Intermediate Systems Engineer (Unix)

Sony Pictures Imageworks Canada, an industry leading Visual Effects and Animation studio located in Vancouver, is seeking Intermediate Systems Engineers. Systems Engineering is responsible for first- and second-level support of 1,000+ users in a dynamic, high-performance production environment. The job demands astute and critical thinking coupled with Linux systems engineering to develop solutions for a unique industry combining high performance computing with digital artistry and storytelling. You will participate in projects utilizing new technologies in the areas of large-scale systems administration and engineering including building, configuring, installing, deploying and supporting workstations, servers and large scale storage systems. We are building a high performance global digital workflow for visual effects and animation production and this is a great opportunity to work on technically challenging projects in a very creative work environment comprised of talented engineers and artists.

Primary areas of responsibility will include: 

  • Installation, deployment and maintenance of hardware, operating systems and software. 
  • Initiation of and participation in departmental and site-wide engineering projects. 
  • Specification, documentation and communication of requirements for engineering tasks across the enterprise. 
  • Technical assistance to a wide range of end users in a customer-service oriented organization. 
  • Mentoring to and advice on best practices for Systems Engineering personnel throughout the department. 
  • After hours, holiday and weekend support on-call 24/7 as scheduled in rotation with other engineers.

Distinguishing Characteristics:
The successful candidate possesses: 

  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written. This includes the ability to provide thorough written documentation. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to perform as an individual and on a team. 
  • Scripting and programming abilities that maximize efficiency in daily tasks. 
  • Self-guided triage and follow-through skills to best respond to assigned duties.

Education, Skills & Certifications:

  • Degree in Computer Science or in a related field. Significant industry experience may be substituted. 
  • Four to six years experience in a large, high-performance technical computing site. 
  • Three years experience in installation, deployment and maintenance of Red Hat Enterprise Linux workstations and servers. 
  • Experience in supporting mission-critical systems to ensure high availability. 
  • Excellent working knowledge of Python, and the ability to write small C programs. 
  • Extensive networking experience with TCP/IP, DHCP, DNS, LDAP and other directory services, used across local and wide-area/metro-area networks of varying topologies. 
  • Hands-on experience with large-scale backup solutions and storage technologies. 
  • Direct experience with multi-terabyte Netapp (or other) SAN installations is a plus.

Please note that there may not be any positions immediately open, but we are always accepting applications for potential positions. To apply, please send resume and on-line link to your reel to: