Senior Network Engineer
NEXTEP Technology Solutions - St. Louis, MO

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NEXTEP has a new career opportunity for a Senior Network Engineer with one of our newest clients headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Candidates should have a minimum of 5 years Cisco experience supporting a LAN/WAN environment, including hands on involvement with: LAN/WAN design, implementation and maintenance, Cisco ASA/Pix, VPN Tunnels, EIGRP Routing, TCP/IP, DNS, DHPC and protocol analysis experience. Cisco IP Telephony and Wireless experience desired.
You must be a self starter and able to take ownership of all network issues across the entire enterprise, including remote locations (although travel will be minimal).

Focus Areas:
Network infrastructure and communication systems standards, integration, development, implementation and support.

Assist in coordinating strategies for defining, deploying, and maintaining the network. This includes planning technology roadmaps, and configuring and optimizing all networking systems and services
Project management and participation
Support existing Cisco infrastructure to facilitate daily operations as necessary. Act as primary or escalation contact as appropriate.
Recommend new technology by attending seminars, learning about industry trends, or through hands-on experimentation.
Although the primary focus of this position is to implement and support networking and voice installations, the resource may also be tasked with general support and projects which may include security, routing, switching and other network related duties on occasion.

Assist with planning, designing and advising on configuration of the enterprise's network layer (e.g., layer 3 switching and routing, IP address).
Create and implement project plans, ensure adherence to project timelines, perform project risk assessment and develop contingency risk plans.
Assist with ensuring best practices, standards and guidelines are applied in developing, designing and implementing solutions, establishing work priorities, resolving problems and reporting on project status.
Assist with providing physical and virtual security for enterprise communications infrastructure technologies (e.g., hardware firewalls, intrusion detection system, web filtering, port/protocol blocking)
Assist with conducting risk assessments and business impact analysis to identify vulnerable areas and applications within the environment. Assist with creating remediation plans.
Performance tune and optimize assigned technologies in the enterprise's network and transport layers.
Assist with ensuring adequate backup equipment systems and processes are in place to preserve vital information, data, and/or media
Assist with researching disaster avoidance strategies
Support existing environment as necessary, either as primary contact or as escalation contact
Stay abreast of trends in the field of computer technology by attending and participating in conferences, seminars, training and career development activities; researches and evaluates software, hardware and technology products and trends.
Go onsite as necessary to facilitate projects or support issues.
Handle special requests and non-standard requests from Management
Produce and maintain documentation (ex. device configurations, IOS versions, topology mapping, network layers).
Integrate new communications technologies into our environment.
Desired Skills & Experience

Required Knowledge and Skills:
1-2 years of Wide Area Network (WAN) management experience
1-2 years of experience in a large inter-networking or distributed computing environment
Advanced knowledge of Cisco Networking hardware and IOS.
Advanced knowledge of LAN/WAN hardware devices, specifically Cisco routers and switches
Working knowledge of networks, security guidelines and industry "best practices"
Working knowledge of Cisco IPT Phone Systems & Cisco Unified Call Center Express platform
In-depth understanding of TCP/IP
Understanding of Data Center design and maintenance
Understanding of Facility wiring design and implementation
Understanding of Disaster Recovery concepts and applications
Understanding of Microsoft Windows operating systems and Active Directory
Ability to solve technical problems
Ability to analyze network data
Ability to assess and prioritize multiple tasks, projects, and demands.
Ability to apply technology and process solutions to business problems
Working knowledge of SAP or other ERP systems is a plus
Excellent communications and interpersonal skills
Skilled in establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with other employees, telecom companies, vendors, and other organizations
Proven ability to work independently to complete projects/goals
Results-orientation: positive goal-oriented attitude in the workplace

College degree preferred

Preferred Certifications:
  • Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA)
5+ years experience - Enterprise level network support and design
4+ years experience - Enterprise level telecom support and design

Some travel required. Company offers a comprehensive benefits package including an exceptional heath insurance plan (currently with no employee premium contribution, no deductibles and a very low maximum yearly out-of-pocket), competitive salary, 401k with company match component and beautiful offices with a great working environment. EOE M/F/DV

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