Backup and Storage Engineer
Dimension Data
Johannesburg, South Africa
1d ago

Looking for the next step in your career? Enjoy a challenge? Do you have an ambition for innovation? Want to make a difference?

If you join our growing global team, you’ll be working for an industry leader with offices across five continents, in over 47 countries and more than 28 000 employees.

You will work with some of the leading world brands across the Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies who are all relying on Dimension Data to help them use the power of technology to achieve their ambition in this digital era.

You’ll be part of a team who’s passionate about making a difference to the way technology shapes how we live and work whether it’s protecting the rhino, connecting the G20 Summit, or revolutionising cycling, giving you the opportunity to do great things.

You’ll be joining a Global Top Employer, recognised for investing in talent because people are at the heart of our success.

You provide the skills, passion and ideas, and we’ll provide the platform to realise your ambitions.Great talent. Great teams.

Great work. Great opportunities.

Want to be part of our team?

The role is responsible for providing a managed service to clients to ensure that their IT infrastructure and systems remain operational through proactively monitoring, identifying, investigating and resolving technical incidents and problems and to restore service to clients by managing incidents to resolution.

Their primary objective is to proactively review client requests or tickets and apply technical / process knowledge to resolve them without breaching service level agreement (SLA).

The MS Services Engineer (L2) focuses on second line support for incidents and requests with medium to high level of complexity.

Stakeholder engagement

  • Internal : engage with internal Service desk and L1 services engineering team for any support related issues, provide assistance, instructions and general direction to L1 engineers and manage escalation of incidents to L3 teams or 3rd party vendors aligning to agreed SOPs for all such engagements.
  • Provide updates to cross functional services or client advocacy on incidents / tickets that require their attention

  • External : proactively act as first-line technical support for clients (including the analysis, assignment and escalation thereof).
  • Value Chain Linkage

  • Managed Services Operations Center
  • Managed Services Center of Excellence (CoE)
  • Managed Services Transition
  • Managed Services Cross Functional Services
  • Managed Services :

    Identifies and resolves technical problems and fulfills requests following agreed procedures. Uses technical knowledge along with standard tools to diagnose, troubleshoot and resolve incidents.

    Plans and carries out agreed maintenance and proactive tasks and fulfills requests as required. Works with L1 and L3 engineering teams for changes, capacity, continual service improvement, identifying opportunities to increase efficiencies.

    Service Level Management :

    Proactively monitors the ticket queues along with consistent updates of the tasks completed to confirm the resolution of incidents or completion of requests within agreed SLAs.

    Monitors work queues (for example : Incident, Request, Problem) to ensure tasks are completed within agreed SLA. Tracks work queues and escalates to Team / Tech Leads for any possible SLA breaches.

    Incident Management :

    Follows work instructions / SOPs along with inherent technical capabilities to identify, analyze, diagnose and resolve incidents and requests.

    Interacts with client to gather additional info to enable faster resolutions of incidents / requests. Actively analyses incidents / requests to produce knowledge articles enhancing knowledge base as quick referral for Service Desk and L1 teams increasing First time resolutions.

    Actively contributes and works with automation teams for effort optimizations and automating routine tasks.

    Configuration Management :

    Applies tools, techniques and processes to track, log, report on and correct configuration items, components and changes.

    Identifies root cause of non-compliant configuration items and takes ownership to remediate. Also ensure no unauthorised changes are executed on the CI.

    Problem Management :

    Investigates and analyses the tickets, processes and logs problem tickets for solution / permanent fix. Actively contributes to the problem management process and takes ownership for problem tickets assigned to him / her.

    Engages and work with L3 engineering team for appropriate decisions and work for implementation of the necessary corrective and preventive actions

    Teamwork :

    Actively collaborates with local and global teams for effective working. Adapts to global work culture and coaches junior team members and also L1 engineers and Service Desk teams.

    Actively networks with CoEs and cross functional teams. Participates in all team events and organisation initiatives.

