Systems Administrator/Sr. Systems Administrator

United States of America, California, Vacaville

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Genentech's CCP2 manufacturing facility is one of the biggest biotech manufacturing facilities in the world. CCP2 plays a significant role in Genentech's mission to provide life saving medicines to patients with unmet medical needs. We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Systems Administrator to manage the Manufacturing Automation and IT Systems at this facility. This individual will be primarily responsible for supporting, maintaining and upgrading critical systems and applications in a virtualized data center, that support the 24x7 manufacturing operations of the plant. The infrastructure is maintained under GMP Change Control and the individual in this role will balance their strong technical skills to maintain the systems with Pharmaceutical Quality and 21 CFR Part 11 requirements to ensure that changes comply with Quality requirements

Job Requirements:

  • A minimum of five years of Systems Administration experience supporting servers, operating systems (primarily Windows), applications, storage and networking in a virtualized environment
  • Follow Quality Systems and Processes to maintain systems in a validated GMP state
  • Participate and lead system audits (internal & external Government agencies)
  • Actively work to identify and close any gaps, identify and implement remediation activities in a timely manner
  • Outstanding customer service and interpersonal skills both internal and external
  • Ability to acquire, through training and on the job experience, specialized knowledge in rapidly changing technology and applications
  • Must support 24x7 manufacturing operations with off shift support on a rotating basis and occasional on-site support during night


Experience and Skills:

  • Strong knowledge and experience in hardware/server support, maintenance and upgrade
  • Strong knowledge of Windows Server administration including management of Domains, Active Directory and Group Policies
  • Strong knowledge of blade servers and virtualized server environments including VMWare
  • Strong knowledge of storage devices (SAN & NAS)
  • Good working knowledge of networking fundamentals
  • Knowledge of scripting to automate routine systems administration tasks
  • Excellent communication skills including experience creating and maintaining system lifecycle and support documents
  • Recent experience in a pharmaceutical cGMP or other regulated environment
  • Exceptional skills are required in the following:
  • Ability to develop innovations that solve difficult technical problems
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate (verbally and in writing), influence and lead both with and without authority, as well as strong analytical skills, planning and organizational skills
  • Be able to identify problems, define problem statement clearly and accurately and apply structured and disciplined methodology to identify data-driven root causes
  • Capable of working independently, effective at managing multiple tasks and projects, flexible and able to adapt quickly to new and changing situations
  • Customer service mindset
  • Teamwork
  • Reliability and dependability
  • Communication


Following skills and experience are a plus:

  • Computer systems validation

  • Knowledge of Batch manufacturing concepts (S88, recipes, phases etc.) and OPC communication protocols

  • Working knowledge of Automation/Control Systems preferred (Honeywell, POMS, Emerson DeltaV/Syncade, Rockwell)

  • Biotechnology/pharmaceutical computing environments



  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or other related field preferred or equivalent experience
  • MCSE, MCSA and/or VCP certifications strongly preferred