Network Architect

Job Title: Network Architect
Company: EF Student Services Ltd
Location: London, U.K.
Salary: Competitive
Closing day for applications: 2nd February 2017

Job Description

EF is the largest private education company in the world, with sites spread across 52 different countries the architecture team are tasked with defining and maintaining standards, providing consultancy and innovative solutions to requirements. The team strategy is heavily based on using cloud services (with Azure, AWS, Office365 and other providers) and automation (with Ansible, Rundeck, Python, Django, Powershell, Jenkins). Other aspects of the role are:

• Responsible for building and managing the enterprise-wide global network services for the EF group.
• Ensures the stability, security, and efficiency of the corporate network infrastructure by providing senior-level technical expertise.
• Provides senior-level technical consultation to support staff and for business initiatives.
• Recommends technically strategic initiatives to evolve and improve the network infrastructure.
• Acts as a project manager on network-related projects and initiatives
• Emphasis on driving network improvements by doing research, evaluation, selection and implementation

Essential Job Functions

Architects, maintains and consults regarding all network components, functions, naming conventions and IP service implementations (IP schemes, VLANs, routing, DNS, WINS, DHCP, IPSec, etc.).

• Network device standards and selection,
• Experience deploying network designs at large organizations,
• WAN VPN design and management,
• WAN (MPLS) and LAN service, maintenance and design,
• Wireless networking design,
• Conducting high profile and high risk implementations,
• Network services security,
• Networked systems monitoring, auditing and reporting,
• Researches, assesses, recommends and implements enhancements to the corporate network and systems environments,
• Creates and maintains comprehensive documentation of network systems.
• Supports secured remote access interconnectivity for network resources to the mobile worker and the home-office employee.
• Responsible for the ongoing development and support of global technology standards and policies. Evaluates and deploys supplemental tools and functionality as needed.
• Act as escalation for 3rd level support and network specialist


• Cisco CCIE in R&S, Wireless, Datacenter or Security,
• Over 3 years’ experience in a similar architect/design role and extensive experience as a network engineer,
• Strong analytical skills, ability to research and test solutions, strong planning and project coordination skills,
• Strong knowledge of networked applications interoperability and IT industry standards,
• Strong skills in the areas of verbal and written business communication,
• Strong knowledge of Cisco hardware and operating systems,
• Strong understanding of WAN technologies including IPSEC VPN, SSL, MPLS and DIA,
• Extensive Wireless experience, ideally with Cisco WLC 2504 or 5508, Ekahau Wireless tools, Cisco Prime Infrastructure and Cisco ISE,
• Experience working with datacentre hardware such as: Nexus 5K, 2K and UCS,
• Experience with Checkpoint Firewall running R75, R76 or R77,
• Strong understanding of 802.1x, Supplicants and Radius authentication,
• Fortinet experience with FortiGate, FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer,
• F5 LTM, Link Controller and GTM experience.


• Exposure and experience on VOIP/IPT and Video over IP and QoS
• Strong knowledge of cloud technologies and services, such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure
• Linux knowledge, including experience of using scripting languages such as python, powershell, bash, ruby or similar.
• University education in Computing, Computer Science or Similar.

See Inside the Office of EF Education First

EF Education First is the world leader in international education. At EF, everything employees do is centered around the company’s mission: opening the world through education. Since it was founded 50 years ago, EF’s language learning, educational travel, and cultural exchange programs have helped people of all ages and nationalities become citizens of the world.

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