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Senior Linux Administrator

Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) are now CPKC. As the only truly North American railway, we are making big moves! Drawing on our strong foundations and heritage, CPKC moves essential goods across our 20,000-mile network to support economic growth throughout Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Be a part of history as we connect a continent and create exciting career opportunities across our new transnational network. Visit to learn about the CPKC advantage, our purpose and culture.



As a Senior Linux Administrator (internally called Specialist, IS Infra Platforms Linux) responsible for Linux operational support, troubleshooting, maintenance, upgrades and expansion, on-call rotation. In addition, they will provide support to provisioning/operational staff, as well as work closely with the architecture group in design support and validation of new designs and installations.



  • Provide direction and advice pertaining to capacity planning
  • Provide direction and advice pertaining to future installations and design
  • Provide direction to automate and orchestrate future use of Linux environments (Tanium, Orchestrator, automation suites)
  • Configuration management utilizing Ansible, SaltStack, Puppet, Chef, Desired State Configuration (DSC)
  • Scripting languages (PowerShell, bash, python)



  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • 10 to 15 years Infrastructure experience
  • 1 to 3 years virtual infrastructure experience


Knowledge in the following preferred:

  • Virtualization Technologies using VMware/Nutanix/Hyper V (MS suite)
  • Provide direction and advice pertaining to design and configuration of converged infrastructure
  • Cluster experience (SLES, RH would be good)
  • Vcenter or Nutanix tools
  • Storage Technologies using Dell/EMC and Netapp
  • Dell/EMC and Netapp replication technologies
  • Protocols including CIFS, NFS, iSCSI, FC
  • Cisco Networking Products
  • Networking technologies including, but not limited to TCP/IP, DNS, Routing Protocols, Switching
  • Cisco UCS Servers
  • VMWare Hypervisor as well as some UCS bare-metal)
  • Knowledge and use of containerization platforms
  • Strong Communications Skills, both verbal and written
  • Demonstrated experience documenting environments, runbooks, etc.
  • Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and automation technologies
  • Infrastructure as Code platforms:  Terraform, Packer, Azure Resource Manager/CloudFormation templates
  • Enterprise service bus platforms



  • Flexible and competitive benefits package
  • Competitive company pension plan
  • Employee Share Purchase Plan
  • Performance Incentive Program
  • Annual Fitness Subsidy
  • Part-time Studies Program



As an employer with North American presence, the possibility does exist that the location of your position may be changed based on organizational requirements.


Background Investigation:

The successful candidate will need to successfully complete the following clearances:       

  • Criminal history check
  • Reference check


Management Conductor Program:

Becoming a qualified conductor or locomotive engineer is the single best way for a management employee to learn the business at CPKC. You may be required to obtain a certification or to maintain your current certification/qualification as a conductor or locomotive engineer.


CPKC is an employment equity employer committed to the principles of employment equity and inclusion. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply including women, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities. Accommodations for the job application process can be provided, as appropriate, upon request. All applicant information will be managed in accordance with the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).  


  • Req ID: 102290
  • Department: Information Services
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Non-Union
  • Location: Calgary, Alberta
  • Country: Canada
  • % of Travel: 0-10%
  • # of Positions: 2
  • Job Grade:
  • Job Available to: Internal & External

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