Sr. Systems Engineer (RedHat Linux)
VanderHouwen & Associates, Inc. - Portland, OR

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Working within a team, this position is responsible for specifying, designing, implementing, maintaining and evolving the infrastructure, ensuring that all client-based systems and data are operational and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This includes all servers, storage, and networking equipment. The Sr. Systems Engineer also performs capacity planning, explores new technologies, leads process improvement efforts, and provides new designs that increase our capacity, reliability, security and availability, while moving the organization into our technology future. A Sr. Systems Engineer is expected to lead projects and take initiative to solve problems with little direction.
Design and document system infrastructure and procedures
Participate in capacity planning efforts
Communicate design options to the Infrastructure Architect
Work with project managers, department heads and team members to determine project approaches, parameters and priorities
Communicate plans, status, and issues to management
Lead the evaluation, selection and deployment of new technologies and tools
Install, configure, maintain and automate a RedHat Linux environment Install and configure third party application components
Work with colleagues to optimize overall system performance. This includes working with applications, network, storage, database and server technology
Provide support to internal and external clients, including participation in the 24x7 on-call rotation (usually once a month)
Assist in development of client security policies and procedures regarding system and data access
Train and mentor other team members
Provide senior-level expertise and consultation regarding system configuration and quality
Perform system audits, document findings, and publish recommendations
Keep abreast of technical developments to ensure the client is able to take advantage of industry advances
Develop and foster strong working relationships with clients and staff skills and abilities
Expert level administration of a production-grade RedHat Linux environment
Demonstrated experience configuring multi-tier JAVA and web-based applications
Exposure to and understanding of VMware virtualization is preferred
Expert level skills and knowledge in network technologies
Knowledge of security monitoring including Intrusion Detection
Some F5 load-balancing experience
Expert level analytical abilities, diagnostic skills and technical aptitude
Intermediate level of understanding information security best practices and principles, including experience creating and maintaining system safeguards required to implement them
Experience in 24x7 High availability production/sustaining processes, including lights out support and remote administration
Experience in managing equipment installs and availability in a Data Center environment
Excellent listening skills and a commitment to communicate clearly, completely, and in a timely manner
Initiative can work unsupervised, self-motivated
Exceptional skills in partnering with clients and staff and in developing and maintaining long term supportive relationships
Ability to assess the effectiveness of processes and procedures and lead improvement efforts include documenting and implementing
Ability to research complex issues, yet knowing when to ask for help
Minimum bachelors degree in Computer Science or related field; equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered in lieu of a degree
Minimum 8 years related experience, with at least 4 years experience RedHat Linux Systems Administration
Experience in automating large scale Linux environments utilizing one or more of the following: PERL, HTML, Python, PHP and Shell scripting
Some experience with: Apache with Tomcat is preferred
Experience with Puppet Automation is a plus

About this company
VanderHouwen & Associates, Inc. (VHA) was founded in 1987 to provide Professional Staffing Services to Portland, the Pacific Northwest, and...