Senior Linux and Unix Administrator
QinetiQ North America - Reston, VA

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QinetiQ North America’s Services & Solutions Group delivers aerospace operations and systems, engineering and life-cycle management, IT solutions and services, software and systems engineering, and missions solutions. Our core offerings include: space engineering, software solutions and enterprise IT, cyber intelligence, systems integration and engineering, training, modeling and simulation, logistics and life-cycle management.

Responsible for Unix (e.g. Sun F15000 and smaller) or Linux environments. Responsible for the operating system software and its successful integration with the hardware and applications software of the major computing systems across the organization.

QinetiQ North America is an AA/EEO Employer.

Plans, tests, installs, and integrates new and upgraded versions of the relevant operating systems on organizational computer systems, all third-party software components, and subsystems

Develops test plans and procedures

Tests and integrates software and hardware

Manages software life cycles

Establishes development, testing, staging, and operating environments

Designs interfaces to external systems

Maintains and consults for relevant operating systems on organizational computer systems, all third-party software components, and subsystems

Researches and resolves systems software problems efficiently and accurately while adhering to internal software management standards and procedures

Troubleshoots problems that may involve applications and the network

Provides technical support to applications and utility developers on requirements for integration into the operating environment

Maintains and updates documentation on the operating systems configuration

Work Activities

Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.

Bachelor's Degree and at least six years of experience with Unix or Linux administration


Technologies — Knowledge of existing Agency server technologies including principles and methods used in obtaining maximum utilization of server technologies.

Systems — Knowledge of multiple specialties such as operating systems, email or database platforms, storage technologies, or hardware support, including knowledge of operating systems (e.g., NT, Windows 2000, Unix, XP).

Knowledge of theory and practice underlying satellite and LAN/WAN network operations.

Knowledge of the CIO's policies and procedures relating to the design, upgrading, and operating and maintaining networks.

Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.


Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.

Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Technology — Ability to assess the technical characteristics of new operating capabilities proposed for inclusion in the network to determine potential impact on network performance.

Network Analysis — Ability to utilize complex network analysis tools to resolve complex network performance problems.

Procedures and Processes — Ability to provide explanations of complex technical procedures and processes clearly and accurately to both technical and non-technical audiences.

Presentation — Ability to write technical proposals for presentation to approval boards.

Documentation —Ability to draft requirements documents, correspondence and procedures in accordance with Agency policies

Systems Environment — Demonstrated ability to effectively function in a multi-system and/or multi-application environment

Oral Expression — Ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

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