Job Description

Ottawa, Canada – We are looking for a Senior Systems Administrator to lead the IT systems team to develop, maintain, refine and support the technology infrastructure of the company. The environment consists of a mix of Windows and Linux based workstations and servers, and ultra-high performance storage and networking hardware.


  • Type: Full-Time Employee
  • Salary: $77,000 or as appropriate to the experience of the candidate.  Medical/dental benefits and RRSP plan available.
  • Benefits: Health and Dental, Employee Assistance Program, and eligibility for term of service based matching RRSP plan
  • Positions available: 1
  • Start Date: Negotiable
  • Job Reference Number: SSA-0118


  • Lead the IT team in the design, implementation, and support of both business and animation production technologies.
  • Oversee all technology operations (e.g. network security) and evaluate them according to established corporate and productions goals.
  • Regularly review and assess corporate security and its policies. Where required, establish or refine protocols and policies to strengthen security and disaster recovery protocols to be compliant with regular security audits.
  • Regularly meet with corporate and production departments to determine their technology needs. Revise planning to address any real deficiencies and to facilitate surges in production.
  • Work with the management team to spec, plan, and cost all technology and software licensing and purchases. Assist in building relationships with vendors and creating cost-efficient contracts.
  • Work to establish and maintain an accurate and well planned annual budget of support and maintenance costs that can be approved by management.
  • Lead and develop a team of 3 to 4 IT professionals of various seniorities and strengths so as to create an effective and happy team oriented work environment.
  • Regularly review and assess the performance of the IT department. Where required, establish strategies to increase performance and effectiveness.

Job Requirements:

  • 5 years of experience as a Senior Systems Administrator with a background in animation or post production environment.
  • Experience supporting corporate and high-availability/throughput file-based storage, Hitachi preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience creating and maintaining IT related budgets.
  • Scripting/automation experience in Python, Xojo
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills.
  • Outstanding communication abilities
  • Integration of multiplatform OS environments (Windows / Linux)
  • Proven ability to think strategically AND tactically.
  • Must be a Canadian citizen and an Ontario resident


  • BSc/BA in computer science, engineering or relevant field; Applicants with MSc/MA will be given preference

Company Info: Headquartered in Ottawa, Mercury Filmworks® is one of Canada’s most prolific independent studios and internationally recognized as a leader in the animation industry for its benchmarks in quality, reliability, and innovation. Over its 19-year history Mercury has helped bring to life many of the most memorable modern animated television and film properties including the multi-award winning series Mickey Mouse Shorts, Lion Guard, Wander Over Yonder, Star and the Forces of Evil, Jake & the Never Land Pirates, Fish Hooks, Toot & Puddle, Gerald McBoing Boing, Atomic Puppet along with the feature films Curious George, The PowerPuff Girls Movie, and Looney Tunes: Back In Action. Mercury is proud to be associated with partners such as Disney, Amazon, NETFLIX, Warner Bros., Universal, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and its home networks CBC, SRC, TVO, Knowledge Network, DHX’s Family Channel and Family CHRGD and the Corus Entertainment family of networks, Teletoon, YTV, and Treehouse.

How to Apply: Please send your resume and link to your portfolio to: and reference: SSA-0118 in the subject line of your submission.

Please note that due to the volume of resumes received only the most qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Mercury Filmworks welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Mercury Filmworks®
53 Auriga Drive
Ottawa, Ontario Canada K2E 8C3
T: +1.613.482.1814

Job posted January 8, 2018