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    TitleLinux System Engineer for Jason CS
    Job posted on14/11/2016
    Contract typePermanent
    Start datewithin 2 months
    Job Description

    We are looking to further enhance our team by adding a

    Linux System Engineer for Jason CS

    You will be based initially for 2 years at our client’s headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany. Extension of a further 2 years may be possible. In this large European Agency you will find an excellent and modern working environment with challenging tasks and responsibilities.

    Your Tasks:

    The key person shall support the Computer and Storage Management team, in areas of Ground Segment implementation, commissioning and routine operations. The duties range from the support to the operation of the Linux-based ground segment facilities, to the analysis, design, development, testing and maintenance of distributed hardware and system software platforms. This includes the setting-up and implementation of maintenance policies and procedures, the support to the procurement of hardware and software, and the co-ordination with external providers of maintenance services.

    The key person shall perform the following tasks:

    Installation and configuration of operating system and other software, tuning of operating systems parameters to optimize performance;

    Analysis, planning and performance of H/W and S/W upgrades or reconfigurations, taking care of compatibility issues between subsystems;

    Monitoring of the system performance, investigation into H/W and system S/W problems and performance of the relevant corrective actions;

    Ensuring that in case of H/W or system S/W failures the operational configuration can be restored, including the definition, maintenance, performance of backup procedures;

    Liaison with the external providers of H/W and system S/W maintenance for the request and follow up of maintenance interventions;

    Administration of user accounts;

    Support to S/W development and maintenance in relation to the utilization of system resources;

    Implementation and maintenance of scripts and/or procedures where applicable for the automated and/or controlled execution of the above activities, generation or update of technical documentation in relation to system upgrades;

    Provision of stand-by/on-call support;

    Provision of support, as required, to critical operations.

    As an essential part of the tasks above, the key person is expected to generate and maintain documentation. This may comprise writing and reviewing requirement and design specifications, change proposals, preparing documents supporting procurements, reviewing data packages belonging to technical inspections and reviews, writing and reviewing IT architecture and design, writing design evaluation reports, writing/reviewing reports, test reports and overall status reports.

    In the performance of the activities, the key person shall apply besides the relevant configuration and change control procedures, the relevant system engineering standards as well as quality and maintenance procedures.


    Your Profile:

    In addition to having a university degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, the key person shall have at least 5 years experience of assessing and administrating computer systems and a very extensive experience in IT system design. The experience shall have been acquired in an operational or production environment, driven by high availability requirements.

    Proven knowledge and hands-on experience with the following is mandatory:

    At least 5 years experience in the administration and troubleshooting of distributed systems;

    Expert knowledge and a significant work experience of Linux operating systems (Redhat and SLES);

    Very good IT system design skills;

    Good experience in VMware virtualization;

    Good understanding of incident and problem management;

    Technical documentation skills;

    Experience in an operational or production environment, characterized by custom applications in addition to standard software, running both on the client and server side, and by high availability requirements.

    The key person shall be familiar, to the extent required by the performance of the above tasks, with as many as possible of the following skills and system software environments:

    TCP/IP and related network protocols and applications, e.g. NIS, LDAP, NFS, DNS, SNMP, FTP, NTP, etc;

    High Availability software like Sun Cluster, Veritas Cluster or any other.

    Experience in the installation, administration and troubleshooting on some of the following shall be considered as an advantage:

    Dell / HP computers running Linux;

    UNIX (Solaris, AIX) and MS Windows System Administration

    RAID arrays (EMC);

    SAN Fabrics (Brocade);

    Backup and recovery systems.

    It shall also be considered as an advantage if the key person can carry out basic hardware support such as installing interface cards or physically setting up networks.

    The variety of the tasks and the scope of the systems to be supported require a high degree of autonomy and good analytical skills together with the ability to effectively cooperate within the team and with internal customers.

    The key person shall be able to conduct all activities in an orderly and disciplined manner, shall be able to work calmly and correctly under stress and must be able to work with a minimum of supervision.

    The official languages are English and French. The working language for the position is English and therefore the key person must be able to work effectively in this language.

    The key person shall possess the following skills:

    Teamwork / Integrity

    Share expertise and experience with other team members - provide cross-training and support.

    Accept criticism positively and be willing to adapt and change habitual methods of working.

    Planning and Organisation

    Prepare in advance and in detail critical activities, to be shared for review and approval prior to the actual execution of the work.

    Coordinate and communicate activities with key stakeholders (users, suppliers, QA, CM)

    Problem Solving / Innovation

    Take ownership of problems through to effective resolution. Develop initiatives to resolve underlying issues that go beyond the immediate problem.

    Take steps to minimise risks.


    Possess excellent verbal and written communications skills and be confident to deal with a wide variety of people and to influence at all levels.

    Have excellent presentation and training skills with the ability to deliver a message such that it generates learning and understanding.

    Customer Focus / Orientation

    Value our customers, anticipate and understand their needs and request feedback, strive to achieve excellence and to improve customer satisfaction.

    Recognise and act expeditiously on opportunities to improve service, liaising with relevant internal teams to ensure tasks are acted upon.


    REFERENCE: 16-158

    LOCATION: Darmstadt, Germany


    CLOSING DATE: 29th November 2016

    MOLTEK has been serving the space and aerospace industries since 1995, providing international consultancy services for a wide variety of clients from private and public corporations to national and international authorities and agencies.

    Contact information
    CompanyMoltek Consultants Ltd
    Contact namePeter Clarke
    AddressThe Business Centre
    Green Road
    United Kingdom
    TN12 8JS
    Phone+44(0)1892 725000
    Fax+44(0)1892 725001
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