Added by on 2014-03-01

Position: Principal Systems Engineer (UNIX) 

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Principal Systems Engineer

Vancouver, B.C. 

Sony Pictures Imageworks Canada seeks qualified candidates to join its Systems Engineering department as a Principal Systems Engineer. Systems Engineering is responsible for first- and second-level support of 1,000+ users in a dynamic, high-performance production environment. 

The Principal Systems Engineer will report to the Senior Project Manager. 


  • Designs, develops and enhances the hardware and software configuration of the organization’s production and editing systems. 
  • Designs software applications and tools to meet technical and creative requirements.
  • Enhances or develops new technologies / techniques taking into account total system needs. 
  • Deploys new system features or functionality without interruption to production schedules. 
  • May direct the technical efforts of a project team during development and deployment.
  • Participates with management in evaluating systems and applications and in developing systems standards. 
  • Accountable for designing and delivering state of the art production and editing systems technologies to the organization that create competitive advantage.  


  • Implements activities that impact the critical directions of the production.  Typically assigned to the most critical and strategic / complex / high risk undertakings. 

Knowledge / Problem Solving

  • Recognized internally and externally as an expert in the field. 
  • Addresses design issues in a one to three year horizon.
  • Develops industry-leading functionality for production and editing systems. 
  • Typically uses C++ and UNIX programming and scripting languages.  

Negotiations / Interactions

  • Interacts with a wide range of audiences to “evangelize” new ideas / technologies / solutions to gain acceptance.  

Assignment of Work

  • Receives work in the form of objectives that regularly require the use of innovation.
  • Guides and mentors a wide range of audiences. 
  • May lead teams / projects. 

Distinguishing Characteristics 

The successful candidate possesses: 

  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written, including the ability to effectively communicate in a wide variety of contexts.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to perform as an individual and on a team.
  • Proven leadership and technical skills within a sophisticated IT infrastructure organization.
  • Extensive experience with heterogeneous operating systems and computing/networking environments: Linux, Windows XP, Mac OS X.
  • Experience with advanced networking media, protocols and topologies.
  • Experience with Helpdesk and Inventory software.
  • Experience working in the CG feature animation and visual effects industry. 

Oversight Received:

  • Work is subject to committee review at major milestones. 
  • Operates within the context of strategic objectives. 


  • Typically has 15 or more years of progressively complex related experience. 

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