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Senior Systems Administrator

Santa Monica, Los Angeles Corporate
The Senior Systems Administrator at Skydance Media is a key member of the Information Technology team and will be responsible for designing, deploying, operating, and maintaining the studio’s systems architecture, which includes identity management, directory services, cloud systems, storage infrastructure, server compute, data centers, operating systems, application infrastructure, thin clients, automation, and networking. The IT team provides a wide range of services including: Client Services, Systems Engineering, Media/AV Engineering, Networking, and Information Security.


  • Oversight and management of critical Identity Management Systems, specifically Okta, Active Directory, and dependent systems.
  • Develop technical vision for projects, translate targeted solutions into end-to end architectural designs, set proper priority and lead implementations
  • Design, implement and maintain the studio’s virtualized environment and hybrid cloud environment
  • Design, implement and maintain other studio services including domain, DNS, alerting, monitoring, file transfer systems, code repos, media/digital asset management, syslog centralization, and many others
  • Implement and maintain operating systems and standards for both servers, client machines, and/or mobile devices
  • Design, implement and maintain file transfer services including Aspera in the cloud
  • Identify areas of improvement and present those opportunities to technology leadership including options, cost-benefit breakdown, and integration plans
  • Must proactively seek out trends, technologies, and information to keep overall studio current and aware of possible solutions to studio challenges
  • Author and deliver project presentations/updates to technical/non-technical audiences that include milestones and scheduling
  • Foster positive relationships with peers, supervision, stakeholders, 3rd Parties, and mentor less experienced team members
  • Requirements

  • 10+ years of experience as a Systems Engineer, or relevant experience
  • Extensive experience installing and configuring Linux (CentOS/RHEL)
  • Experience with Microsoft Active Directory (DFS, DNS, DHCP, GPO’s, SCCM, SCOM)
  • Experience with identity management infrastructure/architecture with multi-factor authentication (Okta, Duo, etc..) with understanding of standard authentication protocols such as LDAP, Active Directory, SAML, and OAuth.
  • Experience with O365 engineering and integration
  • Experience with administration of file sharing, file transfer infrastructure (e.g. Aspera, Box, OneDrive, Signiant, FTP, etc..)
  • In-depth knowledge of VMWare Virtualization w/ VSphere 6.x Administration & VM Backup Technology
  • Strong system monitoring expertise with Sensu, Prometheus, Xabbix, or similar.
  • In-depth knowledge of Networking Infrastructure, WAN Design, and Administration
  • Experience or familiarity with cloud architectures and platforms such as Docker, Kubernetes, AWS, GCI, OCI, and Microsoft Azure in a multi-region deployment
  • Scripting knowledge (e.g. PowerShell, bash scripts, Python, Ruby, Go)
  • Experience with automation/configuration management software (Ansible, Salt, Chef, etc..) is a plus
  • Experience with VDI, Teradici, or another Thin Client technology is a plus
  • Experience with Media Asset Management Infrastructure is a plus
  • Experience in the Visual Effects, Animation, or Media & Entertainment industries a plus
  • Willingness to be, “on-call” and work outside of regular work hours, when needed
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects and to deliver them on time and with quality
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work closely and efficiently with studio teams
  • Skydance is a diversified media company founded by David Ellison in 2010 to create high quality, event-level entertainment for global audiences. The Company brings to life stories of immersive worlds across its feature film, television, interactive, and animation divisions.
    Skydance is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to building and fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce. We welcome and consider applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy status, military/veteran status, disability, or any other protected category. Diversity in the workplace is not just a commitment, it is who we are and a reflection of what makes our world special.