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Principal Systems Engineer

Information Services - Other, Engineering - Other, Information Technology Job ID 2022-12284 Primary Location: Johnston, Rhode Island 11/16/2022
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FM Global is a leading property insurer of the world's largest businesses, providing more than one-third of FORTUNE 1000-size companies with engineering-based risk management and property insurance solutions. FM Global helps clients maintain continuity in their business operations by drawing upon state-of-the-art loss-prevention engineering and research; risk management skills and support services; tailored risk transfer capabilities; and superior financial strength. To do so, we rely on a dynamic, culturally diverse group of employees, working in more than 100 countries, in a variety of challenging roles.


This position is open to candidates seeking remote opportunities that are comfortable with quarterly travel to Headquarters located in Johnston, RI.

The Principal Systems Engineer collaborates with infrastructure engineers, software engineers, chapter leads, service and product owners, and other Multi-Disciplinary staff based on shared goals and agile practices.

The Systems Engineer is responsible for providing design, integration, and management of complex systems, including building, and running Infrastructure & Cloud Services, focused on producing high quality solutions and improving existing technology systems through orchestration and automation. The Systems Engineer will be focused on enhancing existing processes and developing and implementing solutions through a variety of technology disciplines such as server, network, cloud, storage, and other infrastructure technologies. 

This is a hands-on position that will work side by side with other team members throughout the Infrastructure and Cloud Product and Service Organization.  As a member of a cross functional team, the Systems Engineer will be flexible, participate in mutual understanding, and continuously evaluate processes. 

The ideal candidate will be committed to these principles: 

  • Having an unwavering focus on our customers.
  • Explicitly focused on improving daily work.
  • A commitment to systems thinking. Integrating repeatable patterns that teams can utilize.
  • Practicing a DevOps mindset and embracing DevOps culture.
  • Commitment to an Agile Methodology and DevOps mindset, as both ideologies work with increased collaboration and rapid implementation along with continuous testing.
  • Focused on increasing transparency, communication, and collaboration across development, Infrastructure Operations, and Infrastructure Product Organizations.

Responsibilities of the systems engineer are based on the agile team assignment and could include any of the following. 


  • Participate as SME in recommending technology solutions to product team
  • Estimating work effort for product sprints
  • Complete technical work effort 
  • Communicate blockers and requests for help for agile teams
  • Update systems of record 
  • Transition products and features to the service organization
  • Improve the reliability of high-scale systems, by using automation to improve the process, the environment, and the technology stack.   Leverage automation where possible to ease/eliminate manual tasks


  • Participate as SME in the maintenance and upgrade tasks for services supported.
  • Participate as SME in resolution of incidents and fulfillment of requests escalated to service teams.
  • Assist with root cause analysis for problems related to services
  • Support Developers use of infrastructure as code technologies and creation of CI/CD Pipelines
  • Participate in 24/7 on-call rotation


5 to 10+ years’ experience in application support, infrastructure support, database, server administration, information technology, platform services, or another related discipline.  A focus on scripting and automation with at least 5+ years’ experience. 

Technical Experience: 

  • Knowledge of Infrastructure architecture and administration.
  • Expertise in creating, analyzing, and restoring large-scale distributed systems
  • Experience working with Windows and Linux operating systems. Examples include Microsoft Windows Server 2022, Microsoft Windows Server 2019, Ubuntu, Debian, and RHEL.
  • Knowledge of Scripting Languages such as Bash, Perl, PowerShell, Ruby, or Python as well as data serialization languages (JSON and/or YAML)
  • Must have knowledge of Web Servers, preferably IIS. Examples include: IIS, Nginx Apache, and Tomcat.
  • Knowledge of enterprise backup and recovery procedures, system performance-monitoring tools, cloud resource monitoring tools, active directories, virtualization, HTTP traffic, content delivery, and caching
  • Experience working with version control technologies such as Git.
  • Experience with Cloud Based Technologies preferably Azure. 
  • Experience with CI/CD pipelines and the tools needed to create and maintain them: Container orchestration (Kubernetes),  IaC provisioning tools (Terraform), release tools (Octopus), code repositories (GIT)
  • Understanding of Microsoft Active Directory, and experience with IP based networks, including of data networking components and concepts. 
  • Experience developing and implementing service capabilities for Development Teams.

Soft Skills:

  • Ability to stay up to date on current technologies and learn both collaboratively and independently.  
  • Effective at both verbal and written communication based on the intended audience. 
  • Solid Interpersonal and collaboration skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills including the ability to take ownership.
  • Must have a strong work ethic, time management skills, initiative, continuous improvement mindset, and a positive attitude.
  • Ability to work independently or on a team.
  • Ability to coordinate activities with team members and other stakeholders.  
  • Ability to multi-task and change priorities with effective results. 
  • Ability to translate technical concepts into easy to understand explanations
  • Understanding of business value and how to leverage technology to achieve it and leverage metrics to track it
  • Ability to influence stakeholders and colleagues that proposed solutions are the right solutions for a problem
  • Ability to mentor and share technical knowledge with colleagues (both verbal and written)
  • Strong root cause analysis skills.
  • Experience with the Agile framework and ITIL preferred. Familiarity with sprint and Kanban approaches to work management and tooling such as HEAT, ServiceNow and/or Azure DevOps


Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related discipline, or equivalent work experience or technical training with a non-related degree

We offer our employees a wide range of benefits including career long learning opportunities, tuition reimbursement, 401 (k), pension, flexible schedules, rich health and well-being programs, generous time off allowances, volunteer days and so much more!

FM Global is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse workforce.

Please note that all FM Global visitors, including external candidates interviewing for open positions will be required to be vaccinated and should be prepared to provide proof of vaccination.


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