Cloud Infrastructure and Systems Administrator

Canada Corporate Richmond Hill, Ontario


Description

ROLE:                                  Senior Systems Administrator

REPORTS TO:                    Director, IT Services

LOCATION:                        Corporate Office in Richmond Hill

 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

Venterra Realty is a privately held Canadian corporate success story by any measure. It is a technology company, an investment management company and a commercial real estate company. Venterra has just under $4.0 billion assets under management; revenue of $350+ million. It owns and operates over 65 multi-unit residential properties, representing more than 18,000 units in the highest growth cities in the Southern United States. Over the past 20 years, and through 3 economic cycles, we have achieved a 10% annual growth rate.

Investors have enjoyed some of the best risk-adjusted returns available in the market with an average annual return of 18.0%+ over a 20-year period. Financial performance of the firm’s investments has exceeded the average performance of the top U.S. REITs by 50% over the past five years. Significant capital is available to fund further growth. Customers (Residents) at Venterra properties rate their living experience in the top 5% nationally of all apartment communities. The CEO, John Foresi was also named a 2021 and 2018 Glassdoor Top CEO. The values-driven corporate culture is applauded by employees. People join for a job and stay for a career.

Technology is in the DNA of its founders and they are the leaders of Venterra today. The Chairman gained a Master’s Degree in Artificial Intelligence before most of the world had heard of the words. Earlier in their careers, the Chairman and the CEO jointly led the growth and sale of a highly successful software technology business, focused on transportation logistics optimization. They then applied their business and technology acumen to the real estate industry and created Venterra.

Venterra is an intriguing employer offering exposure to three sectors—technology, investment management, and real estate.  We have several paths charted for growth and are well-capitalized.  The Venterra core values result in a culture that embraces creative thinking and high-performing talent.

 We are looking for people who:

  • Have strong personal values and want to work for a values-based company
  • Are ambitious and hard working with exceptionally high personal standards
  • Embrace problem-solving and learning new skills
  • Thrive in a rapidly changing and high growth environment
  • Are passionate about driving continuous improvements and the use of technology with data to drive business results


THE OPPORTUNITY

Reporting to the Director, IT Services, the Senior Systems Administrator is responsible for providing technology planning, implementation, and support services for Venterra’s IT infrastructure.

Working closely with employees at the three corporate offices and our 65 properties, the successful candidate will need to be a self-starter, someone who is passionate about technology, is eager to expand their skill set, and understands the importance of providing exceptional customer service.

The candidate will be provided the opportunity to participate in new IT initiatives, work closely with employees throughout all functional areas and be an integral contributor to the success of the organization.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Cloud Services

  • Design, deploy and maintain highly available cloud infrastructure solutions on AWS (IAM, EC2, EBS, S3, EFS. FSx, KMS)
  • Manage AWS Infrastructure using Terraform on AWS
  • Design, deploy and maintain Microsoft Azure virtual machines and services (SSO, Storage, virtual machines, key vault)
  • Manage Office 365 cloud services (SharePoint, Exchange, Teams, Intune, Compliance)
  • Collaborate with Venterra employees to understand technical requirements and recommend solutions using IAAS and SAAS as the preference
  • Assist in the migration of existing MS Azure and on-premises infrastructure to AWS
  • Integrate third party solutions into Venterra’s existing and new infrastructure (SSO, log management, vulnerability management)

IT Infrastructure

  • Hands on experience with MS PowerShell and AWS scripting
  • Assist in the creation of hardware and software standards and policies for Venterra infrastructure
  • Provide business continuity services for the organization
    • Installations, configuration, and maintenance of data backup environments (Microsoft Azure Backup, AWS Backup)
    • Infrastructure and data restore testing
    • Key contributor to Venterra business continuity/disaster recovery plan
  • Installations, configuration, and maintenance of operating systems (MS Windows 2016-2019 on MS Hyper-V, Microsoft Azure, AWS)
  • Installations, configuration, and maintenance of IT monitoring systems
  • Strong understanding of managing user permissions, SSO/password management, AD Group policy/MS Azure Policies (i.e., conditional access)
  • Web hosting experience (DNS, SSL, IIS, Tomcat)

Vulnerability Management

  • Senior level experiencing with patch management systems for Windows operating systems (WSUS, AWS, Azure) and popular third-party applications (Chrome, Adobe, etc.)
  • Work closely with our third-party firewall vendor on integrating new rules and policies for our infrastructure and applications
  • Security threat investigation and response (phishing, ransomware)

CANDIDATE PROFILE

  • Bachelor’s degree in a Technology-related field or equivalent experience
  • 10+ years of experience in systems administration
  • 5+ years of experience in a senior systems administration role
  • 3+ years hands-on experience in cloud infrastructure (AWS)
  • AWS certifications are highly beneficial (AWS Solutions Architect and/or SysOps Administrator)
  • PowerShell scripting and AWS CLI is a must
  • Strong knowledge and hands-on experience in Microsoft Operating Systems and services (Windows server 2016-2019), Active Directory, Azure Active Directory, Office 365
  • Familiar with traditional Aruba, Aruba InstantOn and Cisco networking hardware is beneficial (switches, routers)
  • Highly engaged individual that seeks out a better way of doing things and will not settle for the status quo
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communications skills for team member collaboration and IT documentation
  • Highly organized and must be able to manage multiple priorities and tasks simultaneously
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with a variety of people who have different levels of technical competence

 

COVID-19

This is currently a home-based position during the pandemic. The role will ultimately be a hybrid of in-office and work from home.

Venterra Realty is an equal opportunity employer. Accessibility accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all stages of the selection process.