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Senior Infrastructure Engineer
Alameda, CA

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Job Description

Exelixis is growing and the IT Infrastructure needs to grow and evolve to continue to enable the business. We are looking for a Sr. Infrastructure Engineer to support our on-premise and Cloud-based corporate systems. This position has responsibility for all aspects of design, implementation, documentation, and operational support of current and new corporate systems.

This individual will be an integral subject-matter expert (SME) on the IT Infrastructure Team. Having a diverse background and experience in implementing and maintaining systems running on Windows, Linux, and AWS Infrastructure is vital to the success of this person. Business requirements, priorities, and the skillset of the candidate will dictate the initial area of work.

Willingness to communicate ideas openly and collaborate with other team members and business owners while also taking ownership of tasks is a necessity. When possible, we try to expose team members to different technologies. Help the team with your versatile skill set and we will add to it while you are at Exelixis. Candidates who continuously look for improvements but also understand that they do not happen overnight will thrive in this position. If this sounds like a great opportunity for you, we would love to talk to you.

Position Requirements


* Architect, implement, document, backup, and manage all things pertaining IT Infrastructure systems
* Manage and administer the compute and storage infrastructure (Cisco UCS, VMware, Data Domain, EMC Unity, and Rubrik)
* Work closely with database, application, and software engineers to gather requirements from business owners to incorporate them into the design and implementation of systems.
* Partner and coordinate with VARs and outsourcing vendors to design, implement, and support current and new infrastructure systems and applications.
* Manage contracts, renewals, and purchasing of hardware and software as necessary.
* Document infrastructure and work instructions for systems and applications
* Produce metrics (KPI) regularly on the health of the infrastructure.
* Follow industry and Exelixis best practices and procedures in a SOX and an FDA regulated environment.
* Mentor and cross train team members.
* Work off hours and weekends as required
* Travel to datacenter located in Sunnyvale, CA as required.
* 24/7/365 on-call availability for emergency escalations.


* None



* BS/BA degree in related discipline; or,
* Equivalent combination of education and experience


* 7+ years of experience in Windows or Linux Server administration in a production environment.
* 4+ years of experience with Cloud Instructure Services: AWS, Azure, Google Cloud
* Experience working in a SOX and FDA regulated environment is a plus


* 7+ years of experience managing Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012 R2, and 2016
* 4+ years of experience with Linux (Redhat/CentOS 6 and 7, SUSE 10/11/12)
* 4+ years of experience with administering VMware vSphere 5/6
* 4+ years of experience with administering Cloud-based corporate applications e.g. Office 365 and G Suite
* Experience with Cloud-based identity and access management (Okta, OneLogin, MS Azure AD) is a plus
* Experience with desktop virtualization (Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp and VMware Horizon)
* Experience with logging analysis products such as Splunk or Solarwinds LEM
* Experience managing enterprise backup system such Veritas Netbackup, EMC Avamar, and Rubrik
* Experience in pharmaceutical industry with knowledge of GxP and SOX compliance preferred.
* Informatics experience supporting Discovery departments e.g. Chemistry, Biology, and Pharmacology
* Ability to write and modify scripts.
* Strong ability to interface with customers and technical staff. Strong customer-facing skills (oral, written and verbal skills); ability to define and articulate complex process flows.
* Ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and completes them under time constraints.
* Ability to work with minimal guidance, to adapt to frequent priority changes, and response to ad-hoc requests


* Works on problems of extremely diverse scope and complexity where analysis of data may require evaluation of identifiable factors.
* Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
* Develops relationships with senior internal and external personnel in area of expertise.
* Resolves a wide range of issues in creative ways and/or using a combination of applied company procedures.


The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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