Paragon Testing Enterprises
Vancouver, BC
Company Description

PARAGON TESTING ENTERPRISES operates in the highly competitive and rapidly growing industry for English proficiency tests and their instructional products and services. As a subsidiary of The University of British Columbia located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Paragon aspires for its tests to become the Canadian tests of choice for immigration to Canada and for admission to Canadian universities and colleges via the implementation of cutting-edge practices; our drive for excellence and maximizing potential and expertise.

Position Summary
The successful candidate will join the Technology team as a Systems Administrator and help with the network administration and maintenance of our mission critical software and computer systems. This also involves participating to establish methods and protocols for improving Paragon’s systems.
This position reports to the Manager, Technology. Local candidates only. No agencies please.


The System Administrator will:
  • Install, configure, maintain, troubleshoot and support complex network solutions (switches, routers, load balancers, firewalls, reverse proxies, VPN, remote access, VOIP, wireless, printers etc.)
  • Maintain and support our in-house web and database servers, and workstations to minimize downtime
  • Develop, configure, maintain, and administer systems used to build and release enterprise software; including versioning, tracking release milestones, backup, archiving and user rights management
  • Develop and maintain a checklist and automated release strategy with the Software Development Team
  • Collaborate and follow up effectively with stakeholders; including obtaining approval for release, developing a build system with developers, and coordinating product launch with project managers
  • Follow up with the Manager, Technology, regarding timelines and network administration issues
  • Keep track electronically of all IT equipment and purchases
  • Identify areas of improvement in network administration, and implement these improvements once approved
  • Present technical presentations in network administration, or technology related to the testing industry
  • Perform technical support as required
  • Technical:
o Good technical knowledge of Windows operating systems (Windows 7/10, 2008/2012 Server) and Linux variants
o Good technical knowledge of network hardware, protocols and standards, including RAID, Active Directory/LDAP, TCP/IP, HTTP/HTTPS, SSL certificates
o Good knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft IIS
o Good knowledge of VMWare
o Good knowledge of SVN, Git, Ansible, Jenkins and Teamcity
o Good knowledge of Python, PowerShell, and/or other scripting languages
  • Academic:
o Undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related discipline from an accredited post-secondary institution
o Graduate degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related discipline would be a significant advantage
o CCNA/CCNP/MCTS/VCP certifications preferred
  • Experience and abilities:
o Minimum of two years of experience working in positions of network or systems administration
o Experience working alongside software professionals in troubleshooting technical issues
o Experience working with non-technical staff regarding business workflows and requirements in a collaborative manner
o Experience writing detailed technical requirements, business workflow documents, software testing documents, and other technical articles and blogs.
o Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills with careful attention to detail
o Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
o Ability to present technical concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences as required
  • Other requirements:
o All applicants must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, or have a current permit to work in Canada.

Applicants who do not have one of these statuses will not be considered.

o Occasional travel outside of Canada will be required
o Must be willing to work evenings and weekends as required
o Local candidates only. No agencies please.

Position status: Full-time or Contract
Start date: As soon as possible
Salary: Commensurate with candidate's qualifications
Location: Broadway Tech Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Application Instructions
Applicants should make their interest in the company and position clear in their cover letter, as well as explaining why they feel they would be a strong candidate for the position. Resumes should have clear and detailed descriptions of the applicant’s responsibilities for each previous employment held. Starting and ending dates for academic degrees and work experience should be clearly stated in the resume. Applications submitted without both a cover letter and a resume will not be considered.

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for the position; however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Paragon offers a comprehensive and competitive wellness benefits package to employees and their eligible dependents.

Competition closing date: Until position is filled