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Proofpoint Sr. Systems Administrator - Sales Engineering Tools & Infrastructure in Sacramento, California

It's fun to work in a company where people truly BELIEVE in what they're doing!

We're committed to bringing passion and customer focus to the business.

Corporate Overview

Proofpoint is a leading cybersecurity company protecting organizations’ greatest assets and biggest risks: vulnerabilities in people. With an integrated suite of cloud-based solutions, Proofpoint helps companies around the world stop targeted threats, safeguard their data, and make their users more resilient against cyber attacks. Leading organizations of all sizes, including more than half of the Fortune 1000, rely on Proofpoint for people-centric security and compliance solutions mitigating their most critical risks across email, the cloud, social media, and the web.

We are singularly devoted to helping our customers protect their greatest assets and biggest security risk: their people. That’s why we’re a leader in next-generation cybersecurity.

Protection Starts with People. Proofpoint

The Role and the Team

We are now seeking a highly motivated Sr Systems Administrator in our Sales Engineering Tools & Infrastructure (SETI) team. As a Sr Systems Administrator in this team, you'll take an active role in designing compute infrastructure and creating tools that support pre-sales activities such as demonstrations, proof of concepts (POC), customer reports, or other tools as needed.

The Sales Engineering Tools & Infrastructure team are highly valued business partners to the Global Sales Engineering organization and play a critical role in providing tools, infrastructure, and live environments for the Sales Engineers to do their job.

The environment includes globally distributed public and private cloud data canters with Linux and Windows servers. These environments provide the necessary computing resources for Sales Engineers and other internal stakeholders to do product demonstrations or hands-on labs. The bulk of our workloads run in AWS and our own internal deployment of OpenStack.

You will be part of a small, globally distributed team that provides swift response to the technical computing needs of your internal customers – primarily Sales Engineers. You will collaborate with your team members to build, buy, or utilize appropriate resources in support of the ever-changing, growing Proofpoint product portfolio. The activities of the team require a wide array of skills areas, including systems administration, development, and cloud computing. We balance the collective skill sets of the team so some members may be experts at development while others are experts at systems management or operations. We will look for candidates that bring expertise in at least one of these areas with willingness to learn and cross-train in the others for a “devops” role.

Some examples are:

  • Build and manage the infrastructure to deliver high-volume, compelling Proofpoint on-demand product demonstrations that address today’s most pressing cyber threats.

  • Internally deploy complex people-centric solutions encompassing the entire Proofpoint portfolio, becoming an expert in Proofpoint products. These would be internally deployed specifically to support demonstration use-cases that showcase the power of Proofpoint solutions.

  • Internal development (coding) of solutions to support these environments. Typical languages would be Python or Golang.

Job Requirements

  • Hands-on experience with systems administration of Linux and Windows servers and TCP/IP Networks

  • Excellent knowledge of public cloud environments such as AWS, Azure, or other public cloud offerings

  • Knowledgeable in automation scripting in any mainstream language (bash, python, Golang, React.js, etc)

  • Knowledgeable of IT management processes for maintenance, availability, security, governance, Active Directory, etc.

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in a relevant field, or equivalent experience

Plusses but not required

  • Experience in any of the following specific areas would be a plus but not required:

-AWS EC2 or other AWS offerings or OpenStack knowledge

-Proofpoint products

-SMTP and email security

-Ansible or other automation/orchestration tools

-Single sign-on (SSO) vendors such as Okta

-Containers & Kubernetes

-Modern development paradigms such as Agile and CI/CD

-Data warehousing and reporting tools

-Previously supported a pre-sales competitive lab, technical marketing role, training lab

-Previously held a pre-sales SE or pre-sales operations role

Why Proofpoint

Protecting people is at the heart of our award-winning lineup of cybersecurity solutions, and the people who work here are the key to our success. We’re a customer-focused and a driven-to-win organization with leading-edge products. We are an inclusive, diverse, multinational company that believes in culture fit, but more importantly ‘culture-add’, and we strongly encourage people from all walks of life to apply.

We believe in hiring the best and the brightest to help cultivate our culture of collaboration and appreciation. Apply today and explore your future at Proofpoint! #LifeAtPFPT


If you like wild growth and working with happy, enthusiastic over-achievers, you'll enjoy your career with us!

Consistent with Proofpoint values and applicable law, we provide the following information to promote pay transparency and equity. Our compensation reflects the cost of labor across several U.S. geographic markets, and we pay differently based on those defined markets as set out below. Pay within these ranges varies and depends on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The actual offer will be based on the individual candidate. The range provided may represent a candidate range and may not reflect the full range for an individual tenured employee. This role may be eligible for variable pay and/or equity. We offer a competitive benefits package that includes flexible time off, a robust well-being program that provides for 4 global wellbeing days per year, and a 3-week work from anywhere option.

Base Pay Ranges:

SF Bay Area, New York City Metro Area:

Base Pay Range: 128,940.00 - 202,620.00 USD

California (excludes SF Bay Area), Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Washington DC Metro, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Texas, Washington, Virginia, and Alaska:

Base Pay Range: 106,750.00 - 167,750.00 USD

All other cities and states excluding those listed above:

Base Pay Range: 96,320.00 - 151,360.00 USD

Proofpoint has earned several company recognition awards in 2023.

Proofpoint thrives on the invaluable contributions of our diverse workforce, which encompasses a kaleidoscope of lived experiences, thoughts, perspectives, and professional expertise. We attribute much of our success to our people, who are at the core of our organization and embody our people-centric ethos.

We hire the most innovative minds globally to safeguard our customers’ sensitive data and intellectual property. Our talented workforce develops and leverages our advanced technology, combining their expertise to provide comprehensive protection against threat actors and mitigate the risks posed by both malicious and negligent employees.

Cyberattacks have the potential to disrupt access to vital resources such as energy, water, transportation, healthcare, and financial services. At Proofpoint, our dedicated team works tirelessly to ensure world-class cyber resilience, protecting approximately 8,000 enterprise customers worldwide.

We are committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. We work every day to ensure that our employees feel that they are in a community that celebrates their unique identity, cultivates their sense of belonging, and invests in their professional growth. We have 9 employee-led employee inclusion groups which help support both employees and our organization by providing opportunities to network, discuss career and cultural development and uplift the corporate culture to create a more inclusive workplace.

At Proofpoint, we have a passion for protecting people, data, and brands from today’s advanced threats and compliance risks. We hire the best people in the business to:

  • Build and enhance our proven security platform

  • Blend innovation and speed in a constantly evolving cloud architecture

  • Analyze new threats and offer deep insight through data-driven intel

  • Collaborate with customers to help solve their toughest security challenges

We are singularly devoted to helping our customers protect what matters most. That’s why we’re a leader in next-generation cybersecurity—and why more than half of the Fortune 100 trust us as a security partner.

Proofpoint is an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Proofpoint is an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.