Sr. Systems Administrator

San Francisco, CA, United States
Apr 22, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Position Overview

Nektar has an exciting opportunity for a Sr. Systems Administrator to join their IT team.


Responsible for the technical design, planning, implementation, and the highest level of performance tuning and recovery procedures for Nektar's systems. Serves as a technical expert in the area of system administration for complex operating systems. Recommends the redesign and configuration of operating systems and system applications. Investigates and analyzes feasibility of system requirements and develops system specifications. Identifies methods, solutions, and provides project leadership and management in order to provide a high level of service to the customers of the department. This job contributes to and supports the company's research and development efforts to create high value therapeutics to address unmet medical needs.


Proactively applies professional concepts to contribute to development of company's concepts and principles and to achieve objectives in creative and effective way. Provides guidance on extremely complex problems in which analysis of situations or data requires an evaluation of intangible variables. Exercises independent judgment in developing methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Acts independently to determine methods and procedures on new assignments. Manages the day-to-day operations of the Nektar Systems by monitoring system performance, configuration, maintenance and repair. Works with vendors to assist support activities. Provides second level support to the Nektar staff for supported systems. Develops new system and application implementation plans, custom scripts and testing procedures to ensure operational reliability. Trains technical staff in how to use new software and hardware developed and/or acquired. May guide or provide work direction to technical staff, contract staff and/or interns. Performs troubleshooting as required. As such, leads problem-solving efforts often involving outside vendors and other support personnel and/or organizations. Installs, modifies and maintains systems and utility software on server computer systems on-premise and cloud environments. Establishes guidelines and methods for the installation and management of the host computer operating systems, disk arrays, fiber channel and network switches, tape libraries and other components. Ensures high availability and acceptable levels of performance of mission critical host computer resources. Develops procedures to maintain security and protect systems from unauthorized use, acts of nature and user abuse. Develops procedures, programs and documentation for backup and restoration of host operating systems and host-based applications. Develops and coordinates project directions and schedules to maximize benefits and minimize impacts on the customer organizations. Provides leadership in planning and implementation of projects for computer operations and enterprise systems administration. Develops tools, procedures, and training sessions for Operations, Client Support and Systems Development staff to assist with work. Manages the data center and computer host systems including hardware, software and equipment such as air-conditioning system, UPS (uninterrupted power system) and fire protection system. Stays current with technological developments in systems administration technology and recommends ways for PCC to take advantage of new technology. Works on and may lead other projects as assigned.


A minimum of a Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Systems Engineering, Management Information Systems or relevant discipline is required. Equivalent experience may be accepted. A minimum of 10 years of relevant industry experience is required. Previous experience working in the Pharmaceutical or Biotechnology industry is preferred. Proficient implementing and supporting one or more of the following technologies required: Microsoft Cloud Technologies (MS Azure, O365, ATP, PIM, SAML SSO, WVD, VNET and etc.), AWS, MS Exchange 2016, MS SCCM, AD CS, SCOM, VMware, CommVault, Cisco, Meraki Managed Cloud Switches, APC Power & Cooling Data Center management systems, Enterprise Storage Systems, Next Gen Firewalls, MS Windows & Linux Operating Systems and etc. Microsoft Azure Associate, AWS Associate, MCSE, PMP, CCIE certifications preferred. Equivalent experience may be accepted. Ability to: Plan, organize and document complex system design activities and to configure systems to be consistent with corporate policies/procedures; communicate technical/complex information both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain cooperation, understanding, trust and credibility; perform multiple tasks concurrently and respond to emergency situations effectively.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. Nektar Therapeutics will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in the manner proscribed by the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.