The Networking and Security Consultant will provide pre-sales support and subsequent deployment expertise for projects which deliver resilient and secure network infrastructures within customer estates, as well as collaborating with specialists in other technology stacks to construct a comprehensive security portfolio and deployment strategies for our client to provide to customers.
Project delivery sees the consultant involved from the pre-sales stage through to implementation, with the deployment either being carried out by the consultant or by another engineer under the governance of the consultant. The consultant will be expected to produce customer-facing high-level designs, customer-presentable low-level designs (targeted for deployment engineers), implement technology in their core skill area, drive changes to standard implementation methodology, provide technical expertise and engineering support to a portfolio of contracted services or project customers.
Work on the security portfolio will include input into product selection/evaluation/adoption and deployment methods, as well as identifying gaps in the portfolio and will not be limited to switching/routing or perimeter firewall devices. Other areas may include (but will not be limited to) e-mail security, web application firewalls, endpoint protection.
Demonstrable capability with in-depth troubleshooting experience of the following areas:
* LAN Switching, VLANs, 802.1q trunks, Spanning Tree (STP/RSTP/MST/PVST)
* Integrating LANs with 3rd party provided WAN Technologies (MPLS/VPLS/LES)
* Routing, Static, Dynamic (OSPF, BGP, EIGRP)
* IPSEC site-to-site VPN
NGFW/Stateful Firewall Technology including the following features:
* UTM (IPS/IDS/AV/AS)
* URL Filtering
* Client VPN (SSL/IPSEC)
* QoS (Shaping/Policing/Marking)
* Wireless LANs (Standalone/Controller)
Working towards or holding vendor certification in any of the following areas:
* Palo Alto PCNSE
* Cisco CCNP Level in Routing & Switching/Security
* Juniper JNCIS-SEC or JNCIS-ENT
* Ruckus WiSE
You will be familiar and have some experience of the following:
Network Switching and Routing:
* Cisco (ISR, Catalyst, Nexus)
* Juniper (SRX)
* Dell (N-Series, Force10)
* HP/Aruba (Procurve)
Firewalls and Security:
* Palo Alto (Panorama and PA-/VM- series)
* Juniper (SRX)
* Cisco (ASA)
* Cisco Meraki
* Ruckus (ZoneDirector and ZoneFlex)
Your core strengths and technical experience should be in Networking & Security but an understanding of the following will be significantly advantageous:
* Microsoft stack (Windows Server, SQL, Active Directory, Exchange etc.)
* Storage (Dell EqualLogic / NetApp)
* VDI (Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop or Microsoft RDS)
* Virtualisation (VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V)
* Microsoft Cloud (O365/Azure)
Build and maintain an in-depth knowledge of vendor product sets in order to advise on solutions at a pre-sales stage, as well as identify new products that may be beneficial to adopt into portfolio.
Produce high quality, customer-facing designs in line with deployment, monitoring and QA standards.
Deploy all technologies in accordance with the company’s agreed best practice standards and our project management framework. This is particularly critical in the disciplines of Change Management and Service Introduction.
Deliver contracted services to customers either remotely or on site. This takes a variety of forms including consultancy, project delivery and training.
Work in partnership with customers to advise and deliver technology solutions that best meet their business objectives and/or overcome problems.
Create high quality deployment, monitoring and QA standards/installation guides, work instructions, key customer documentation and maintain CMDB/asset information.
The candidate will need to demonstrate experience-based knowledge of Networking & Security (including specifically vendors such as Palo Alto, Juniper, Cisco, Dell, HP and Ruckus). Additional knowledge and experience in other technologies and vendors along with those listed would of course be beneficial.
Experienced in creating designs and advising at the pre-sales stage on the Networking & Security elements of a project, including detailed kit-lists of items required for deployment of the designed solution.
Experienced in deployment to specification or standard and documenting the solutions installed including any deviations from the standard or design.
Experienced in installing switching/routing/wireless and perimeter security for complex medium-sized corporate networks