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Senior Systems Administrator


This is a Contract position in Ottawa, ON posted September 19, 2022.

Why Work for Us?


Act with Integrity.


Embrace Diversity.

Care We come from many countries, cultures, races, ethnicities, abilities, and nationalities.

We bring our passions including singing, biking, swimming, dancing, cooking, volunteering, parenting, coaching and much more We are proud of our nearly equal balance of men and women and strengthened by our non-binary and transgender team members.

Every employee belongs.

We offer challenging career opportunities, competitive benefits and an environment that recognizes and rewards performance.

Company Description Zymeworks is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of next-generation bispecific and multifunctional biotherapeutics, initially focused on the treatment of cancer.

Zymeworks’ suite of complementary therapeutic platforms and its fully-integrated drug development engine provide the flexibility and compatibility to precisely engineer and develop highly-differentiated product candidates.

Zymeworks is seeking a highly-motivated professional who is looking to grow their career with our company.

This position will report to the Senior Manager, Infrastructure & Security, Information Technology & Systems and will be based in Vancouver, BC.

As a condition of employment, Zymeworks requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and provide verification of such.

Key Responsibilities Provides support for network, server, hardware, and software.

Troubleshoots support issues.

Ensures all back-ups and disaster recovery systems are operating correctly and are tested regularly.

Installs server upgrades, patches, deploys new servers, and server software including both physical and virtual devices, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS as appropriate.

Administers applications as required.

Supports the software development team with software releases.

Identifies system requirements, conducts product research, obtains quotes, prepares proposals recommending technology purchases and oversees and/or participates in the implementation of that technology.

Develops and maintains vendor relationships, manages IT purchases, tracks physical assets, and monitors warranty status.

Monitors endpoint protection system, identifies out of character behavior of systems or users, collaborates with internal staff and security vendors to resolve concerns.

Reads, writes, reviews and edits documentation including work instructions, SOPs, validation documentation, installation instructions.

Actively works to foster an environment of effective and collaborative working relationships amongst employees, management and external partners.

Reads pertinent literature to improve technical knowledge and maintain awareness and understanding of developments related to current or anticipated projects and/or products.

Provides backup for desktop support personnel as required.

Participates in on-call rotation and after-hours work as required.

Qualifications and Education Requires a technical diploma in a related discipline and a minimum of 5 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Additional technical certifications required.

Skills and Abilities Proven interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Strong organizational skills and the ability to work effectively in a high paced, fast changing environment.


Ability to provide leadership, mentoring and coaching to a team of professionals and to establish and promote a positive, respectful workplace.

Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to explain technical concepts to non-technical users.

Experience with TCP/IP stack and popular protocols.

Proficiency with bash and python scripting.

Experience working in a clustered computing environment.

In-depth experience installing, configuring and supporting Linux and dependent applications and hardware.

Thorough understanding of networking principles and technologies.

Comprehensive understanding of NFS and large-scale storage systems.

Familarity with next-generation endpoint protection and SEIM systems such as Fireeye, Carbon Black, Crowdstrike.

Preferred Experience: Expert level administration of Active Directory, SSO and centralized configuration management systems such as Puppet, Salt, Ansible.

Expert level experience with Amazon Web Services; EC2, VPC, S3, IAM.

Intermediate level Network and Cloud storage systems administration.

Intermediate level administration of GridEngine, Splunk, Logicmonitor.

Implementation of next-generation endpoint protection and SEIM systems such as Fireeye, Carbon Black, Crowdstrike.

Implementation of multi-site networks spanning physical and IaaS sites using technologies such as Palo Alto, Juniper, Meraki, site-to-site VPN.

How to Apply NOTE TO EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES: Zymeworks values our relationships with our Recruitment Partners.

We will only accept resumes from those partners whom have been contracted by a member of our Human Resources team to collaborate with us.

Zymeworks is not responsible for any fees related to resumes that are unsolicited or are received without contract.

Zymeworks is an Equal Opportunity Employer