Job Description :
Network Architect

Duration – 6 +months

Location - Pleasanton, CA

Max Rate - $92/Hr (W2)

Principal duties/Roles 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
Build and document new Infrastructure environments following industry best practices and internal security policies and standards
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 responsibilities.
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 information.
Participate in capacity planning and demand forecasting, software performance analysis and network tuning
Be able to collaborate well with cross functional teams in order to ensure timely delivery of solutions which drive successful business outcomes

Required Skills/Must Have:

Expertise and Hands-on experience with Ansible or Python scripting for Network automation
Deep domain expertise in networking, network security and public/private clouds
CCNP is the very minimum requirement.
CCIE R&S, or CCIE data center certifications is a big plus.
Experience operating in a modern cloud environment such as AWS, GCP, or Azure or large scale data centers is a plus
WORKING KNOWLEDGE OF AWS SERVICES I.E. EC2, ELB, RDS, S3, ROUTE53, VPC, CLOUD FORMATION, SSM AND TRANSIT GATEWAY
Strong CISCO VIPTELA SD-WAN design and implementation EXPERIENCE & CISCO DNA CENTER EXPERIENCE
Familiarity with SIEM Thorough understanding of networking technologies, including administration of enterprise routers, switches, firewalls, IDS/IPS, and load-balancers (OSI layers 4-7)
Expertise with Pa
lo Alto Network Firewall and Cisco ASA.
Expertise with F5 Load Balancers and AWS ELB.
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, SSL, etc
Fluency with common network admin and monitoring tools such as Rancid, OpenNMS, Nagios, Solarwinds, Wireshark, Nmap, Nessus, Netflow, Sflow etc.
Administrative scripting skills (Perl, UNIX shell scripting)
In-depth knowledge of Cisco IOS, NX-OS, both Cisco Nexus 1K, 2K, 5K 7K, 9K and non-Nexus series switches, Cisco routers and other Cisco networking gear.
Solid understanding of data center related technology and collocation environment.
In-depth knowledge of MPLS network.
Experience in Cisco Fabric interconnect configuration
Must have Nexus 9K and VPC experience
Advanced knowledge of Cisco, F5, Palo Alto Firewall, Websense/Focepoint, Juniper and other vendor equipment and configuration
Advanced knowledge and experience with Routing Protocols (BGP, RIP, OSPF, etc)
Must have experience in Juniper Junos Pulse VPN
In-depth knowledge and hands-on experience on Cisco Network Devices automation
Expertise and Hands-on experience with Ansible or Python scripting for Network automation
Deep domain expertise in networking, network security and public/private clouds
Strong CISCO VIPTELA SD-WAN design and implementation EXPERIENCE & CISCO DNA CENTER EXPERIENCE
Familiarity with SIEM
Experience operating in a modern cloud environment such as AWS, GCP, or Azure or large scale data centers is a plus
CCNP is the very minimum requirement. CCIE R&S, or CCIE data center certifications and AWS certified solutions architect certifications is a big plus.

Preferred Skills /Desired but not required:

Experience deploying and maintaining wireless networks
Working knowledge of AWS services i.e. EC2, ELB, RDS, S3, Route53, VPC, Cloud formation, SSM and Transit gateway
Experience deploying and maintaining VOIP deployments (network side, not telecom)
Project Management Experience
Experience with Scripting and Automation technologies