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Sample systems engineer job description

At [Company X], we’re known for innovative technologies that solve problems for a wide range of industries — and we need a new problem-solver to take the reins. We’re currently seeking a highly skilled systems engineer who has the business knowledge and technical expertise to implement strategies, evaluate products, and build upon an infrastructure that supports the changing needs of our customers. In this role, the systems engineer will design, develop, and integrate complex work systems for every stage of a lifecycle. If you can reliably deliver mission-critical infrastructure with an eye toward accessibility, optimization, and security, we’d like to hear from you.

Objectives of this role

  • Manage and monitor all infrastructure and systems installations, including configurations, testing, and maintenance
  • Implement and maintain backup, security, and redundancy strategies
  • Identify potential issues and implement possible solutions
  • Craft custom scripts that reduce the need for human interaction
  • Enable faster and smarter business processes and develop meaningful analytics
  • Engage regularly with upper management, providing reports on project status, activities, and achievements


  • Communicate with stakeholders to identify what they want to accomplish with a system
  • Use expert-level administration and optimization of hosts and servers to ensure high degree of availability and appropriate resource management
  • Standardize and automate processes using scripting technology
  • Install and configure operating systems, software, and hardware components, and leverage IT staff for routine tasks by clearly documenting design, maintenance, and support procedures
  • Routinely test software for bugs, redundancies, and security issues
  • Conduct high-level root-cause analysis of service interruptions and establish preventive measures
  • Create reports and documentation of findings and solutions; oversee strategy and daily operations for secure backups and recovery testing

Required skills and qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in technology or computer science
  • Experience with or knowledge of programming languages and operating systems, current equipment and technologies, enterprise backup and recovery procedures, system 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 creating, analyzing, and repairing large-scale distributed systems
  • Knowledge of Git or other version-control software

Preferred skills and qualifications

  • Knowledge of Unix systems administration
  • Professional certification