Network Engineer

Job Title: Network Engineer
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Scotland
Salary: £0.00 - £500 per day + Outside IR35
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: BBBH29378_1643297188
Contact Name: Tara Hibbott
Contact Email:
Job Published: January 27, 2022 15:26

Job Description

Network Engineer
Start date: ASAP
Duration: 6 months (likely extension)
Mostly Remote (anywhere inside the UK), except where access to physical hardware is required, which will be on-site at either Meadowbank House or Saughton House, Edinburgh.
£500 per day (OUTSIDE IR35)

An experienced Network Engineer is required to assist in the design and build of new network infrastructure while supporting the existing network service.

Main outcomes and objectives

  • Support BAU activities including mentoring/guidance to junior staff where appropriate
  • Work independently where necessary on designated projects
  • Support both campus and remote infrastructure inclusive of setting up hardware such as routers, switches, firewalls and remote access devices
  • Datacentre management and planning inclusive of power distribution and best practice design
  • Future network, including wireless network refresh
  • New Network Monitoring solution
  • Contribute towards Cisco to Arista Network refresh project, designed end-to-end and deployed as infrastructure as code.

Additional services

  • Support data centre, Campus network, and Wi-Fi refresh projects
  • Support NSX-V to NSX-T migration
  • Support for existing network infrastructure
  • Optimisation of existing and new network infrastructure
  • Network consultancy and support for other teams and projects

Some of these services may need to be provided outside of core business hours (07:30-17:30) in order to ensure continuity of service. The successful supplier is expected to plan and manage their working hours accordingly.

Essential skills & experience

  • Extensive and demonstratable experience working with Palo Alto technologies inclusive of content filtering and network security
  • Substantial experience with Cisco, Juniper technologies
  • Extensive routing & switching experience (OSPF, BGP)
  • Common design topologies for layer 2 & 3 services
  • NSX / Palo Alto firewall administration
  • Experience with Nexus product line
  • Strong knowledge of OSPF design together with performance tuning
  • Strong knowledge of BGP design and operational management
  • Expertise with data centre management and best practices
  • Knowledge and experience of Agile working, including such disciplines as Kanban, feedback, retrospectives, VFQ.
  • Risk aware, focused on risk reduction and mitigation
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Effective team working and technical decision making
  • Quality focused, due care and attention taken to ensure solutions and platform meet their quality criteria and the team standards set
  • Experience of designing and leading infrastructure projects
  • Creativity - taking new approaches to tackle problems; embracing innovation and sharing knowledge with, a range of sources and stakeholders
  • Certified to at least CCNP
  • Experience designing & configuring multi-datacentre fabrics
  • Experience with deployment and fine-tuning of IPAM/Monitoring solutions such as Netbox/LibreNMS/Kentick

Certified Across: Arista (ACE), CCNP/CCIE,PCNSE

Desirable skills & experience

  • Automation and infrastructure-as-code, CI/CD pipelines to automate network service delivery (Ansible, Arista, Python)
  • Substantial experience with Arista CloudVision
  • Knowledge and experience of network monitoring solutions (Thousand Eyes, Catchpoint or Appneta)
  • Strong proponent of automation in design and implementation
  • Work with wider assurance function to ensure DR / BCP design, testing procedures are well established and performant
  • General security design and architecture knowledge
  • Experience of SDN NSX Environment
  • Experience of Cisco OTV support

Experience with VMWare VSphere, cross site deployments