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Network Architect

  • Salary: £400 - £450 per day
  • Job type: Contract
  • Location: Northampton, Northamptonshire
  • Sector: IT
  • Date posted: 12/11/2018
  • Job reference: BBBH90961

Role: Network Architect
Start Date: ASAP
Location: Northampton
Duration: 3-6 months

The Network Architect will be the will be responsible to configure and trouble shoot Cisco LAN/WAN connections, Cisco IOS VPN, Cisco Firewalls, and Cisco switches. The team members will handle monitoring and resolution of networking issues for our clients.

  • Candidate will be responsible for analyzing, developing, interpreting and evaluating network system design and architecture specifications, data models and diagrams
  • Liaise with other internal teams and vendors in the development, configuration and integration of computer systems and for issue resolution.
  • Configure and install various network devices and services (e.g., routers, switches, firewalls, load balancers, VPN, QoS)
  • Design & Implementation of LAN & WAN Infrastructure.
  • Configuring/Troubleshooting Routing protocols including but not limited to EIGRP, OSPF, BGP & layer 2 protocols
  • Maximizes network performance by monitoring performance, troubleshooting network problems and outages
  • Work within established configuration and change management policies to ensure awareness, approval and success of changes made to the network infrastructure
  • Utilizes various network tools for monitoring and testing the network and associated devices
  • Work with engineers regarding monitoring alerts and client issues
  • Provide assistance to identify and troubleshoot Windows, mail delivery and network-related problems
  • Provide weekend and off-hours support, as needed
  • Conduct proactive systems maintenance for client servers
  • Contact clients and internal staff about monitoring events as needed
  • Manage outage communications with vendors/customers
  • Maintain client security levels and confidentiality of information
  • Input and manage tickets through our CRM system
  • Generate documentation for processes in the GOC as needed
  • Learn and follow company policies and procedures
  • Perform in a fast paced, high volume environment
  • Perform related tasks as required

Essential Skills:

  • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent work experience); advanced industry certifications a plus
  • 10+ Years working within professional, enterprise-level IT Organization
  • 7+ Years of experience in working as a Systems Administrator or Engineer
  • Bachelor's degree in technical field or equivalent experience, certifications and training
  • Strong Working knowledge of Infrastructure Technologies and the relationships between application, systems, network, and security
  • Strong working knowledge of networking technologies (Ethernet and Layer 3, overlay network a plus)
  • Strong Working knowledge of Virtual Architecture (VMWare, Hyper-V, VDI,)
  • Strong working knowledge of SAN environments. Design, Administration, and Support
  • Excellent overall knowledge of Enterprise Level technologies
  • Excellent verbal and written client communications skills required
  • Experience in managing multiple resources in a matrix organization that includes technical and business users/roles
  • Experience in partnering and managing external Solution Providers with the ability to drive results

Nice to Have Skills

  • Project management skills
  • People management
  • Knowledge of Incident management
  • Knowledge of Change management
  • Understanding of Problem management
  • Understanding of Capacity planning
  • Knowledge of ITIL Frame Work


  • 8-10 years hands-on network engineering experience
  • Deep understanding of networking protocols
  • Hands-on experience with monitoring, network diagnostic and network analytics tools for Cisco LAN/WAN connections (mostly 43xx router), Cisco IOS VPN, Cisco Firewalls, and Cisco switches.
  • Vendor certifications (Cisco, Juniper etc.) will be preferred. Organizational skills and the ability to priorities workload
  • High level of verbal and written communications
  • Customer service experience

Please submit CVs in the first instance

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