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Tweebeenvis

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Hi All,

Hoping to get some advise (and not be burned alive by all the flaming :D).

Company I work for is looking to advertise the following job opportunity:

Requirements:

  • UTM/Firewall configuration, maintenance and monitoring.
  • Knowledge and understanding of layer 3 switching and routing (VLANs).
  • Knowledge of VPN protocols including Ipsec and openVPN. Implementation, configuration and maintenance of point-to-site and site-to-site VPNs.
  • Understanding of DDNS, NAT and port forwarding to accommodate on-site hosted applications.
  • Knowledge of SIP and VOIP protocols, management of on-site PABX server (Asterisk Based).
  • Maintenance of VOIP hardware (mostly Yealink), incl updates, firmware and VPN configurations.
  • Maintenance, monitoring and expansion of core network with +- 400 devices.
  • Maintenance, monitoring and expansion of Unifi wireless implementation with 40+ Access points and +- 600 clients on different subnets Vlans.
  • Maintenance, monitoring and expansion of CCTV network with 320 cameras and devices including DVR’s, switches, custom built storage servers, remote connections and offsite monitoring implementations for various properties.
  • Maintenance of warehouse hardware devices and scanners (software / firmware updates, etc).
  • Microsoft HyperV virtual infrastructure setup and administration including replication, backups and disaster recovery.
  • Microsoft Windows Server setup, implementation & maintenance.
  • Linux server setup, implementation & maintenance (Mostly Debian, Ubuntu and CentOS).
  • Implementation and maintenance of Linux virtual private servers hosted on DigitalOcean, Vultr and on-site.
  • Maintenance and monitoring of Windows Domain Controllers with knowledge of Windows Active Directory, DNS, DHCP.
  • Google Apps for business maintenance and administration.
  • FreeBSD, Linux and Windows Server storage solutions (nfs, zfs, cifs, smb).
  • Client workstation setups including hardware/software troubleshooting, repair, upgrade, backup and remote desktop assistance.
  • Server setups including hardware/software troubleshooting, repair, upgrade, backup - mostly Supermicro and Dell.
  • Website hosting implementations of static and Wordpress websites.
  • Knowledge of Docker, Docker Compose and DevOps.
  • Veeam Backup & Replication for both clients and servers.
  • Arcserve Backup monitoring.
  • Basic Microsoft SQL / MySQL management and querying.
  • Knowledge of Sage 300 ERP advantageous.
  • Good Microsoft Excel skills.
  • Dealing with escalated support calls from office and remote staff as well as some clients.
  • Responsible for overseeing IT costs & expenditure.
  • Responsible for managing and training junior networking and IT support staff.
  • Writing and updating of technical documentation as required.
  • Good communication skills essential.

My questions are:
1) What would you even list this as (General IT manager ?) - seems this is broader than even that.
2) What would a reasonable salary offer be ?

Edit:

Seems they are looking to offer R24 -R28k CTC. Anybody in a similar role that could provide some insight?
 
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Rocket-Boy

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So what Im getting from that is you need someone with strong skills in networking, Windows server admin and Linux admin.
Those unicorns are hard to find, they are also expensive.
Its even more difficult when they will be expected to just pass on their hard won knowledge to juniors.
 

Tweebeenvis

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So what Im getting from that is you need someone with strong skills in networking, Windows server admin and Linux admin.
Those unicorns are hard to find, they are also expensive.
Its even more difficult when they will be expected to just pass on their hard won knowledge to juniors.

Ye, this is pretty much what I suspected, it seems like too broad a spec but this is what they want :D What would "expensive" be ? :D Thanks for the feedback.
 

millennia

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Well they had a guy, but he moved on to greener pastures. FYI seems they are offering 26k CTC..... updating post now.
CTC? lol

Seems they're gonna be paying a fortune for consultants to fix the mess this guy is going to make!
 

