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Palo Alto Network Engineer At Affinity Staffing Inc

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

Job Description

On behalf of our client, Affinity is seeking a Palo Alto Network Engineer, your primary role be will be as a Subject Matter Expert on diverse and challenging customer projects. You will be responsible for the implementation of Palo Alto solutions and related technologies.

Under the direction of the Manager, Network Infrastructure, and in consultation with Head Office and local Network and Security Engineering, the Network Engineer will be involved with the day to day operations, technical design, planning, and implementation of our network infrastructure. The primary focus of this role will be supporting the Palo Alto Firewall environment.

The Network Infrastructure team’s responsibilities include all networking aspects for LAN, WAN, Load Balancing, Telephony and Firewall environments. The Network Infrastructure team is also responsible for Facility Infrastructure within the Co-Location Data Centers and Offices across Canada.

The IT Department provides a Service First focused environment for our client base. This means network availability and performance is always top of mind for this role.
The Network Engineer will be a strategic thinker and will work closely with IT associates as a technical resource on assigned projects.

Specifically you will:

1. Network Architecture
  • Promote service offerings to grow infrastructure to meet business and technology needs;
  • Work with System and Security teams in planning and designing of network infrastructure;
  • Participate in client discussions during all phases of the development;
  • Provide direction for Technology Operations teams on current and emerging technologies;
  • Bring technical knowledge from external sources and incorporates those ideas into IT’
  • Recommend technical standards that include future proposed standards that require long range planning;
  • Provide recommendations for BCP and DR, updates and maintains plans for IT network and security;
  • Work to raise the level of technical expertise in the IT organization;
  • Assist in a technical lead role for business projects;
  • Document procedures, processes and operational tasks;
  • Provide oral and written presentations and Visio documents on current and emerging technologies to educate key stakeholders on technical issues.

2. Network Operations
  • Work towards harmonizing current and available technology to increase service levels, reduce downtime and effectively manage costs;
  • Provide timely support, analysis and resolution for network team related problems;
  • Ensure timely delivery of technology solutions, which meet the quality, performance, service, and functional requirements of internal and external customers through accurate needs analysis, effective planning and thorough testing;
  • Contribute to the design, configuration and maintenance of networking, and security firewalls, and the operating systems running on these platforms;
  • Contribute to the backup/recovery and disaster prevention/recovery of Cisco routers, switches, wireless controllers, and Palo Alto firewalls;
  • Contribute to the operations and maintenance, including pro-active support, of hardware, software, network and communications systems;
  • Contribute to the security of network and data resources/

3. Planning
  • Prepare capacity plans for network, bandwidth utilization, security and growth or change;
  • Assist business units in technology planning;
  • Prepare, or contribute to the preparation of plans and installations for networking equipment and firewalls;
  • Evaluate current and emerging technologies and introduces technical solutions that address business and technical issues;
  • Contribute to the Technology Road Map planning;
  • Contribute to the IT operational plans and budgets for Technology Operations, as facilitated by the Manager;
  • Contribute to the annual project planning requirements by providing estimates and plans for project estimating purposes.

4. Projects
  • Participate as team member or work package leader on projects involving network, security, wireless and infrastructure;
  • Contribute to the development and assignment of project budgets;
  • Contribute to the planning, installation and upgrade of network and security platforms;
  • Contribute to network development project plans by determining routers, switches and firewall requirements;
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Minimum 7 years’ experience in large-scale network environments with working expert level knowledge of Data Center Network technologies;
  • A minimum of an Associates or Bachelor's degree in Business or Communications or commensurate qualifications and/or experience;
  • Completion of a Master’s degree is a definite asset;
  • Technical certification(s) (i.e. CCIE, CCNA, CCDA, CCNA Sec, ACE etc.) is a definite asset;
  • Industry standard certifications in IS leadership is an asset;
  • ITIL certification is preferred;
  • Extensive experience with technology in a network / security environment;
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with Firewall technologies, methodologies and troubleshooting;
  • Palo Alto Firewall Networks experience is preferred;
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with CISCO technologies;
  • Familiarity in network design (Servers, Firewalls, Protocols, Topologies), TCP/IP protocol suite, ARP, routing, VRF, switching, spanning-tree, network security, QoS, DHCP, DNS etc.;
  • Knowledge of routing protocols: BGP, EIGRP, OSPF, IGRP, RIP;
  • Proficiency in managing performance and upgrading network systems utilizing a variety of tools and techniques;
  • Knowledge of load balancing technologies (F5 - LTM, GTM, APM);
  • Experience with Cisco VOIP Telephony systems and understanding of IP Telephony protocols an asset;
  • Familiarity and experience with a CAB process;
  • Extensive experience with Information Technology techniques and methodologies;
  • Excellent documentation skills including complex Visio diagrams;
  • Extensive experience with Information Technology techniques and methodologies;
  • Experience in working in a project management environment;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask;
  • Self-starter attributes.

About Affinity:

Affinity is a full service Information Technology agency that takes a unique approach to recruiting. We believe recruiting is about creating long term relationships that foster a mutually beneficial partnership - an affinity. Bringing a new style of recruiting founded on four core principles – Transparency – Flexibility – Efficiency – Agility.

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