SENIOR NETWORK ENGINEER

Job Summary

Responsibilities include planning and designing network infrastructure and enterprise network solutions; troubleshooting, installing, implementing and administering network systems and providing Tier III support. Also analyzes capacity issues and develops capacity planning models. Responsible for ensuring planned testing activities are executed and for developing network security guidelines. Provides general direction and leads a staff of two to three network system engineers.

Essential Functions 

Planning: Conducts short- and long-term planning to meet network requirements.
Network System Design and Implementation: Designs and implements network systems.
Strong working familiarity with Cisco IOS with hands-on experience configuring Cisco routers, switches and firewalls.
Network Connectivity: Provides support for network connectivity or related network issues for the user community.
Network Installation: Plans and monitors the installation of network systems.
Network Monitoring: Analyzes network activity and network problems to discover and prevent systematic errors. Recommends network design changes/enhancements for improved systems availability and performance.
Issue Resolution: Troubleshoot, diagnose and resolve network problems. Researches, analyzes and recommends the implementation of software or hardware changes to rectify any network deficiencies or to enhance network performance.
Capacity Planning: Analyzes facilities bandwidth requirements and system interdependencies. Develops capacity planning models.
Disaster Recovery: Ensures planned testing activities are performed and technical criteria are met.
Network Performance Assessment: Assesses network performance to ensure that it meets the present and future needs of the business. Provides network planning recommendations to management.
Vendor Management: Evaluates services provided by vendors and recommends changes.
Knowledge of commercial enterprise-level tools and products to provide network services, including: firewalls, IPS/IDS, DNS, DHCP, web security, VPN etc.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and the general public.
Requires excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must have the ability to provide the “Fischer Price” explanation of technology for nontechnical managers, directors and above. Great people skills are a must!
Remain current on emerging technologies via professional groups, trade magazines, internal and external training, independent research and study, and other avenues.
Works closely with colleagues to meet team goals and improve internal processes and practices.

DECISION MAKING

This position works under limited supervision.   
This position serves as a technical lead, providing guidance and mentorship to network system engineers. Designs technical solutions and coordinates with the staff to ensure timely and accurate implementation

JOB DIMENSIONS

Regular contact with internal and external customers and contractor representatives involved with LAN/WAN design, network implementation, and network management. 
May be required to work hours other than regular schedule such as nights, weekends and Holidays. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS

Physical requirements include occasional lifting/carrying of 70 pounds; visual acuity, speech and hearing; hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer keyboard and basic office equipment. Position is subject to sitting, standing, reaching, walking, twisting, and kneeling to perform daily essential functions. Working conditions are primarily inside an office environment.

BENEFITS

Competitive base salary + commissions and a competitive benefits package.

Desired Skills and Experience

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Ten years of relevant IT work experience. 
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
Candidates who do not currently possess the CCNA certification, but meet all other minimum requirements, may be considered for this position.  If selected, the candidate will be required to obtain the required certification within a twelve (12) month time period.  The salary range will be adjusted if selected candidate does not possess CCNA certification, and will be reassessed at the time the CCNA certification is obtained.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

CCNA, CCNP, CCVP, or CCNP Wireless, or CCSP.
VCP5, VCP5.5.
Knowledge of Cisco IOS and industry best practices. 
Familiarity with network, server, storage virtualization, i.e. MDS switching infrastructure, VSAN, VRF, VPN, and VMWare vSphere.