Windows System Administrator

Nato clearance: 

YES

Job description: 

LOCATION: La Spezia, Italy
CLIENT: NATO
DURATION: 6 months with possible extensions
CONTRACT: Consultant
SALARY: Negotiable daily rate
CLEARANCE: NATO Secret
STARTING DATE: ASAP


TASKS:
• Carries out agreed operational procedures, including infrastructure configuration, installation and maintenance. Uses infrastructure management tools to collect and report on load and performance statistics and to automate the provisioning, testing and deployment of new and changed infrastructure
• Contributes to the implementation of maintenance and installation work. Uses standard procedures and tools to carry out defined system backups, restoring data where necessary
• Identifies operational problems and contributes to their resolution
• Reviews system software updates and identifies those that merit action
• Tailors system software (i.e. operating systems, data management products, office automation products and other utility software) to maximise hardware functionality
• Installs and tests new versions of system software
• Investigates and coordinates the resolution of potential and actual service problems
• Prepares and maintains operational documentation for system software
• Advises on the correct and effective use of system software.
• Execute the day-to-day System Administration (SA) of the Hardware (HW) and Software (SW) of the currently fielded versions of MS Windows Server, to include managing Active Directory Services (Domain Controller, Group and Security Policies, DNS, Trust Relationships and the like), as well as the DNS and DHCP servers
• Develop scripts to automate system administration processes
• Assist in the execution of release management plans, to include rollout and rollback planning and execution. Execute proper preventive maintenance plans
• Assists in the preparation of all technical and service oriented documentation pertaining to assigned systems, interconnections, supporting cable plant etc.
• Provide 2nd line system administration support at the Centre and to deployed installations (e.g. Centre Research Vessels)
• Coordinate closely with the Service Desk to maximize the efficiency between 1st and 2nd line support including on-the-job training of 1st line support personnel
• Proactively monitor the assigned systems and alert in case of performance degradation or downtime
• Generate availability reports and statistics to ensure full service provisioning visibility
• Advice management on corrective action or procurement action required to correct detected weaknesses in system performance
• Remain up-to-date in IT technology and trends from an end-user perspective enabling state-of-the-art support to a scientific workforce

Job requirements: 

• You will have vocational training at a higher technical level in a relevant discipline.  A higher educational qualification but less practical experience or a less formal educational background combined with particularly relevant practical experience will also be considered
• At least 5 years recent post-related experience
• A minimum of 3 years of detailed experience in System Administration of MS Windows Server, Active Directory, DNS and DHCP
• Detailed experience with WSUS and SCCM
• Detailed Experience with CA and NPS
• In-depth experience on IT systems virtualization and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
• Working knowledge of MS Office suite, email Clients / Web Browsers and Web Content Management
• Demonstrated ability to be timely and agile in a dynamic environment
• Service minded attitude with a strong interest in working directly with users

Additional information: 

• Knowledge and experience with Microsoft SQL Server administration
• VMware certifications or Microsoft Windows Server certifications (MCSA)
• Experience with hybrid Linux/Active Directory environments
• Broad and in-depth experience of the ITIL Service Management framework
• Project management experience
• Specific experience with Configuration Control, IT Collaboration tools
• Prior experience of working in an international environment comprising both military and civilian elements