Job Description :
SAS Grid Administrator

SAS GRID/Platform Administrator to work with our client, a Health Care client in Raleigh, NC. The consultant will administer, ensure and manage a multi-tier SAS GRID environment. This candidate should have experience administering SAS and GRID. This person will need to have an in-depth knowledge of SAS and GRID administration, installation, configuration, monitoring and problem resolution.

This position will ensure that the SAS servers, as well as applicable security infrastructure and its systems and processes, are aligned with tactical and strategic information management initiatives. The Administrator will assist in the planning, coordination and implementation of various SAS products while troubleshooting system related problems and be responsible for the overall availability of the SAS environment. Other responsibilities include maintaining the SAS software roadmap, presenting technical briefings to the support staff, developers and the management team.

The ideal Administrator must possess the ability to interface with all aspects of an IT infrastructure especially as it pertains to setting best practices, making recommendations and working with SAS to make it fit with existing IT rules. The SAS Administrator who will be responsible for implementation, installation, architecture design and administration.

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE

Bachelor''s degree and equivalent work experience required.
Minimum 5 years of experience as a SAS system administrator in a Linux environment.
1-3 years of experience administering SAS GRID.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILTIES/ACTIVITIES:

Responsible for the overall availability of the SAS tools and software environments.
Administer, Maintain and tune the SAS GRID Manager/SAS Platform.
Provides SAS Platform capacity planning, metrics and performance tuning recommendations.
Executes actions necessary to achieve and maintain optimum SAS platform performance, reliability and availability.
Acts as a SAS subject matter expert and liaison to SAS users and IT.
Serves as an escalation point for production and/or platform issues and acts as lead liaison with SAS Technical Support to resolve outstanding issues within the SAS environments.
Collaborates with storage, server, LDAP, database and other IT administrators to support ongoing operations for meeting the business needs via the SAS environment.
Identifies bottlenecks in production systems and provide solutions.
Manage metadata identities, users, groups, and roles.
Ensures the platform is positioned for compliance with IT policies and standards and agreed upon service levels.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Key representative for service line and maintains active engagement with IT partners, customers (BPO and users), vendors, operational, technical, and PMO groups to understand current/future business needs, document pain points, service drivers, etc.
Leverage best practices to identify inefficiencies and gaps in current systems and recommend solutions. Drive the design and implementation of new business process as needed. Develop and promote standard operating procedures.
Maintain awareness of technology and industry trends sufficient to provide input to selection of technology solutions as well as tools and methodologies.
Accountable for governance, quality and integrity of systems and solutions.
Responsible for providing input, reviewing contracts and ensuring compliance.
Lead and coordinate small or medium projects using standard templates and project management methodologies.
QUALIFICATIONS – ESSENTIAL

Hands-on experience as a SAS administrator of the 9.x suite in a Linux environment performing system monitoring, log analysis, performance analysis, performance tuning and capacity planning.
Administer, Maintain and tune the SAS GRID Environment. Provides SAS Platform capacity planning, metrics and performance tuning recommendations.
Experience with SAS Environment Manager is preferred.
Experience with Security and Authentication topics (related to the access of source data, the access of data within SAS on the SAS servers across the different business organizations as well as SAS’ integration with tools such as Active Directory/LDAP
Experience using SAS Management Console (SMC o Creating Users. Groups and Roles.
Creating and securing folders.
Experience monitoring Logs from within SMC.
Experience defining Servers and changing server definitions.
Experience creating SAS, RDBMS libraries.

Server Skills. Understanding server security and folders and how they relate to SAS folders and security.
Knowledge of SAS configuration files such as autoexec, configuration and environment files.
Starting and stopping servers.
Backup strategies and implementation.
Security and Authentication (related to the access of source data within SAS on the SAS servers across the different business organizations as well as SAS integration with tools such as Active Directory/LDAP/) across multiple SAS products. o SAS/Access products and configuring to connect RDBMS servers (Oracle
SAS/Enterprise Guide.
SAS Studio.
SAS/GRID.
Thorough understanding of SAS products and how they work together in an environment.
SAS data source connectivity to the following: Oracle, SQL Server
Understanding server security and folders and how they relate to SAS folders and security
Manage time utilization for yourself and work with team to ensure that tasks are completed on or ahead of schedule and that issues are escalated to project or ITS management. Manage multiple work assignments and prioritize appropriately.
Perform application software installations and upgrades, troubleshoot, test, and develop documentation as needed in accordance with established IT policies and procedures. Ensure that all products and services meet organization standards and end-user requirements. Responsible for all application-level support.
Monitor and tune the system to achieve optimum performance levels and report monthly to management and stakeholders.
Responsible for all aspects of license auditing through regular reporting and review, ensuring software is licensed accurately, and coordinating with appropriate parties for new purchases.
Interface with vendor support service groups to ensure proper escalation during outages or periods of degraded system performance. Responsible for all aspects of vendor management.
Develop, maintain, validate, and run SAS programs. Conduct exploratory data analysis and data mining to identify patterns. Develop approaches for detecting data trends.
Ability to perform ad hoc analyses, measure the validity of the results, identify and communicate actionable insights. Familiarity with data model design, data warehouse concepts, data modeling, and statistical analysis.
SAS data source connectivity to the following: Oracle, SQL Server
Understanding server security and folders and how they relate to SAS folders and security
Manage time utilization for yourself and work with team to ensure that tasks are completed on or ahead of schedule and that issues are escalated to project or ITS management. Manage multiple work assignments and prioritize appropriately.
Perform application software installations and upgrades, troubleshoot, test, and develop documentation as needed in accordance with established IT policies and procedures. Ensure that all products and services meet organization standards and end-user requirements. Responsible for all application-level support.
Monitor and tune the system to achieve optimum performance levels and report monthly to management and stakeholders.
Responsible for all aspects of license auditing through regular reporting and review, ensuring software is licensed accurately, and coordinating with appropriate parties for new purchases.
Interface with vendor support service groups to ensure proper escalation during outages or periods of degraded system performance. Responsible for all aspects of vendor management.
Develop, maintain, validate, and run SAS programs. Conduct exploratory data analysis and data mining to identify patterns. Develop approaches for detecting data trends.
Ability to perform ad hoc analyses, measure the validity of the results, identify and communicate actionable insights. Familiarity with data model design, data warehouse concepts, data modeling, and statistical analysis.