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Systems Engineer

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Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Cumulative of prior level plus following:

  • Identify and resolve Endpoint vulnerabilities within identified SLAs.

  • Proactively monitor to prevent and resolve application system performance bottlenecks.

  • Proactively ensure SLAs are maintained and systems are built for sustainability.

  • Understand the technical concepts necessary to do your job effectively and are aware of industry trends in your domain.

  • Consider and build for many different use cases but avoid over engineering.

  • Determine where to find answers and grow your own knowledge both with and without guidance.


  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience

  • 1-3 years professional experience required

May include:

  • 3 years of professional IT experience

  • 3 years experience with at least one OS/hosting platform

  • 3 years experience in performance tuning of application stacks, OSs, DBs Etc

  • 3 years experience with Cloud based PaaS and SaaS platforms and integration points to On Prem infrastructure

  • 3 years experience with virtualization and containerization

  • 3 years experience with monitoring and performance management of systems

  • 3 years experience with Scripting development

  • Networking knowledge

  • 3 years experience with Identity Platform and tools

  • Experience with Grafana, SCCM, Tanium, and SysTrack is preferred

  • Exposure to Infra as Code concepts and tooling Experience with CICD concepts, and tools including GIT, branching strategies and leveraging knowledge to assist in delivering an infrastructure as a product.

  • Experience with modern development and scripting languages

  • In depth knowledge of immediate systems you work on and some knowledge of adjacent systems.

  • Advanced business and technical communication skills.

  • Excellent troubleshooting skills within area of expertise.

  • Understanding of high-availability concepts.

  • Experience with multiple delivery methodologies such as Agile and Waterfall.

Skills-Proficiency Level:

Agile Methodologies - Intermediate
Application Performance Management - Basic
Application Platforms - Intermediate
Client Communications - Intermediate
Cloud Technologies - Basic
Containerization - Basic
Continuous Learning - Intermediate
Data Modeling - Intermediate
Domain Development - Basic
Engineering Practices - Intermediate
Enterprise Solutions Architecture - Basic
Infrastructure Automation - Basic
Infrastructure Development - Basic
Monitor System Performance - Basic
Negotiation - Basic
Network Operations - Basic
Programming Languages - Intermediate
SaaS Platforms - Basic
Script Development - Intermediate
Scripting Languages - Intermediate
Strategic Thinking - Basic
Technical Communication - Intermediate
Technical Solution Development - Basic
Technology Change Management - Intermediate
Troubleshooting - Intermediate
Virtualization - Basic
Waterfall Model - Intermediate

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Please note that this is the standard pay structure. Positions in certain locations (such as California) may provide an increase on the standard pay structure based on the location. Please click here for additional information relating to location-based pay structures.

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