Systems Engineer

Company Name:
Our Client in Cranbury NJ is seeking a Systems Engineer to join their team for a Direct Hire Opportunity
Provide world-class support for global multimedia applications and take a leading role in cross-platform & cloud-based infrastructure projects and finding solutions to service related issues. The Systems Engineer ensures the stability, integrity, and efficient operation of the in-house & cloud-based information systems that support core functions for global news products. This is achieved by implementing, maintaining, supporting, and optimizing all networked application software and UNIX/Linux/Windows operating systems.

The Systems Engineer will apply proven communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills to help identify, communicate, and resolve issues in order to maximize the benefit of IT systems investments.

This position reports to the Applications Delivery Manager of the Global Infrastructure team.

Technical Environment:
There are currently three Data Centers based in the US and one principal International Data Center in the UK. The technical landscape is complex and heterogeneous. The systems at The Associated Press are a mixture of UNIX, Linux, and Microsoft Windows based. Server environments exist in data centers, bureaus, and in the public cloud spaces and are supported both from US and International technical support teams.

Design, deploy, and provide support for new applications and enhancements to existing applications and software. Deploy, maintain, and upgrade UNIX, Linux, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.
Gauge the effectiveness and efficiency of UNIX, Linux, and Windows based infrastructure; develop and implement strategies for improving or further leveraging these systems.
Collaborate with development and network staff to ensure smooth and reliable deployment & operation of software and systems for fulfilling business objectives and processes.
Work with executive team members, decision makers, and stakeholders to define business requirements and systems goals, and to identify and resolve business systems issues.
Create and maintain documentation as it relates to system & application configuration, workflow mapping, processes, and service records.
Perform cost-benefit and return on investment analyses for proposed systems & cloud technologies to aid management in making implementation decisions.
Provide orientation and training to end-users & operations support staff for all modified and new systems & services.
Cloud governance, asset life-cycle management, TCO analysis.
Four-year college diploma or university degree in computer science or software engineering and/or 5 years equivalent work experience.
Must be able to install, configure, and maintain Sun Solaris, Red Hat / CentOS Linux, and Microsoft Windows server environments.
Experience with cloud administration/management on Amazon Web Services (Cloud Front, Cloud Watch, EBS, EC2, ELB, SNS, SQS, VPC), Windows Azure (Web Role, Worker Role, VM Role, CDN, Service Bus), and SQL Azure.
Experience in implementing hardware and/or software based RAID solutions.
Working knowledge of TCP/IP, DHCP, DNS, NIS, SSH, Apache, NFS, Tomcat, MySQL, IIS, Drupal, Puppet, Git.
Experience with implementing system security and hardening.
Experience in administering/troubleshooting a TCP/IP networking environment.
Experience performing production updates in a 24/7 environment.
Demonstrated experience with Windows, Red Hat, and/or CentOS Linux.
Demonstrated experience with Puppet.
Demonstrated experience in Unix Shell, PERL, Microsoft Power Shell scripting a plus.
Demonstrated experience with MySQL, Microsoft SQL database technologies a plus.
Proven experience with cross-platform systems planning, security principles, and general software management best practices.
Good project & time management skills.
Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
Ability to communicate ideas in both technical and user-friendly language.
Highly self motivated and directed, with keen attention to detail.
Proven analytical and creative problem-solving abilities.
Able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.
Strong customer service orientation.
Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
On-call availability.
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