Senior Systems Administrator (Network) (106502-1122) . Job Reference: 1888995

University of Warwick
November 27, 2022
Offerd Salary:£43,414 - £51,805
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Working Time:Part time
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Vacancy Type/Job category

Management & Professional


IT Services

Sub Department

Enterprise Infrastructure - Network


£43,414 - £51,805 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Open to internal candidates only.

Permanent position, 1.0 FTE.

We are seeking a Senior Systems Administrator for a new role within the Network and Telecommunications team. This is an exciting opportunity to develop a career in the networking technology and platforms used to support higher education at a world class university. In this role, you will provide technical expertise in the development, support and implementation of networking connectivity used by nearly 30,000 students.

The team works closely with colleagues across the institution to provide services such as wired, wireless and internet connectivity. Managing the day- to-day running of the network systems such as DHCP, DNS, VPN access and internet connectivity as well as the strategic development of services and improving the experience of users.

By joining the team, you will have a chance to work with some of the exciting new technology and be part of developing and delivering the next generation of software-defined networking within the university's environment.

In return we will provide you with a great range of benefits which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and Christmas closure, some fantastic savings on a wide range of products and services, and excellent learning and development opportunities.

At Warwick we are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. We currently hold the Athena SWAN Institutional Silver Award: a national initiative that recognizes the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, and onsite childcare facilities. We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full- time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.

We know that diversity fosters innovation and creativity, and therefore we encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability. As women and members of ethnic minority groups are currently under-represented at this level of post, we would encourage applications from members of these groups. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

We know that diversity fosters innovation and creativity, and therefore we encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability. As women and members of ethnic minority groups are currently under-represented at this level of post, we would encourage applications from members of these groups. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

Interview Date: 8 December 2022.

Job Description


To provide specialist technical expertise across a breadth of technology platforms. To lead on projects and tasks, across both physical infrastructure and cloud services. To work as part of a team of likeminded colleagues, to ensure that issues are resolved swiftly, technical challenges are addressed, project actions are delivered on time and services and data remain stable and highly available. To mentor and develop less experienced colleagues in the team.

Providing IT solutions for Teaching, Research and Professional services. Using a cloud preferred methodology and selecting the most appropriate technologies for the business. Managing services both on-premise and within cloud technologies.


Working on IT tasks:

- Responding to escalated Service Now calls with professionalism and timeliness

- Communicating positively with users / customers, avoiding technical jargon

- Solving technically complex challenges

- Applying expertise to issues, implementing clean fixes

- Documenting solutions clearly and accurately

- Responsible for ensuring confidentiality, integrity and availability for data. Following information security and data management policies ensuring, least privilege and information assurance

- Ensuring appropriate levels of business continuity are factored into solutions and maintained during the solutions lifecycle

- Monitoring of systems and reacting to alerts and abnormal behaviour

Improving IT outputs:

- Identifying repeating or common issues, proposing, and implementing solutions to root cause fixes

- Identifying training needs for self and in the team around technical disciplines and advising IDG leadership on development opportunity

- Recommending Change Requests and preparing change documentation, representing Change at Change Advisory Board

- Leading on managing risks around Lifecycle management of systems and services supported by the team

- Managing Capacity and forecasting, to inform the 5-year planning cycle ensuring services are fit for purpose

- Promote standardised solutions, with a view to optimise and expand services where appropriate.

Working on Projects:

- Key role in project teams, providing guidance and expertise on medium and large projects

- Escalating challenges, proposing solutions

- Identifying and raising project risks

- Provide technical solutions to meet customer requirements

- Producing high quality defined services, to form part of the service catalogue

Technical expertise:

- Specialist knowledge of at least one of wireless, routing, software defined networking, IPAM using on premise or cloud solutions

- Specialist Knowledge in a cloud platform connectivity either Azure or AWS

- Technical leadership to optimise performance and costs

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

Significant experience in similar role at a similar level. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 2

In depth appreciation of core infrastructure concepts such as networking, security, internet connectivity. (a)

Essential Criteria 3

Been the technical lead on IT projects. (a)

Essential Criteria 4

Extensive knowledge of DNS & IPAM administration (preferably Infoblox). (a, c)

Essential Criteria 5

Extensive knowledge of wireless network design and roll out. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 6

Extensive knowledge of network administration. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 7

Taking an active, leading role as part of a technical team. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 8

Creating work plans that resulted in the successful installation, maintenance of complex technical environments. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 9

Being able to engage with stakeholders at all levels and explain technical concepts in clear and concise language. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 10

IT degree or equivalent experience. (a)

Essential Criteria 11

Extensive of technical expertise of a networking platforms (such as Cisco DNA Centre and ISE). (a, c)

Essential Criteria 12

Worked closely with users to understand, document and define requirements. Design solutions and implement, via appropriate change process. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 13

Worked on technical platforms spanning multiple disciplines (switches, routers, firewalls and wireless LAN controllers for example) and diagnosed faults and issues. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 14

Performed extensive diagnosis work of underperforming systems, tracing traffic flows, PCAP captures etc. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 1

Cisco networking certification or demonstrable experience. (a)

Desirable Criteria 2

Solution Design. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 3

Understanding of complex workloads such as High-Performance Computing, and cloud based connectivity. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 4

Contributed to the development of service strategy and policy. (a)

Desirable Criteria 5

ITIL Foundation Qualification. (a)

Further Particulars

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about IT Services and the Information and Digital Group, please see our websites.

Warwick is committed to building an organisation of mutual respect and dignity, promoting a welcoming, diverse and inclusive working and learning environment. We recognise that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued. Where possible, we go beyond legislation to provide a place where everyone can thrive, supporting all staff to achieve their full potential. We aspire to remove economic, social and cultural barriers that may otherwise prevent people from succeeding.

We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all communities regardless of culture, background, age, disability, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion/belief, or sexual or romantic orientation. To find out more about our social inclusion work at Warwick visit our webpages here.

The University of Warwick holds an Athena SWAN Silver award; a national initiative to promote gender equality for all staff and students. Further information about the work of the University in relation to Athena SWAN can be found at the following link: Athena Swan (

The University of Warwick is one of the six founder institutions of the EUTOPIA European University alliance, whose aim is to become by 2025 an open, multicultural, confederated operation of connected campuses.

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As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants' suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University's Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Closing Date

27 Nov 2022

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