Network Engineer - Philadelphia
The GSB Group, Inc. - Philadelphia, PA

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Company Description:
The GSB Group provides Information Technology resources and consulting services to financial software companies and institutions. Paced ahead of their competition, The GSB Group creates a custom approach for each project, either temporary or for direct hire, by providing experienced individuals and teams with specialized knowledge of fiscal Information Technology. Since 1998, The GSB Group's associates have created a positive impact on many major banking and financial institutions. The GSB Group is uniquely qualified to provide insightful consulting services as well, having gained priceless knowledge and loyal clients by delivering professional banking resources for many years. Great rates!

Job Description:
The GSB Group, Inc., specialized in providing quality financial IT professionals, is seeking a Network Engineer.

The Network Engineer is responsible for Responsible for design and development of network services and technologies to meet client and business unit requirements.

Primary objective is to identify optimal networking and communications solutions that deliver long term capabilities, capacity, reliability and resiliency for the business units and clients to successfully maintain and grow their business operations.

Senior level role responsible for development of professional level designs and documentation, establishing standard network configurations and overseeing the deployment of network solutions to clients and business units.

Serves as subject matter expert in data networking technology and communications, and is senior level resource to internal staff and business leadership.

Provides recommendations to the business and to clients for technological improvements, updates, changes and network conversions that drive higher efficiency, scalability and best in class use of technology.

Responsible for performing analysis and research to identify potential risks and service issues throughout the network fabric, and makes recommendations for preventative or corrective action.

Facilitates projects that address network–wide issues, and should be first tier expert for evaluating network for issues for fault tolerance, single points of failure and other risks to service capability.

Overall responsibility for developing standards for network and connectivity solutions employed by the business.

Serves as senior network leadership for network conversions, migrations and network-wide technology refreshes.

Duties will include all aspects of planning, designing, researching with network vendors and establishing standards for the appropriate technology and configurations that will be utilized throughout business unit and client sites.

This role frequently interfaces with external customers and business unit leadership, as well as involves making presentations of recommended data networking and communications solutions.

Minimum five years experience required in design, planning, coordination and implementation of technology projects among multiple telecom and equipment vendors and customers. Examples of written documentation and/or presentations will be required for consideration.

This role is a 6 month plus contract.

Duties/ RESPONSIBILITIES:
Senior level role that involves understanding client and business unit requirements, and designing and deploying optimal networking and connectivity solutions that enable clients and business units to achieve their operational and business goals.

Required to prepare recommendations and supporting details for formal proposals for network connectivity and configurations.

Day-to-day interaction with telecom providers, equipment suppliers and 3rd party network vendors, to engage their technical resources to perform tasks.

Role sometimes requires scheduling and attendance on overnight maintenance windows.

Resource can expect to routinely be called upon to analyze and interpret traffic and utilization of services on network connections.

Participation in disaster recovery exercises, pre-production certification testing and troubleshooting events is expected.

Coordinate internal company operations to meet and exceed data communications project expectations (including but not limited to engineering/development, certifications testing, Network and IT Operations, capacity planning and production readiness.

Accountable for resolving all project level, cross-functional, partnership issues and escalations.

Manage partner/client expectations for data communications connectivity and related services to products and applications, throughout project(s) lifecycle. Client expectations include functionality, cost, delivery schedule, support readiness and relationships (usually working directly with senior level technical resources, project managers and business decision makers at client).

Primary interface to 3rd party organizations, such as, telecom service providers, ISPs, VPN and other service providers, network equipment manufacturers, for completing datacom implementations projects to client specifications.

Create legally-binding statements of work (SOW), project scope documents, project plans, business cases, and formal technical solutions recommendations.

Develop and execute status reporting, risk mitigation plans and readiness levels.

Skills/Abilities/Knowledge:
Strong client-facing communication skills

Strong project management skills

Operational processes and technical foundations knowledge

High organizational skills

Ability to handle multi-tasks and meet deadlines

Ability to work efficiently and productively without direction or guidance

Capable of exercising extreme discretion and independent judgment

Ability to handle extremely confidential information in a professional manner

Ability to communicate, both verbally and written, with a high level of confidence

Travel may be up to 10% of the year

MS Office skills especially word and excel

The following certifications are a plus: CCNA, CCNP, ITIL Service Management, Six Sigma, CPM, or PMP.

Education:
College degree or comparable certification in IT, telecommunications, computer science, or related field

Prefer candidate to be local to the Philadelphia, PA area.

Please respond with interest by attaching resume.

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