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Senior Systems Administrator
Senior Systems Administrator
  Full-Time @ Pixar Animation Studios

Emeryville, California, United States

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As a Senior Systems Engineer at Pixar, you will build, maintain and architect our production-facing high-performance storage and data-pipeline infrastructure. 


  • Design, deploy and maintain our large scale NAS storage environments as well as our data-pipeline infrastructure running on Kafka, ElasticSearch, and Splunk
  • Assist with capacity and IO forecasts for key resources
  • Operate with the goal of making programmatic provisioning of infrastructure the default
  • Define and detail standard run books and operating procedures
  • Actively ensure peak levels of systems and infrastructure uptime
  • Collaborate across departments to evolve systems standards studio-wide


  • 5+ Experience with modern NAS solutions (Isilon, NetApp, GPFS)
  • 5+ years of broad experience in system administration supporting Linux (RedHat/CentOS preferred), preferably automated OS installation, software compilation, package management, machine provisioning and lifecycle management, diagnostic and performance troubleshooting/profiling
  • Ability to query and visualize systems data using Grafana, Kibana, ElasticSearch
  • Expertise in troubleshooting highly complex systems
  • Deep understanding of Revision Control Systems, preferably Git and Perforce
  • Ability to participate in an on-call rotation for critical issues
  • Minimum of 2+ years of working with and maintaining configuration management tools (Ansible, Puppet, Chef, Salt, or similar)
  • Proficient in one or more scripting languages (Python, Go, Bash, etc.)
  • B.S. in Computer Science or equivalent degree or work experience


  • Experience with virtualization and container platforms (Docker, VMWare, KVM, Kubernetes, etc)
  • Infrastructure knowledge as code platforms (Terraform, AWS CloudFormation, SaltStack)
  • Familiarity with infrastructure automation and monitoring tools (Ansible, OpenStack, Zabbix, Sensu)
  • Experience with Cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud Platform


Pixar is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We know our storytelling is at its best when we include, celebrate and embrace difference. We strive to be a diverse workforce that is representative of our audiences, and where all can thrive and belong. We are committed to building a team that includes and respects a variety of voices, identities, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. | Follow us on Twitter @PixarRecruiting

This job posting was last updated on March 31, 2020