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Lead Systems Engineer (Automation)

SumTotal Systems

Job 8 - 12 years Fill 66 Hyderabad (Telangana)


  • Serve as the leader and mentor of the automation platforms team
  • Chair the operational readiness and support processes ensuring that all automation systems are operationally ready including backups, monitoring, DR strategies, app/platform upgrade & patch cycles and incident handling processes
  • Perform upgrades, patching, backups, DR planning, monitoring, incident handling and other such operational services around the automation platforms (saltstack, vrealize automation and other in-house built software tools)
  • Provide incident handling support including working with the vendor when the platform is inoperable.
  • Work with the devops and automation leadership teams to understand where knowledge, skillset or other such gaps exist while personnel are working on development squads and resolve the gaps.
  • Work with development squads to automate infrastructure tasks using Saltstack (yaml/python)
  • Share infrastructure knowledge with developers in the assigned squad to expedite the creation of DevOps automation workflows or tools.
  • Create infrastructure & security automation and orchestration workflows, leveraging infrastructure, systems & security background experience to inform intelligent and creative automation solutions.
  • Responsible for interacting with the Cloud Operations infrastructure teams to understand business best practices and processes
  • Interface with infrastructure, applications and information security teams to integrate solutions into the automation platform
  • Execute automation development within an agile scrum model, participating in a squad and working with a scrum master, project manager, product owner and other stakeholders to achieve the desired outcomes.
  • Participate in release testing and bug remediation activities
  • Provide day 2 operational support of automation solutions developed, remediating bugs and continually enhancing the code as needed to meet the evolving business needs.
  • Mentor peers in best practices and sharing infrastructure knowledge amongst peers and developers within and across squads.



  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent ownership and accountability
  • Talented self-starter that embraces change and learning new technologies through self-teaching
  • Demonstrated experience solving problems with innovative solutions.
  • Strong technical troubleshooting skillset
  • 8+ years Infrastructure experience administering and managing four or more the following technologies:
  • 1. Vmware virtualization – Building servers, templates, datastores, dvswitches, etc
  • 2. AWS or Azure Cloud Platforms
  • 3. Windows Server/domain system administration – AD, Group Policy,
  • 4. Linux Server Administration
  • 5. Network administration (routers, switches, load balancers, firewalls, IPS)
  • 6. Compute -Cisco UCS
  • 7. Storage – Pure Storage
  • 8. Security -CIS/STIG system hardening, firewalls, IPS, security event management, OS patching, penetration testing
  • 4+ years of experience managing platforms (preferably automation platforms) that includes upgrades, patching, backups, monitoring, DR and other operational responsibilities for the sustainability of a system
  • Automation platform experience with one of the following: Saltstack, Vrealize Automation, Vrealize Orchestration, Ansible
  • Saltstack/ansible experience – coding with yaml & python leveraging concepts of Infrastructure as Code (IaC)


  • 2+ years of experience as a lead managing other resources
  • 1+ years of experience hands-on coding and scripting in an infrastructure or DevOps automation related capacity.
  • 1+ years of experience working with at least one automation & orchestration system leveraging an infrastructure as code model such as Saltstack or Ansible
  • 1+ year of python coding experience
  • Demonstrated basic understanding of SQL and writing SQL queries


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably Computer Science or Engineering discipline.
  • VMware and Microsoft Windows certifications are strongly desired
  • Agile and Devops certifications are strongly desired
  • Cloud certifications on Azure or AWS are preferred

SumTotal Systems, LLC, a Skillsoft Company, is the world’s most popular talent management solution. SumTotal’s award winning Talent Management Suite enables companies to attract, know, mobilize, develop, progress and reward their workforce. With over 150 million users, SumTotal is continuously investing to allow for the changing demands of customers and their users. The Talent Expansion Suite includes three key components - Learn, Talent and Work.

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