Senior Network Architect
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Senior Network Architect

Date: 03-Nov-2021

Location: London-Newington, Elephant and Castle, GB

Position

Senior Network Architect

Reporting to

Technology Architecture Manager

Location

Flexible

Department

Strategy Regulation and Support

Reference Number

63729 

Employment Period

Permanent

Contract Type

Personal

CiP/Bonus Level

5%

Salary Range

£75,000 - £110,000 per annum (Depending on Skills and Experience) + benefits

Closing Date

03/12/2021

 

All applications will be reviewed after the closing date.

 

We also provide the following additional benefits

 

  • Annual leave
  • Personal Pension Plan – Personal contribution rates of 4% or 5% (UK Power Networks will make a corresponding contribution of 8% or 10%)
  • Tenancy Loan Deposit scheme
  • Tax efficient benefits: cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Occupational Health support
  • Switched On – scheme providing discount on hundreds of retailers products.
  • Supplier discounts, such as O2, EE, Vauxhall cars, Universal tyres
  • Discounted access to sports and social clubs
  • Employee Assistance Programme.

 

UK Power Networks

UK Power Networks is the country’s biggest electricity distributor, making sure the lights stay on for more than eight million homes and businesses across London, the South East and the East of England.

UK Power Networks continues to be listed in the Sunday Times’ Top 25 Best Big Companies to Work For, as well as the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers, and made industry history by becoming first company to win Utility of the Year two years running (2015 and 2016, also 2012). The company is accredited in the Investors in People Platinum and Nation Equality Standard.

The company invests more than £600 million in its electricity networks every year, offers extra help to vulnerable customers at times of need, and is undertaking trials to ensure that electricity networks support the transition to a low carbon future. It also moves cables and connects new electricity supplies.

 

JOB PURPOSE:

You will play a key role in the implementation of UKPN’s Digital Strategy by transforming the way the business utilises technology and data to improve business performance. The role will require innovation and ambition to achieve performance targets and maintain UKPN as the best performing electricity network operator and the Employer of Choice in the UK.

The Network Architect is responsible for designing and implementing the next generation enterprise class networking architectures that will support UKPN business critical digital systems and applications. Digital capabilities will allow UKPN to do what we do, only better, making our services more accessible, efficient, effective, and reliable.

As an expert Network Architect, you will transform UKPN from a legacy MPLS communications architecture to a cost-efficient future hybrid Software Defined WAN architecture able to support critical data communications across our regional offices, Electricity Substations, Control Centres, Contact Centres, mission critical Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA) services, Telephony, and remote/home workers.

The role will bring deep skills in network cyber detection and response capabilities to enhance the UKPN network capability to rapidly detect cyber threats, alert the Security Operations Centre (SOC) and automate threat remediation. Without this role, the cost-effective delivery a next generation network will not be realised which would place the UKPN Digital Strategy in ED2 and realisation of business benefits from consolidation and transformation of communications networks at risk. This role will also enable the Information systems department to keep pace with business demand and changing expectations of IT.

 

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Deliver UKPN’s next generation communication and telecommunications network based on modern technology to support UKPN’s Digital Strategy, migration to the Azure cloud, deliver ED2 initiatives and realise a commercially efficient secure network.
  • Successfully implement, administer, document, and troubleshoot network infrastructure devices, including W/LAN, Proxy Servers, firewalls, routers, switches, load balancers, wireless access points, and controllers.
  • Execute network administrative tasks such as collecting statistics, monitoring performance, and deploying updates through a centralised real time dashboard.
  • Keeping continuously abreast of technology advances in networking and telecommunications, identifying how such capabilities can be utilised to drive digital innovation and continual improvement of the UKPN network infrastructure.
  • Conduct robust service management for mission critical applications, manage incident response, and coordinate with various technical and internal stakeholders. The role will manage troubleshooting and resolution of network-related issues throughout UKPN, while making sure to document and monitor network failures.
  • Perform hands-on support for a wide range of security technologies including, but not limited to: SEIM, IDS/IPS, HIDS, malware analysis and protection, content filtering, logical access controls, identity and access management, data loss prevention, content filtering technologies, application firewalls, vulnerability scanners, LDAP, forensics software, and security incident response.
  • Experience of leading, directing and managing large, geographically dispersed teams in a complex organisation, with the ability and gravitas to confidently challenge and influence decision making, structures and processes to lead an effective network function.
  • Being passionate about ‘how tech works’ and getting ‘hands-on’ to transform the UKPN data and telephony networks to prove business value and drive ‘learning through action’. 

