WPP is hiring a

Systems Engineer

Chennai, India

WPP is the creative transformation company. We use the power of creativity to build better futures for our people, planet, clients, and communities.

Working at WPP means being part of a global network of more than 109,000 accomplished people in 110 countries. WPP has headquarters in New York, London and Singapore and a corporate presence in major markets worldwide.

We create transformative ideas and outcomes for our clients through an integrated offer of communications, experience, commerce, and technology.

WPP and our award-winning agencies work with most of the world's biggest companies and organisations – from Ford, Unilever and P&G to Google, HSBC, and the UN. Our clients include 61 of the FTSE 100, 317 of the Fortune Global 500, all 30 of the Dow Jones 30 and 62 of the NASDAQ 100. WPP are the leader in the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index and 8th in the FTSE 100 rankings for Women on Boards.


WPP IT provides IT services for WPP, the world’s largest communications services group. As a creative transformation company, WPP is helping its clients transform the future through extraordinary work. WPP IT is an integral part of that journey and we are proud to provide technology for some of the world’s most creative brands.


Why we're hiring:

At WPP, technology is at the heart of everything we do, and it is WPP IT’s mission to enable everyone to collaborate, create and thrive. WPP IT is undergoing a significant transformation to modernise ways of working, shift to cloud and micro-service-based architectures, drive automation, digitise colleague and client experiences and deliver insight from WPP’s petabytes of data. As we continue on this journey, an important element of this transformation is the creation and building of our Global Technology Services (GTS) function within WPP IT which is responsible for our IT Infrastructure & Operations across the Group. This includes the management and transformation of our Hosting & Distributed environment (Servers, Storage etc.), Connectivity (Network) and Cloud Services (Azure, GCP, AWS). The role holder will report into the GTS Archetype (Hogarth/Specialist Agency/AUNZ) Engineering Lead or one of his reports. This position plays a pivotal role in ensuring global technology services are managed and delivered to the business, by partnering closely with our outsourced partners/vendors and wider WPP IT. You will help drive technology delivery introduction and provide the ongoing systems administration & engineering needed for the smooth running and incident resolution in your region, whilst managing the partnerships between operating companies and WPP IT, all whilst maintaining a service mentality. The role will be focused on on-premise infrastructure but also supporting our shift to the cloud strategy. You will also ensure our estate remains refreshed and current as well as provide expertise where needed for WPP Archetype & WPP IT Transformation Programmes/Projects. You will be joining the world's largest marketing services group and have significant autonomy and responsibility in making the role a success.

What you'll be doing:

  • Hands on systems administration and engineering to ensure smooth running and incident resolution for Archetype Infrastructure Solutions/Services in your region and its markets
  • Help deploy or modify Archetype Infrastructure Solutions/Services as directed by Archetype Technical Delivery Leads & Solution Architects
  • Working with our GTS Cloud Hub Team and Managed Cloud Service Provider to help migrate workloads to the cloud and ensure these cloud hosted workloads are robust, secure and well-designed
  • Implement any required tooling as required by WPP IT for management, monitoring and securing of systems.
  • Implement any required security config changes and/or other patching as required by the Archetype Security Remediation Engineer and WPP IT Cyber Security Team
  • Working with the Creative Archetype Engineering & Solution Architecture Leads, assist in delivering technology proposals that align to WPP IT standards and GTS strategy
  • Drive relationship with key operating group sponsors in the region
  • Change management assessment, planning and communication to ensure minimum impact to business through change process
  • In conjunction with their GTS Engineering peers establish Engineering best practice, planning, and architecture documentation
  • Works in alignment with other WPP IT Teams to deliver technical projects including GTS Archetype Leads, Strategy & Architecture & WPP IT Archetype CIO Teams
  • Provide SME Support to Transformation and other Major WPP IT Programmes/Projects including Mergers/Acquisitions/Divestment and the Migration, Refresh, Decommission of infrastructure.

What you'll need:

  • Knowledge of Infrastructure Solutions (Cloud, Hosting, Server & Storage & Connectivity/Networks), their technical delivery, installation and ongoing support of
  • Specific exposure to installation and management of the following tools and technologies:
    • o VMWare virtualization
    • o Storage such as DELL and Lenovo
    • o Capacity Management Tooling
    • o Backup schemas and tools, such as Veritas BackupEXEC
    • o Citrix
    • o Microsoft Windows
    • o Linux – desirable
    • · In-depth knowledge of Azure/Microsoft SQL Server with installation, administration experience of:
    • o Azure SQL Databases
    • o Azure Integration Services
    • o Azure Data Factory
    • o MS-SQL Server
    • o MS-SQL Server Integration Services
    • o Microsoft VisualStudio
    • o Analysis Server and Integration Services for Installation
    • o DB Administration
    • o Tuning, 2nd level Support for Daily Operations
    • o Providing best practices and recommendations during planning phase for Projects
  • · Experience of working with global teams with excellent people and team skills in large scale, high complexity environments. Able to manage upwards and influence accordingly
  • · Independent thinker, strong decision-making capabilities, highly organised, excellent planning skills with strong technology and change background
  • · Ability to build trust and creditability, has gravitas, and ability to work with and relate to highly demanding internal clients' base
  • · A direct, straightforward style, able to challenge to clarify understanding, with strong analytical skills and able to cut to the core quickly
  • · Computer Science background or formal training.

Who you are:

You're open: We are inclusive and collaborative; we encourage the free exchange of ideas; we respect and celebrate diverse views. We are accepting: of new ideas, new partnerships, new ways of working.

You're optimistic: We believe in the power of creativity, technology and talent to create brighter futures or our people, our clients and our communities. We approach all that we do with conviction: to try the new and to seek the unexpected.

You're extraordinary: we are stronger together: through collaboration we achieve the amazing. We are creative leaders and pioneers of our industry; we provide extraordinary every day.


What we'll give you:

Passionate, inspired people – We promote a culture of people that do extraordinary work.

Scale and opportunity – We offer the opportunity to create, influence and complete projects at a scale that is unparalleled in the industry.

Challenging and stimulating work – Unique work and the opportunity to join a group of creative problem solvers. Are you up for the challenge?

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