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Dairy Farmers of America Sr. Cloud Systems Administrator in Kansas City, Kansas

Position : Sr. Cloud Systems Administrator

Location : Kansas City, Kansas

Requisition ID: : 12218

Provide system administration support functions to a 1000+ server environment consisting predominantly of Cloud and on-premise Microsoft, Active Directory, VMware, and Hyper-V systems. This includes planning, analysis, troubleshooting, integration, installation, configuration, operations, and maintenance of operating system on servers. Is responsible for all activities related to system administration. Ensure the long-term requirements of systems operations and administration are included in the overall information systems planning of the organization. Responsible for the installation, maintenance, configuration, and integrity of computer software. Implement operating system enhancements that will improve the reliability and performance of the system. Regularly provide advice and recommend actions involving rather complex issues. Apply specialized depth and breadth of systems administration functions. Work independently with guidance only in the most complex situations. Resolve highly complex issues in creative and effective ways and perform analysis of situation or data that requires evaluation of variable factors. Recommend best practices. Provide guidance to less experienced system administrators. Lead functional teams and/or projects.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with management on the approach for transforming DFA from on-premise solutions to pure cloud IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS environment. Communicate changes and impact, including end-user impact, and lead the team in this effort

  • Manage the rollout of various virtualization technologies and multi-tenant, private, and hybrid cloud environments

  • Lead integration efforts with third-party SaaS and development partners

  • Understanding new infrastructure costs, present the difference in costs between options for deployment of infrastructure

  • Provide oversite and roll up of daily system monitoring to include verifying the integrity and availability of all hardware, server resources, systems, and key processes; reviewing system and application logs; and verifying completion of scheduled jobs such as backups and patching

  • Oversee the installation of new and/or rebuild of existing servers and configure hardware, peripherals, services, settings, directories, storage, etc., in accordance with standards and project/operational requirements

  • Provide oversite for the installation and configuration of systems such as Active Directory, DFS, and File and Print services

  • Set direction for standards in the installation and configuring of all software running within DFA controlled environments. Ensure maintenance of documentation for all configurations for IT utilities and business applications

  • Provide expert guidance on virtual technologies including but not limited to VMWare and HyperV

  • Provide expert guidance on Virtual Desktop solutions

  • Set direction for the development and maintenance of installation and configuration procedures

  • Set direction for maintaining system standards and ensure the accuracy of this documentation

  • Work with the Operations team in implementing automation and orchestration of infrastructure tasks

  • Provide systems administration related solutions for various project and operational needs

  • Participate in technical research and development to enable continuing innovation within the infrastructure

  • Study existing information processing systems to evaluate effectiveness and supply information to the senior team for improvement roadmap

  • Provide Tier II/advanced support for business application infrastructure. Investigate and troubleshoot issues as needed

  • Repair and recover from hardware or software failures. Coordinate and communicate with impacted business group(s)

  • Audit hardware/software to ensure compliance with organization guidelines

  • Maintain a database/library of all supporting documentation for hardware and software, including all operational SOPs, configuration, or other procedures

  • Supply periodic performance reporting to support capacity planning

  • Set direction for ongoing performance tuning, hardware upgrades, and resource optimization as required. Configure CPU, memory, and disk partitions as required

  • Maintain data center environmental and monitoring equipment

  • Work directly with management to set direction for the install and support of cloud infrastructure (e.g., Azure, AWS)

  • The requirements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employee, but is not a complete list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Other duties may be assigned as required.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree, with a technical major, such as computer science with 5+ years’ system administration or transferable technical experience or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Experience with various virtualization technologies and multi-tenant, private, and hybrid cloud environments

  • Experience using Powershell

  • Experience with scripting and automation tools such as Teraform, Puppet, Ansible, or Chef

  • Experience working with major public cloud services such as Azure, AWS, or GCS

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • In-depth knowledge of hypervisor technology including VMWare and HyperV environments

  • In-depth knowledge of VDI technologies

  • Able to communicate and translate complex technical topics into easy to understand concepts

  • Able to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing

  • Skill in analytical thinking and problem solving

  • Able to identify and troubleshoot problems, take appropriate steps to find solutions to problems, and implement recommended solutions

  • Able to learn changing technologies and determine appropriate application within the infrastructure

  • Able to adapt and manage to change effectively

  • Able to multi-task and problem solve

  • Able to react calmly and effectively in stressful situations

  • Able to work independently and as part of a team

  • Able to interact positively and work effectively with others (interpersonal skills)

  • Able to work with accuracy and attention to detail

  • Must be able to read, write and speak English

An Equal Opportunity Employer