Job Description :
Position: Network Architect

Location: Pleasanton, CA

Length: 1 year contract


Job Duties and Responsibilities:

* Oversee planning, design, implementation, and operation of network
infrastructure projects and participate in the specification of business
requirements and implementation plans for technically advanced
internetworking solutions

* Manage implementation of network infrastructure projects, from both
technical and communication aspects.
* Review network design for network security and other risks during
course of projects. Serve as a liaison to vendors and/or third-party
providers as assigned

* Provide on-site and remote technical assistance to other resources
and to customers
* Provide infrastructure design, implementation planning, deployment
support, software strategy, system troubleshooting, performance engineering
and optimization, maintenance strategy.

* Provide technical guidance, knowledge transfer and mentorship to
State Fund internal engineering peers as required and lead technical staff
* Establishes networking environment by designing system
configuration; directing system installation; defining, documenting, and
enforcing system standards.

* Maximizes network performance by monitoring performance;
troubleshooting network problems and outages; scheduling upgrades;
collaborating with other team on network optimization.
* Secures network and server systems by establishing and enforcing
policies; defining and monitoring access.

* Accomplishes information systems and organization mission by
completing related results as needed.
* Provide 24 by 7 support
* Reporting network operational status by gathering, prioritizing

Technical Knowledge and Skills:

* Thorough understanding of networking technologies, including
administration of enterprise routers, switches, firewalls and load-balancers
(OSI layers 4-7)
* Expertise with Palo Alto Network Firewall, Cisco ASA and Checkpoint

* Expertise with Cisco ACE, F5 Load Balancers.
* Strong OSI layer 2 knowledge and practical experience, including
various flavors of STP, ARP, QOS, etc.
* Comprehensive knowledge of OSI layer 3 networks and protocols,
including broadcast, multicast, anycast concepts, routing, etc.

* Expertise with various routing protocols (BGP, OSPF, EIGRP)
* Understanding of network security methodologies as a whole,
including but not limited to: ACLs, Stateful firewalls, VPNs (tunneling,
IPsec, PPTP, etc

* Fluency with common network admin and intrusion detection tools such
as Rancid, OpenNMS, Nagios, Ethereal/Wireshark, Nmap, Nessus, Netflow, etc.

* Administrative scripting skills (Perl, UNIX shell scripting)
* In-depth knowledge of Cisco IOS, NX-OS, both Cisco Nexus 1K, 2K, 5K
7K and non-Nexus series switches, Cisco routers and other Cisco networking

* Solid understanding of data center related technology and
collocation environment.

* In-depth knowledge of MPLS network.
* Experience in Cisco Fabric interconnect configuration

Preferred Skills:

* Experience deploying and maintaining wireless networks
* Experience deploying and maintaining VOIP deployments (network side,
not telecom)

Professional Skills:

* Ability to think and operate as a team player
* Extremely strong communication skills, both written and verbal
* Experience managing network service and similar support providers in
a client/vendor relationship
* Ability to operate as independently or as part of collaborative

* Demonstrate strong project leadership and ability to develop strong
working relationships with customer technical personnel.
* Strong troubleshooting skills and ability to apply them during
business impacting incidents.
* Capable of mentor others and lead by example.

Desired Qualifications and Certifications:

* Bachelor''s degree in a technical field (e.g. Computer Science, IT,
or similar disciplines
* Equivalent work experience implementing and operating enterprise
level data center and/or office networks.
* CCNP is the very minimum requirement. CCIE R&S, or CCIE data center
certifications is the big plus.

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