LOM

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What you actually want is someone with 1/3 the experience listed but able to learn and willing to work for minimum wage. They are out there, but they won't stick around for more than a few years if not compensated. These are the guys who want to move town but don't have a position yet and are willing to take a salary knock to get a foot in the door. They will use you as a stepping stone, but that's all the salary is worth.
 

retromodcoza

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A realistic estimate for the above position is R38,000 to R52,000 CTC a month depending on experience.
The guy who moved on didn't move on to greener pastures - he moved away from dry barren fields.

Are you sure this company is a going concern? Is it dying?

It sounds like one of these companies that was profitable at 2011 salaries , and is struggling to keep up with increases driven by the market.
 

ubercal

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Hi All,

Hoping to get some advise (and not be burned alive by all the flaming :D).

Company I work for is looking to advertise the following job opportunity:

Requirements:

  • UTM/Firewall configuration, maintenance and monitoring.
  • Knowledge and understanding of layer 3 switching and routing (VLANs).
  • Knowledge of VPN protocols including Ipsec and openVPN. Implementation, configuration and maintenance of point-to-site and site-to-site VPNs.
  • Understanding of DDNS, NAT and port forwarding to accommodate on-site hosted applications.
  • Knowledge of SIP and VOIP protocols, management of on-site PABX server (Asterisk Based).
  • Maintenance of VOIP hardware (mostly Yealink), incl updates, firmware and VPN configurations.
  • Maintenance, monitoring and expansion of core network with +- 400 devices.
  • Maintenance, monitoring and expansion of Unifi wireless implementation with 40+ Access points and +- 600 clients on different subnets Vlans.
  • Maintenance, monitoring and expansion of CCTV network with 320 cameras and devices including DVR’s, switches, custom built storage servers, remote connections and offsite monitoring implementations for various properties.
  • Maintenance of warehouse hardware devices and scanners (software / firmware updates, etc).
  • Microsoft HyperV virtual infrastructure setup and administration including replication, backups and disaster recovery.
  • Microsoft Windows Server setup, implementation & maintenance.
  • Linux server setup, implementation & maintenance (Mostly Debian, Ubuntu and CentOS).
  • Implementation and maintenance of Linux virtual private servers hosted on DigitalOcean, Vultr and on-site.
  • Maintenance and monitoring of Windows Domain Controllers with knowledge of Windows Active Directory, DNS, DHCP.
  • Google Apps for business maintenance and administration.
  • FreeBSD, Linux and Windows Server storage solutions (nfs, zfs, cifs, smb).
  • Client workstation setups including hardware/software troubleshooting, repair, upgrade, backup and remote desktop assistance.
  • Server setups including hardware/software troubleshooting, repair, upgrade, backup - mostly Supermicro and Dell.
  • Website hosting implementations of static and Wordpress websites.
  • Knowledge of Docker, Docker Compose and DevOps.
  • Veeam Backup & Replication for both clients and servers.
  • Arcserve Backup monitoring.
  • Basic Microsoft SQL / MySQL management and querying.
  • Knowledge of Sage 300 ERP advantageous.
  • Good Microsoft Excel skills.
  • Dealing with escalated support calls from office and remote staff as well as some clients.
  • Responsible for overseeing IT costs & expenditure.
  • Responsible for managing and training junior networking and IT support staff.
  • Writing and updating of technical documentation as required.
  • Good communication skills essential.

My questions are:
1) What would you even list this as (General IT manager ?) - seems this is broader than even that.
2) What would a reasonable salary offer be ?

Edit:

Seems they are looking to offer R24 -R28k CTC. Anybody in a similar role that could provide some insight?

24 to 28k wtf !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Sinbad

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If the guy can do all that competently he's worth over a bar a year easy. Closer to two.

There is management, architecture, support, sysadmin, Dba and dev there.
Or at least 4 people on 500k a year.
 

Ancalagon

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Knowledge of VPN protocols, SQL Server and Docker compose? Ha ha ha ha!

Sounds like you had a guy, who knew what he was doing, and could do a whole bunch of this stuff. Then he left because he wasn't treated well/paid well, and now you're wanting to replace him with a junior.

This isn't going to end well, but please keep us updated because it will be an interesting train wreck.
 
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