Explore the role of a System Engineer - Introducing NSW member member Shoeb Lakdawala


  • Shoeb Lakdawala AACS is an ACS member in NSW and an experienced System Engineer. 
  • Shoeb shares the reality of his role, what it entails and requires and how to reach it as an emerging professional. 

How do you describe your role as a system engineer?

I spearhead the adoption of cutting-edge technology across diverse APAC markets, including Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Thailand. This strategic responsibility involves navigating unique market dynamics, regulatory landscapes, and technological infrastructures in each country.

We collaborate with high-performance computing manufacturers. Through strategic partnerships, we ensure our preparedness for the market launch, staying ahead of competitors. This high-end computing power is essential for running high-frequency algorithmic trading strategies effectively.


What does a week in your role look like?
A typical week would include some or all of the below tasks:

- Project Work: Participate in the planning and executing of infrastructure projects, such as system upgrades, migrations, or new deployments.
Collaborate with project managers to ensure timelines and deliverables are met.

- Performance Optimisation: Analyze system performance data to identify areas for improvement.
Implement optimisation techniques to enhance system performance and resource utilisation.

- Security Management: Conduct regular security audits and vulnerability assessments.
Implement security measures to protect systems and data from threats.

- Documentation and Reporting: Update and maintain system documentation, including configurations, procedures, and troubleshooting guides.
Prepare and present reports on system performance, incidents, and project progress to management.

- Training and Development: Stay current with the latest technologies and best practices in system engineering. Participate in training sessions or workshops to enhance skills and knowledge.

Why would you recommend this role to emerging professionals who might consider it?

A career as a System Engineer offers a wealth of opportunities and experiences for emerging professionals. Here’s why I highly recommend it:

- Learning and Growth: As a System Engineer, you'll dive into IT systems, learning everything from operating systems and network configurations to security protocols and cloud technologies. This role is like a crash course in all things IT, giving you a versatile skill set that can take you far in your career.

- Job Stability: In our tech-driven world, every industry needs reliable IT infrastructure. This constant demand means you'll always have job opportunities and the security that comes with them. Plus, there are plenty of paths for career advancement, from IT Manager to Cloud Architect.

- Making a Difference: Your work as a System Engineer will have a direct impact on your organization's efficiency and productivity. Whether you're solving critical issues or implementing new solutions, you'll see the positive results of your efforts daily.

- Team Collaboration: You'll work closely with a variety of teams, including developers, network specialists, and security experts. This collaboration helps you build strong communication and teamwork skills, which are valuable in any profession.

Overall, a career as a System Engineer is fulfilling and exciting. It’s an excellent choice for those looking to build a strong IT foundation, grow professionally, and significantly impact the tech industry.

What are some of the essential skills for this role?

To excel as a System Engineer, you'll need a mix of technical expertise and soft skills. On the technical side, being proficient in operating systems like Linux and Windows, understanding network protocols, and having scripting skills in languages like Python or Bash are crucial. Knowledge of cloud services (AWS, Azure) and system security practices will also set you apart.

But it’s not just about tech skills. Problem-solving and troubleshooting are at the heart of what we do, and you'll need to communicate effectively with both technical teams and non-technical stakeholders. Collaboration is key as you'll often work with developers and business units to meet organizational goals.

Adaptability is essential, as technology evolves rapidly, and you'll need to stay current with new tools and practices. Attention to detail ensures system configurations and updates are accurate and secure.

Project management skills, such as planning, organisation, and documentation, help keep projects on track and well-documented for future reference. Providing excellent user support and training others on system use fosters a supportive and efficient IT environment.

Overall, it's a dynamic role that blends technical know-how with strategic thinking and people skills, making it both challenging and rewarding.