Big Data Systems Administrator
Economical Insurance
Toronto, ON, CA
11d ago


Because a changing industry calls for a new way of doing things. An ambitious, innovative and fast-paced company, we offer exceptional training and development programs, competitive pay, great benefits, company-

matched RRSPs, and paid volunteer days all within an engaging, fun, and collaborative work environment.

Founded more than 145 years ago, Economical is one of Canada’s leading property and casualty insurance companies. We rely on our national network of more than 800 independent brokers to sell a range of car, home, business, and farm insurance solutions.

With Sonnet and Petline, we’re extending our reach through the direct-to-customer channel. With more than 2,400 active employees across the country and a commitment to rethinking the insurance experience, we’re poised for great things.

We’re now adding to our high-performance team to take us into the future. Let’s rethink insurance, together.

In this role, you will :

support Big Data system environments such as : Cloudera CDH, Hortonworks

provide technical expertise and direction to projects, releases and support teams to effectively deliver quality solutions and services and implement, support and maintain a stable and scalable technology portfolio aligned with business goals and enterprise and IT standards

manage overall quality of the technical solutions, working collaboratively with stakeholders across business and technology teams seeking opportunities to improve quality of service and demonstrate commitment to operational excellence for all deliverables

coordinate day-to-day team efforts and priorities, ensuring alignment with management direction and decisions, while working with the team on continuous improvement efforts focused on process, standards and tools within the function

Your Responsibilities

Provide technical direction and coaching to the team in a technical lead capacity for the specific area of technical expertise, without formal people management accountabilities

Provide technical direction to a project or services team, prepares, reviews and recommends solutions and is accountable for the overall solution, support activity or service

Collaborate with team members across technology to ensure the overall solution includes requirements based on business requirements and technology standards, processes and policies

Plan and prioritize tasks for the working team to ensure effective and efficient delivery of service for the technical area of accountability and ensure adequate resource coverage to meet business demands

Participate in governance forums required for the technical area of specialty and ensure follow-up items are completed in alignment with the target data and business priority

Validate completeness and accuracy of requirements for each area of delivery and confirm outcomes have met the requirements

Act as an expert resource providing insight and recommendations based on industry and technology trends, technology strategy and experience and share direction and findings with team members

  • Assess risk during projects and on a daily basis for the specific area of technical expertise based on the complexity, maturity of the technology, experience of the team members and importance of the solution to the business;
  • identify and execute risk mitigation plans

    Build relationships with business and IT partners across all teams and work collaboratively to identify solutions and resolve any variances from stated business objectives

    Your Skills and Experience

    Degree in Computer Science or a related discipline

    7+ years of Linux / Unix system administration experience

    Demonstrated experience in system performance management techniques and performance-related system level tuning

    Previous experience with shell scripting such as bash, awk, sed

    Proficient in Python and Perl

    Knowledge of Active Directory, LDAP, Kerberos, group policy administration, role-based access security management

    Extensive experience with software version control systems - e.g. GIT, CVS. Knowledge of DevOps, Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Deployment (CD) pipeline and tools such as Jenkins, GIT, Artifactory

    2-3 years of experience with the following criteria are considered assets :

    Big Data system environments such as Cloudera CDH, Hortonworks Hadoop Stack including HDFS, Hive, HBase, Yarn, Flume, Scoop, Oozie, Impala, Spark Hadoop Cluster installation, configuration, cluster monitoring and troubleshooting Hadoop security, cluster resources management, cluster maintenance Public cloud environments including AWS and Azure Build and deployment automation using Ant, Shell Scripts

    At Economical, we all work together to come up with big ideas then bring them to life. We focus on our customers first, we bring our best, and we’re stronger together.

    If you’ve got the passion and the desire to help us reinvent insurance, let’s talk.


    To complete the online application process, you’ll need to upload your resume before you apply for the role you’re interested in.

    Please note that only one document can be uploaded, so be sure to combine your resume and cover letter.

    We are committed to providing an inclusive work environment that welcomes diversity and supports accessibility across the organization.

    If you require accommodation at any time during the recruitment process, please let us know by contacting : hrsharedservices

    Visit to learn more about us and what we’re up to.

    Economical Insurance includes the following companies : Economical Mutual Insurance Company, Family Insurance Solutions Inc.

    Sonnet Insurance Company, Petline Insurance Company.

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