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Chicago based trading firm is seeking a systems administrator to help develop its state-of-the-art, real-time automated trading system.  In addition to possessing excellent analytical and technical skills, the successful candidate will be a creative problem solver, a clear communicator, and a strong team player.


-Help design, and implement complex local and wide-area networks of machines.
-Provide technical assistance, and coverage to a small, complex site & wide area network.
-Work under general direction from development, and IT team members.
-Establish/recommend policies on system use and services.


-Strong interpersonal and communication skills; capable of writing purchase justifications, making presentations to an internal audience, and interacting positively with developers, and management.
-Ability to solve problems quickly and automate processes.
-Comfortable with most aspects of operating system administration; for example, configuration of mail systems, system installation and configuration, printer systems, fundamentals of security, installing third-party software.
-Understand a UNIX-based operating system; understand paging and swapping, interprocess communication, devices and what device drivers do, file system concepts (inode, clustering, logical partitions).
-Familiarity with fundamental networking/distributed computing environment concepts; can configure NFS and NIS, NT domains; can use nslookup or dig to check information in the DNS; understand routing concepts such as HSRP, RIP.
-Ability to write scripts in some administrative language (Perl, shell).
-Ability to do minimal debugging and modification of C programs.
-Familiarity with Windows Server, including Active Directory.
-A minimum of three years of system administration experience; Redhat Linux preferred.

Desirable Background and Skills:

-A degree in computer science or a related field.
-Programming background in any applicable language.
-Familiarity with SAN, iSCSI and other network based storage solutions.
-Experience with the following applications, or tools:  Symantec BackupExec, EMC Celerra NX4, Kickstart, CFEngine, OpenNMS.
-Knowledge of Financial Markets.

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