007/2010, SQL 2005/2008, and IIS 6/7 design and implementation; proven experience with storage capacity planning, systems security principles, and advanced network management best practices; strong, hands-on technical knowledge of storage and server operating systems; expert technical knowledge of current server and storage hardware, protocols, and standards, including but not limited to enterprise class servers, SAN and NAS configuration and management, SAS/SCSI based DAS, Tape Drives/Libraries and RAID Controllers.

Expert software and application experience : Active Directory, Group Policies and Login Scripts, Exchange (Front and Backend Servers), VMWare Virtualization, Exchange Archiving, strong IIS webserver knowledge, Internal and External DNS, ImageRight, SQL Administration, Web Content Filter, SPAM Filter, AntiVirus Software, Network based System Backups, ACT!, Password Security, Audit Compliancy, Network Monitoring Tools, Network Security, Terminal Services/Citrix, Roaming Profiles; excellent hardware troubleshooting experience; extensive application support experience with Terminal Services; competence with practices and procedures for build highly available, fault tolerant environments; knowledge of applicable data privacy practices and laws.

Skills and Abilities : Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills; Extremely proficient troubleshooting, problem solving skills and root cause analysis, highly self-motivated and directed, with keen attention to detail; self-disciplined in adhering to corporate control processes; able to effectively prioritize tasks in a high-pressure environment; willingness to assist other technical teams outside area of expertise; strong customer service orientation; experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.

Other :
  • Desired MCSE Certification in Windows Server 2003
  • Desired MCTS Certification in Windows Server 2008
  • Desired VMWare VCP Certification
Office Equipment and Software : Computer, Telephone, Fax Machine, Copier, Printer, Servers, SAN, Routers, Switches, Active Directory, TrackIT, SQL, Exchange, ACT!, IIS, AS400, FAX Press, Great Plains, ImageRight, DNS/DHCP, Network Backups, Network Printers/Copiers, Terminal Services and VPN.

Compensation : Competitive salary based on experience. Excellent benefits package: medical, dental, vision insurance, life insurance, short term and long term disability insurance, 401K, Paid Vacation and Holidays. EOE.

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GAINSCO, INC. is a Dallas, Texas-based holding company established in 1978. The Company, through its insurance brand, GAINSCO Auto Insurance...