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Platform Administrator

Company: Discovery Communications
Location: Sterling
Posted on: August 14, 2019

Job Description:

Discovery CommunicationsPlatform AdministratorUS-VA-SterlingJob ID: 21201Type: Company Employee Full-Time# of Openings: 1Category: IT & Technical OperationsUS-VA-SterlingOverviewOur TeamAs Discovery Inc?s portfolio continues to grow ? around the world and across platforms ? the Global Technology & Operations team is building media technology and IT systems that meet the world class standard for which Discovery is known. GT&O builds, implements and maintains the business systems and technology that are critical for delivering Discovery?s products, while articulating the long-term technology strategy that will enable Discovery?s growing pay-tv, digital terrestrial, free-to-air and online services to reach more audiences on more platforms. From Amsterdam to Singapore and from satellite and broadcast operations to SAP, we are driving Discovery forward on the leading edge of technology. The RoleThe Platform Administrator is critical in monitoring and supporting Discovery?s Global platform infrastructure. Resources supporting this role are our Tier 1 and 2 behind-the-scenes operations support team expected to have a versatile skill set both technically and personally with the ability to stay focused and continually develop as an experienced and skilled engineer. Reporting directly to and working with the Duty Operations Manager and within a group of System Administrators, engineers in this role will need to have experience in leading difficult situations, staying calm, reacting quickly under pressure and being able to execute on the key responsibilities noted below. The Platform Administrator is also responsible for the upkeep, configuration, and reliable operation of infrastructure systems, and directs all aspects of an outage relating to the infrastructure and business applications. Participates in the planning, designs, and deployments of large-scale complex systems, including enterprise infrastructure, information systems, ERP applications, and internet technologies. Projects typically involve both software and hardware components. Evaluates existing systems to understand capabilities and recommend solutions. Works with non-technical business owners to understand needs and develops a technical solution. Participates in the layout design and installation of new systems or modification of existing systems. Develops and manages systems integration projects. Identifies and resolves existing system deficiencies.Highlights of the roleThe position is a shift-based role working as part of a unified ?virtual? team that will consist of members from multiple disciplines (Distribution Operations, Network Operations, Enterprise Platform Operations, Digital Platform Support Operations, and Security Operations) to form a dynamic technology focused team capable of providing monitoring to all Discovery linear and non-linear output as well as supporting IT infrastructure. The support operation also leads Discovery?s response to all incidents within our infrastructure.Role responsibilities for the Platform Administrator, part of team of 12 in either our London or Sterling, VA centers is Discovery?s primary line of defense in supporting Discovery?s platform infrastructure 50 offices and productions centers globally.Post holders will be expected to work shifts including weekends whilst regular night work is not required it should be expected that the post holder will need to work nights during certain events.The team execute our IT Event, Incident and Request Management processes at Discovery ensure a culture of excellence and consistent service and supporting Discovery?s best in class platform infrastructure.The centers are also the point of contact and owners for IT Major Incidents and as an Administrator are responsible for initiating IT Major Incident process and procedures in our Platform Infrastructure.Responsibilities1. Outage vetting and direction ? initiating of critical outage situations and directing resolution efforts2. Priority 1, 2, and 3 Major Incident outage notifications/updates/resolutions3. Monitor Discovery?s production network in real-time4. Working experience of AWS architecture and operations, including EC2, S3, RDS, VPC, IAM, Cloud Formation (working experience with Google Cloud Platform is also desired)5. Implement, or assist with implementation of, changes to production & network or server/application infrastructure6. Perform escalation resolution of systems accounts for Active Directory, O365, and numerous globally deployed business applications7. Manage network printer queues, drivers, and firm ware8. Provide oversight to the Change Release Management process in monitoring and updating the status of network and server platforms9. Work closely with regional IT staff to ensure success of daily operations10. Provide support for server patching/change management activities11. Provide a seamless and professional experience in supporting remote and regional customers12. Coordinate escalation process to third-party vendors13. Identify, adjust, and establish new monitors and metrics needs14. Uphold professional ticket management from the get-go for the benefit of the rest of the global support teams by ensuring all ticket types are logged, work logs comprehensively updated and then carefully manage routing to ensure resolution15. Maintain on-going communication with customers, keeping them up-to-date with the progress of their tickets16. Serve as a liaison between other support teams and the customer as required by working collaboratively across all leadership levels17. Provide support to the Duty Operations Manager in the management of outages as needed, providing communications to small and large-scale user groups.18. Be proactive and ensure constant follow up with involved IT teams to ensure resolution19. Ability to embrace and support new technologies introduced first hand to IT20. Experience with ITIL principals21. Keep Knowledge Base(s) up-to-date22. Other assigned tasks as neededQualifications* 4+ years Active Directory administration experience (Windows users, groups, shares and network printers)* 4+ years experience providing of administrative and troubleshooting support in the areas of Windows Server, Unix/Linux servers, and LAN/WAN equipment in an enterprise production environment* 2+ years of working in an enterprise production Network and supporting LAN/WAN, TCP/IP,DHCP, DNS, Firewall, VPN technologies* 2+ years of Microsoft Exchange Server experience* 4+ years VMware, Xen, Hyper-V technologies and their configuration and design* 2+ years Citrix XenApp environment support* 2+ years Support Databases in the areas of MS SQL, Oracle, AWS RDS* 3+ years scripting experience (VBS, Perl, Python, PowerShell, Bash, Ruby, bat)* Able to work without supervision, combining initiative with discretion* Able to communicate technical matters to technical and non-technical audiences* Flexibility to work evening, weekend, and overnight shift* 4+ years experience supporting Microsoft Office product suite (minimum intermediate knowledge level required)* 4+ years experience supporting Mac desktops, laptops, and iPads* 1-2 years ServiceNow or similar ticket management application experience* Chef, Puppet, Ansible or any configuration management or automation deployment experience* 1+ years experience with Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud Platform.* Understand and be able to work with monitoring systems and related technologies* Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a friendly disposition* Excellent interpersonal skills* Must be able to independently research, troubleshoot, and resolve trouble tickets within established Service Level Agreements* Ability to provide Total Call Ownership to include handling irate customers, escalating issues as appropriate and providing the necessary follow up before incidents are closed* Ability to define & document IT support procedures as required* Ability to maintain focus in a high-pressure environment* Education ? Bachelor's degree in Information Technology, Information Systems, Computer Science or Engineering, or related field or equivalent experience.* Must have the legal right to work in the United States.Sterling, Virginia, VADiscovery Communications, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Discovery is committed to being an employer of choice, not just a good place to work, but a great and inclusive place to work. To that end, we strive to recruit and maintain a workforce that meaningfully represents the diverse and culturally rich communities that we serve. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or disabled status or, genetic information.

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