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IT System Administrator

City & State: 

Newark, CA, US, 94560

Job Category:  Technology

Aspire Bakeries is a North American baking company with a leadership position in specialty frozen baked goods. Formed from leading bakery companies, its innovative food portfolio includes breads, artisan breads, buns, cookies, donuts, muffins and pastries from beloved brands like La Brea Bakery®, Otis Spunkmeyer®, and Oakrun Farm Bakery®. With 13 bakeries in North America, we are committed to driving innovation, predicting upcoming consumer trends and flavors, and exceeding our customers’ expectations. Aspire Bakeries champions the values of Integrity, Ownership, Customer Focus, Creativity and Care to help us deliver on People Safety, Food Safety, Quality and Collaboration.



TITLE:                      IT Systems Administrator                                                                                    

REPORTS TO:         Manager I.T., Systems & Operations

DEPARTMENT:      Information Technology, Systems, Operations & Security

Location:               Remote or Newark, CA 

Job Description 

The IT Systems Administrator role installs, secures, administers, and maintains Aspire Bakeries enterprise infrastructure systems; including active directory, domain services, Windows Server Platforms, storage, Multi-Cloud/Hybrid Services and virtualized environments across the Americas for data center, bakery, and branch offices.  Ensuring security, integrity and high-availability of enterprise systems and related components is essential. This includes ensuring the availability of client/server applications, configuring and installing updates, and developing processes and procedures for ongoing monitoring and management of mission critical services.  The IT Systems Administrator will assist in overseeing the physical security, integrity, and safety of the data center/server farms and globally distributed systems and will require occasional travel and weekend work.  This position will also assist other infrastructure teams with operations related to Aspire Bakeries overall enterprise IT infrastructure.  Additional responsibilities include Tier 2\3 support for our distributed technologies, occasional on-call duty and other duties as assigned.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Ensure the high-availability and security of active directory and domain services infrastructure including trusts, DHCP, DNS, LDAP, AD FS, AD CS, group policies, file server shares, DFS, print services,  etc.
  • Installation, configuration and maintenance of highly-available server and storage\SAN infrastructure.
  • Manage and administer O365 Suite including Exchange Online, Teams and OneDrive for Business.
  • Monitor and test system performance and provide performance statistics and reports to ensure service levels are met.
  • Recommend and execute modifications to system environments in order to improve efficiency, reliability, and performance.
  • Plan and implement system upgrades, maintenance fixes, and vendor-supplied patches.
  • Serve as cornerstone for escalating system issues; provide timely response to escalations.
  • Create PowerShell scripts as required to automate common and/or repetitive tasks.
  • Develop and maintain design, support and training documentation.
  • Other duties as required.
  • Ability to work independently taking ownership of issues and seeing them through to completion.

Job Requirements 

Technical Requirements

  • 5-7 years’ equivalent work experience in a position responsible for managing active directory domain services, server and storage environments for data centers and branch offices.
  • Exceptional knowledge of Windows Server operating systems and roles, directories, file systems and security best practices.
  • Advanced level technical knowledge of scripting using PowerShell.
  • Experience with Cisco UCS C-Series server platform; installing, configuring, and maintaining all aspects of server hardware and associated network equipment.
  • Experience with large-scale server virtualization utilizing VMWare.
  • Dell/EMC VNX and Unity Storage Arrays, backup infrastructure experience – Druva and Commvault are a plus.
  • Familiarity with managing Linux and Linux-based appliances, Nutanix/Cisco Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI), and Hyper-V.
  • Experience with Hybrid Exchange environments, Solar Winds Orion or other Server and Application Performance monitoring solutions, Nimble and Dell/EMC SAN Management, SQL Server Clusters, SharePoint and other enterprise business applications are a plus.
  • Demonstrated Experience migrating on-premises infrastructure, services and applications to major Cloud Service Providers is a huge-plus.



  • B.S degree in computer science, information technology, a related discipline, or equivalent experience. 
  • Recent Microsoft Administrator or Solution Architect certifications.  VMWare VCP a plus.


Personal Attributes

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities in a fast-paced and growing company.
  • Strong understanding of the organization’s goals and objectives and the ability to apply appropriate technology and processes to meet business requirements.
  • Good written and oral communication skills; good interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to conduct research into and solve server, storage, security and application issues.
  • Ability to understand and explain complex technical topics to both technical and non-technical persons.
  • Highly self-motivated and directed, with keen attention to detail.
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.


Working Conditions

  • Remote position
  • On-call availability 
  • Regular evening and weekend work
  • Travel approximately 25%
  • Lifting and transporting of moderately heavy objects, such as computers and peripherals.





Aspire Bakeries is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.