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Systems Administrator - AWS/GCP/Azure

Location: Remote, MD.
Company Description:

Merkle is a leading data-driven, technology-enabled, global performance marketing agency that specializes in the delivery of unique, personalized customer experiences across platforms and devices. For more than 30 years, Fortune 1000 companies and leading nonprofit organizations have partnered with Merkle to maximize the value of their customer portfolios. The agency’s heritage in data, technology, and analytics forms the foundation for its unmatched skills in understanding consumer insights that drive people-based marketing strategies. Its combined strengths in performance media, customer experience, customer relationship management, loyalty, and enterprise marketing technology drive improved marketing results and competitive advantage. With 9,600+ employees, Merkle is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with 50+ additional offices throughout the US, EMEA, and APAC. In 2016, the agency joined the Dentsu Aegis Network. For more information, contact Merkle at 1-877-9-Merkle or visit www.merkleinc.com.

Job Description:

The Systems Administrator, Managed Hosting role within Merkle is responsible for providing Tier 2 support for infrastructure within the Merkle Managed Hosting environment. The Systems Administrator must be able to provide escalation support for incidents and service requests and addressing them with an appropriate sense of urgency. Candidates will work in a team setting, sharing information, collaborating, and assisting other team members.  Candidate must possess a strong dedication to quality customer service, excellent follow-through, attention to detail, and a drive to be part of a larger team and engage with broad Corporate IT challenges and initiatives.

The Systems Administrator reports to the Manager, IMS Operations.  The role will work with a team of geographically distributed Merkle staff and contract employees.

Essential Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Implement, configure and maintain Windows and Linux Operating Server Systems
  • Implement, configure, and maintain various Cloud-based and Data Center services
  • Configure and maintain, Active Directory Domain Services and supporting Active Directory roles
  • Deploy and maintain Cloud-based IaaS Virtual Machines and Application and Networking Services to support growth into the cloud.
  • Configure and maintain Enterprise class storage sub-systems like block based SAN and file based NAS
  • Configure and maintain Enterprise backup solutions
  • Troubleshooting and technical support of enterprise-class systems, concerning ITIL/ITSM processes/practices while maintaining compliance with all company policies, procedures, and standards
  • Provide incident and service request support for assigned Information Technology platforms
  • Plan, coordinate, and execute change management activities
  • Ensure that all solutions are aligned with IT standards and best practices
  • Ensure that controls designed to ensure security and availability of the Merkle information technology environment are adhered to
  • Identify areas in need of improvement and develop a solution that addresses those needs
  • Provide a high level of customer service to all levels of the organization
  • Manage and prioritize multiple incidents and service requests while adapting to changing business conditions
  • Document standard operating procedures for repeatable tasks
  • Provide input to automation efforts
  • Act as an escalation point for incidents and service requests not resolved in the Tier 1 organization
  • Provide on-call and after-hours support as required
  • Uphold and promote Merkle’s core values and culture

Measures of Success:

  • Consistently drive technical incidents/service requests to resolution within SLA/OLA timeframe, escalating where appropriate.
  • Contribution to the development and implementation of existing and new IT solutions that exceed customer expectations on time and on budget.
  • Positive recognition as noted on Employee and Customer satisfaction surveys completed periodically.
  • Rapid personal and career growth.


  • 2+ years of experience supporting and implementing enterprise-class solutions operating in a 24/7 environment.
  • Must have understanding of core Cloud Computing services from (GCP, AWS, or Azure)  - Cloud Storage, Security, Networking, Databases, Software, and Servers. 
  • Must have solid understanding of Datacenter Operations
  • General knowledge of Windows and Linux Server Operating Systems
  • General knowledge of Active Directory (DNS, DHCP, GPO, Sites and Services, Certificates, Groups, OU’s, etc)
  • General knowledge of Enterprise storage systems, (SAN, NAS, Object)
  • General knowledge of File transfers protocols
  • Familiarity with Enterprise backup solutions
  • Some knowledge of Clustering technologies (Windows Failover Cluster, Network Load balancer, elastic load balancers, etc)
  • Supporting Server builds 
  • DevOps experience is highly desired
  • Familiarity with Infrastructure as Code, automated cloud deployment, CLI, and supporting technologies
  • Familiarity with understanding configuration management solutions (Ansible, Terraform, etc.)
  • Enterprise productization processes, including developing product guides, asset management, data protection, capacity management, performance management, and lifecycle management
  • Familiarity with Scripting languages, such as Python, Powershell, etc desired
  • Understanding of enterprise infrastructure concepts and standard operating procedures.
  • Ability to learn new skills, techniques, and responsibilities and train other team members.
  • Proactive, upbeat, and collaborative communication style, with the ability to be direct, tactful, and transparent.  
  • Ability to promote teamwork and collaboration.


Additional Information:

Employees from diverse or underrepresented backgrounds encouraged to apply.
Dentsu (the "Company") is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee of the Company, on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, veteran or military status, genetic information, or any other legally-recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done that will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing an undue hardship on the Company. Please contact [email protected] if you need assistance completing any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process or to request or discuss an accommodation in connection with a job at the Company to which you are applying.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

The anticipated salary range for this position is $60k-$95k. Salary is based on a wide range of factors that include relevant experience, knowledge, skills, other job-related qualifications, and geography.  A range of medical, dental, vision, 401(k) matching, paid time off, and/or other benefits also are available. For more information regarding dentsu benefits, please visit https://dentsubenefitsplus.com/  


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