Principal Linux Systems Administrator (Contract)
Ariba - Sunnyvale, CA

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Title: Principal Linux Systems Administrator (Contractor)

Department: Hosting Operations

Location: Sunnyvale, CA

Reports To: Sr Manager

Company Overview:

Ariba, Inc. is the leading provider of collaborative business commerce solutions. Ariba combines industry-leading software as a service (SaaS) technology to optimize the complete commerce lifecycle with the world's largest web-basedcommunity to discover, connect and collaborate with a global network of trading partners and expert capabilities to augment internal resources and skills, delivering everything needed to control costs, minimize risk, improve profits and enhance cash flow and operations – all in a cloud-based environment. Whether you’re buying, selling or managing cash, you can do it more efficiently and effectively in the Ariba® Commerce Cloud. Over 300,000 companies, including more than 80 percent of the Fortune 100, use Ariba’s solutions to drive more efficient inter-enterprise commerce.

Our Hosting Operations team is growing. We are looking for a Principal Linux Systems Administrator to provide support to our Cloud Hosting Operations. This is a 6 month contract with a possibility of converting to full-time .

  • Reporting to Senior Infrastructure Manager, this is a key responsibility for Ariba’s 24/7 business critical datacenter environment.
  • Designs and oversees mission critical systems configurations for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Suse Linux employing enterprise cluster applications in a 24/7 datacenter environment.
  • Designs and oversees enterprise mass storage systems and network filers.
  • Installs, configures and maintains system applications including DNS, Sendmail, Bind, SSH, TCP/IP and NFS.
  • Designs and manages change control procedures employed by the Operations teams.
  • Mentors other members of the Operations teams.
  • Assists in coordinating and prioritizing team tasks and driving projects to high-quality, on-time completion.
  • Drives consensus for systems design and process changes, as well as documentation and monitoring changes.
  • Develops and maintains Perl and Shell scripts to enhance deployment and monitoring framework.
  • Develops and maintains comprehensive documentation for multiple environments.
  • Provides support for 24x7 customer-facing systems (shared responsibility).
Basic Minimum Qualifications
  • 7+ years professional experience administering one or more enterprise level Linux operating environments.
  • 7+ years professional experience administering network utilities such as Sendmail, Bind, SSH.
  • Deep understanding of configuring and managing mass storage systems and network filers.
Qualifications & Abilities:
  • Hands on installing, configuring and managing servers.
  • Ability to demonstrate expert knowledge of operating system internals, file system structures and machine architectures in a Linux operating environment.
  • Ability to demonstrate expert knowledge installing and supporting mass storage systems.
  • Ability to demonstrate extensive experience with Netapp filers.
  • Experience using Veritas Volume Manager and Cluster Server.
  • Extensive experience with enterprise backup systems.
  • Extensive experience with automated installation tools such as Kickstart.
  • Ability to write and maintain Perl and Shell scripts to automate processes and enhance productivity.
  • Ability to react at anytime of day, onsite or remotely.
  • Ability to work off-hours for systems upgrades, emergencies.
  • Ability to solve problems quickly and decisively.
  • Team-player who is flexible and able to work with end-users and production issues simultaneously.
  • Strong project management and communication skills.
  • Experienced working in dynamic, fast-paced environment with well-developed practices and procedures.
  • Experience running mid-size 24x7 production systems (more than 1000 servers).
  • Proficiency in compiling, customizing and supporting tools and products obtained from source code.
  • Experience setting up and administering network equipment including firewalls, routers, load balancers and switches.
  • In-depth knowledge of TCP/IP and administration of NFS and NIS.
  • Experiencing implementing and maintaining a system management tool such as CFEngine.
  • RedHat and/or Suse Linux Certification a plus.

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