Advertising Salary
Competitive, dependent on experience
Vacancy Type

About The Role

How we implement IT is an essential part of what makes us Blue Zoo, so we’re looking to welcome a Senior Systems Administrator to the team, to support us in delivering our projects and solutions to a greater level platform.


The Senior Systems Administrator will be working primarily with the Head of IT and one other Systems Administrator, specifically in supporting the 2D & 3D pipeline teams.


The primary focus of the Senior Systems Administrator will be to complete a diverse range of projects. These projects will improve platforms, security and user experience. In addition, this role will involve troubleshooting, documentation, knowledge sharing and transfer.

Due to the current government guidelines on the continuing pandemic, all job opportunities we offer will remain remote for the foreseeable future. 

Day to Day:

  • Project planning in conjunction with the Head of IT

  • Deploy, manage and update systems and infrastructure

  • Schedule changes appropriately and provide daily updates on progress

  • Lead security audits and plan remediation of issues found

  • Provide advice and planning to bring systems in line with best practice

  • Support the team with advanced troubleshooting when required

  • Share knowledge of changes, steps taken etc with the rest of the IT team

  • Collaborate with 2D & 3D pipeline teams

About You

Must Have:

  • Experience configuring Active directory & Group policy
  • In depth knowledge of Linux (CentOS and Ubuntu primarily)
  • Troubleshooting and configuration of Samba
  • DB Administration, configuration, troubleshooting and optmisation (MySQL/MariaDB/MongoDB) 
  • Deploy, configure and update VMware (ESXi, vcenter)
  • Proficient in scripting (Python, Bash, Powershell)
  • Confident monitoring systems configuration
  • Ability to instil trust and respect within the team, provide strong team mentorship to increase productivity
  • Encourage team development through giving accountability and delegation
  • Encourage collaborative team approach to all aspects of work
  • Extremely strong problem solving skills devising elegantly creative solutions or work-arounds
  • Ability to learn new tools quickly
  • Extremely good organisation skills when juggling multiple projects and priorities belonging to different stakeholders
  • Very clear, efficient and effective communication skills
  • Proactive and positive approach to resolving issues under pressure
  • Excellent English writing skills for creating and reviewing easy to understand documentation

Bonus Points:

  • Worked within animation, VFX or games industry previously
  • Troubleshoot both 2D and 3D pipelines
  • Understanding of implementation CI/CD or devops practices
  • Ability to use Wireshark to diagnose software issues (primarily with storage
  • Configuring and troubleshooting switches (Layer 2/3)
  • Implement storage workflows (caching for remote sites, archive, backup)
  • Experience with cloud providers
  • Planning and deployment of configuration management
  • Manage and configure containerisation solutions
  • Assess and deploy secrets management & distribution
  • PBX management (asterix)
  • Troubleshooting and securing web servers (apache, nginx)
  • Configuring and troubleshooting BSD (TrueNAS and pfsense)

About Us

Blue Zoo is a leading animation studio in the UK, with a world-class reputation as the go-to place for creating bold, fun and characterful animation. Established in London in 2000, the studio has grown to become the largest dedicated CG animation studio in the UK, picking up a shelf full of BAFTAs along the way. 
The studio is going through an exciting period of growth and we are building a studio that is full of amazingly talented, happy artists, making work they are proud of, which in turn makes a small contribution to a happier world. Blue Zoo believes that a healthy balance in our lives - whatever our situation - is key to supporting the wellbeing of our staff. We offer flexible working to support this.
We look for people who have expertise, enthusiasm and are motivated by change. You’ll work alongside a talented and diverse group of people who respect each other's differences and seek to understand fresh perspectives. 

What we’ve got for you (benefits):

  • Winner of Best Places to Work in TV 2019 and 2020!
  • Inclusive self-funded shorts programme
  • Many fun social events throughout the year - even though they have to be remote for the foreseeable!
  • Bi-monthly staff feedback and engagement programme
  • Friday "beer o'clock" and talks programme!
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including loads of discounts and offers
  • Online wellbeing programme
  • Profit participation (for staff who have been with us for 2+ years)

Blue Zoo is committed to creating and nurturing an inclusive studio that promotes and values diversity and invites everyone to ‘bring their whole selves’ to work. We believe that companies that truly embrace and value diversity, and create an environment where everyone from any background can do their best work, are better companies. 

To be engaged our people have to feel included and valued. We work hard to build and nurture a culture where inclusiveness is embedded in the way we work, not just an initiative. We strive to engender a studio community that feels a deep sense of pride and commitment that transcends any role, department or level and works together to produce excellent and engaging work.

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