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Senior Systems Engineer II - Automation x 5
Aurora, Colorado
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Applied on April 7, 2020
Job Id #40080 Posted January 16, 2020


We are seeking a member of an Infrastructure Automation Team who will be responsible for deploying and integrating scripts and recipes to automate Systems configurations and COTS configurations in complex server environments. These environments, a heterogeneous mix of servers, workstations, and custom hardware, provide the backbone for the operational system of a critical, strategic national asset. The environments also support product development, testing, and maintenance. The candidate would be responsible for implementation of automation recipes (CHEF) and scripts (Ruby, PowerShell, Python and others) as part of an automated installation process. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter, have an engineering background and mindset, and be able to troubleshoot complex problems. This position may require some on call support and overtime as well as limited (<20%) travel for installation and troubleshooting support. US citizenship is required due to the candidate needing a current US Secret Security Clearance.

Required Skills:

  • Must possess an active US DoD Secret or higher clearance and US Citizenship
  • Six (6)+ years of relevant Infrastructure experience related to system installation and configuration
  • Background in Systems Operations environment supporting complex environment deployment and management activities
  • Experience with automation tools such as CHEF (preferred), Puppet, Ansible, SaltStack, Fabric or similar products for O/S builds, software installation and configuration management
  • Hands-on experience with virtualization tools and cloud computing, either private (VMware, OpenStack) or public (AWS) Systems integration experience
  • Ability to troubleshoot complex configuration problems or system issues
  • Experience with Windows or Linux System Administration
  • Strong scripting skills (i.e. PowerShell, Python, Ruby, bash, etc.)
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both written and oral


Desired Skills:

  • Experience with orchestration tools – Rundeck, VMware Orchestrator
  • Understanding of Infrastructure as Code and demonstrated implementation
  • Understanding of DevOps concepts
  • Experience with VMware– vCenter, ESXi, vSphere
  • Understanding of Change Management processes - Version Control of software and code - GIT, CVS
  • The ability to effectively plan their own work up and the work of others on the team


Required Education:
A degree in Science, Technology Engineering or Math (STEM) with emphasis in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Information Technology and 6 years of relatable experience.

Horizontal is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We seek to provide employment opportunities to talented, qualified candidates regardless of race, color, sex/gender including gender identity and/or expression, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, citizen status, veteran status, or any other protected classification under federal, state or local law.

In addition, Horizontal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you need to request a reasonable accommodation in order to complete the application or interview process, please contact hr@horizontal.com.

All applicants applying must be legally authorized to work in the country of employment.

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