• Data Center Technical Lead

    Job Locations US-Remote
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/4/2019 3:33 PM)
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    Information Technology
  • Overview

    GovernmentCIO is seeking a Datacenter technical lead who would serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) that provides data center, virtual infrastructure (Azure), network, and communications technical leadership, guidance and recommendations; perform reviews of Operations and Maintenance (O&M) deliverables; develop and maintain data center virtual infrastructure, network, and communications documentation and artifacts; and provide input to the IAM software/systems architect team. 


    The Datacenter Technical Lead must possess specialized technical knowledge and experience in Microsoft Azure Cloud Environment Infrastructure designs and efficiency. This individual will be part of an Operations consulting team that assists the VA Government Data Center Manager in deciding on recommended technical solutions to data center operations issues. The candidate must work closely with the Data Center government, PMO, and Operation and Maintenance staff to: create and distribute tailored views of the Azure footprint; plan and execute infrastructure changes.

    The Datacenter Technical Lead must also work in concert with other Technical Leads and Operations and Maintenance vendors to improve infrastructure design to meet service level agreements, satisfy business and consumer expectations/requirements. Finally, the candidate will monitor Data Center Infrastructure stability and proactively recommend changes to achieve the desired results given the solution constraints.

    The responsibilities include:

    • Assist Data Center Manager in authoring requirements for vendor contracts as directed
    • Support hardware and software installations, upgrades, and expansions as required to maintain IAM availability and synchronization with Enterprise Operations (EO) CMDB Configuration Item (CI) lists. Activities include:

    o   Review disk space, memory, storage, and server performance report deliverables and proactively make recommendations for change.

    o   Perform monthly Server Planning Sheet Technical Reviews (for all VHIC and AcS environments) and proactively make recommendations for change.

    o   Develop presentations, diagrams, and documents to communicate data center/Azure/infrastructure capabilities

    o   Guide and advise IAM Operations and Maintenance teams in environment infrastructure health alert monitoring and provide assessments as requested by the Data Center Manager.

    o   Conduct technical reviews of monthly patching plan and ensure adherence to patching processes and procedures each month.

    • Perform Data Center tools analysis and recommendations for acquisition consideration by the Data Center Manager, tools can/should include:

    o   Certificate (i.e., SSL) Expiration Management tools

    o   System administration detailed dashboards

    o   Executive-level systems health dashboards (i.e. developed for SharePoint)

    • Support development of Operations and Maintenance Standard Operations Procedure (SOP) Library:

    o   Create Network Connectivity Diagrams as directed to include boundaries and scope

    o   Author, update, and maintain between 8-10 (current and to-be-created) DEV and SQA lab SOP’s.

    o   Periodically review and approve vendor SOP’s

    • Lead Data Center team’s technical review of project documents

     Desired Skills:

    • Extensive experience in the following technologies:

    o   Azure

    • Virtual servers
    • PowerShell and other Automation tools
    • Log Analytics
    • Gateway and VPNs
    • Azure Load Balancer
    • Azure Keyvault
    • Active Directory
    • Storage management (blob vs file, etc)

    o   Identity, Access Management and SSO products/protocols such as:

    • SiteMinder (to include policy server)
    • TFIM (Tivoli Federated Identity Manager)
    • SAML
    • OAUTH/Kerberos/NTLM/LDAP

    o   Monitoring tools such as:

    • Splunk
    • APM/UIM

    o   Other Devices/technology

    • Apache/Tomcat/Weblogic/IIS
    • Datapower
    • eSignature devices
    • RHEL
    • Additional familiarity with the following skills/technology/processes would be a plus:

    o   Oracle/Dataguard/RAC

    o   ServiceNow (trouble ticketing API and automatic ticket generation)

    o   Tenable Nessus functionality

    o   Security remediation

    o   Change Control Board processes

    o   SharePoint & Visio

    • Good communications, analytical, and writing skills.


    The Datacenter Technical Lead must have:

    • At least 15 years overall experience with diverse IT projects both large and small.
    • At least 7 years experience managing multiple enterprise technical environments.
    • At least 5 years experience Platform as a Service (PAAS) architecture and solutions.
    • At least 1 year (preferably two years) experience as an Azure architect for a large scale enterprise environment with thousands of customers and hundreds of virtual servers and devices.
    • Enterprise understanding of data center services to include: hardware and software, hosting services, and network communications
    • Leadership skills, initiative, and good judgment and a clear vision of datacenter goals, Azure capabilities and the ability to clearly state objectives for mission critical systems
    • A strong self-starter with the ability to work independently within a team-oriented environment


    • Bachelors Degree (BS) – Engineering, Computer Science, Systems, Business or related scientific/technical discipline.
    • 10 years of additional relevant experience may be substituted for education.



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