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Job Ref:  204595135
Employer:  cv-library.co.uk
Job Type:  Permanent
Country:  United Kingdom
City:  London or Oxford
Salary:  £60000 - £70000/annum
22/10/2016 03:26
This is a leading IT services organisation They support the full software lifecycle, they cover application development and management, testing, digital media, consulting services, infrastructure management and cloud services. Industry-focused verticals are led by sector professionals, designing services for clients, complemented by world class delivery. Their solutions transform systems, platforms and processes for the world's leading brands in Capital Markets, Banking, Payments, Insurance, Media, Retail and Telecommunications.

We are seeking an experienced Cisco Infrastructure Architect, with a strong background in scoping and designing critical global network infrastructures and security solutions.

This is a leading role for a technical expert with history of hands-on and practical deployment experience. The successful candidate will be a self-starting, detail-minded design expert, with good customer soft skills and a proven understanding of cost modelling, estimations, technical suitability and fixed-price delivery success factors. They will have a track record of designing appropriate and profitable solutions.

This role can be based out of either our client's Central London or Oxford offices.

Skills and Experience required:

Hands-on delivery of complex network and security projects, covering switching, firewall, load balancing, SAN, IPS solutions.

Proven track record of detailed infrastructure design and accurate solutions estimations (including scalability, performance, availability, reliability and security) in the following technology areas:

Cisco routing and switching for datacentre and WAN topologies
Cisco ASA
Cisco IPS/IDS services
Network virtualisation for public, private and hybrid cloud infrastructures based on VMware and AWS solutions
Traffic Load Balancing
Storage Area Networking (FC, iSCSI)

Experience of using automation tools and technologies for build and deployment.
Performance planning, measurement and impact assessment.
Excellent soft-skills particularly in client expectation management.
Able to articulate ambiguous client requests into guaranteed-performance solutions.
Highly articulate and literate, with excellent levels of written and spoken English.
Ability to maintain initiative and focus during negotiations.
Experience of working in a service provider environment.
High levels of ownership, and a 'make it work first time' work ethic.


General/Multi-purpose programming skills (BASH, Python, PowerShell, etc.)

Experience with:

Linux (RHEL/Centos) platforms
VoIP solutions and SIP generally
Microsoft Azure, including ExpressRoute
SIEM solutions
WAN optimisation / acceleration solutions


Architect new solutions or re-architect existing solutions for datacentre and office network infrastructures and security services based on Cisco and other major vendor server technologies.
Building strong partnership relationships with customers through presales and thought leadership activities.
Owning the coordination and delivery of technical input to proposals, RFP responses and bids.
Validating client propositions and gathering both business and non-functional requirements.
Delivery modelling, service scoping and price estimations.
Writing detailed technical documents making sure the non-functional requirements are addressed by the technical design of the solution, with minimal subject-matter expert assistance.
Balancing client needs, SLAs, critical success factors with delivery capabilities and risks.
Technical leadership of customer projects and oversee solution implementation.
Proactively review customer solutions and propose improvements and strategic direction, anticipating client goals.
Working with commercial and sales management and participating in reviews.
Product selection and capability testing for specific technology and versions.
Promoting common delivery standards and processes.
Managing vendors and suppliers.
Activity reporting and time management.

Buzzwords: Technical Infrastructure, Cloud Infrastructure, Infrastructure Design, Cisco routing and switching for datacentre and WAN topologies, Cisco ASA, Cisco IPS/IDS services, Network virtualisation for public, private and hybrid cloud infrastructures based on VMware and AWS solutions, Traffic Load Balancing, Storage Area Networking (FC, iSCSI), London, Oxford
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