Position Summary

Campus: Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
Remuneration: Market Related
EE position: Open to all
Level: Skilled


The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is a vibrant and cosmopolitan university, anchored in Africa and driven by a powerful strategy focused on attaining global excellence and stature (GES). With an emphasis on independent thinking, sustainable development, and strategic partnerships, UJ is an international university of choice. The University is guided by the Vice-Chancellor’s vision of “Positioning UJ in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) for societal impact in the context of the changing social, political, and economic fortunes of Africa”.

Job description

Job Description:

The System Specialist is a critical member of the institution's ICS team responsible for the management, maintenance, and optimization of the institution's systems. This role focuses on Microsoft Azure Cloud services, Microsoft Active Directory and Azure AD, Windows server management, patch management, vulnerability management, and the administration of key Microsoft System Center products to ensure a secure and efficient computing environment.
  • Manage Active Directory.
  • Manage and monitor Azure resources, ensuring scalability and cost-efficiency.
  • Implement, and maintain Azure-based solutions to support institutional services.
  • Troubleshoot Azure-related issues and provide technical expertise.
  • Develop and execute patch management strategies for servers and endpoints.
  • Test patches for compatibility and apply them to mitigate security vulnerabilities.
  • Document patching processes and maintain patching schedules.
  • Assess and mitigate vulnerabilities in the institution's systems and applications.
  • Plan and execute vulnerability remediation strategies in collaboration with other IT teams.
  • Stay current with security threats and industry best practices.
  • Administer Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) for software deployment and updates.
  • Manage System Center Service Manager (SCSM) for incident and problem management.
  • Support and Maintain System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) for proactive monitoring and alerting.
  • Implement and enforce security policies and configurations, including Bitlocker encryption.
  • Participate in compliance audits and assist in addressing audit findings.
  • Collaborate with IT security teams to enhance security measures.
  • Develop and implement Disaster Recovery infrastructure for identified systems.
Upon joining the Department, you will:
  • Be situated at the Auckland Park Kingsway Campus, but not excluded from supporting all campuses
  • Fulfil technical and administrative roles in the Department
If you join the Department, you will:
  • Focus on service delivery by assessing current windows server environment and make recommendations for improvement
  • Support, maintain and monitor Windows servers (physical and virtual)
  • Manage, maintain and support on mailing lists (Linux and Rocketseed)
  • Report on UJ web statistics
  • Help determine and recommend web solutions
  • Innovate and enhance
  • Collaborate and benchmark
  • Administer and lead projects
  • Use tools to enhance and streamline web experience

Minimum requirements

To qualify, you need to have:
  • Degree or any relevant IT qualification (NQF 7)
  • Professional certifications with 3 to 5 years’ job-related experience
  • At least 3 years’ work experience with Microsoft Azure Cloud.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in System Center Configuration Manager.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in System Center Service Manager.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in System Center Operations Manager.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in Microsoft inTune
  • Vulnerability and Patch management.
  • Microsoft Server Hardening.
Advanced knowledge of:
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager
  • Linux Server administration skills
  • Cloud Technologies (AWS, Huawei)
  • MS SQL administration
  • POPIA Compliance knowledge
  • Excellent Troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to handle pressure.
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Good communication skills
Competencies :
  • Strong analytical and in-depth technical skills and knowledge
  • Fast paced, but carefully thought-out results
  • Must be able to develop new ideas and improvement of old ones
  • High standards and high quality of work
  • Structured, organized, and efficient work expected of self and others.
  • Plan and execute vulnerability remediation strategies in collaboration with other IT teams.
  • Self-starter, motivated, organized, detail orientated.
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills
  • Work as an individual and in a team

Enquiries regarding job content: Dr. Chelma Sliep at Tel: (011) 559 3430
Enquiries regarding remuneration & benefits: Mrs. Glaudina Croukamp at Tel: (011) 559-3467  


Your application, comprising of a detailed Curriculum Vitae as well as the names and full contact details (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) of at least three traceable and credible referees must be uploaded before or on the closing date of the advertised post. Please also attach the following: a copy of your highest academic qualification, proof of registration with professional bodies you might belong to and if applying for an academic position, a list of accredited research output and/ or a portfolio of your creative output.

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Candidates may be subjected to appropriate psychometric testing and other selection instruments.

In conjunction to merit on the basis of qualifications, experience and proven achievements the University of Johannesburg is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for persons with disabilities and those individuals from the historically disadvantaged groups. As necessitated by operational requirements the University reserves the right not to make an appointment to positions advertised. If you have not received a response from the University within 8 weeks of the closing date, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful.


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