System Administrator, UNIX/LINUX

Date: Aug 6, 2019

Location: Ottawa, ON, CA

Company: Bell

Req Id: 237875 


At Bell, we do more than build world-class networks, develop innovative services and create original multiplatform media content – we’re revolutionizing how Canadians communicate.

If you’re ready to bring game-changing ideas to life and join a community that values bold ideas, professional growth and employee wellness, we want you on the Bell team. 

Bell is making unmatched investments in our world-leading broadband fibre and wireless networks because we know they’re the backbone of the products and services our customers love. If you’re excited about transforming the way people connect, our Network team is the right place for you.  

Position Description:

The Network Application Services Management (NASM) group is seeking a skilled individual for a server administrator role in the Server Operations team working to support primarily Core Network environments.   


Reporting to a Systems Operations Manager, the System Administrator will be tasked with day-2 support of small, medium and enterprise class customers.  Working within a strong Linux support team, the candidate will be monitoring server health status, working closely with project teams, patching, and supporting backup solutions on a day-to-day basis.


Key Responsibilities would include:

  • Take ownership for the environments that you support and monitor them using available tools.
  • Address Incidents by performing diagnostics and troubleshooting while respecting established procedures, taking care to document actions. Engage peers or other teams as required.
  • Process Work requests according to established procedures.
  • Submit and perform Change requests as required (application of patches and software upgrades, equipment repair and installation, etc.)
  • Perform daily tasks such as checking logs, adding users, backup validations, etc.
  • Continually ensure the integrity of data entered in management tools and databases (Network CMDB).
  • When required, act as a point of contact with Change Management and/or other groups.
  • Communicate information on outages to colleagues and superiors and follow proper escalation procedures.
  • Participate in an on-call rotation and follow established response time and notification procedures.
  • Manage and configure Virtual Server Environments (VSphere 5.0+)
  • Implement and manage Unix /Linux environments to ensure high availability
  • Gate new customer accounts from project to operations
  • Monitor servers and network infrastructure
  • Support Project Team(s)
  • Develop and administer security policies and procedures
  • Develop and administer NetBackup and EPO
  • Manage user authentication and security on the network
  • On-call rotation for patching and escalations
  • Engage with 3rd party vendors on product support issues and escalation procedures


Skills and Experience:

  • College degree in Computer Science with specialization in Administration of Unix / Linux or equivalent work experience.
  • Two to three years of experience with systems administration.
  • Knowledge of the concepts of virtualization.
  • Knowledge of networking and security concepts.
  • Knowledge in the following tools would be useful:  PuTTY, SecureCRT, OMC, scripting, etc.
  • Knowledge of ITIL practices would be beneficial.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic team environment.
  • Capable of critical thinking while remaining efficient under pressure.
  • Must be reliable, responsive and flexible.
  • Self-starter, strive to improve processes, work with minimal supervision, positive attitude, customer focus, strong problem-solving abilities


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Microsoft MCSA or MCSE (preferably Server Infrastructure)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4/5/6/7
  • Scripting knowledge (admin task automation, reporting & monitoring)
  • VSphere 5.0+
  • SAN (3par, Netapp Data Management, Dell EqualLogic,…), cloud and switched fabric knowledge/ experience
  • Windows Server 2008 and 2012 administration experience
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
  • Systems administration experience in environments with large SQL servers
  • NetBackup 7.5 Certification
  • Hardware knowledge/Certification for HP servers




Bilingualism is an asset (English and French); adequate knowledge of French is required for positions in Quebec. 


Additional Information:

Position Type: Management 
Job Status: Regular - Full Time 
Job Location: Canada : New Brunswick : Saint John || Canada : Nova Scotia : Halifax || Canada : Ontario : Ottawa || Canada : Prince Edward Island : Charlottetown 
Application Deadline: 08/18/2019 


Please apply directly online to be considered for this role.  Applications through email will not be accepted.


At Bell, we don’t just accept difference - we celebrate it. We’re committed to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and accessible workplace where every team member feels valued, respected, and supported, and has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities.


Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. For a confidential inquiry, simply email your recruiter directly or to make arrangements. If you have questions regarding accessible employment at Bell please email our Diversity & Inclusion Team at


Created: CanadaON, Ottawa

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