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  11 November 2017
Systems Administrator


Celebrating over 25 years in the industry, Scanline VFX specializes in creating complex visual effects for high end, block buster feature films with studios worldwide: Vancouver, Los Angeles, Munich, and Stuttgart.    Founded in Germany, the company expanded to Los Angeles in 2007 and opened the largest studio in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia in 2011.  In 2015 it won the Emmy for Outstanding Visual Effects for their work on Game of Thrones.  Scanline VFX has received multiple Academy Award Nominations for Best Achievement in Visual Effects: 2014 for Iron Man 3 and in 2010 for its work on director Clint Eastwoods Hereafter.  We are also well known for our proprietary, in-house fluid effects software Flowline, for which it received a 2008 Scientific and Technical Achievement Academy Award.

Senior Systems Administrator

The Senior Systems Administrator reports to the Head of IT for our Vancouver and Los Angeles studio locations. Day-to-day tasks include basic help desk support via a ticketing system supporting 350+ users, and responding to alerts and emergencies in a quick and timely manner. Additional responsibilities of a senior system administrator include technical design, planning, and implementation of new systems, recommending the redesign and configuration of existing systems and system applications, and identifying methods, solutions, and project leadership and management in order to provide a high level of service to the customers of the department.

Provide organization-wide high level technical support
Assist in addressing business and technical needs
Design, build, implement, maintain and enhance system infrastructure across multiple hardware and software platforms
Mentor and oversee development of teammates
Respond to incidents and emergencies

A bachelor’s degree in a computer information systems, computer science, engineering, physics or mathematics
5+ years experiencing in a similar role, or 2-3+ years’ experience as a systems administrator in visual effects.

Experience with, and advanced understanding of:
Windows, Mac OS X and Linux systems.
virtualized environments
storage clusters
networking theory and practice (VLANs, link aggegation, routing)
common network services (e.g. DNS, DHCP, SMTP, CIFS, NFS)
internet standards
Basic understanding of:
imaging systems
project management tools
Ability to:
work independently and in a team
work flexible hours
work effectively under pressure
learn quickly
write Bash and Python scripts for systems automation
accurately communicate complex or complicated ideas

Experience with, and advanced understanding of:
visual effects or post production
render farms
high performance, distributed computing and storage
high availability architecture
EMC Isilon Clusters
Avere FXT Clusters
VMWare ESXi Clusters
Intel, Cisco, Extreme and Juniper 1GbE and 10GbE networking equipment
multiplatform software development with C++, Python and Java
network security
Intermediate knowledge of the following software:
Autodesk RV
Autodesk Shotgun
Autodesk 3DS Max
Autodesk Maya
Adobe Creative Suite
The Foundry Nuke
Basic understanding of:
Color theory
Data center design

Must be able to lift heavy objects (approx.. 25 lbs)
Must be able to work evenings, at times; longer hours and weekends (rotating on call)
+Extended Medical
+Disability Insurance
+Dental Insurance
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