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Senior System Administrator

Company: Lakeshore Learning Materials, LLC
Location: Carson
Posted on: June 24, 2022

Job Description:

Company Description
At Lakeshore, we create innovative learning materials and world-class guest experiences for teachers, parents and children. Since 1954, we've grown into a global community-with a thriving e-commerce business, multiple catalogs, 60+ retail stores, a peerless national sales force, plus international offices that support our preeminent supply chain division. But today we're working better, smarter and faster than ever-and setting our sights even higher. We're building an infrastructure designed for scalability, embracing data-driven decision-making and using technology to improve efficiency and ensure the best tools for the best work. Most importantly, we continue to invest in a diverse team of inquisitive top talent who fuel each other's passions and curiosity, take risks, try new things and believe that every new day brings opportunities for growth.
Job Description
We are currently seeking a Senior System Administrator (Level 3) with extensive expertise to help maintain and expand the technical infrastructure at our Carson, CA, headquarters. In this position, you will plan, drive and execute complex projects and initiatives to support our technological build-out, as well as help develop data center facilities to support our expansion. The ideal candidate will have a strong, multidisciplined background including experience with Linux, Windows servers, networking and storage. Because you will be working with outside vendors and staff members at all levels of the organization, excellent communication skills and the ability to collaborate are crucial for success.
A day at Lakeshore looks like this:

  • Use your expertise in system administration and network engineering to design technical solutions to support business needs
  • Create processes, systems and scripts that self-heal systems, streamline processes or enhance efficiency, reliability and security of our IT infrastructure
  • Work with users and other IT teams to understand needs to determine optimal infrastructure design approach
  • Analyze and optimize performance of servers based on user and business needs and evolving system loads/demands
  • Proactively oversee the monitoring of all IT devices, applications and services
  • Provide expertise needed to ensure effective system sizing, architecture and configuration for new systems and to ensure effective ongoing performance, scalability and reliability of existing systems
  • Provide guidance and training to other system admins and technical personnel
  • Propose and implement system enhancements and tools to improve visibility to potential issues and proactively ensure system performance, security and reliability
  • Prepare for emergencies by creating and/or updating action plans and procedures
  • Support 7x24 systems by periodically providing off-hours, evening, and weekend support to accommodate maintenance windows and emergency issue resolution
    Got the skills and experience? Here's what we're looking for:
    • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science/MIS or equivalent degree/work experience
    • 5+ years of experience in system and/or network design, deployment and administration
    • Expert working knowledge of Red Hat, CentOS, Debian and Windows Server
    • Proficient working knowledge of VMware vSphere Enterprise and cloud virtualization systems
    • Working knowledge of F5 Load Balancers & Application Firewall
    • Working knowledge of application runtimes such as Jboss EAP, Apache Tomcat and .NET Core
    • Experience managing 100+ servers in a mixed environment
    • Ability in using scripting such as Bash and PowerShell to automate system tasks
    • Expertise with configuration management tools such as Ansible is a plus
    • Ability to manage network equipment such as Palo Alto/Arista/Cisco Meraki switches, Wi-Fi, routers, load balancers and firewall components
    • Knowhow in data center design, distribution center data networking and disaster recovery is a plus
    • Excellent communication and documentation skills-with the ability to clearly explain complex technical plans, policies and procedures both verbally and in writing
    • Engaged in meeting challenging deadlines while managing multiple high-level projects with different stakeholders
    • Self-motivated and energetic with the ability to manage time efficiently without supervision and to work effectively under pressure
    • Strong customer service skills
      Additional Information
      And here's our end of the bargain!
      • Competitive compensation based on skills and experience, plus bonus plan
      • Excellent medical/dental and vision coverage-EPO, PPO and HSA
      • 401(k) retirement plan with company contribution (because you will retire someday)
      • Flexible benefits-choose what you like, ignore the rest
      • Exceptional training and support, and all the resources you need to be successful
      • On-site preschool for our employees' children
      • On-site employee gym for all levels/fitness needs
      • Generous employee discount
      • Casual dress---and we really mean itAt Lakeshore, we know our diversity makes us stronger, and when everyone feels included and valued, we all win. We strive to embrace our differences and create an intentionally diverse and inclusive community that is representative of the teachers, families and children we serve.We know we couldn't do the extraordinary things we're doing without the people on our team. Thanks to the passion and enthusiasm of this spectacular group, Lakeshore is more than a great place to work-it's a great experience to be part of. Day in and day out, we give everything we've got to create products that instill a sense of wonder and foster a true love of learning. To help maintain this high bar for success, we're constantly on the lookout for people to join us. So if you're a down-to-earth professional who shares our desire for making a difference, we'd love to hear from you.

        To learn more about Lakeshore, visit

        Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
        People are selected to become members of the Lakeshore family based on skill, merit and mind-boggling talent-not based on race, color, creed, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, marital status, domestic partnership status, military status, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, alienage, AIDS or AIDS-related complex status, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, status as a victim of domestic violence, physical or mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. If things aren't equal, we all lose.To learn about how we collect and use Applicant information, please visit our Employee/Applicant Privacy Policy. INDRLL2

Keywords: Lakeshore Learning Materials, LLC, Carson , Senior System Administrator, IT / Software / Systems , Carson, California

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