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Senior Network Engineer – Engineer III Communications – Afghanistan – FS Polygraph / Kabul AFG

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Senior Network Engineer – Engineer III Communications – Afghanistan – FS Polygraph

Position Summary
Sr. Network Engineer serves as the lead resource for IT infrastructure projects in the networking domain. S/he is a key contributor for supporting day-to-day networking processes; this would include creating firewall policies and performing switch port activations. S/he follows operational procedures and participates in operational monitoring as well as the configuration and administration of network systems. The Sr. Network Engineer works closely with all members of the Infrastructure Services Team, including storage, security, and virtualization team members. A strong working knowledge of storage, operating systems, and application deployment is needed to provide support across IT teams. S/he will serve as the senior most technical member of the team and will mentor junior team members. This position provides opportunities to contribute to engineering of new systems and re• engineering or old ones. Additional responsibilities include: the verification of technical accuracy and consistency of configuration changes made by other engineering staff and maintaining the documentation of key functional processes.

• Must be U.S. Citizen possessing active Top Secret/SCI clearance with a Full-Scope Polygraph (CI Poly acceptable).

Duties and Responsibilities
• Analyze problems with network equipment and operating systems.
• Deliver timely resolution and document troubleshooting procedures in order to mitigate the impact of issues and improve infrastructure performance.
• Perform incident response tasks and services restoration.
• Apply IOS upgrades and security patches in order to maintain servers at a high level of performance, availability, and security.
• Proactively monitor network equipment, services, and applications utilizing
• Solarwinds monitoring tool.
• Respond to issues on Network related platform components. Determine performance trends and opportunities for optimization.
• Provide consultation to other IT units regarding monitoring capabilities and practices to maximize system performance and availability.
• Perform a variety of Network activities to successfully complete a range of service requests including, but not limited to, firewall policy, port activation, server service restarts, war room support, technical support to other groups, etc.
• Collaborates closely with other infrastructure teams (e.g. Network, Storage, Windows, and Database) to provide expert consultation and technical administration for projects, initiatives, and general operations in order to ensure system performance, availability, and security across platforms.
• Provides secondary support for Storage and Backups as needed.

Basic Qualifications:
• BS/CS/Business degree plus 5 years’ experience in a network engineering or telecommunications support environment OR equivalent combination of education and experience
• Cisco Certified Network Associate certification is required; Cisco Certified Network Professional or higher certification is preferred.
• Expert know ledge of TCP/IP, IP routing, LAN and WAN protocols, BGP, campus and data center switching, and load balancing focusing on Cisco
• Expert knowledge of Cisco hardware and software including wireless, ISE, IPS, new generation Cisco technology, Nexus, UCS.
• Advanced experience in infrastructure design related to network, data center, and storage equipment.
• Advanced knowledge of VMWare and Cisco Unified Computing System integration
• Wireless Implementation and configuration. Wireless controllers and access points.
• Understanding of 802.11 GIN in both 2.4 and 5 GHL frequencies
• Must be U.S. Citizen possessing active Top Secret/SCI clearance with a Full-Scope Polygraph (CI Poly acceptable).

Additional Desirable Skills and Knowledge
• Advanced knowledge of Cisco routing and switching can effectively configure routers, Layer 2 and Layer 3 switches.
• Advanced knowledge of Cisco MOS SAN switching and/or experience with Nexus data center Switching a strong plus.
• Advanced knowledge of high availability data center design and operations.
• Advanced knowledge of industry standard networking concepts, practices, procedures, and protocols.
• Knowledge and experience with public and private cloud design, integration, and operation.
• Expert-level proficiency with Cisco Routing and Switching, Firewalls, ISE, Unified Computing Server platform, WLC controllers and access points, and Nexus datacenter.
• Knowledge of Cisco Call Manager, IM Presence, Unity Voicemail, Call Center Infrastructure, Cisco AQM.
• Knowledge of VMware ESX, XML Gateways, LAN and SAN switching, Storage technologies.
• Proficiency with networking protocols and technologies like IP, BGP, OSPF, EIGRP, MPLS, VPN, HSRP, VRRP, SSH, IPSEC, NAT, ACL, VLAN, VTP, STP, ISL Trunking, SNMP, Client Access VPN, Point-to-Point VPN, SNMP, ACS TACACS, RADIUS, TCPdump, Channel Multicasting.
• Excellent problem-solving skills and a high degree of self-motivation.
• Excellent communication skills, specifically the ability to transfer clear information to technical and non-technical staff.
• A strong desire to learn cutting edge networking technologies and the active pursuit of certifications
• Hands-on experience in the configuration, management, and troubleshooting of Cisco Unified Communications Products on a SIP-Based VOiP environment.
• Understanding of RADIUS, TACACS+, SNMP, SSH, Syslogging, Web Proxying/Caching
• Knowledge of Web and network security exploits, identification and Intrusion detection/prevention and network traffic analysis as well as security event analysis and monitoring.
• Strong oral and written English communication skills.
• Ability to interface with senior management and business partners.

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