Systems Engineer

Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Employment Type:
Date Added:
September 03, 2014

Systems Engineer with 5 years of experience managing a large multi-server environment with 3+ with VMWare 5.x.

Palace Gate Corporation is currently seeking a Systems Engineer. This is a fulltime opportunity for our premier client.

Job Description

The Systems Engineer will design, install, administer, and optimize our client’s servers and related components to achieve high performing business applications. This includes ensuring the availability of applications, configuring new implementations, and developing processes and procedures for ongoing management of the server environment. The Systems Engineer ensures the physical security, integrity, and safety of the data, servers and backup media. In addition, the Systems Engineer will participate in the installation, monitoring, maintenance, support, and optimization of all Host hardware, software, and communication links. This person will lead and coordinate varying research/implementation projects utilizing proper documentation, tools, and task management skills.


  • Bachelor’s degree in the field of Computer Science, Information Systems, or a related field OR High School Diploma/Equivalent AND 5 years of equivalent IT related work experience within the last 8 years
  • 5+ years of current experience managing a large multi-server environment with at least 3 of those years being extensive on the job experience with VMWare 5.x.
  • On the job experience with Microsoft server technologies
  • Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel experience
  • Experience configuring server operating system security

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan, design, test, implement, and troubleshoot enterprise server and storage systems.
  • Provide on-call technical support on a rotating schedule.
  • Implement and maintain security solutions, including firewall, anti-virus, and remedy processes.
  • Perform on-site analysis, diagnosis, and resolution of complex network problems
  • Recommend and implement corrective hardware and software solutions.
  • Adhere to company software licensing policies and practices.
  • Attend training seminars, conferences, and trade shows to broaden knowledge of current and future, issues and technologies. Recommend similar learning opportunities for staff.
  • Ensure confidentiality of sensitive and proprietary information; adhere to company security policies.
  • Recommend, schedule, and perform improvements, upgrades, and repairs.
  • Aid in development of business continuity and disaster recovery plans.
  • Configure server hosts to ensure smooth and reliable operation for fulfilling business objectives and processes.
  • Monitor the performance of managed systems. Troubleshoot and resolve problem areas as needed.
  • Manage servers and their associated operating systems/software.
  • Monitor and test systems performance. Provide performance statistics and reports.
  • Design, deploy, and maintain company server hosts, storage systems, virtual machines, and related hardware.
  • Perform server and security audits.
  • Manage and/or provide guidance to other members of the team.
  • Prepare, maintain, and adhere to procedures for logging, reporting, and statistically monitoring systems data.
  • Write technical specifications for purchase of server hardware and software products.
  • Oversee new and existing equipment, hardware, and software upgrades.
  • Provide training for support personnel (which includes Help Desk, computer technicians, and trainers), internal/external customers, and management.
  • Provide written documentation for support personnel (which includes Help Desk, computer technicians, and trainers), internal/external customers, and management.
  • Prepare and ensure accuracy of documentation, procedure manuals, and help sheets for systems installations.
  • Implement and maintain policies, procedures, and associated training plans for administration.
  • Define and monitor server storage space allotments.

Personal Attributes

  • On call availability 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 12 months a year
  • Highly self-motivated and directed; Solid leadership skills
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; strong math skills
  • Ability to conduct research across a wide range of computing issues
  • Valid driver’s license with favorable motor vehicle report
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a passport
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 5% of the time

Qualified candidates may send their resume to

Palace Gate Corporation is an information technology consulting and full-time placement firm that is committed to the success of our clients and our talented placements alike. Palace Gate is consistent in matching the right people with right opportunity. Our company approach is simple: understand our clients’ requirements, business needs and cultures in order to quickly identify the best resources to meet those needs and achieve business success. Palace Gate Corporation offers full medical and dental insurance, 401K, as well as weekly direct deposit.