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The Network Engineer Lead is responsible to provide the technical leadership to a team of Network Administrators while maintaining smooth operation of LAN/WAN/VPNs. Responsible to provide network architecture design, configuration, and installation of network hardware in support of customer requirements. Maintains technical expertise in all areas of data and voice networks and computer hardware / software interconnection, as well as interfacing, including routers, multiplexers, firewalls, switches, gateways, etc. Proposes solutions to management and to customers. Ensures all communication requirements (based on future needs and current usage) are configured to optimize cost savings. Creates and ensures that appropriate network documentation exists, including operational instructions. Developing and documenting technical processes and procedures as needed. Provides regular monitoring, and network analysis, regarding short and long-range planning for [in-house] systems. May coordinate third-party maintenance for network equipment. Designs networks, or portions of networks, including the selection of hardware and software packages. Exhibiting good communication skills, an energetic approach, and patience with customers and team members.
Plan, manage and implement complex network designs in support of customer requirements.
Develop technical solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity.
Provide technical leadership to a network team in day to day operations and non-recurring support.
Clarify to the team the project requirements and provide network design solutions, in accordance with Northrop Grumman and industry standards.
Perform troubleshooting analysis of network infrastructure and associated systems.
Document network hardware and software technology components.
Install and configure routers, switches and firewalls. (Cisco/Palo Alto)
Implement and troubleshoot LAN technologies such as VLANs, trunking (port tagging), spanning-tree and protocols.
Provide third-level support and troubleshooting of network problems. Periodically provide after-hours and weekend support.
Implement and troubleshoot WAN technologies such as VRF, EIGRP, BGP, OSPF.
Install, configure, and troubleshoot encryption/decryption hardware such as Taclanes
Interface regularly with customers and manage customer installation timelines and deliverables to help facilitate successful deployments.
Manage timely resolution of all critical and/or complex incidents meeting SLA requirements
Work is performed without appreciable direction. Exercises considerable latitude in determining technical objectives of assignment. Completed work is reviewed from a relatively long- term perspective, for desired results.
PhD with 4 years of IT experience; OR a Master’s degree with 7 years of IT experience; OR a Bachelor’s degree with 9 years of IT experience; OR an Associates degree with 11 years of IT experience; OR a High School Diploma/GED with 13 years of IT experience is required
Must have at least 2 years of work experience with Cisco hardware including routers, switches, firewalls, hubs, and other related networking equipment
Must have a professional certification specific to the networking industry (examples: CCNP, CCIE, or equivalent)
Current expertise with network design, architecture, specifications, and equipment selection
Must have a DOD 8570 IAT level 2 baseline certification (example: Security+ CE); OR must have the ability to obtain one within 6 months of start date
Ability to lift equipment weighing up to 40 pounds
Ability to work after hours, and weekends, as needed and carry a company phone for possible ‘after hours’ support
Candidates must have a current DOD Secret level security clearance (at a minimum) in order to be considered
The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree Network Engineering, a CCNP certification, and 10 years of Network design, analysis, and administration of routers, switches, hubs, and firewalls
Familiar with network management applications, like Splunk, Firepower Management Center (FMC), and/or Cisco ISE
Exposure to the Risk Management Framework, associated security controls, and STIGs
Familiar with Windows, Linux, and VMWare configuration and troubleshooting
Experience with HAIPE/TACLANE and other military COMSEC/CRYPTO equipment and procedures
Experience with Cisco Unified Communications / VoIP and VTC
Experience in the use of network analysis tools (i.e. WireShark, SolarWinds, Opnet, etc.) would be nice to have
Experience with configuring TACLANES
Experience designing and maintaining LAN & WAN based networks
Experience with managing routing protocols on large LAN environments
Previous experience troubleshooting network procedures and best practices; experience with network challenges associated with systems integration, including COTS integration, capacity analysis and system architecture design
Expertise with IPv4 and IPv6 network design, including IP subnetting and protocols including BGP, OSPF and EIGRP
Expertise with network device configuration and troubleshooting (ideally, Cisco IOS/IOS-XE)
Strong understanding of features like GRE, IPSEC, DMVPN, IP quality-of-service, VLANs, and multicast
Strong understanding network security features like IP access-lists and stateful protocol inspections
Familiar with network management protocols, like SNMP, SSH, syslog, RADIUS/TACACS
Ability to operate as part of an engineering team, including knowledge of related disciplines
Ability to interact with senior customer organizations and personnel.
Ability to operate with considerable independence, and to self-identify/pursue long-term interests
Ability to communicate well, including proficiency with MS Office tools, including PowerPoint and Visio
Demonstrated leadership skills, or previous management of small teams, would be helpful
Active DOD Top Secret Clearance
Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.
The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. With the continuing impacts of COVID-19 around the world, we are taking action to protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and maintain the safety of the communities where we operate. As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042 (https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/) we will require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022 or by your start date if it is after January 18th. Federal guidance allows for disability/medical and religious accommodations with respect to the vaccine requirement. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.
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