Network Engineer

US-TX-Fort Worth
Category
Information Technology

Overview

The Network Engineer’s role is to ensure the stable operation of the in-house computer software systems and network connections. This includes planning, developing, installing, configuring, maintaining, supporting, and optimizing all network software and communication links. The person will also analyze and resolve end user software program and connectivity issues in a timely and accurate fashion, and provide end user training where required.

Responsibilities

  • Establish team project objectives, assign and oversee the completion of project tasks by department team members and utilize project management techniques to ensure project tasks are completed on time and within budget.
  • Manage and administrate all operating systems and their corresponding or associated software.
  • Manage communications and connection solutions, including local area networks, company Web site, intranet, and Internet applications.
  • Manage and ensure the integrity of host computers, multiple databases and data transfer.
  • Deploy and maintain firewalls, intrusion detection / prevention appliances, virtual private network concentrators, routers, Ethernet switches, wireless network equipment, voice over IP telephony systems, cryptography systems, and all host security activities.
  • Install and configure messaging and printer systems.
  • Distribute and supervise server storage space allotments.
  • Design and implement disaster recovery plan for operating systems, databases, networks, servers, and software applications.
  • Provide on-call technical support.
  • Analyze system or application usage and plan for growth or increases in network capacity.
  • Assess need for any system reconfigurations (minor or significant) and execute them if required.
  • Ensure connectivity of all network devices.
  • Conduct research on emerging products, services, protocols, and standards in support of systems software procurement and development efforts.
  • Interact and negotiate with vendors, outsourcers, and contractors to secure software products and services.
  • Develop, implement and maintain policies, procedures and associated training plans for system administration and appropriate use.
  • Practice network asset management, including maintenance of network component inventory and related documentation and technical specifications information.
  • Establish service level agreements with end users and vendors.
  • Administer and maintain end user accounts, permissions, and access rights.
  • Perform network and security audits.
  • Perform system backups.
  • Monitor and test server software performance and provide statistics and reports.
  • Recommend, schedule, and perform software improvements, upgrades, and/or purchases.
  • Communicate process changes, enhancements, and modifications – through First American’s change control procedures, other written documents and verbally – to management, staff, and other employees so that issues are well understood as they are resolved.
  • Where necessary, negotiate terms, non-disclosure agreements, and other related issues with consultants, contractors, and other third-party agents.
  • Monitor licenses for compliance with organizational needs and requirements, including follow-up checks for corrective action.
  • Monitor and analyze trends in information technology in order to make recommendations for the future, and to identify areas for possible efficiencies and savings.
  • Interact and negotiate with vendors, outsourcers, and contractors to secure communications products and services in a timely and professional manner.
  • Maintain accurate inventory of voice and data communications circuits and services across the company.

Qualifications

  • Exceptional knowledge of server, desktop and network device computer hardware.
  • Extensive experience with Microsoft Windows Server, UNIX and Linux operating systems.
  • Extensive experience with network data communications including local and wide area networks, multilayer switching, firewalls, virtual private networks, and voice over IP applications.
  • Extensive application support experience with Microsoft server and desktop applications, including Exchange Server 2003, Internet Information Server, RADIUS, and SQL Server 2003.
  • Strong knowledge of local and wide area network design and administration.
  • Hands-on software and hardware troubleshooting experience.
  • Experience with data management.
  • Knowledge of best information security practices, and data privacy practices and laws.
  • Strong interpersonal and oral communication skills.
  • Adept at reading, writing, and interpreting technical documentation and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to conduct research into software issues and products as required.
  • Ability to present ideas and solutions in user-friendly language.
  • Highly self motivated and directed.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with a focus on listening and questioning skills.
  • Strong documentation skills.
  • Ability to absorb and retain information quickly.
  • Ability to present ideas in user-friendly language to non-technical staff and end users.

We recognize people as our most valuable asset. We offer competitive pay with a bonus incentive plan, a benefits package that includes affordable medical insurance, paid dental and vision insurance, paid vacation and holidays, 401K.

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