Principal Systems Engineer at Wintrust Financial Corporation (Chicago, IL)

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Wintrust is a financial holding company with approximately $50 billion assets under management and traded on the NASDAQ:WTFC. Built on the "HAVE IT ALL" model, Wintrust offers sophisticated technology and resources of a large bank while focusing on providing service-based community banking to each and every customer. Wintrust operates fifteen community bank subsidiaries with over 170 banking locations in the greater Chicago and southern Wisconsin market areas. Additionally, Wintrust operates various non-bank business units including commercial and life insurance premium financing, short-term accounts receivable financing, out-sourced administrative services, mortgage origination and purchase, wealth management services and qualified intermediary services for tax-deferred exchanges.
Why join us?
  • An award-winning culture! We are rated a Top Workplace by the Chicago Tribune (past 8 years) and Employee Recommended award by the Globe & Mail (past 6 years)
  • Competitive pay and discretionary or incentive bonus eligible
  • Comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, vision, life, a 401k plan with a generous company match and tuition reimbursement to name a few
  • Promote from within culture

Why join this team?
  • We hold ourselves accountable to high standards, share wins, operate ethically, and have fun
  • We promote collaboration and communication both within and across teams
  • Best in class Engineering and Operations staff and technology

Position Overview
The Principal Systems Engineer role has primary responsibility for designing and development of server based solutions for Microsoft Windows Server OS / VMWARE/ Unix / Linux / Storage platforms in our enterprise environments along with other infrastructure solutions. But also provides guiding principals and leadership to engineering teamss. Guiding technical solutions, providing proactive assistance on project based activities. General duties include leading buildout of solutions to standards as defined by the organization. Partners with management and other engineers to provide technical support using their background to take on entry level work assignments the team is engaged in. Strong people skills and the ability to balance a large work load are essential.
Key Accountabilities
  • Lead a team of Engineers to identify and build out necessary long-term strategy for the team
  • Lead a team of Engineers and provide coaching and technical guidance for team Proactive design and deployment of server based solutions
  • Administer and support core technologies (e.g. Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, Redhat)
  • Assist in defining and documenting best practices and support procedures
  • Maintain inventory and asset configuration documentation
  • Stay current with technological developments in systems administration technology and recommend ways to take advantage of new technology
  • Assist in conducting research and making recommendations on Windows Server / VMWARE / Unix / Linux / Storage / Recovery products, services, protocols, and standards in support of procurement and development efforts
  • Work closely with various business users to define solutions that meet user expectations
  • Strong customer focus and management of client expectations; ability to establish and maintain a high level of user trust and confidence in IT's knowledge of and concern for users' business needs. Shows signs of guiding and offering problem solving for group and peers.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills. Ability to present and explain technical information to diverse types of audiences (management, users, vendors, technical staff) in a way that establishes rapport, persuades others, and gains understanding. Ability to write clear proposals and technical documents
  • Strong interpersonal skills at all levels of management and ability to motivate employees/teams to apply skills and techniques to solve dynamic problems; excellent teamwork skills

Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • 10+ years of related experience
  • Experience building and deploying server based solutions
  • Experience using/leveraging server virtualization technologies like VMWare Server/ESX, Microsoft HyperV/Virtual Server or equivalent
  • Experience managing HPE technologies like Proliant Servers, Synergy and Nimble technologies.
  • Knowledge of Windows Server / VMWARE/ Unix / Linux / Storage / Recovery enterprise performance monitoring, backup\recovery methods and disaster recovery scenarios

Highly desirable certifications for this position:
  • CompTIA Server+
  • Linux Professional Institute (LPI): LPIC System Administrator
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)
  • Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE)
  • VMware Certified Professional - Data Center Virtualization

#LI-REMOTE
From our first day in business, Wintrust has been proud to serve a variety of unique communities and people from all walks of life. To be Chicago's Bank® and Wisconsin's Bank®, we need to reflect that diversity both in all the communities we serve, the people we employ, the organizations we work with, and our banking and lending practices. Wintrust Financial Corporation, including community banking and financial services subsidiaries, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expressions, genetic information, marital status, age, disability, or status as a covered veteran or any other characteristic protected by law.
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What are Wintrust Financial Corporation Perks + Benefits

Wintrust Financial Corporation Benefits Overview

Wintrust offers a wide range of employee benefits colleagues can take advantage of year round!

ANYTIME BENEFITS:
Pet Insurance through Nationwide: Discounted Pet Insurance Plan – get 90% back on veterinary bills. Includes accidents, injuries, cancer, dental diseases, hereditary and congenital issues, and more.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through LifeWorks: The EAP offers free and confidential help for a broad range of concerns including stress management, depression and anxiety, workplace conflicts, legal or financial difficulties, and drug or alcohol abuse.

