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  • Technical Architect - Networks

  • Business: Travis Perkins PLC
  • Sector: IT & Digital
  • Location: Northampton, Northamptonshire
  • Salary: Competitive + excellent benefits
  • Hours of work: 40
  • Position type: Permanent
  • Job type: Full Time
  • Date posted: 28-Mar-2019
  • Job reference: 19459

Job Description

We are now looking for a talented Technical Architect to join our Network Service Team...

Role Purpose:

You will be accountable for defining standards and templates in conjunction with the Solutions Architect and working with the engineers to deliver solutions for the end to end Network Service team, that adhere to company standards. You will be responsible for the detailed designing of networks and its components, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), the Internet, intranets, other data, also voice for fixed and mobile telecommunications systems and call centres.

This is a specialised and IT technical role and you will be pivotal in ensuring the designs are fit for implementation into the Network Services delivery and run team.

You will be required to;

  • Support the IT network strategy and advise on the effects of network growth on existing network traffic and ensure alignment to the service roadmap and determines the most suitable hardware and software components to be utilised and advise stakeholders on new or emerging technology.

  • Compile the detailed design of components based on robust standards and templates working with engineers to make sure that these standards fit business requirements and are practical and achievable.

  • Perform network modelling, analysis and planning for upgrades of network hardware and software or reuse of components as required. Consider security when designing a network, supports when vulnerabilities arise by implementing security patches or other countermeasures.

  • Advise and support the component and configuration activities - sometimes being hands on with solution implementation and deployment activities for completing solution builds and issue resolution, as required.

  • Coach team members, project/programme solution architects with input regarding candidate solution options for statements of work and solution designs.

  • Own the process that ensures development project teams have access to, and follow, design standards, develops test plans, implementation plans, and project timelines for various projects and advises on network change impact and risk mitigation when network solutions are being transitioned into live service.

  • Perform network troubleshooting to isolate and diagnose common network problems. Advise the service and engineering teams on network related problem and incident management by investigating and identifying root cause for resolution.

It would be great if you had…

  • Degree-level; BTEC, HND or degree in a computer sciences, information technology, software engineering or related field related subject.

  • At least 5 years working experience on Network Services.

  • Experience with project lifecycle technical design; hands on experience on two or more significant programmes.

  • Experience with many network appliances such as load balancers, proxy, reverse proxy and WAN concentrators.

  • Advanced knowledge of: network virtualisation technologies including MPLS and VRF; network protocols such as BGP, IS-IS, OSPF, and EIGRP; firewall technologies - ACLs, Proxies etc; routing and switching technologies; IP and Mobile Telephony technologies.

  • Articulate communicator with an open style; good written and verbal communication skills and ability to produce clear, concise, detailed documentation and coaching materials.

While not essential, the following would be desireable...

  • TOGAF Qualified.

  • Certification in one or more Cisco or Juniper Certifications.

  • ITIL Qualified.

  • Experience with VOIP components; converged networks; and of Data Centre technologies.

  • Good knowledge of: Quality of Service; of tunneling protocols such as IPSEC, GRE, L2TPv3; of high availability protocols such as VRRP, HSRP, LACP, PAGP; and of IPV6; and how to implement each of these into a corporate environment.

What can we offer you?
You may not know much about Travis Perkins plc but if you look a bit closer you might be surprised. We are the UK leader in the building materials and home improvement markets. Recognised as one of Britain’s Top Employers since 2010, we offer our employees access to extensive career opportunities across 20+ leading businesses including Travis Perkins, Wickes and Keyline. We operate out of more than 2,000 outlets nationwide (and Ireland) and have over 28,000 colleagues.

We are one of the largest employers of IT professionals in the area. We're Agile, we're Lean, we've gone Google and we're providing in-house designed & built bespoke software and applications to support our company. We have grand plans to increase the size of our business further and are forward thinking enough to recognise that investment in IT will give us the leading edge on our competitors. We've restructured, we've adopted new methodologies, and we've brought in award winning IT professionals to take us through this transformation.

Our strong family values and 'cornerstones' lie at the heart of the success of our journey. If, like us, you put customers at heart of everything you do, you can expect to be rewarded with a full package of benefits on top of a salary that grows with you as you grow in our business.

If you feel you have the right skills and experience to take up this challenge and are keen to progress into a Network Services environment then we want to hear from you!

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