A full-time, site-specific position focused on IT client-based solutions enabling the development of games. Primary focus is support of embedded Respawn Entertainment developers with their operational standards and requirements. In addition, the Position will work closely with an extended Electronic Arts Vancouver Desktop support team to support the other EA teams onsite. Position will be responsible for close interactions with desktop level 1 and Level 2 personnel to fully understand and align with studio pipelines, processes, and bottlenecks. Role will require “self-starter” mentality and will require pro-active collaboration with Software Engineers, Technical Directors, and senior IT staff to solve title-specific client issues affecting development. Position to participate in IT communities focused on knowledge sharing. On-call after-hours support for local studio desktop support organization is a requirement. Due to the nature of the support role, the work is 100% on-site.
KEY SKILLS & RESPONSIBILITIES
Work in an environment in which level 1 and level 2 technicians will be motivated to provide best-in-class customer service.
Develop and coach L2 technicians to enable them to learn the technology, improve their customer service delivery skills, and broaden their skill base.
Develop L2 technicians to enable them to assume greater responsibility in day-to-day operations of desktop support.
Strong understanding of PC client workstation hardware, operating systems, applications, development game consoles, printers, mobile devices, networking, Apple Mac and Apple Mac-specific software, and Apple Mac imaging.
Strong background in testing and optimizing client workstations and applications.
Strong understanding of microprocessor hardware and application across all device types
Able to act as a senior level key escalation point for all technical concerns varying across multiple scopes of technology
Strong knowledge and understanding of video conferencing equipment and usage.
Able to provide desktop support to VP-level executives.
60% L3 level work and 40% L2 level work.
Provide frontline support for technical escalations.
Strong client OS background including Windows 10 and Mac OS.
Set direction from a desktop technology standpoint
WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Strong technical skills and experience.
Strong understanding of current Desktop (and technology) hardware standards and future hardware releases.
Familiar with studio development applications including Perforce, Visual Studio, Maya, 3DS Max, Photoshop, Microsoft XDK, Sony XDK/PRODG, and Slack and Zoom video
Knowledge of enterprise desktop and user administrative tools including Apple/Mac, Active Directory, MEM (formerly SCCM) and Endpoint Security Clients.
Understanding of basic network protocols as well as network hardware.
Strong hardware and software troubleshooting skills in a massive environment required.
Strong knowledge of development and test hardware functionality including updating firmware, updating to latest release for Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation, and Nintendo development consoles. Troubleshooting dev/test kit capabilities and knowledge of RMA process.
Basic understanding of server-side components and applications including web, application, and database infrastructure.
Understanding of basic network protocols including TCP/IP, UDP, DNS, SMTP, SNMP, HTTP, HTTPS, as well as network hardware.
Strong hardware and software troubleshooting skills in a fast-paced environment required.
Education / Experience or Equiv. Combination
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience (essential). 3 years previous experience in either a Desktop support or System administration role, with an ability to understand technical issues related to desktop support.
Technical Knowledge/ Depth of Expertise
Detailed knowledge of system fundamentals
Understands distributed system and network interaction
Helps define best practices
Perform initial troubleshooting of any network /server issues affecting desktop systems.
Good knowledge of network/servers and storage.
2-3 yrs. Active Directory experience.
Complexity of Problem Solving
Can answer most aspects of complex hardware and software troubleshooting
Produce appropriate debug information
Can find details on application and network errors
Freedom to Act/ Autonomy
Acts independently for system tasks
Receives general direction from management
Scope of Impact
Medium to High impact
Works closely with Respawn LA Techs and EA Vancouver Techs
Works with internal customers solving complex problems
Works with Vendors
Trains Entry Level Desktop Technicians
Involved in purchase decisions
Interpersonal Skills/ Leadership Capability/ Action Values
Good written and verbal communication skills
Can make presentations
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