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System Administrator

Amanda Oakesby on Nov 23, 2016
Western X
Vancouver, Canada
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Job Category
Film : Post Visual FX
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Job Description
Western X VFX in Vancouver, BC is looking for a Systems Administrator to support our custom pipeline, manage our machines and render farm, and install software. We operate on Linux and Mac OSX, and we use Maya, Nuke, and Renderman, as well as having a suite of tools designed for the specific needs of our reoccurring projects.

The ideal applicant will be a UNIX expert. A BC resident would be great, but we will consider permitting the perfect applicant.

Western Post is a boutique facility in Vancouver, Canada that creates visual effects for a stable, long-running client base. We strictly follow BC labor standards, pay proper OT after 8 hours (on the rare occasion that we do overtime), and have an excellent work environment. The studio best suits artists and programmers who value their lives and who, while working hard when they have to, also cherish the parts of their lives that aren’t job related.

The ideal candidate would fulfill a good portion of the following:

Provide high-level networking and workstation support to artists
Assist in addressing business and technical needs
Maintain and enhance system infrastructure across Mac OSX and Linux
Manage tape archives and backups
Generate and update support documentation
Respond to incidents and emergencies

Required Skills:
Experience with, and understanding of:
Linux and Mac OSX Administration
Administration of high performance shared storage
Networking theory and practice
Common network services (e.g. LDAP, DNS, DHCP, NFS)
Data Backup Workflows

Ability to:
Work independently and in a team
Work effectively under pressure
Learn quickly
Write Bash and basic Python scripts for systems automation is ideal
Accurately communicate complex or complicated ideas

Experience with, and understanding of:
VFX and/or film post production
Intel, Cisco and Juniper 1GbE and 10GbE networking equipment
Symantec Netbackup
Network security
Software version control
Systems administration via automated platforms (e.g. Chef, Puppet, Ansible, Fabric)
Render farm management

Intermediate knowledge of the following software is a bonus:
PipelineFX Qube
Autodesk Maya
Autodesk Shotgun
Autodesk RV
Adobe Creative Suite
The Foundry Nuke
Basic understanding of:
Colour theory
Data center design

Hiring will commence immediately. Position is a six month contract with good possibilities for longer term extension. We pay extremely competitive rates.
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