[SASAG] Fwd: UNIX Sys Admin for TEK Systems

Justin Clayton justin at claytons.net
Thu Nov 9 23:02:29 PST 2006

And strangely enough, I'll be the one interviewing you.

I can tell anyone interested a bit more about the company and the
position: We're an ASP that hosts a java web app for financial
institutions. We were recently listed as one of the 50 fastest growing
companies in the Northwest, and the Operations group is no exception.
We're in the midst of a large project to reduce the footprint of
Windows servers in our hosting environments from about 95% when I
started a year ago to 10% or less by the middle of 2007 (I'd say we're
about a third of the way there), replacing them with RHEL 4 AS.

What we're looking for is someone who may be relatively new to the
field (or is stuck as a one-man shop) but is hungry to learn about all
aspects of System Administration and would like an opportunity to work
under more senior admins in a fast-paced but fun team. While the list
of must-haves below is deceptively long (we really need to talk to the
recruiter about revising this description), at the core we need
troubleshooters who aren't afraid to think outside, inside, on top of,
underneath, or next to the box.

Feel free to ask me any questions you might have about this position,
but to be fair please go through the recruiter Jeff mentioned, as the
referral belongs to the 2 of them.


On 11/9/06, Jeff Silverman <jeffsilverm at gmail.com> wrote:
> Friends, I got the following E-mail from a recruiter.  If this sounds like
> you, or if you know somebody, please contact Mr. Todd directly.  /Jeff
> Aaron L. Todd Recruiter
>  1120 112th Avenue NE, Suite 520
> Bellevue, WA 98004
> 877.287.9526 T 425.372.1020
>  F 425.637.9600 M 253.548.6728
>  http://www.teksystems.com
> This position is 6month contract to perm opportunity located in Downtown
> Seattle with pay starting at $48k+ Annual DOE.
> Job Description: (Day to day duties) Jr Systems Administrator will report to
> the Director of Technical Operations. This position will be primarily
> responsible in deploying, triaging, and managing the various server based
> products and environments, as well as providing internal and customer
> deployment training on an as needed basis. This individual will have
> responsibilities that will require them to communicate with multiple
> departments within the company as well as customers and internal project
> teams.  They will on occasion be required to work off-hours to satisfy
> requirements for the various environments that need support and will have to
> carry a cell phone. Light travel will be required. - Responsible for
> supporting and maintaining 24x7x365 hosted production and test environments.
> - Support and management of Apache, Tomcat, Microsoft Host Integration
> Server, and other related Internet server applications. - Responsible for
> deploying all versions of Java and Oracle-based products in multiple
> production, staging, and test environments and assist in automating those
> deployments. - Support, manage, and troubleshoot servers and network devices
> in local and remote data centers. - Build and configure Windows 2000, Linux,
> and UNIX servers. - Manage application components and troubleshoot where
> necessary. - Develop and provide training for internal parties and external
> customers on installing, configuring and maintaining applications. - Support
> various connectivity requirements: Ethernet, TCP/IP, IPSEC, and SNA. -
> Manage, maintain, and prototype various Windows, Linux, and UNIX support
> sub-systems. - Identify and troubleshoot HW, OS and application problems
> when they arise. - Use/develop tools to monitor and notify operations of any
> problems that may occur within the production and test infrastructure. -
> Assist in system and network planning for both short term and long term
> goals.
> Expected Duration of Assignment: 6 months Type of Position: Temp-To-Perm
> "Must Haves"
> Technical skills essential for this assignment: (Prioritize importance most
> to least) ? Strong knowledge in TCP/IP, DNS, BIND, routing concepts.  Strong
> working knowledge with the following Operating systems: Linux, Windows 2000,
> and UNIX. Strong knowledge of deploying and configuring Apache and Tomcat.
> Experience with Batch Scripting, VB Script, and Perl desired.  Working
> knowledge installing/configuring/troubleshooting Linux and
> UNIX systems. Experience working with SQL Server 2000 and Oracle databases
> desired. ? 3-5 years experience supporting enterprise-level applications.
> Working experience working in a 24x7x365, on-call data center environment.
> Working experience with Cisco Routers, switches, F5 or other IP-based load
> balancers, IP Tables/IP Chains firewalls and other networking equipment a
> plus.  Experience with IBM Websphere a plus. Experience installing/managing
> HP/Compaq server hardware.  Experience using network and OS-level monitoring
> tools.
> Pluses: Experience with the following technologies preferred: Java , XML,
> .NET technologies.
> Non-technical skills essential for this assignment: Excellent oral and
> written communication skills.   Ability to troubleshoot research and provide
> proactive resolutions to infrastructure issues.
> Must pass a background and credit check
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