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Lead Network Engineer

Description of the Role:

The Lead Network Engineer will be responsible for driving the implementation of new network infrastructure projects and ensuring the availability, performance, and reliability of the network infrastructure. This includes identifying network/voice communication issues proactively, fine-tuning systems, identifying service-level gaps, and implementing new technologies and strategies to improve business processes and eliminate waste.

Responsibilities:

  1. Oversee the effectiveness of network infrastructure projects, including forecasting of network requirements.
  2. Drive effective installation/configuration of network systems or mobile and telecommunication systems, including integration with existing infrastructure, adherence to security/governance guidelines, and providing transition support.
  3. Be up to date with new technologies and industry trends to optimize the cost, usage, and security and apply what is relevant for the company.
  4. Oversee achievement of the network uptime KPIs and performance (e.g., system performance, reliability) through effective maintenance and support for network/voice communication systems.
  5. Plan and perform periodic network upgrades, expansions, enhancements, and maintenance across the organization.
  6. Review and ensure the completion of network backups and ensure adherence to disaster recovery plans.
  7. Oversee troubleshooting of network issues, ensuring issues are resolved within the agreed lead-times, conduct root cause analysis and take corrective/preventive actions for identified issues
  8. Carry out improvement activities to increase efficiency, perform root cause analysis, and take corrective/preventive actions.
  9. Review adherence to IT compliance and security procedures for networks, including monitoring/escalation of security breaches, network analysis for potential security threats, preventive actions, and implementing access controls.
  10. Conduct network audits and address identified issues
  11. Ensure the network team and ICT support personnel are trained/upskilled to resolve network issues proactively and efficiently
  12. Conduct and maintain daily network health checks across the organization
  13. Ensure network devices are securely hardened, security patches are updated, and critical bugs are fixed timely
  14. Collaborate with the ICT and cross-functional teams for new network project implementations, including project identification, implementation, post-project transitioning/support, and maintenance requirements.
  15. Work with service providers/vendors with regard to requirements, terms, price negotiations, project reviews, and SLAs.

Educational Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, engineering, or a related field with relevant certifications such as Cisco CCIE, and CCNP

Experience:

  •  6 to 8 years of relevant experience in architecture, design, installation, configuration, and maintenance of network infrastructure
  • Commercial and open-source product experience will be an added advantage

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