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Senior SAS GRID Administrator (Linux OS)

Pinnacle Solutions, Inc. is seeking a highly experienced Senior SAS GRID Administrator (Linux OS) as an addition to our elite SAS Consulting Team for one of our Clients - a large Financial Services Institution, located in Dallas, TX for a 4-Month Contract-to-Hire, Full-time, all On-site beginning in September. 

NOTE!  Candidate - please specify desired HOURLY rate in application questions.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE!  The Client intends for the Candidate to become their employee after the 6-month contract, if Candidate and the Client are happy.  Please do not apply unless you accept this model and are local, can commute comfortably or will relocate.



The perfect consultant will ensure and manage a large and complex multi-tier SAS environment. This candidate should have experience administering SAS and GRID.  They 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.



  • Minimum 7 years of experience as a SAS system administrator in a Linux environment.
  • 3 years of experience administering SAS GRID.



  • 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.
  • Prior experience performing installations in a SAS Grid environment, from production to testing to disaster recovery and UAT.
  • Previous experience using Dataloader for Hadoop or other SAS integration tools.
  • Experience using SAS Management Console (SMC).
    • 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.
  • 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.
    • SAS/Access products and configuring to connect RDBMS servers.
    • SAS/Enterprise Guide.
    • SAS/Enterprise Miner.
    • SAS/GRID.
    • SAS Visual Analytics/HPA Server.
  • Financial Services experience a plus.
  • Experience monitoring grid and make sure that nodes are balanced with SAS generated code running efficiently across grid.
  • Working knowledge of LSF as it pertains to the SAS grid.
  • Understand basic Linux commands that will enable you to monitor SAS jobs, ability to move around in a Linux environment as required for basic functioning of SAS and a good understanding of how Linux and SAS are integrated.
  • Be knowledgeable of Base SAS programming (DATA step), SQL programming (i.e., use of SQL pass-through or PROC SQL), as well as the SAS Macro language for use in understanding current code.
  • Thorough understanding of SAS products and how they work together in an environment.
  • SAS data source connectivity to the following: Hadoop, Oracle, SQL Server.
  • Understanding server security and folders and how they relate to SAS folders and security.
  • Experience in troubleshooting SAS Platform and client issues to root cause



  • 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.



  • Bachelor's degree and equivalent work experience required.



LOCATION(S):  Dallas, TX

WORK TYPE:  4-Month Contract-to-Hire

WORK MODEL:   Full-time, M-F, 40 hours per week, all On-site



Pinnacle Solutions is a trusted SAS Alliance & Resell Partner, Amazon Web Services Partner, and creator of The Backpack Solution, an all-in-one, unprecedented, and must-have specialized toolkit solving all our client’s data demands.  To attract the most sought-after, elite SAS technology professionals, we specialize in flexible career models with above market compensation.  Our specialists serve as a member of our internal development team, or they may provide on-site consulting expertise for our key Client positions.  Join our talented and elite SAS Consulting Team now by applying to this job posting or contact us via email at: and learn more about us at:

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