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Windows System Administrator - England

Date Posted: Monday 19 September 2022

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We are in a period of growth and as this continues the need to design, build, and maintain scalable back-end infrastructure and customer facing systems becomes ever more important.  We’re looking for a seasoned Windows Systems Administrator to join our Systems, Data and Analytics team to help us on this journey.  

The purpose of the role is to own the design, build and day-to-day operation of the internal server compute environment, looking after Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, VMWare ESXi Hosts, and approximately 60 Windows based servers and network vendor appliances.  Experience of Linux administration is an advantage, given we have approximately 50 Linux servers also.  The Windows System Administrator will be accountable for maintaining our on-premise and Azure based Active Directory services, and their associated components.   

This role will be responsible for virtual and physical server backups, patching and Disaster Recovery plans, monthly systems security reporting, and providing key security and vulnerability information for our accreditation processes.    

The ideal candidate for the role will be a seasoned Windows / VMWare server administrator and have demonstrable experience in maintaining Azure environments within SME or Enterprise organisations. They’ll have a good understanding of networking and be comfortable working alongside our IP Engineering team to constantly review and improve our server Data Centre architecture.  We’re a small but ambitious team, so we’re looking for a self-starter with the ability to make things happen.    

In return, you’ll have full ownership over our Windows Server environment and its associated hardware, and the mandate to use your prior experience and know how to improve our customer offerings and internal supporting systems and processes.  

From time to time, you may be called upon to assist the outsourced helpdesk with end-point device management – but this will be less than 10% of the role.   

Responsibilities: 

Server Administration  

  • Build and maintain the server roadmap, anticipating OS lifecycle requirements. 
  • Ensure all Windows servers remain compliant.  Build / update OS versions where necessary, in collaboration with other members of the Systems, Data and Analytics, and the IP Engineering teams.  

Domain Administration 

  • Manage corporate domain-wide policies (GPO, 365 Endpoint Manager, Compliance Manager) to ensure a stable and supported production domain environment. 
  • Ad-Hoc user administration and group administration (Distribution groups, Security Groups, O365 Groups, etc.).  

Backup & Restore 

  • Administration and optimisation of backup and restore solution. 
  • Conduct scheduled data restores to ensure backup integrity. 
  • Report on a daily and monthly basis on backup processes. 

Risk & Compliance 

  • Keep all Windows servers updated to the latest levels of compliance. 
  • Manage server End Point Protection solutions across the corporate compute estate.  
  • Manage change and release processes to ensure minimal system downtime. 
  • Provide monthly reports on information security status inline with compliance team requirements. 

Your Skills and Expertise: 

  • 3+ years in a Windows Systems Administration role, ideally within an SME. 
  • Hands-on Azure Active Directory & Office 365 Experience, including Endpoint Manager. 
  • Windows Server 2012/16/19 Administration.  
  • VMWare ESXI Administration. 
  • Experience in maintaining backup and patching schedules across multiple platforms. 
  • Change management navigation 
  • Full driving licence.  

Desirable:

  • Experience working with: 
  • SolarWinds 
  • Microsoft Navision / Dynamics Business Central 
  • Cherwell IT Service Management  
  • Fortinet centralised services 
  • Microsoft Administrator certifications 
  • VMWare accreditations 
  • ITIL certification

The benefits that you would receive are:

  • BUPA Healthcare
  • 25 days holiday + 8 days bank holidays + holiday buy scheme (purchase up to a weeks extra holiday)
  • Flexible working
  • Bonus
  • Matched Pension contributions
  • Dental Care
  • MyGym Discounts

Please apply now for an immediate interview.