Lead Systems Administrator

Hydro, Inc. - Chicago, IL

Full-timeEstimated: $93,000 - $110,000 a year

We are Hydro, Inc., a global pump re-engineering company located in a highly desirable neighborhood in the West Loop in Chicago. We have a great opportunity for a Lead Systems Administrator in our Corporate office. The successful candidate will assist with the overall Hydro network infrastructure and lead a small IT team. You will be a hands on lead, performing functions necessary to support the local office and all of our global locations. This requires a person who is highly flexible with their time and understands that in the IT role in a global organization you must be willing to do 'whatever is necessary' to support the business units in different time zones. Demonstrating a team approach and working effectively with our senior staff members on current and future projects is necessary in this role. Exceptional customer service and flexibility is also required.


  • Lead a small IT team including desk top support and systems administrator.
  • Mentor team on applicable technologies and systems.
  • Manage, coordinate and track various IT projects effectively and be aware of the daily workload of all staff members.
  • Support a global company with all user-related PC matters.
  • Active Directory administration (user/group creation, permissions, etc.)
  • Windows and Linux server support, maintenance and upgrades
  • Experience with Mikrotik routers a big plus
  • Experience with Cisco and Dell switches a big plus
  • VMware vSphere monitoring, support, update, upgrade and scale-out expansion
  • Veeam Backup and Replication experience with replication (Veeam Backup and Replication 9x)
  • Install Software, patches, performance monitoring and troubleshooting alerts
  • Helpdesk system knowledge and work with an SLA-defined responsive-oriented department
  • Ability to monitor, support and respond in a 24/7 environment on an on-call basis


  • 5 years leading, supervising, delegating work and mentoring a small team
  • Minimum of 5 years of technical experience with Microsoft, Linux/*NIX, VMware, networking, storage (SAN/NAS) technologies
  • MCSA/MCSE, VCP, CCNA certification desirable
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Active Directory design, configuration and administration
  • Proficiency with managing and maintaining Virtualization technologies (VMWare vSphere suite: ESXi, vCS, vRA)
  • Experience with Microsoft Exchange and Office 365
  • Understanding of disaster recovery and business continuity processes and practices (Veeam Backup and Replication, VMware SRM)
  • Exercises sound judgment and critical thinking when selecting and deploying methods, techniques and evaluation criteria to achieve desired results
  • Project experience, involving work on multiple projects as a project leader or subject matter expert
  • A motivated and dedicated individual with hunger to start hands-on, learn and improve an existing infrastructure.

We offer a comprehensive benefit plan, free on-site employee parking and a family culture within our organization. Interested candidates submit your resume for immediate consideration.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Outlook: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Cloud Computing: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Leadership: 5 years (Preferred)
  • Microsoft Office: 3 years (Preferred)


  • MCSE (Preferred)