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Senior Systems Engineer

Provide a high-level technical escalation role (Level2/Level3) for the On-site engineers and the user community. Work with network management (NM) to analyse and resolve problems.
Provide 2nd line support for all HP servers & NetApp storage network problems. Resolve problems remotely and if necessary go to site, including Africa.
Manage the Clients portion of the DR/Dev.
Plan, document, schedule and test Disaster Recovery (DR) and service continuity (SC) audits for all all sites.
Ensure efficient and effective utilization of users applications and equipment.
Establish and control I.T systems access and security.
Ensure that all Illovo sites comply with the Clients audit and group standards.
Liaise with outside vendors (HP, Telkom, MST, Kronos etc.) ensuring minimum downtime to the Clients wan and Business applications.
Supervise work undertaken by hardware, software and network suppliers and contractors to ensure quality meets the Clients standards.
Obtain an in depth understanding of the infrastructure installations at ALL sites: Network, servers, desktops, radio, VSAT, routers etc.
In conjunction with the on-site engineers & NM, ensure relevant documentation for the above is up to date: white files, network diagram's, SOP&service continuity etc.
Asset management & work with the operations team to ensure asset management information is up to date and accurate.
Work with NM to review network management statistics on a monthly basis. Identify & rectify problems as required.
Work with call centre & on-site engineers to analyse call centre reports on a monthly basis. Id & rectify problems as required.
Identify areas for service improvement from all the above. Ensure a process of continuous improvement is carried out.
Provide back-office support to remote African sites. Ensure they comply with operations standards. Site visits are required from time to time. Each African site to be visited at least once a year and the SA sites at least once a quarter.
Obtain an understanding of the relevant license agreements in effect at Illovo: Microsoft & TrendMicro. Ensure the Client is legal.
Develop the operations team & assist the on-site operations staff to improve their skills on an on-going basis.
Technical evaluation & Assess any new changes to the Client infrastructure and their potential impact. Assist with proof of concept testing when required. Provide input and assist with infrastructure expansion designs and installations.
Capacity planning &work with NM. Assess existing capacity on an on-going basis and provide recommendations in advance on a proactive basis when upgrades are required.
Manage and support Virus protection at all levels within the Client Network.
Take responsibility for the Head Office group dependant servers.
Manage the Daily Health Process - Remotely verify the accuracy of daily health checks performed by engineers at regular intervals. Ensure backups are successfully completed at all sites
Security Management - Ensure that Microsoft Security patches/fixes are tested and implemented across the group. Identify and action security weaknesses for any area within the Clients outsource SOW. Test and implement all releases of service packs across the group.
Change Control Management - Take ownership and responsibility of change control on a group wide basis. This includes new applications that may be installed from time to time
White Files - Responsible for maintaining and updating site white files.
Internet Access - Control and manage the Internet process, access, monitoring and reporting
Job Requirements Back office applications 5 years Essential
Projects 5 years Essential
Exchange 2003 / 2007 5 years Essential
Windows 7/ Office 2007/2010 5 years Essential
Networking Hardware 5 years Essential
Virtualisation 5 years Essential
Terminal Server 5 years Essential
Backup technologies 5 years Essential
HP Product experience 5 years Essential
Own transport
Knowledge of Maintenance and Support of Desktop/Server environment Essential
Knowledge of Maintenance and Support of Virtual Environments Essential
Knowledge of Maintenance of San Environment Essential
Knowledge of Microsoft Applications user and Back office Essential
Knowledge of Wi-fi and Radio based systems&; Essential
Knowledge of Networking Essential
Customer communication skills and developing customer loyalty
Adaptability and reliability
Time management
Initiative, ownership and quality Compensation Information
Salary Grade Patterson Grade E

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