The senior systems engineer tends to involve more design and build-out work than an standard systems administrator position. While both jobs contain responsibilities for day-to-day administration and upkeep of servers and storage, a senior systems engineer will also have been the one who original designed the solution; this can range anywhere from choosing a server platform to details related to processors, RAM and network cards.
Senior Systems Engineer Tasks
Install, configure and upgrade and enhancements to software/hardware/network systems.
May be responsible for designing a data contingency plan or data disaster recovery plan.
Oversee the planning, design and implementation of system engineering projects.