For one of our clients we are looking for a Network Architect
Following separation from E. ON, Uniper has developed a series of key IT projects designed to transform the traditional network into a future-proof and performant environment comprising the WAN, SD-WAN, LAN (wired and wireless), Local Internet Breakouts and modern monitoring and automated incident processes. In the project “Connectivity Services Architecture” Uniper’s Connectivity team is responsible for traditional WAN, LAN, WLAN and also data center and Azure networks. A number of projects exist within the unit with the key objective to transform the aging network infrastructure into modern technologies and services supporting Uniper’s Cloud strategy and improving the experience of all users.
Planned project duration: The project is ongoing and is expected to continue until December 2023.
Evaluate requirements & consumption of different business units by attending workshops with business representatives that will be conducted by the Project Manager.
Advise Uniper based on the evaluation and the information from the workshops.
Analyze the business requirements and identify gaps. Consult Uniper accordingly and create documentation with the results and proposed solutions in order to present it to Uniper for a sign off by the Head of Connectivity.
Implement key changes identified during workshops or project meetings to improve the user’s experience of connectivity in the areas of WAN, SD-WAN, LAN and WLAN, Cloud networking (ER). Present the results to the Head of Connectivity for a sign-off.
Implement key changes to the Uniper ZScaler platform identified during workshops or project meetings. Present the results to the Head of Connectivity for a sign-off.
Actively steer the implementation of the above mentioned key changes based on project plan by tracking activities and measures assigned to vendors (the goal is to improve network routing, diagnosis & resolution of issues causing IT incidents). Check if the documented changes by the 3rd party supplier are in conformance with the Uniper Connectivity Strategy and conduct the required technical changes; in the case of errors or missing changes, technically consult the supplier by attending meetings organized by the PM.
Consult the vendors to implement the identified improvements and project results and implement the solutions.
Consult 3rd parties to analyze and improve network routing and regarding the diagnosis and resolution of issues causing IT incidents (via MS Teams).
Consult stakeholders and other actors within projects which have several dependencies on other infrastructure components and applications. That includes the involvement in meetings organized by PMs to discuss any potential negative impacts and alternative methods to check if the requirements can be met using different technology.
Monitor the performance of Uniper’s network with use of the Uniper Network Monitoring System. Register any problem and inform the connectivity team via a Teams channel, if it has not already been raised automatically by the network monitoring system. Advise Uniper about measures to improve the performance. Uniper will sign it off and the IT partner DTBS will conduct the implementation.
Define the Connectivity Change Roadmap which shows all potential change/improvement milestones for the different services. Consult the technology partners in the definition of the roadmap by using Powerpoint.
Steer IT partners (DTBS, DXC and Microsoft) and Network Architects to implement the Connectivity Change Roadmap (includes SD-WAN adoption). Steer by checking if any planned changes by 3rd party suppliers are in line with the roadmap and will not cause any deviation or delays to project deliverables. Provide feedback based on knowledge regarding the Roadmap.
The candidate will consult the Network Architect and Project Managers in the implementation and maintenance of leading edge network components. This position is NOT a hands on routing / switching position, it requires the candidate to be able to think how the network should be implemented, use best practices and document what they have done.
Key Skill Requirements:
Network architecture including: LAN, WAN, Cisco, IP, MPLS, OSPF, BGP, Firewalls & Peer P2P networks, within a service provider environment / enterprise network
Good knowledge of Juniper switches, Cisco routers, Checkpoint firewalls, Fortigate and Proof of concept type work.
Expertise in Datacenter and Azure networking
DNS and AD skills required
Express route and deep Azure networking cloud skills
Netscout, Solarwinds and Wireshark with good network analytical skills
Advanced analytical and conceptual skills.
2nd line support skills in the event of major IT incidents
Highly developed analytical and conceptual skills.
Very strong communication skills.
Excellent organizational skills.
Dedicated Team Player.
Strong initiative and willingness to change.
Highly self-dependent, result- and process-oriented way of work.
Willing to regularly travel nationally and internationally; this is a key requirement of the role.
Minimum 15 years networking experience
Ability to think “cloud” first
Extensive experience of managing third parties, preferably gained in an outsourced IT environment.
Experience with Uniper’s and/or E.ON’s IT infrastructure a plus.