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Senior Systems Administrator
Senior Systems Administrator
  Full-Time @ Image Engine Design Inc

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Senior Systems Administrator will take ownership of the maintenance of Image Engine’s hardware and software systems. They will work with the Lead Systems Administrator to prioritize key current or potential issues and execute all administration, installation, configuration and maintenance in a timely fashion.

The Senior Systems Administrator will take direction from the Lead System Administrator and IT Manager to implement solutions which will streamline process and improve production capabilities within the studio. They will bring forth innovative ideas to take Image Engine to the next level while maintaining stability and security requirements to ensure all production requirements are met.


  • Working with other Systems Administrators with the installation, configuration, administration and maintenance of IE’s tech infrastructure; authentication, messaging, DCHP/DNS, Deployment Systems (Cobbler /Ansible / SaltStack)
  • Maintain and manage the CommVault / Quantum based backup systems
  • Maintain and manage the network infrastructure; Switches & Firewalls
  • Maintain render farm machines onsite & offsite
  • Administration and maintenance of our NAS & Caching Infrastructure
  • Preparation and maintenance of infrastructure documentation on all systems, procedures and solutions to issues
  • Maintain and manage IE’s wide array of open source monitoring tools: OCS, Ganglia, Cacti, Sensu, Syslog, and Zabbix
  • Recommend and Evaluate open source and off the shelf software solutions
  • Troubleshooting and resolving issues with production and administration applications (including: Maya, Nuke, 3delight, Houdini)
  • Provide input into potential improvements in efficiency, reliability and performance of VFX pipeline
  • Assist & mentor the desktop support team


  • Must have solid knowledge of and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in Linux/Unix administration. Linux Certification preferred  (RHCE or equivalent)
  • 5 years of VFX pipeline experience including:
    • An understanding of film imagery, formats of image files and codecs
    • Experience with Renderfarm and farm management (ie. Qube, Tractor)
    • Experience supporting and troubleshooting VFX software packages (Maya, 3Delight, Nuke etc.)
    • Experience with high-end/ high capacity storage systems
    • Experience with license servers (FlexLM, RLM)
    • Experience with imaging service (Cobbler)
    • Experience with maintaining production tracking systems (Shotgun)
    • Experience with installing software packages centrally


Technical skills

  • Experience in installation and configuration servers in a Linux/Unix environment
  • Good knowledge of and experience (2-3 years) in Windows (Windows 7,Windows Server 2008, Active Directory) and Mac OSX (Snow Leopard, Leopard)
  • Experience working with NAS and SAN storage systems
  • Basic Unix/ Linux/ Python scripting experience

Core skills

  • Must be able to multi-task and maintain a positive attitude when working under pressure
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to stay calm under pressure
  • Excellent time management skills
This job posting was last updated on Feb. 5, 2019