Senior Specialist IT Infrastructure - UNIX/Linux Operations

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals, and branded generic medicines. Our 109,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Our location in Lake county, IL currently has an opportunity for a Senior Specialist IT Infrastructure - UNIX/Linux Operations

What You Will Do:
  • Must be recognized as a technical expert in UNIX/Linux platform engineering and operations. Position is responsible for high level systems administration, research, planning, design, and support of complex enterprise technologies.
  • Identifies requirements, builds, tests, deploys, and maintains consistent and stable UNIX/Linux operating environments for Abbott.
  • Provides technical oversight and partners with customers, vendors, and other dependent IT domains to ensure successful delivery and operations of the UNIX/Linux based systems that support Abbott business applications.
  • Leads technology specific tactical initiatives that encompass multiple technologies.
  • Ideal candidate is a self-starter with technical leadership experience in Enterprise UNIX/Linux operations and is technically proficient in multiple variants of UNIX/Linux (Redhat (RHEL), SUSE, HP-UX preferred).

Core Job Responsibilities:
  • Serve as the technical subject matter expert and provide consulting support to Division IT and end-user organizations for project and/or application migration efforts. Effectively identify user and technical dependencies, risks, and engage other technical domains to define broader solution sets.
  • Provide technical leadership in the development of UNIX/Linux best practices and standards, prepares recommendations, and secures approval of global deployment.
  • Install, configure, and maintain UNIX/Linux servers in a worldwide environment primarily consisting of Red hat/SUSE Linux, HP-UX and Oracle databases.
  • Implement stated infrastructure strategies for systems infrastructure using current and emerging technologies. Maintain and gain knowledge and competency in related UNIX/Linux technologies.
  • Conduct proactive capacity planning, performance monitoring, configuration tuning, and technology lifecycle as required to achieve optimum performance levels.
  • Manage and enhance system security in accordance with industry best practices and company policy.
  • Provide level 3 technical leadership.
  • Troubleshoot UNIX/Linux problems with hardware, operating systems, layered software products, and printing. Maintain knowledge and competency in related technologies.
  • Provide technical oversight and issue escalation for On Call operations. Responsible for evaluating outages, reviewing impact of supported systems, and troubleshooting incident resolutions.
  • Execute system change, incident, and problem analyses per established procedures. Coordinate major Unix-related change activities during maintenance windows.
  • Participate in the management of support contracts for hardware, operating system, layered products, and other software.
  • Implement disaster recovery planning and testing as required
  • Establish and maintain system specific documentation and operational procedures relative to UNIX/Linux based systems. Produce metrics as directed.
  • Comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, other regulatory requirements, company policies, operating procedures, processes, and task assignments. Maintains positive and cooperative communications with the following: employees, customers, contractors, and vendors.

Education and Experience you will bring:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Mathematics, Engineering, Business, or area of functional responsibility
  • 7+ years of technical experience with Unix/Linux based server operating systems administration in a medium to large complex server environment
  • 3+ years of level 3 experience with Systems Engineering (UNIX/RedHat/RHEL) and clustering technologies. RedHat Cluster and/or Oracle RAC experience preferred.
  • Expertise in administrating, monitoring, maintaining, and troubleshooting Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems.
  • 2-4 years of experience working with virtualization technologies including VMWare
  • 4-5 years of experience installing, configuring, and managing x86 based server hardware and virtual machines
  • Experience with infrastructure related concepts such as servers, network, storage area networks, backups, and datacenter management.
    • Moderate understanding of networking, IP addressing, DNS and TCP/IP.
    • Moderate understanding of VMware and the tuning and configuration
    • Moderate understanding of Active Directory, Group Policy, DNS, DHCP, LDAP
    • Moderate understanding of the architecture of large server backup systems
    • Moderate shell scripting skills with at least one scripting language (Bourne/ksh or perl)
    • Moderate understanding of storage area networks and shared storage technologies.
    • Working knowledge of logical volume management concepts and SAN configuration
  • Ability to work in a highly matrixed and geographically diverse business environment
  • Ability to work within a team and as an individual contributor in a fast-paced, changing environment while engaging others to accomplish projects. Demonstrates ability to handle technical challenges.
  • Strong verbal and written proficiency in the English language with ability to effectively communicate at multiple levels in the organization Ability to multitask, prioritize and meet deadlines in a timely manner
  • Strong organizational and follow-up skills, as well as attention to detail
  • Ability to maintain regular and predictable attendance
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize and meet deadlines in a timely manner
  • Strong organizational and follow-up skills, as well as attention to detail
  • Ability to maintain regular and predictable attendance

Supervisory responsibility:
  • Lead technical initiatives for UNIX/Linux in 2-3 person teams.
  • Perform other related duties and responsibilities as assigned which may include minimal travel.


At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career. We offer:
  • Training and career development, with onboarding programs for new employees and tuition assistance
  • Financial security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement plans
  • Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programs
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match
  • The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities

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