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Sample systems administrator job description

At [Company X], our success depends on IT systems that help us reach consumers all over the world. We’re seeking an experienced systems administrator who’s eager to further develop technological skills on a worldwide stage. This person will protect our critical systems and assets, build solutions, implement new software and hardware, provide training, and assist in developing the overall IT strategy. From early on, the systems administrator will empower breakthrough innovations, take on challenging assignments, lead initiatives, and be responsible for results. The administrator will also receive world-class training to become a leader in the field. The ideal candidate is passionate about applying skills and expertise to a technology-based business model that creates real-world solutions for the global marketplace.

Objectives of this role

  • Maintain essential IT infrastructure, including operating systems, security tools, applications, servers, email systems, laptops, desktops, software, and hardware
  • Take responsibility for projects and solutions within the larger business initiative
  • Handle business-critical IT tasks and systems that provide commercial advantage in the global marketplace
  • Enable faster and smarter business processes, and develop analytics for meaningful insights
  • Work with internal and external partners to communicate project status, activities, and achievements


  • Perform server administration tasks (ex: user/group, security permissions, group policies, print services); research event-log warnings and errors; and monitor resources to ensure that systems architecture components work together seamlessly
  • Monitor data-center health using existing management tools, and respond to hardware issues as they arise; help build, test, and maintain new servers when needed
  • Maintain internal infrastructure requirements, including laptop and desktop computers, servers, routers, switches, firewalls, printers, phones, security updates; support internet, intranet, LANs, WANs, and network segments
  • Assist the help desk and other teams with troubleshooting to identify root cause, and provide technical support when needed
  • Perform routine and scheduled audits of all systems, including backups

Required skills and qualifications

  • Proven success in an IT role
  • Experience with or knowledge of programming languages and operating systems, current equipment and technologies, enterprise backup and recovery procedures, systems performance-monitoring tools, active directories, virtualization, HTTP traffic, content delivery, and caching
  • Experience in project management, application design and integration, and cloud computing (specifically Microsoft Azure)
  • Expertise in analyzing and repairing large-scale distributed systems; creating volumes and assigning them to servers; and remote replication

Preferred skills and qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in information technology or computer science
  • Knowledge of Unix systems administration
  • Professional certification
  • Ability to lift 50 or more pounds