Randstad System Administrator in Silver Spring, Maryland

System Administrator

job details:

  • location:Silver Spring, MD

  • date posted:Friday, December 7, 2018

  • job type:Temp to Perm

  • industry:Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

  • reference:659985

job description

System Administrator

job summary:

The Role

Reporting to a Duty Operations Manager, this position is critical in to monitoring and supporting Global platform infrastructure. Resources supporting this role are our Tier 1 and 2 behind-the-scenes operations support team expected to have a versatile skill set both technically and personally with the ability to stay focused and continually develop as an experienced and skilled technician. Administrators in this role will to have experience in leading difficult situations, staying calm, reacting quickly under pressure and being able to execute on the key responsibilities noted below.

Highlights of the role

The position is a shift-based role working as part of a unified "virtual" teams that will consist of members from multiple disciplines (Distribution Operations, Network Operations, Enterprise Platform Operations, Digital Platform Support Operations, and Security Operations) to form a dynamic technology focused team capable of providing monitoring to all linear and non-linear output as well as supporting IT infrastructure.

Post holders will be expected to work shifts including weekends whilst regular night work is not required it should be expected that the post holder will need to work nights during certain events.

location: Silver Spring, Maryland

job type: Contract

work hours: 7am to 3pm

education: No Degree Required


Key responsibilities

  • Outage vetting - initiating of critical outage situations

  • Severity 1, 2, and 3 outage notifications/updates/resolutions

  • Monitor production network in real-time

  • Working experience of AWS architecture and operations, including EC2, S3, RDS, VPC, IAM, Cloud Formation

  • Implement, or assist with implementation of, changes to production & network infrastructure or server equipment

  • Perform escalation resolution of systems accounts for Active Directory, 0365, and numerous globally deployed business applications

  • Manage network printer queues, drivers, and firmware

  • Provide oversight to the Release Management process in monitoring and updating the status of network and server devices

  • Work closely with regional IT staff to ensure success of daily operations

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  • Provide a seamless and professional experience in supporting remote and regional customers

  • Coordinate escalation process to third-party vendors

  • Identify, adjust, and help establish new monitors and metrics needs

  • Be available for on-call/after hours to support critical outage situations requiring multiple streams of technical lead support

  • Support new-hire on-boarding with proactive verification on HR initiation, follow-up on new hire arrival, and post-arrival checks

  • Uphold professional ticket management from the get-go for the benefit of the rest of the global support teams by ensuring all ticket types are logged, work logs comprehensively updated and then carefully manage routing to ensure resolution

  • Maintain on-going communication with customers, keeping them up-to-date with the progress of their tickets

  • Serve as a liaison between other support teams and the customer as required by working collaboratively across all leadership levels

  • Provide support to the Duty Operations Manager in the management of outages as needed, providing communications to small and large-scale user groups.

  • Be proactive and ensure constant follow up with involved IT teams to ensure resolution

  • Ability to embrace and support new technologies introduced first hand to IT

  • Experience with ITIL principals



  • 2+ years scripting experience (VBS, Perl, Python, PowerShell, Bash, Ruby, bat)

  • Able to work without supervision, combining initiative with discretion

  • Able to communicate technical matters to technical and non-technical audiences

  • Flexibility to work evening, weekend, and overnight shift

  • 4+ years' experience supporting Microsoft Office product suite (minimum intermediate knowledge level required)

  • 4+ years' experience supporting Mac desktops, laptops, and iPads

  • 1-2 years ServiceNow or similar Call Management application experience

  • Chef, Puppet, Ansible or any build automation deployment experience

  • Experience with Amazon Web Services and Azure.

  • Education - Bachelor's degree in Information Systems, Computer Science, Business Administration or related field or equivalent experience.

  • Experience using SMS or similar software for remote troubleshooting, software deployment, audit and hardware inventory

  • Understand and be able to work with monitoring systems and related technologies

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a friendly disposition

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Must be able to independently research, troubleshoot, and resolve trouble tickets within established Service Level Agreements

  • Ability to provide Total Call Ownership to include handling irate customers, escalating issues as appropriate and providing the necessary follow up before incidents are closed

  • Ability to define & document IT support procedures as required

  • Ability to maintain focus in a high-pressure environment


  • 4+ years Active Directory administration experience (Windows users, groups, shares and network printers)

  • 4+ year experience providing of administrative and troubleshooting support in the areas of Windows Server, Unix/Linux servers, and LAN/WAN equipment in an enterprise production environment

  • 2+ years of Microsoft Exchange Server experience

  • 4+ years VMware, Xen, Hyper-V technologies and their configuration and design

  • 2+ years Citrix Xenapp environment support

  • 2+ years Support Databases in the areas of MS SQL, Oracle, AWS RDS

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