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Senior Systems Engineer (UNIX)

Resp & Qualifications

PURPOSE: Performs the installation, configuration, and maintenance of Unix Operating Systems and Subsystems. Assists with analysis and problem resolution associated with server hardware, operating system software, and middleware and database subsystems to ensure that the organization’s response time goals and systems availability standards are consistently met.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:  Under the direction of the Manager of Systems Software /Technical Support, the incumbent’s accountabilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Administration of Operating Systems and Subsystems software to ensure peak efficiency and reliability:  Responsible for the installation and maintenance of the operating system and application server configurations on the UNIX servers in the environments, including management of basic virtualization in the environment.  Assists Database Administrators with operating system configurations related to database subsystems.  Utilizes strong troubleshooting capabilities to diagnose and resolve problems, or escalate to next level support as necessary.  Monitors and manages storage, network, and security in the assigned environment in conjunction with vendor recommendations. Ensures proper procedures are followed to introduce changes and fixes into the operating environment in order to ensure the lowest possible error rate.  Proactively monitors software maintenance levels compared to the vendor published software stack to ensure optimization and corrective fixes are applied.

2. Procedural: Develops, updates, and maintains operations manuals, inventories, and written procedures relative to installing, maintaining, and using Operating Systems and subsystems software.

3. Technology Consulting:  Provide technical assistant to all customers to leverage technology and resolve problems.

4. Research and Development: Researches and develops ways to exploit new technologies to benefit the business

5. Project Management: Assists in the creation of detailed project plans with respect to specific server installations and configurations.  Inform Project Managers of progress of activities tracked on specific project plans. 

6. Education: Educates self and peers in new and changing technologies.
 This position is also subject to being "on call" for emergency situations requiring immediate resolution. Travel between all CareFirst locations may be required.

Required:  Associate’s degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school and a minimum three  years related experience and/or training, OR equivalent combination of experience and training.
UNIX Technical:

  • Operating Systems: AIX, SP-AIX, HP-UX and Solaris
  • Hardware Platforms: IBM RS/6000, IBM RS/6000-SP, HP and SUN
  • Communications: TCP/IP, Firewall configurations, Routers
  • Programming: C, Perl, Bourne/C/Korn shells
  • Databases: Oracle, Sybase, Cache, Informix, Pick
  • Storage: SSA, IBM Shark, EMC, HDS
  • Supporting Software: MQSeries, WebSphere, Tivoli

Abilities/Skills:  Communication: Ability to read and interpret procedure manuals.  Ability to write reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or associates. 


Department:SBP HW&SW at CDC

Equal Employment Opportunity

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is an Equal Opportunity (EEO) employer.  It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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Actual salary will be based on relevant job experience and work history.

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Closing Date

Please apply before:3/6/2019

Federal Disc/Physical Demand

Note:  The incumbent is required to immediately disclose any debarment, exclusion, or other event that makes him/her ineligible to perform work directly or indirectly on Federal health care programs.


The associate is primarily seated while performing the duties of the position.  Occasional walking or standing is required.  The hands are regularly used to write, type, key and handle or feel small controls and objects.  The associate must frequently talk and hear.  Weights up to 25 pounds are occasionally lifted.

Sponsorship in US

Must be eligible to work in the U.S. without Sponsorship

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