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Systems Engineer

  • Freefolk
  • London, UK
  • 23/03/2023
Full time Animation Broadcast Engineering Information Technology System / Solution Architecture

Job Description

We are looking for an enthusiastic Systems Engineer to join our fast-paced and growing team, supporting our Head of Systems with the day-to-day running of an award-winning VFX post house. Included in all areas of Freefolk's IT infrastructure, you'll also assist other engineers in the support, maintenance, design and implementation to ensure maximum performance, availability and reliability of the supported platform.


Celebrating 20 years, we are a team of Emmy-winning creative artists, technicians, producers and problem solvers who use post-production as their toolbox. Working closely with clients in the advertising, film, TV and music industries, we provide a full-service post-production and VFX offering including high-end colour grading, 2D & 3D visual effects, shoot supervision, animation, design, direction and concept. At Freefolk, we're a tight-knit community and proud of both our reputation of doing great work but also being a great place to work.




  • Maintain and support our Linux servers and workstation infrastructure

  • Provide hands-on support to our remote and on-site VFX Artists, Producers and Pipeline TDs

  • Install, configure and upgrade software, server and network infrastructure

  • Maintain internal technical documentation and provide updates for assigned deliverables

  • Implementing and supporting a wide variety of software and hardware including but not limited to:

    • RedHat/CentOS Linux and Microsoft Windows for desktop and server

    • VMWare vSphere

    • Mellanox and Aruba switches

    • Network monitoring and centralized logging

    • Flame, Nuke, Maya, Houdini




  • Fluent in RedHat-based OSes for both server and workstation, must have previous experience in Linux System Administration roles

  • Creating, using and optimizing VMs (vmWare)

  • Linux lifecycle management tooling experiences such as Ansible, Foreman, Puppet, Saltstack or Chef

  • Knowledge of IP networks, subnets, routing and network services (DNS, DHCP, NFS, SMB)

  • Scripting experience using Python

  • Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills, sound work methodology

  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills with both technical and non-technical teams

  • Well organised and good time management

Nice to have


  • Experience in the VFX industry

  • Microsoft ActiveDirectory management

  • REZ Packaging Manager (ASWF)

  • Familiarity in administering macOS systems

  • Supporting a render farm (Deadline)

  • Understanding of GPFS or similar clustered file systems

  • Experience using cloud services (AWS) and compiling software

  • Monitoring disk usage and maintaining disk storage technologies

  • Knowledge of security best practices, firewalls and software licensing


Why join Freefolk?


  • Hybrid working to maintain work/life balance as much as possible

  • Drinks on Fridays

  • Employee birthday celebrations

  • Summer sports day

  • Pub quizzes and other socials throughout the year

  • Cycle-to-work scheme

  • Breakfast and snacks in the office




  • Please ensure your showreel/website is linked to your CV

  • Include 'Systems Engineer' in the subject of the email

  • Only qualified applicants will be contacted