VMWare Systems Engineer in Falls Church, VA at APEX Systems

Date Posted: 2/14/2020

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Job #:  1048651
Apex Systems is looking for a qualified VMWare/Windows Systems Engineer in or around Falls Church, VA. If you are interested in this opportunity, please don't hesitate to reach out to Erik Nelson at enelson@apexsystems.com with your most up to date resume and the best phone number to reach you on. Below are all of the details for the opportunity.
Position: VMWare Systems Engineer
Location: Falls Church, VA
Contract Length: 6+ month, contract to hire
Shifts: Regular work hours
Hours: 40 hour weeks, 8 hour days
Pay Rate: 60 - 69.71/hr, varies based on experience
Certifications: IAT Level II Certification (Security+, CCNA, CCNP, CISSP, etc.)
Clearance: Interim Secret or Active Secret Clearance
Experience: 5+ years of Systems Engineering experience
Start Date: ASAP
The Sr. Systems Engineer (SE) - VMWare/Windows provides subject matter expertise for systems hosted within CLASSIFIED and UNCLASSIFIED networks in Falls Church, VA,  They are responsible for the overall architecture, administration, and maintenance tasks on VMWare 6.x virtualization infrastructure.
They assist with a variety of tasks including, but not limited to, managing hosts and virtual machine resource allocation (CPU, memory, hard disk, network interface), perform routine maintenance (patches, updates), application functionality and availability verifications, coordination with customers on support requirements, upgrades, support for DHHQ datacenter facility issues, and system hardware issues.
Additionally, the SE works with the Cybersecurity team ensuring that the VMWare solution is documented, maintained, and ready for risk assessment as part of a system accreditation process; this involves scanning, patching, and documenting the production VMWare solution.
  • Manages VMWare 6.x platform servers; plans and executes platform upgrade activities for VMWare.
  • Installs, configures, maintains, administers and integrates customer systems, third party application servers, and system software and hardware within the Windows Environment.
  • Reviews, analyzes and assesses Vendor's proposed changes, upgrades and needs.
  • Coordinates system hardware and software testing with development teams to ensure transparent implementation and appropriate capacity.
  • Coordinates and performs firmware upgrades and patch management to Operating System (OS) and Application software.
  • Investigates and proposes solutions for development and customer needs to improve reliability, continuity, and maintainability for Windows systems hardware and software.
  • Models potential changes within the Systems Architecture and provides a gap analysis regarding the need for tuning or changes that will enhance system performance.
  • Monitors and ensures that backup data and resilience methods are scheduled and functioning appropriately.
  • Provisions and loads PKI certificates on servers.
  • Develop system administration documentation in support of accreditation requirements.
  • Participate in or lead troubleshooting and incident resolution of complex high severity incidents.
  • Accurately log/ticket, track, and resolve incidents using the Remedy ITSM system.
  • Provide accurate, timely, and professional resolution on all supported incidents and issues.
  • Provide a high level of professionalism and customer service.
  • Provide updates to management and project leadership of all ongoing critical issues.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Demonstrated technical competency in the following areas:
  • VMWare Server Virtualization (6.x)
  • Windows Server (2012R2, 2016)
  • Storage Area Networks
  • Network communication processes
  • Familiar with administration of Active Directory (AD) directory services, server/user security through group policies objects (GPO), Windows domain infrastructure (with multiple domains), and administration of organizational units (OU).
  • Experience with patch management using multiple tools (Ivanti/Shavlik, SCCM, WSUS, etc.).
  • Proficient with various security assessment/hardening tools (STIG, SCAP, checklists, Nessus, etc.).
  • Strong oral and written communications skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently with limited direct supervision.
  • Project management skills for setting priorities to meet project deadlines.
  • Ability to understand and apply knowledge of current industry standard systems architectures.
  • Strong critical thinking skills that facilitate timely problem-solving.
  • Other desired experience: CommVault, SolarWinds, Citrix XenDesktop, MS Exchange, Network Administration.

  • BS Degree in Computer Science, MIS, or related field (High School Diploma and equivalent technical experience and certification may be used in lieu of BS Degree).
  • 8+ years’ experience in a technical IT role; 10+ years without BS Degree.
  • 5+ years’ engineering or system administration experience.
  • 3+ years’ experience supporting VMWare server virtualization.
  • 3+ years’ experience with Windows Server 2008R2, 2012 or 2016.
  • Candidates must be US Citizens able to obtain/maintain a DOD Secret security clearance
  • Have or obtain requisite DoD 8570 certifications (e.g. Security + CE, CISSP, etc.) within three months of beginning position.

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