Group Data Center & Systems Expert

The Group Data Center & Systems Expert has the role to design and build the full datacentres and systems environment for stow at group level. The main goal is to secure, standardize, combine, and perfect one of the most critical IT assets of the company’s IT landscape. You will guide the company to ensure the system availability within the company is above 99.8% on a yearly base. You will be the lead architect for your domain within group and local project workgroups. You will respect the boundaries of the IT rules & regulations.

Spiere, Belgium

What do we expect from you?

Main responsibilities and key tasks

  • Advice the company on how to build high available systems using modern technology using both on-premises and cloud solutions or a combination of both, considering the requirements articulated by our company.

  • Translate a (complex) business problem into a technical solution in your area of expertise.

  • Be the single point of contact for all internal and external inquiries in your area of expertise.

  • Participate in the design of solutions needed to grow our business, where you will be the IT architect for your domain and make sure we design and build an enterprise grade setup that is resilient in case of failure and secure by design.

  • Actively implement your solutions into the group environment. You will do this hand-on, aided by a partner or as a joint effort.

  • Take responsibility to perfect our global datacentres and remote locations to build a green, cost efficient and centralized server environment that serves the company’s current and growth plans.

  • Merge the existing decentralized server environment to a harmonized, centralized and well secured environment.

  • Detect and communicate continuously on areas in your domain that can be improved to keep our competitive advantage.

  • Plan and execute the removal of decentralized assets, if possible, to lower our IT footprint in remote locations.

  • Ensure that applicable principles, policies, standards and guidelines are understood by IT teams and are being applied.

  • Collaborate with the Network, Workplace & Security Experts and other IT colleagues to ensure our global server infrastructure matches the expectations of the business.

  • Actively take part to technology market watch.

  • Occasionally assist & collaborate with the IT Operations Engineers in case of operational issues.

  • Embrace and support the financial rules, regulations and limitations, and take ownership of the expenses, costs or investments related to your field of expertise.

Job requirements

  • Strong knowledge of virtualization technologies at enterprise scale, both on-premises as in public cloud

  • Deep understanding of managing and maintaining Microsoft (Azure) Active Directory and all related services such as DNS, DHCP, GPO, PKI, etc.

  • Deep understanding of backup and recovery technologies and concepts, both on-premises as in public cloud

  • Experience with setting up and maintaining servers with modern cloud-based tools, preferably scripted to ensure consistency.

  • Experience with setting up database server and databases is needed.

  • Experience with Linux is considered a plus.

  • Experience with virtual application delivery platforms is considered a plus.

  • Ability to work in an international context.

  • Flexibility and ingenuity, sharp mental skills

  • Solid problem-solving skills

  • Ability and desire to learn and evolve his or her skills

  • Hands on, proactive and responsible, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Result-oriented, self-starting, self-motivated and able to work independently.

  • Team working and collaboration attitude.

  • Stress resistant

  • Highly organized, transparent and strong follow-up skills

  • Mandatory language (spoken and written) is English. All other languages are considered a plus

Job complexity and challenges

Working in the Global IT team, the IT Expert:

  • Works in a relatively complex organization, where all stakeholders, using the technology in place will need to be aligned, putting the best interest of the company as your primary goal. Understanding cultural differences, as well as respecting local regulations is a key complexity to consider.

  • Can work on multiple parallel assignments, projects, or initiatives in combination with the day-to-day support on a level 3 towards users or peers.

  • Works under supervision of a team lead and/or IT manager, though requires a self-employed, pragmatic and “can do” work behaviour.

  • Works in a multi-cultural environment with diverse business maturity levels

  • Works in a lean and optimized IT environment in constant evolution to face the change required by the new acquisitions and the business growth environment.

  • Has the ability to work in large environments (+350 servers, 2 global datacentres, 30 remote locations, …)

  • Travel might be needed (Estimated rate: 20%) to supply installations, guidance, and support.

Accountability and scope factors

Working in the Global IT team, the IT Expert:

  • Has a key role in improving the overall IT landscape by selecting, supplying the right technology choices and solutions that ensure the overall security, stability, and progress of the company.

  • Has a key role in the successful integration of new acquisitions and thus in the realization of stow’s rapid growth ambitions.

  • Accountable on the continuous availability of the systems, solutions, and applications within the responsibilities of the designated IT stack.

  • Provide expert support (third line level) in line with the support SLA’s (both internal & external).

  • Assists the IT Management Team and business stakeholders in further defining the IT roadmap and drives the proper execution of it in line with the priorities and budget defined.

Wanted experience

three to five years of experience

What do we offer you?

An attractive salary based in an international environment.

The opportunity to work in the offices at Sint-Truiden or Zele after your training of 3 up to 6 months at Dottenijs (HQ).