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Senior Systems Engineer - Technical Applications

Massey University
Job Category:
IT & computing
Manawatu - Wanganui - Palmerston North
Manawatu - Wanganui
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Finance and Technology
Palmerston North

For more than 80 years, Massey University has helped shape the lives and communities of people in New Zealand and around the world. Its forward-thinking spirit, research-led teaching, and cutting-edge discoveries make Massey New Zealand's defining university.

ITS is responsible for the provision, maintenance and support of information and communication technology for staff and students at Massey University. Spanning three campuses; Auckland, Palmerston North and Wellington, we currently employ over 3,500 people, both full and part-time. Approximately 18,000 students are enrolled across those campuses, with an additional 17,000 students enrolled as national and worldwide distance learning (extramural) students.

Our Applications Support team is seeking an additional Senior Systems Engineer specialising in Linux with a focus on automation and configuration management. In this role, you will be part of a team responsible for the support and maintenance of foundation University IT systems (including DHCP, DNS and Middleware applications) delivered across multiple campuses.

The successful candidate will be a self-motivated critical thinker, with excellent customer service skills, and have a good understanding of configuration management and automation tools (such as Puppet and Jenkins).

You will also need to be familiar with ISC BIND (DNS) and ISC DHCP Server, Apache Tomcat and open source based databases including PostgreSQL and MySQL. Experience with supporting containers (Docker, e.g.) and Windows Server would be advantageous.

Ideally you will have experience supporting large-scale applications in tertiary education or a similar complex environment.

What's on offer?

This is a full-time position based in Palmerston North, the centre of the Manawatu, New Zealand, offering a wonderful, affordable lifestyle and excellent educational opportunities for all ages, from pre-school to tertiary. Whilst the career opportunities here are impressive, we think you will be just as enticed by the life you could have in Palmerston North's beautiful environment. Our vibrant city has so much to offer. Whilst a Palmerston North location is preferred, working from our Auckland or Wellington campuses is a possibility for the right applicant.

In addition to a salary, Massey also offers the following:

  • Up to 6.75% employer contribution to the UniSaver Superannuation Scheme
  • Five university holidays per year in addition to your annual leave
  • Subsidised Southern Cross Healthcare plan for you and your family
  • Discounted membership to our fully equipped recreation centre and gym facilities
  • Access to a wonderful on-Campus crèche /day care facilities for dependents of staff
  • Comprehensive professional development and training programme
  • University staff study provisions

We embrace diversity, talent and performance, and provide staff and students with an extensive range of opportunities to develop intellectually, professionally and personally.

For further information, or a confidential discussion, please contact our Applications Support Manager Mark Skinner on or telephone: +64 6 951 6205 ext: 83205.

Otherwise, please apply now with a current CV and a cover letter.

Closing date: 28 July 2019
Reference number: FT_ITS_323_06/19

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