The Global Systems Engineer works with peers both in Vancouver and other Method studios to develop and deploy global systems to all necessary studios to enhance and sustain the production environment. The candidate requires both people skills and extensive expertise in systems administration and architecture along with programming skills. The Global Systems Engineer will be responsible for the design of future architecture in addition to evaluating and integrating third-party solutions for hardware, software, and workflow for maintenance of operations across a multi-site world class visual effects facility.

Responsibilities and Duties

·         Global Responsibilities:

o    Active participation on a global technology committee

o    Solutions and services include:

§  Authentication / LDAP

§  Virtualization infrastructure (i.e. Nutanix / VMWare)

§  OS / Puppet / automated imaging (i.e. linux integration)

§  Security (i.e. Media & Entertainment industry audits)

§  Remote solutions including; rendering, storage, workstations

§  Services; GoogleDocs, Vidyo, Single-Sign-On

§  Other solutions and services determined by the global technology committee

·         Vancouver Responsibilities:

o    Assisting the Manager of Technical Operations with the supervision & mentoring of Engineering staff

o    Solutions and services include:

§  Systems installation, configuration and operation

§  Core network service (LDAP, DNS, Firewall, etc.) installation and administration:

·         Hardware integration and deployment

·         Software installation

·         Configuration management (Puppet)

·         Networking

·         Incident response and management

·         Security

·         Setup and installation of Linux and open-source extension packages

·         Duties include:

o    Develop internal systems tools and utilities for operating, monitoring, and reporting on studio infrastructure availability and utilization

o    Develop and maintain high-level digital security standards required in a post-production environment

o    Develop and maintain written operational procedures for routine network management processes

o    Administer servers and network services: LDAP, NIS, AD,  DNS, DHCP, NFS

o    Administer network switches, network storage and associated tape backup system, Virtual Server Infrastructure, Databases, User accounts, Email technologies, Firewall, Internet and Digital Security, User support and troubleshooting

o    Analyze and tune systems for performance, throughput, resource utilization, high availability, and scalability

o    Evaluate system components, software, networking infrastructure and hardware peripherals for reliability, performance, scalability and security

o    Research in order to maintain a working knowledge of relevant hardware and software applications, including emerging technologies

o    Evaluate business requirements and make recommendations on systems design and hardware purchases to fulfill business needs

·         Bachelors in Computer Science, Information Systems or comparable professional experience

·         Minimum 4 years experience in a professional systems engineering environment

·         People skills;

Ability to convince others of the merits of your designs and get their buy-in
Ability to supervise and mentor others, while providing appropriate feedback
·         Advanced knowledge of Linux server and desktop environments

·         Solid knowledge of OSX and Windows platforms

·         Programming experience with at least one of Python, Bash, C/C++, Java or similar

·         Experience building and operating high availability and high scalability computing systems

·         Experience with VMware or OpenStack virtual infrastructures

·         Knowledge of SQL databases: MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB

·         Ability and desire to learn new technologies as required

·         Ability to solve problems unsupervised and recommend proactive technical solutions

·         Positive can-do attitude combined with the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines

·         Excellent communication and organizational skill with strong attention to detail

Optional Skills that would be a plus:
Experience working in Film, TV, and/or post-production industry
Experience in the installation, configuration, and troubleshooting of key software packages including: Maya, Houdini, Nuke, Massive, RenderMan, Vray, Mental Ray, Mari, SynthEyes, PFTrack, Silhouette, Flame, Flare, Smoke, RV, and Hiero
Experience related to disaster recovery and business continuity


To make an application please send your Resume to Millie Cox – millie.cox@methodstudios.com