Big Data Systems Administrator

Job Code: 8792
Location: Toronto, ON
Department: ITS
# of openings: 1
Job Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 30/04/19



Because a changing industry calls for a new way of doing things. An ambitious, innovative and fast-paced company, we offer exceptional training and development programs, competitive pay, great benefits, company-matched RRSPs, and paid volunteer days — all within an engaging, fun, and collaborative work environment.

Founded more than 145 years ago, Economical is one of Canada’s leading property and casualty insurance companies. We rely on our national network of more than 800 independent brokers to sell a range of car, home, business, and farm insurance solutions. With Sonnet and Petline, we’re extending our reach through the direct-to-customer channel. With more than 2,400 active employees across the country and a commitment to rethinking the insurance experience, we’re poised for great things.

We’re now adding to our high-performance team to take us into the future. Let’s rethink insurance, together.

In this role, you will:

  • support Big Data system environments such as :Cloudera CDH, Hortonworks

  • provide technical expertise and direction to projects, releases and support teams to effectively deliver quality solutions and services and implement, support and maintain a stable and scalable technology portfolio aligned with business goals and enterprise and IT standards

  • manage overall quality of the technical solutions, working collaboratively with stakeholders across business and technology teams seeking opportunities to improve quality of service and demonstrate commitment to operational excellence for all deliverables

  • coordinate day-to-day team efforts and priorities, ensuring alignment with management direction and decisions, while working with the team on continuous improvement efforts focused on process, standards and tools within the function    

Your Responsibilities

  • Provide technical direction and coaching to the team in a technical lead capacity for the specific area of technical expertise, without formal people management accountabilities

  • Provide technical direction to a project or services team, prepares, reviews and recommends solutions and is accountable for the overall solution, support activity or service

  • Collaborate with team members across technology to ensure the overall solution includes requirements based on business requirements and technology standards, processes and policies

  • Plan and prioritize tasks for the working team to ensure effective and efficient delivery of service for the technical area of accountability and ensure adequate resource coverage to meet business demands

  • Participate in governance forums required for the technical area of specialty and ensure follow-up items are completed in alignment with the target data and business priority

  • Validate completeness and accuracy of requirements for each area of delivery and confirm outcomes have met the requirements

  • Act as an expert resource providing insight and recommendations based on industry and technology trends, technology strategy and experience and share direction and findings with team members

  • Assess risk during projects and on a daily basis for the specific area of technical expertise based on the complexity, maturity of the technology, experience of the team members and importance of the solution to the business; identify and execute risk mitigation plans

  • Build relationships with business and IT partners across all teams and work collaboratively to identify solutions and resolve any variances from stated business objectives

Your Skills and Experience

  • Degree in Computer Science or a related discipline

  • 7+ years of Linux/Unix system administration experience

  • Demonstrated experience in system performance management techniques and performance-related system level tuning

  • Previous experience with shell scripting such as bash, awk, sed

  • Proficient in Python and Perl

  • Knowledge of Active Directory, LDAP, Kerberos, group policy administration, role-based access security management

  • Extensive experience with software version control systems - e.g. GIT, CVS. Knowledge of DevOps, Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Deployment (CD) pipeline and tools such as Jenkins, GIT, Artifactory

  • 2-3 years of experience with the following criteria are considered assets:

    • Big Data system environments such as Cloudera CDH, Hortonworks
    • Hadoop Stack including HDFS, Hive, HBase, Yarn, Flume, Scoop, Oozie, Impala, Spark
    • Hadoop Cluster installation, configuration, cluster monitoring and troubleshooting
    • Hadoop security, cluster resources management, cluster maintenance
    • Public cloud environments including AWS and Azure
    • Build and deployment automation using Ant, Shell Scripts

At Economical, we all work together to come up with big ideas — then bring them to life. We focus on our customers first, we bring our best, and we’re stronger together. If you’ve got the passion and the desire to help us reinvent insurance, let’s talk.


To complete the online application process, you’ll need to upload your resume before you apply for the role you’re interested in. Please note that only one document can be uploaded, so be sure to combine your resume and cover letter.

We are committed to providing an inclusive work environment that welcomes diversity and supports accessibility across the organization. If you require accommodation at any time during the recruitment process, please let us know by contacting:

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Economical Insurance includes the following companies: Economical Mutual Insurance Company, Family Insurance Solutions Inc., Sonnet Insurance Company, Petline Insurance Company.

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