Costco Careers – Unix System Administrator

Website Costco Wholesale Corporation

Job Description

This individual will join the Unix team at Costco, participating in administration of the AIX and Linux operating system environments, integration of licensed and/or OEM software packages, and strategic and tactical planning of the environments required to meet Costco-specific business needs. The individual filling this role will also be expected to deliver excellent customer service and to interact in a highly effective manner with other team members and management. Costco is looking for a creative individual who can effectively manage projects and multiple tasks to meet business objectives.


Job Requirements

  • Developing and documenting standard operating procedures and best practices in a technical repository.
  • Out of the box troubleshooting experience in all layers of the OSI model.
  • Proven ability to plan, install and integrate software packages (OEM, OS, etc.)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability in Systems Management and Administration (applying fixes, loading the OS, creating
  • Gold images, resolving system issues, working with vendors to resolve issues, etc.)
  • Strong understanding of Kerberos, cross-realm authentication and Kerberized services.
  • Proven expertise in Performance Tuning and Capacity Planning.
  • Version control experience (cvs, subversion,git. git preferred).
  • Strong experience with services in Enterprise – Active Directory, DNS, Apache, Tomcat.
  • Proven experience reviewing and comparing multiple platform options for a given application and collaborating with appropriate teams to choose the right platform.
  • Ability to easily adapt to a rapidly changing work environment and perform well under pressure.
  • Strong Shell scripting ability.
  • Proven ability to partner with others in the area or company to deliver quality solutions.
  • Strong Technical proficiency on AIX platforms: Minimum of 7 years system administration experience with at least half of that in AIX administration.
  • Configuration Management Experience (Puppet, Chef, Cfengine. Puppet preferred).
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills and the ability to logically think through problem situations.
  • Able to work effectively and produce consistent results with a minimum of supervision. Self-motivated, responsible, conscientious, and detail-oriented.
  • Experience in System Backup and Recovery (Commvault experience preferred, but not required).
  • Understanding of Configuration Management and Change Management Best Practices.

Jobs Responsibilities

  • Periodic off-hours work required including weekends and holidays. Must be able to provide 24 by 7 on-call support as necessary.
  • Proactively manages system resources to assure maximum system performance and appropriate additional capacity for peak periods and growth.
  • Designs and implements a toolset that simplifies provisioning and support of large enterprise AIX and Linux environments.
  • Manages the planning, implementation, and upgrade of OEM packages.
  • Serves as a mentor and provides guidance and training to other team members and I.S. personnel.
  • Provides support to the user community using incident and problem management tools, email, and voicemail.
  • Plans and executes major platform software and operating system upgrades and maintenance across a highly virtualized environment.
  • Creates and maintains detailed up-to-date technical documentation.
  • Maintains current knowledge of industry trends and standards.
  • Collaborates with Enterprise Architecture to design and review architectural decision documents.
  • Strong focus on design, build, deployment, security, system hardening and securing services.
  • Plans, configures and implements features on AIX and Linux platforms that improve availability, response time, and monitoring of key system metrics.

Job Details

Company: Costco Wholesale Corporation

Vacancy Type: Full-time

Job Functions: Information Technology

Job Location: Issaquah, US

Application Deadline: N/A



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