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Manager, Virtualization Systems in Dallas, TX at National General Insurance

Date Posted: 3/14/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Primary Purpose:

Provide the technical leadership and operational management of the distributed Virtualization team. Coordinate the work of the team to develop, implement and support new/existing virtual platforms. Work with other IT groups to ensure operational stability, application performance, and monitoring to meet the needs of the company.   Direct the development of infrastructure standards, configuration planning, capacity management and performance reporting.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Following is a summary of the essential functions for this job. Other duties may be performed, both major and minor, which are not mentioned below. Specific activities may change from time to time.

  • Lead and manage the virtual systems and infrastructure (to include EMC vBlocks, Cisco UCS, and other virtual environment hardware and software) for Development, Test/QA, and Production environments to meet service level agreements and maintain operational efficiency
  • Develop and direct a highly skilled virtualization team to deliver results in a fast-paced and dynamic environment with competing priorities
  • Complete regular performance evaluations of team members and provide salary recommendations to senior management
  • Incorporate the strategic vision and goals of the company, business units, and IT into new projects
  • Conduct regular license audits and budget as required to maintain compliance with software agreements 
  • Stay abreast of technological advances and market trends in order to make recommendations to management regarding opportunities for improvement and/or cost reduction opportunities
  • Provide dashboard reporting on service level metrics, KPIs, and general team performance
  • Assist senior management in development and enforcement of departmental standards, methodologies, policies and procedures
  • Interact closely with customers to understand project and daily operational requirements
  • Present complex ideas or situations clear, simple, and an easily understandable format
  • Participate in system or application triage with support teams and / or vendors as necessary
  • Drive toward the achievement of business results in a manner that focuses on profit and service
  • Establish best practices to maintain, operate and monitor systems in real-time
  • Evaluate and refine protocols for handling alerts and outages, incorporate appropriate tools, monitoring and site metrics
  • Ensure continuous operation of all virtual systems 24/7 and bring a focused attention to processes and actions necessary to minimize business interruption, enable issue detection and expedite remediation
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including IT Operations (Storage and Backups), Networks, IT Security, Databases, and Applications Development to ensure seamless integration of work packages within the environment
  • Ensure appropriate compliance standards and security are implemented at all levels
  • Develop IT financial budget for planned projects and annual budgeting activities


Minimum Skills and Competencies:

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor Degree or in-lieu of degree equivalent education, training and work-related experience
  • 10+ years in Information Technology in roles of increasing technical responsibility related to server management
  • 5+ years in a supervisory role
  • 5+ years specific experience with vBlocks and UCS preferably from a hands-on background
  • VMware experience implementing and administering mission critical enterprise class systems in large, highly available enterprise level virtualized environments - minimum 2000+ end users / 1000+ virtual servers
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with VMware tools; vROPS, vRealize, and SRM
  • Demonstrated knowledge of clustering services, load balancing and replication and disaster recovery services
  • Experience with Data Center consolidation and virtualization troubleshooting and performance tuning
  • Extensive understanding of infrastructure 'core services' including Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, SMTP, systems management, data replication & backup, network security principles, etc.
  • Ability to coordinate with and lead geographically dispersed teams


Desired Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Engineering
  • VMware certifications to include VCP-DCA
  • Experience with the Citrix XenApp running in a VMware environment
  • MCSE certification or similar
  • Project management experience and certifications (PMP)
  • Strong understanding of regulatory compliance standards such as HIPPA, PCI, SOX, and NIST, ISO27001
  • Experience in a financial services organization or large, publicly traded organizations

Job Requirements


About National General Holdings:

National General Holdings Corp. is headquartered in New York City. National General traces its roots to 1939, has a financial strength rating of A– (excellent) from A.M. Best, and provides personal and commercial automobile, homeowners, umbrella, recreational vehicle, motorcycle, supplemental health, and other niche insurance products. We are a specialty personal lines insurance holding company. Through our subsidiaries, we provide a variety of insurance products, including personal and commercial automobile, homeowners, umbrella, recreational vehicle, supplemental health, lender-placed and other niche insurance products.

National General is a fast paced, dynamic, and entrepreneurial organization. Our team members live by and exemplify what we call the 4Es. At National General, we are Energized, Engaged, Empowered, and we Execute every day in order to provide an exceptional experience for our customers! We are passionate about our organization and the value that we add every day. A successful candidate with National General will embody the 4Es. Our team is poised to outperform the competition. We are National General Insurance and with us you can be extraordinary! Come join our team!

Companies and Partners

Direct General Auto & Life, Personal Express Insurance, Century-National Insurance, ABC Insurance Agencies, NatGen Preferred, NatGen Premier, Seattle Specialty, National General Lender Services, ARS, RAC Insurance Partners, Mountain Valley Indemnity, New Jersey Skylands, Adirondack Insurance Exchange, VelaPoint, Quotit, HealthCompare, AHCP, NHIC, Healthcare Solutions Team, North Star Marketing, Euro Accident.

In addition to a phenomenal career opportunity, National General Insurance offers an excellent benefits package including:

• Paid Training
• Medical, Dental, Vision benefits
• Wellness Programs
• Life and Short/Long Term Disability Insurance
• 401k w/ Company Match
• Company Paid Holidays & Generous Time-off policy
• Employee Discount Program
• Career Advancement and Development Opportunities
• On-site Healthcare Clinic (Winston-Salem and Cleveland offices)
• On-site Fitness Center (Cleveland and Dallas offices)
• Subsidized parking (Cleveland office)

National General Holdings Corp. is an Equal Opportunity (EO) employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of any characteristic protected by law. Candidates must possess authorization to work in the United States, as it is not our practice to sponsor individuals for work visas.

In the event you need assistance or accommodation in completing your online application, please contact NGIC main office by phone at (336) 435-2000.