R012720: Senior System Engineer

Job Location:

St. Louis, MO

As a salaried fulltime employee of Ferguson Consulting, you will function as a contract IT resource in the role of Senior Systems Automation

Engineer at the enterprise level for our reinsurance client in Chesterfield, MO. This particular role is looking for a possible conversion after 6 months.

As a Ferguson Consulting employee, and a consultant to our end client, you are able to focus on your technical skills development and career versus becoming a client SME - which is always in your best interest.

In this role, you will support both Linux and Windows systems. The ideal candidate will show initiative, drive, creativity, and good communication skills.

What You'll Do:

  • Design, develop, and maintain the physical infrastructure, network, and layout of a data center.
  • Provides architectural framework for servers, hardware, peripherals, and connections. Implement standards and guidelines. Ensure adequate capacity for corporate computing needs and identify capacity trends.
  • Provides technical support, provisioning, and automation capabilities for compute resources utilizing multiple operating systems and hardware technologies across public and private cloud services.
  • Performs reliability testing and plan disaster recovery procedures.
  • Performs operating efficiency and stability duties, implements the security and integrity of all systems and data, and respond to outages and other issues.
  • Provides regular status, operational, incident, and change reports.

Who You Are:

  • 5+ years experience managing data center resources and managing virtual hosting platforms.
  • Strong ability to automate and maintain automation for core job functions.
  • Strong skills in virtual platform management.
  • Strong Operating systems knowledge: Linux (IX) and Windows
  • Experience in Operating Systems support
  • Strong experience working with Unix, Linux, Windows, and container based systems
  • Automation: deep knowledge of Python, Ansible is a plus
  • Containers: deep knowledge of Docker
  • Strong expertise planning and physically installing servers, including coordinating with network, storage, and third-party datacenter teams
  • Strong knowledge of trends in DevOps, micro-services, and automation orchestration
  • Strong knowledge of virtualization concepts and technologies including private cloud, public cloud, software defined infrastructure, and serverless architecture
  • Strong knowledge of domain and intranet management
  • Strong understanding of multiple hardware vendors and technologies
  • 2+ years experience programming or building automation
  • Experience participating or relevant understanding of Agile concepts and ceremonies
  • Strong understanding of data center layout planning, networking, and life cycle management.
  • Strong experience installing, configuring, and automating multiple operating systems.
  • Strong experience designing and implementing configuration management solutions across various operating systems and virtualization environments.
  • Strong skills in customer relationship management and change management.
  • Ability to liaise with individuals across a wide variety of operational, functional, and technical disciplines.

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience

Nice to Have:

    • Mongo
    • Hadoop and Vertica

The benefits:

We hire IT professionals who like to work with smart people and can hold their own in a demanding environment. Our employees build a career at Ferguson. Here IT isn’t a support function for our business – it IS our business. We strive to develop a professional relationship with each employee – and that is what you are, our direct employee. Our pay and benefit levels recognize the advanced skills of our talented staff members. In addition, we are unique in our market in the emphasis that we place on continuing education, including an annual training allowance that is an integral part of our compensation package. This kind of investment in our employees’ professional development is an important contributor to making Ferguson a desirable place to build an IT career. As a W-2 employee, your first assignment will be just that – the first of many. Our goal is to establish a long-term employee relationship with you.

The compensation:

Highly competitive base salary.

Paid overtime

$.60/$1 401K match

160 hours of Paid Time Off (PTO) Benefits

Bonus System

Health, vision, dental, and life insurance

Short-term and long-term disability

Training allowance for Leading Industry Professional Training with SLU/Wash U.

How to Apply:

If you are looking for a change and/or are interested in building or continuing your career as an IT professional and have the ability to thrive in challenging, fast-paced environments, we want to hear from you.

Please send your resume to Andy Scheffel at ascheffel@fergcons.com

Please review our website fergusonconsultinginc.com and find out more about who we are and what we can do for you.


Ferguson is free from biases for or against any individual or group of candidates. We are inclusive and celebrate multiple approaches and points of view. Ferguson believes diversity drives innovation and that difference is valued. We build a culture where we are committed to cultivating and preserving inclusion. We’re always growing our network of people, opportunities and tools to help our employees develop, advance and manage their career paths. Our diverse team of employees enables us to learn better together as a collective team. Ferguson welcomes all qualified applicants in consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Andy Scheffel
Ferguson Consulting
1350 Timberlake Manor Parkway, Suite 500
Chesterfield,MO 63017
(636) 728-4407
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