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Systems and infrastructure are the backbone of all organisations today. They need innovative, forward-looking strategies – and the right people to help deliver them.

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Your systems engineer job questions, answered

Where can I find Systems Engineer jobs in New Zealand?

We regularly advertise new jobs for Systems Engineers right around New Zealand. Click below to check out all our Systems Engineer jobs or those in your nearest city:    

What does a Systems Engineer do?  

Systems Engineers serve an integral role with respect to the IT services of an organisation. They are responsible for the implementation, maintenance and support of both software and hardware components. These include, but are not limited to, computer systems, networks, security, and communication mediums such as email.  

What skills does a Systems Engineer need to have?  

Information technology has become a focal point of almost all industries. As a result, in modern day business, IT related systems and infrastructure provide the backbone for most organisations. A Systems Engineer combines an understanding of engineering and management to develop systems within an organisation with the aim of increasing productivity. 
A Systems Engineer should be proficient building, implementing, configuring, and providing support for a range of platforms and operating systems that could range from Windows, UNIX, Linux, Cloud and Virtualization.
Similarly, there is a growing expectation that the Systems Engineer is familiar with technologies such as cloud computing and cyber security. Those with in-depth knowledge on web-based services along with alternate options such as Saas and Iaas will be well positioned.  
The technical skills required to be a Systems Engineer could range from virtualisation, cloud, automation and scripting. Proficiency across data environments and tools such as SQL, AWS and Power BI will provide candidates with greater versatility with respect to suitable roles.  

What is a Systems Engineer’s job description? 

  • Manage and review installed systems and infrastructure  

  • Evaluate existing systems, explore areas of improvement and source appropriate upgrades to optimise output  

  • Install, configure, assess and sustain operating systems, software and system tools  

  • Assist in the design of information and support systems  

  • Design, implement and monitor security systems including backup and safeguards   

  • Set up and monitor feedback protocols across all systems   

  • Develop training programs and documentation which is to be complimented by technical support  

  • Work in conjunction with project management teams to ensure successful implementation of initiatives  

  • Demonstrate strong planning, coordination and communication skills  

What skills and experience are employers looking for from a System Engineer? 

The pathways to becoming a Systems Engineer are not set in stone, nor are the skills that employers are looking for. A background in IT, Computer Systems Engineering, or Network Engineering would provide many of the necessary skills. With respect to core skills and technical skills, we have found that employers are interested in the following:   

Core Skills  

  • Communication with a range of stakeholders  

  • Team Player – ability to engage and work within a team 

  • Analytical/Problem Solver – proactive solutions, not just reactive 

Technical Skills  

  • Systems Engineering  

  • Virtualisation 

  • Cloud 

  • Automation 

  • Scripting 

  • Networking 

Core Skills 

As Systems Engineers are required to collaborate with other IT professionals and project management teams, excellent communication skills are considered an essential asset. This extends beyond team managers and IT subordinates to Project Managers and key stakeholders.

Organisations are looking for Systems Engineers who can translate complex IT concepts into basic terms. This is deemed important in the process of providing technical support. 

The capacity to solve problems and make appropriate decisions is considered critical to the success of a Systems Engineer. Employers are favouring analytical thinkers who have experience in providing a proactive contribution to the improvement of systems and how they are utilised.

Moreover, being approachable and open-minded is considered important by employers who are often seeking multiple options in relation to solutions. Being calm under pressure and responding effectively in matters of troubleshooting are deemed as excellent leadership qualities. 

Technical Skills  

With respect to technical skills, employers are looking for proficiency across one or more operating systems, such as Windows, Unix, Linux, as well as virtualisation, scripting and automation skills and understanding the fundamentals of networking.

Those who can demonstrate experience throughout the full engineering lifecycle will be in a position of strength 


What type of employers hire Systems Engineers? 

The constant drive for efficiency has seen a spike in the amount of Systems Engineer jobs being offered. The large variety of organisation seeking IT services skills has made the Systems Engineer career path an attractive prospect.
Systems Engineer roles are available in the following industries: 

Information Technology – These organisations focus on innovation and smart business practices more than any other industry. It is the most competitive space for Systems Engineers but also the most rewarding. Opportunities are available across the board from tech hardware to software-as-a-service and beyond.  

Public Sector and Defence – There has been an influx of IT related jobs  in these industries and the demand for Systems Engineers is no exception. A push to incorporate new systems in a short time frame has increased the demand for Systems Engineers to ensure a smooth and efficient transition.  

Financial Institutions – With a growing number of financial institutions shifting their operations almost exclusively online, the demand for IT services in this industry cannot be understated. In what is a highly competitive space, those with superior Systems Engineer skills will be rewarded accordingly.  

Other industries seeking the expertise of a Systems Engineer include retail, mining, manufacturing, healthcare, engineering, and education.  

What tools and software does a Systems Engineer use? 

Operating Systems: Windows, UNIX, Linux and cloud-based solutions including Azure and AWS, virtual technologies such as Hyper-V, VMware and Citrix 
Networking: OSI network layers, TCP/IP networking protocol and network security 
Scripting and Programming languages would be advantageous: Powershell, Python, Ruby, Perl, R etc 

We strongly suggest that you list all software or tools that you are proficient in on your resume as they may help you stand out to employers in a specific industry.  

How much does a Systems Engineer earn in New Zealand?  

This will depend on the role, location and company. The demand for effective IT systems, networks and processes is greater than ever before and we are seeing a substantial increase in specialist IT positions. 
A Systems Engineer can expect a salary ranging between $75,000 and $100,000, depending on experience, with a typical salary of $90,000 in Auckland. For our latest guide on typical Systems Engineer salary packages, please refer to our Hays Salary Guide.  

How can I become a Systems Engineer in New Zealand? 

A Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Information Technology, or Computer Science will provide a great foundation for a career as a Systems Engineer.   

Those looking to carve a path straight into a Systems Engineer role as an undergraduate should target a position as an intern while studying. With a large selection of industries seeking the expertise of a Systems Engineer, this could provide you with the necessary knowledge and specific business acumen to progress quickly.  

Experience is highly desirable in the role of a Systems Engineer. This will allow you to develop the requisite knowledge in key areas such as operating systems, virtualisation technologies, cloud-based solutions, networking and scripting. 

Experience is highly desirable in the role of a Systems Engineer. This will allow you to develop the requisite knowledge in key areas such as operating systems, networks, and programming.  

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