Head of Systems - Bournemouth

With offices in Bournemouth (UK), Montreal (CA) and Singapore, Outpost is one of the leading high-end television and feature film visual effects studios.

We are currently looking for a Head of Systems to help us on the next part of our journey, expanding the technology team and supporting a global company.

As the Head of Systems, you will lead the maintenance of all technical infrastructure of the studios providing capability for 150+ artists and developers. Your main responsibilities will be, but not limited to, developing and maintaining the studio infrastructure, including network, servers and storage. You will also be expected to lead and grow a strong systems team which in turn will build a reliable, resilient and efficient platform for artists to create outstanding work.

Key requirements of the role

  • Responsible for the overall health and operations of global network, storage and systems
  • Administer and manage high performance storage platforms and systems
  • Troubleshoot and resolve complex issues through excellent technical understanding of large-scale networking and routing
  • Act as the senior technical contact, responsible for daily communications with multiple global systems support teams
  • Proactively use monitoring tools to forecast technology areas requiring attention on ongoing basis
  • Identify and remediate storage or network bottlenecks, infrastructure-wide
  • Ensure the timely and successful completion of all data backups
  • Understand and manage the maintenance of data centre power and cooling systems
  • Perform technology purchasing and budget tracking
  • Manage software licenses from forecasting to deployment
  • Manage and maintaining local vendor relationships
  • Guide operations staff surrounding technology issues
  • Lead and develop a team of system administrators
  • Manage large scale projects
  • Provide user support

Must haves

  • 7-10 years of experience working with IT infrastructure in a media or high-performance computing environment
  • Extensive experience with Linux (CentOS preferred)
  • In depth knowledge of network services including DNS, DHCP, NIS, NFS, etc.
  • Strong shell scripting skills
  • Experience with virtualization (VMware)
  • In depth knowledge of IP networks, sub netting and routing
  • Experience building out simple but resilient networks
  • Experience specifying, deploying and supporting large scale and high-performance network storage across multiple sites

Nice to haves

  • A strong commitment to quality, service and reliability
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills
  • Capability to learn and adapt quickly
  • Strong ability to work under pressure
  • Work well with others in a team environment
  • Desire to learn from others and to take on increasingly challenging work
  • Strong creative ability and flair
  • Ability to mentor and provide feedback to junior employees
  • Capable of leading a team of systems administrators across multiple sites across the globe