Back Up Care through Bright Horizons: Wintrust offers full time employees up to 10 annual days of back up care for any unexpected childcare changes. Additional family care resources are also available; employees have access to SitterCity and World at Home.

Auto & Home through MetLife: Discounts on home and auto related expenses including house, condo, renters and landlord insurance. Discounts on car, boat, RV and motorcycle insurance.

Health Savings Account (HSA) through Benefit Wallet: Paired with one of the medical plans, this account allows members to save money on a tax-free basis to pay their deductible and other medical expenses.

401(k) through John Hancock: Wintrust’s 401(k) offers Traditional (pre-tax) and Roth (post-tax) contribution options. Wintrust also provides a match. Change the allocation at any time.

Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP) through Computershare: Wintrust employees can purchase shares at a 5% discount four times a year. One time every quarter.

Transit & Commuting through WageWorks: Allows employees to use pre-tax income to pay for public transportation or parking expenses.

Vision through EyeMed: With the vision plan, get new specs or contacts every year.

Identity Protection through Lifeworks, Travelers, Experian, BlueCross BlueShield: Wintrust offers identity protection and resolution services through various partnerships.

Adoption Assistance: In addition to the 100% four-week new parent benefit, all adoptive parents receive an additional one week of paid leave and up to $10,000 in financial assistance per family.

Livongo through BlueCross BluShield: A diabetes management program where members with diabetes receive an advanced blood glucose meter, unlimited testing strips and real time support from Certified Diabetes Educators at no cost to the employee.

Health Advocacy Solutions (HAS) through BlueCross BlueShield: All members enrolled in a Wintrust medical plan have access to Health Advocacy Solutions (HAS), a healthcare concierge service from BCBS that gives members a one-stop experience for all of their healthcare needs.

BCBS Member Resources: All members enrolled in a Wintrust medical plan have access to a number of great value added benefits and resources offered by BlueCross BlueShield including the 24/7 Nurseline, Maternity Care Program, Blue365 Discounts and Well onTarget Wellness Program.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Restricted work hours
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Parking
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Wintrust offers a wide range of employee benefits colleagues can take advantage of year round!
ANYTIME BENEFITS:
Pet Insurance through Nationwide: Discounted Pet Insurance Plan – get 90% back on veterinary bills. Includes accidents, injuries, cancer, dental diseases, hereditary and congenital issues, and more.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through LifeWorks: The EAP offers free and confidential help for a broad range of concerns including stress management, depression and anxiety, workplace conflicts, legal or financial difficulties, and drug or alcohol abuse.
Back Up Care through Bright Horizons: Wintrust offers full time employees up to 10 annual days of back up care for any unexpected childcare changes. Additional family care resources are also available; employees have access to SitterCity and World at Home.
Auto & Home through MetLife: Discounts on home and auto related expenses including house, condo, renters and landlord insurance. Discounts on car, boat, RV and motorcycle insurance.
Health Savings Account (HSA) through Benefit Wallet: Paired with one of the medical plans, this account allows you to save money on a tax-free basis to pay your deductible and other medical expenses.
401(k) through John Hancock: Wintrust’s 401(k) offers Traditional (pre-tax) and Roth (post-tax) contribution options. Wintrust also provides a match. Change your allocation at any time.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP) through Computershare: Wintrust employees can purchase shares at a 5% discount four times a year. One time every quarter.
Transit & Commuting through WageWorks: Allows you to use pre-tax income to pay for public transportation or parking expenses.
Vision through EyeMed: With the vision plan, get new specs or contacts every year.
Identity Protection through Lifeworks, Travelers, Experian, BlueCross BlueShield: Wintrust offers identity protection and resolution services through various partnerships.
Adoption Assistance: In addition to the 100% four-week new parent benefit, all adoptive parents receive an additional one week of paid leave and up to $10,000 in financial assistance per family.
Livongo through BlueCross BluShield: A diabetes management program where members with diabetes receive an advanced blood glucose meter, unlimited testing strips and real time support from Certified Diabetes Educators at no cost to the employee.
Health Advocacy Solutions (HAS) through BlueCross BlueShield: All members enrolled in a Wintrust medical plan have access to Health Advocacy Solutions (HAS), a healthcare concierge service from BCBS that gives members a one-stop experience for all of their healthcare needs.
BCBS Member Resources: All members enrolled in a Wintrust medical plan have access to a number of great value added benefits and resources offered by BlueCross BlueShield including the 24/7 Nurseline, Maternity Care Program, Blue365 Discounts and Well onTarget Wellness Program.

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