This individual will join the Unix team at Costco, participating in administration of the AIX and Linux operating system environments, integration of licensed and/or OEM software packages, and strategic and tactical planning of the environments required to meet Costco-specific business needs. The individual filling this role will also be expected to deliver excellent customer service and to interact in a highly effective manner with other team members and management. Costco is looking for a creative individual who can effectively manage projects and multiple tasks to meet business objectives.
Job Duties/Essential Functions
Implements and maintains enterprise-class AIX and Linux solutions with a focus on AIX to support systems such as Ecommerce, WebSphere, and MQ Series.
Designs and implements a toolset that simplifies provisioning and support of large enterprise AIX and Linux environments.
Collaborates with Enterprise Architecture to design and review architectural decision documents.
Strong focus on design, build, deployment, security, system hardening and securing services.
Plans and executes major platform software and operating system upgrades and maintenance across a highly virtualized environment.
Creates and maintains detailed up-to-date technical documentation.
Manages the planning, implementation, and upgrade of OEM packages.
Proactively manages system resources to assure maximum system performance and appropriate additional capacity for peak periods and growth.
Plans, configures and implements features on AIX and Linux platforms that improve availability, response time, and monitoring of key system metrics.
Provides support to the user community using incident and problem management tools, email, and voicemail.
Serves as a mentor and provides guidance and training to other team members and I.S. personnel.
Periodic off-hours work required including weekends and holidays. Must be able to provide 24 by 7 on-call support as necessary.
Maintains current knowledge of industry trends and standards.
Assists in other areas of the department as necessary.
Assists in other departments of the company as necessary.
Ability to operate vehicles, equipment or machinery
Computer, phone, printer, copier, fax
Experience, skills, education & licenses/certifications
Strong Technical proficiency on AIX platforms: Minimum of 7 years system administration experience with at least half of that in AIX administration.
Configuration Management Experience (Puppet, Chef, Cfengine. Puppet preferred).
Version control experience (cvs, subversion,git. git preferred).
Out of the box troubleshooting experience in all layers of the OSI model.
Developing and documenting standard operating procedures and best practices in a technical repository.
Proven experience reviewing and comparing multiple platform options for a given application and collaborating with appropriate teams to choose the right platform.
Demonstrated ability in Systems Management and Administration (applying fixes, loading the OS, creating Gold images, resolving system issues, working with vendors to resolve issues, etc.)
Proven ability to plan, install and integrate software packages (OEM, OS, etc.)
Experience in System Backup and Recovery (Commvault experience preferred, but not required).
Proven expertise in Performance Tuning and Capacity Planning.
Understanding of Configuration Management and Change Management Best Practices.
Strong Shell scripting ability.
Excellent troubleshooting skills and the ability to logically think through problem situations.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Proven ability to partner with others in the area or company to deliver quality solutions.
Able to work effectively and produce consistent results with a minimum of supervision. Self-motivated, responsible, conscientious, and detail-oriented.
Ability to easily adapt to a rapidly changing work environment and perform well under pressure.
Strong experience with services in Enterprise Active Directory, DNS, Apache, Tomcat.
Strong understanding of Kerberos, cross-realm authentication and Kerberized services.
Knowledge of two-factor authentication technologies.
Proven ability to perform custom RPM builds.
Experience with virtualized environments (x86 and Power).
Working knowledge of Python scripting language.
B.S. degree in Computer Science or equivalent formal training and experience.
Successful internal candidates will have spent one year or more on their current team.
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Apart from any religious or disability considerations, open availability is needed to meet the needs of the business. If hired, you will be required to provide proof of authorization to work in the United States. Applicants and employees for this position will not be sponsored for work authorization, including, but not limited to H1-B visas.
Costco Wholesale Corporation