I need some high quality generalist help with a project that has grown
out of my ability to handle alone. The story is pretty long, but I'll
give a summary here.
I am involved with a company that works in the financial services
industry. This company has grown from zero employees to over 200 in
four years - and it is quite unique from an IT perspective. This level
of growth will be maintained or increase for the foreseeable future -
there are already new clients asking for new systems in the queue.
The company's IT has been architected (by me) around open source
software and "virtualization" of infrastructure in the sense that all
employees are remote and communicate across the Internet. Many
different open source tools are in play - multiple LAMP servers,
OpenVPN, Samba servers, Rsync, Interactive Voice Response (IVR) data
collection and providing email (Postfix), individualized private
corporate reporting (PHP/AJAX) intranet portals etc. All the services
usually present in a "bricks and mortar" corporation are maintained
across the Internet. Employees are present from coast to coast, and
they connect from wherever they are located via the Internet. Corporate
offices are in Ontario.
Given this is in the financial services sector, security and reliability
are paramount - our IT services can and do get regularly audited for
security compliance by national and international banking clients. Same
goes for staff - criminal checks, background checks and reliability
evaluation are mandatory. If you have a criminal record, past
convictions, or relevant history that professional investigators will
find - don't bother applying.
This opportunity is as flexible and unique as the company behind it -
successful team members will be able to work independently from their
home office, with minimal structure - what matters is productivity,
imagination and quality, not politics and game playing. Remuneration
will be based on hours logged, and the hourly rate will depend on depth
of knowledge, breadth of skill set and quality of contribution. Mature
people capable of productively working with minimal supervision are
wanted. If you need a high degree of social interaction, endless
meetings and direct daily one-on-one supervision this is the wrong
opportunity for you.
*Tasks:* PHP programming, remote system administration, application
design, ongoing custom software maintenance and implementation.
*OSS Software in play: * Debian GNU Linux (production servers), Ubuntu
(workstations), PHP, MySQL, Apache, OpenSSL, OpenSSH, OpenVPN, Samba,
GPG-PGP, Openoffice, Firefox, Thunderbird etc.
*Proprietary Software: *Pervasive SQL on Linux, Sage AccPac on Windows
*Corporate software:* All custom software internally developed.
Includes data collection, reporting, payroll, invoicing, client
reporting, human resources information systems, staff scheduling etc.
All coded in PHP, client & browser independent design.
*Support services:* Support corporate management that use Macs as
workstations as well as minimal Windows workstations as well. Some
interactions with Blackberrys, hand helds and tablet based computing.
*Future development directions: * Tablet based data collection, iPhone &
iPod touch apps, Droid apps, secure remote data transfer, touchscreen
kiosk development and secure electronic data interchange.
Once a candidate has proven a fit with the people and company, there is
a benefits plan and growth potential. This opportunity is for people
interested in long term full time employment, as security concerns and
client obligations prevent contract or term positions.
If this sounds interesting, please contact me off list with a note (not
a novel) outlining your background & work experience. I'll get in touch
and arrange a time to meet and discuss things further. Security
backgrounds (CISSP, SANS certification) are valued. Every response will
be acknowledged by email and interesting people will be recontacted once
their email has been reviewed. Please respond to lists [ at ] strosberg [ dot ] com.
Responses and questions to this list will be ignored, as I don't want to
abuse OCLUG any more than this post.