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Job Description:

Activision Blizzard Esports is seeking a high performing and versatile Network Administrator to join the League IT team. You’ll be joining a technical team focused on engineering, building and delivering the technology that powers The Overwatch League and Call of Duty League across US and Global locations.

The ideal candidate is a highly organized individual passionate about delivering flawless experiences at every event. As a Network Administrator in this role, you will be deploying and managing network infrastructure and on-site server at each venue and helping support the main event, working closely with Production and the League to deliver high quality shows. Excellent troubleshooting skills, collaboration skills and strong ability to adapt to shifting priorities are critical.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage and administer the local network infrastructure, including ISP turn up and extending connectivity to areas within the venue.

  • Troubleshoot and remediate issues impacting WAN, LAN and VPN connectivity at the event.

  • Ensure strict network security policies are being enforced to protect sensitive and proprietary information.

  • Work with external vendors to evaluate and design the network infrastructure deployment at multiple venues and locations.

  • Manage and administer the local on-site network and server infrastructure.

  • Document network configurations, changes, and setup procedures.

  • Troubleshoot and remediate issues impacting server availability.

  • Work with other internal IT teams to integrate new systems and network architecture.

  • Work with the Overwatch Team and Call of Duty Development Teams to prepare and administer event game event services.

  • Travel to event locations within your designated region to ensure flawless execution.

  • Assist Desktop and Program Managers in set up and deployment at each event.

  • Support Windows PC’s during live stage matches.

Requirements:

  • A minimum of 5 years’ in Network and Systems Administration or equivalent experience.

  • Understanding of routing protocols and switching technologies, VPN’s, TCP/IP, DNS, VLANs, DHCP, NAT, PAT, QoS,etc.

  • Strong grasp of physical network deployments in a medium-sized organization (20+ nodes)

  • Experience configuring, deploying, and troubleshooting on Cisco Catalyst switches.

  • Experience administering and troubleshooting issues on Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls.

  • Experience running and terminating Cat5e/Cat6 ethernet.

  • Experience working with various types of fiber optic cables, connectors, and SFPs.

  • Experience managing a virtualized infrastructure such as VMWare or Hyper-V.

  • Basic familiarity administering Linux systems running CentOS or RHEL.

  • Strong PC hardware and software troubleshooting skills.

  • Familiarity with PC image deployment tools such as Fog or MDT.

  • Familiarity managing and configuring monitoring tools such as Datadog, Grafana, LibreNMS.

  • Scripting knowledge of Powershell, Python, or other similar languages.

  • Automation technologies, such as Puppet.

  • Exceptional inter-personal skills, oral and written communication skills.

  • Able to work in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment.

  • Able to work long hours, weekends, and potentially holidays

Pluses:

  • A degree in computer science or a related field

  • Experience administering Dell PowerEdge server hardware.

  • IT Certifications in Systems and Network Administration (MCSA/MCSE, RHCSA, CCNA/CCNP)

  • Intermediate knowledge operating and managing services in a public cloud environment, such as AWS, Azure, or GCP

  • A passion for video games.

  • Experience running Esports events.

  • Familiarity with broadcast technologies, streaming, and transmission.

  • Experience working with AWS Direct Connect services

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