    Work Outputs

    Monitor operational infrastructure

    The MS Services Engineer (L2) takes the lead in establishing monitoring for client infrastructure. They leverage standard tools and processes to respond and resolve incidents and requests in a timely manner meeting agreed SLA.

    Identify problems and errors

    The MS Services Engineer (L2) proactively identifies problems and errors before they impact a client’s service. They log all such incidents in a timely manner with the required level of detail.

    They liaise with all stakeholders, including client’s IT team, vendors, carriers and necessary Dimension Data functions to expedite diagnosis of errors and problems and to identify a resolution or provide a recommendation.

    Incident management

    As required, the MS Services Engineer (L2) will take responsibility receiving calls and incidents at the services desk. They assist in the analysis and resolution or assignment of a ticket.

    Actively communicates with all internal teams, client or vendor for all troubleshooting tasks, with consistent updates to tickets on the progress and resolution.

    Resolves most of the incidents, actively seeks support from L3 and SME for major and complex tickets. Leads and manages all initial client escalation for operational issues.

    Change management

    Actively contributes to the change management process by logging all change requests with complete details for standard and non-

    standard including patching and any other changes to Configuration Items. Ensures all changes are carried out with proper change approvals.

    Shift handover

    The MS Services Engineer (L2) diligently completes the shift handover process by documenting all pending tasks (open tickets) to be completed in next shift and highlights any critical tasks to be focussed on, such as P1 tickets and requests or exceptions.

    Knowledge management

    The MS Services Engineer (L2) will actively apply knowledge articles for routine activities. Actively contributes in creating and updating knowledge articles.

    Produces knowledge articles / work instructions for the tasks to be performed by Service Desk & L1 teams to enhance first call resolution rates.

    Quality Management

    The MS Services Engineer (L2) Engineer audits and analyses incident and request tickets for quality and recommends improvements with updates to knowledge articles.

    Produces trend analysis reports for identifying tasks for automation, leading to reduction in tickets and optimization of effort.

    They plan and execute approved maintenance activities

    Next career steps

  • Senior levels within current role (breadth and depth in technology)
  • MS Services Engineer (L3)
  • Service Desk Manager
  • MS Team Lead (Operations Center)
  • Incident Coordinator (Cross Functional Services)
  • Education required

  • Diploma, degree or relevant qualification in IT / Computing (or demonstrated equivalent work experience)
  • 13-15 years of educationn
  • Certifications required

  • ITIL certification
  • At least one mid-Level certification relevant to CoE - Ex CCNP for networks, MSCE for Windows Server Data Center CoE (Add MCS and MCSfM certs in this section)
  • Good to have scripting knowledge such as Python, PERL
  • Good to have cross technology skills Ex Windows server L2 along with UNIX or Storage skills.
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate - Routing and Switching (CCNA-R / S)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate - Wireless (CCNA-WL)
  • Riverbed Certified Solutions Associate - WAN Optimization (RCSA-W)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate - Security (CCNA-SEC)
  • Juniper Certifications
  • Meraki Certifications
  • MCSA, MCSE, RHEL, VCP
  • MS-IIS Server
  • Citrix Metaframe
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate - Data Center (CCNA-DC)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate - Video (CCNA-VID)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate - Voice (CCNA-V)
  • Any of the above certifications is a plus. The MS Services Engineer (L2) is expected to gain certifications relevant to services supported.

    Certifications carry additional weightage on candidate’s qualification for the role.

    Work experience required

  • 5-8 years of relevant managed services experience
  • Must possess essential and operational knowledge in ticketing tools preferably Service Now.
  • Strong client service orientation and passion for achieving or exceeding expectations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • What would make you a good fit for this role?

    Join our growing global team and accelerate your career with Dimension Data. Apply today.

    Diversity in Dimension Data

    Dimension Data is an equal opportunity employer with a global culture that embraces diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be unfairly discriminated against on any arbitrary ground including race, colour, sex, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or other protected category.

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