 

NATURE AND SCOPE:

UK Power Networks is UK's largest electricity distribution network operator, delivering electricity to approximately 18 million customers, including critical infrastructure and businesses across the country. As we face new opportunities and challenges such as smart meters, electric vehicles, and a carbon neutral future, we need to simultaneously transform the way use technology to manage our operations and how data is collected, used and actioned in the energy industry.

The Technology Department works across UK Power Networks, supporting the company in the achievement of its strategy and vision to become the best performing UK Electricity Network Provider. The team achieves this through the provision of technology solutions, as well as the optimisation of current solutions to improve how the company operates. Continuous improvement, customer service and seamless delivery is at the heart of this ethos and the network architect has a key role to ensure that the UKPN data communications supports business critical services.

This role reports to the Head of Cyber Security and works with all other team members and business owners as required across UKPN to implement world class modern network solutions. The role will have considerable experience in network design, implementation, operations, support, and project/change management within a service oriented and controlled infrastructure. A good working knowledge of IP, Ethernet, routing and switching within LAN/WAN/Data Centre/ Public Cloud environments is essential. 

The role requires Network Security & Hosting Engineer skills, with strong Data Networks, Network Security Firewall & Security Admin experience on Microsoft O365 and Azure infrastructure stack (compute/networking/storage) to modernize ad secure the UKPN network infrastructure.

The role will be a key part of the Digital Transformation team creating the future next generation network to support forward looking communications and digital services. The role will need to instil adherence to process, ensure quality of service, along with driving a high level of engagement and sharing of best practice across the wider team to ensure we maximise our capability and efficiency.

 

SKILLS, QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPEREINCE:

  • The Network Architect must be a collaborative problem solver who can work cross-functionally to design modern reliable communications networks for the UKPN organization. Experienced in leading cloud adoption, migration from legacy telephony to VoIP (Microsoft Teams), including establishing governance mechanisms, delivering migration projects, and modifying the operating model.
  • At least 5+ years’ experience in the design, implementation, and troubleshooting of complex networks with expert knowledge of Software Define Networks (SD-WAN); routing protocols including OSPF, BGP, MPLS, etc.; Data Networking technologies, functionality, and services (LAN, MAN, WAN, VPN; cloud networking Azure express route; and optical fibre design.
  • Experienced in the provision of data communications WAN/LAN infrastructure for business applications, Digital solutions, Cloud delivery – Microsoft Azure infrastructure and costing, Cloud delivery – Middleware, Servers and storage, Virtualisation – Hyper-V and VMware, Provision of infrastructure for databases – SQL and Oracle, Operations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to explain technical concepts and technologies to business leaders, and business concepts to their widespread workforce.
  • Expert level knowledge of routing and switching technologies including but not limited to Core Network Skills to CCNP level, Next-Gen Firewalls and IPS (both appliances and modules). Combined with a deep understanding of how hackers work and ability to keep up with the fast pace of change in the criminal cyber-underworld.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Business or a related field, or alternative educations, skills, and/or equivalent experience is required.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, to divide focus among many different projects and cope with a pressurised 24/7 environment.
  • Proven experience in leading IT transformational SD WAN/network initiatives in complex, dynamic environments during a transition from waterfall to agile ways of working.


 
Health & Safety Responsibilities
Managers and supervisors carry both legal and company responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of their employees, those under their control and those who might be affected by the work undertaken, i.e. public, visitors and employees of other organisations. This includes briefing individuals working for them and ensuring there is the necessary understanding, competence and application of requirements to work safely and without harming the environment.
 
Employees will ensure they fully understand the health and safety risks involved in their work activities and their responsibility to apply the controls needed to manage those risks to acceptable levels. Similarly where work activities can have an adverse impact upon the environment, and particularly where there are legal requirements, employees will understand those impacts and the controls they must ensure are applied.
Employees need to be aware that for some craft and operational roles that work at height, or use fall arrest devices, there is an upper weight limit of 116Kg due to maximum safe working load of the safety equipment that is used.
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