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Systems Administrator

Company:, Inc.
Location: Herndon
Posted on: June 11, 2021

Job Description:

Are you experienced in managing Windows and Linux Systems with a passion for building and maintaining highly-available systems and services at massive scale?

The Controls Fleet team is responsible for building and supporting some of Amazon's most important infrastructure services. As part of Amazon Web Services (AWS), we support the infrastructure that runs the world's premier e-commerce and cloud computing environments.

We are seeking a passionate and motivated engineer to participate on a team of Windows and Linux Systems Engineers. The ideal candidate would be innovative and have great problem solving and analytical skills. You must be very comfortable and confident working on Windows systems and familiar with fundamental Windows Server patching and administration. You must have very strong knowledge of operating system and networking fundamentals. You understand TCP/IP and other common network protocols. You are proficient with at least one high-level scripting language (PowerShell, Python, Bash). You should have a bias toward automation and track record of creating automated solutions. You have experience operating distributed systems and diagnosing and resolving complex problems. You pay attention to detail and solve problems at their root.

You will be working in a hyper-growth environment where priorities shift quickly. You must be flexible and adapt well to a wide range of tasks and technologies.

Minimal Travel Required

At Amazon, it is expected that your technical knowledge demonstrates both depth and breadth. Leveraging the strengths of individual team members as peers and delegating tasks appropriately within the group for long term projects will all be critical tasks for this role. Deep knowledge of the domain and is sought after as a thought-leader across the organization.

Major Responsibilities

  • Peer development of team members
  • Demonstrable experience in virtualization platforms
  • Layer 2 Network Administration
  • Metrics and projections
  • Host and network tools and implementations
  • Functionally decompose complex problems into simple, straight-forward solutions
  • Have a complete understanding of the various system interdependencies and limitations
  • Identify security issues and risks, and develop mitigation plans
  • Architect, design, implement, support, and evaluate secure, infrastructure focused tools and services including project leadership roles
  • Advise and consult with internal customers on risk assessment, threat modeling and fixing vulnerabilities
  • Develop and deliver training materials
  • Participate in security compliance efforts
  • Participate in projects that develop new intellectual property
  • Understand business context to decisions made within and across groups
  • Participate in 24x7 on call rotation
  • Data Center or other critical environments experience
  • BS degree or higher in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Engineering or related field or equivalent work experience
  • Unix/Linux operating systems experience
  • At least 7 years of Microsoft Windows Server operating systems experience
  • At least 7 years of system, network and/or application administration

Solid understanding of Windows Server platforms, including basic patching and administration functions

Proficiency in more than one high-level scripting language (PowerShell, Python, Bash)

Experience working in mission-critical, operations support environment amongst geographically dispersed teams

Advanced understanding of DNS, DHCP, SSH, HTTP, TCP/IP and other common network protocols

Experience with common configuration management solutions

Proven ability to operate effectively in high pressure situations and successfully handle multiple competing priorities

Ability to interact with other teams to diagnose and solve technical problems Experience driving large, cross-organization initiatives

Strong sense of ownership, urgency, and drive

Ability to make concrete progress in the face of ambiguity and imperfect knowledge (can't suffer from "analysis paralysis")

Experience with vulnerability risk and impact assessment

Demonstrated ability to achieve stretch goals in a highly innovative and fast paced environment

Experience with web-based applications and/or web services-based applications, especially at massive scale, are very applicable and helpful

Meets/exceeds Amazon's leadership principles requirements for this role

Meets/exceeds Amazon's functional/technical depth and complexity for this role

Amazon is a committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please visit

Keywords:, Inc., Columbia , Systems Administrator, Other , Herndon, Maryland

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