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The Role Overview

This role is within Enterprise Services (ES): Networks whose mantra is ‘To enable the FT with outstanding, cost effective technology.  

Networks spans all areas of network associated services and scope, covering; local and wide-area networking; routing; firewall services; on-prem cloud services; security; quality assurance; integration and operational support

Role Responsibilities

We are constantly pushing the boundaries in the quality of the network services that support our internal global users, always looking for better, simpler and more effective ways of delivery in a fast paced environment.

We would like a self-starting, capable, mid level candidate who has provable hands-on experience. 

Certification is beneficial nice to have but not essential if you have the required experience

Working Hours - Primarily UK hours

  • Management and support of office and cloud networks

  • Connectivity into Cloud Services

  • Exploiting and exposing the performance of the global networks for all, using tools such as Solarwinds, Grafana, Splunk etc

  • Continual service improvement of all network services

  • Troubleshoot problem areas as required, providing in depth network support to both support and project teams

  • Manage and administer systems that relate to network management. This includes network monitoring and analysis tools as well as peripheral network services like DNS and DHCP.

  • Producing network documentation for internal network team and wider Technology colleagues

  • Ensuring operational requirements are considered and met for our products

  • Active involvement in all stages of planning of initiatives

  • Ensure all network components adhere to security standards

Skills and Experience

We are looking for an experienced network engineer with two to three years of work experience who can use a breadth of technologies and processes to help promote quality within the Working Environments Team. To achieve this you will have these types of skills:

  • Highly capable in managing and troubleshooting in a Cisco and Checkpoint world to a senior level

  • ​Exploiting our technology to deliver secure working environments

  • Experience in implementing or managing SD-WAN architecture

  • Solid switching and routing skills and experience supporting both Layer 2 networks, and a Layer 3 LAN that closely integrates with the and WAN network using BGP, OSPF and EIGRP routing protocols to provide resilience

  • Inter-office and inter-cloud private IP networking

  • Maximising performance and availability of wireless networking (Cisco)

  • Exploitation of network monitoring and management tools

  • Professional technical accreditations

  • Experience with or understanding of Cloud Computing e.g. IaaS, PaaS, SaaS etc.

  • Familiarity with a range of AWS  technologies, (such as Cloudformation, Lambda and EC2)

  • Produce effective documentation to communicate anything from an idea to hand-over

  • Understanding of agile development and its core principles

  • Good command of written and spoken English.

  • Must have a can-do attitude 

  • Scrum or Kanban delivery methodology

These are handy if you have some knowledge… but don't be put off if you don't…

  • Experienced with shell scripting (bash or otherwise)

  • Experience in Python or similar,

  • HTML, CSS & JavaScript

Common Character Traits

You should be passionate about delivering excellence and to achieve that we encourage self management and ownership of technical issue and you should be tenacious in finding a resolution, working collaboratively within different teams. 

What’s in it for you? FT Benefits

Our benefits vary depending on location, but we are committed to providing best in class perks across all our offices as well as an inclusive environment to develop your career. Examples of our benefits include; generous annual leave allowances, flexible working, medical cover, enhanced maternity & paternity packages and subsidised gym memberships. Full details of our benefits can be found here.

Why the FT could be right for you

We think the Financial Times is a great place to work – we have a technical stack that is cutting edge, our product development methodologies are very current, our engineers are free to choose the tools they need and are able to influence the development process.

•    You'll be working with some extraordinary people both from the technology team and wider business

•    You’ll be working in a supportive, collaborative, and fulfilling environment 

•    You’ll be working in teams that make their own decisions and have their own independence but have the resources of one of the world’s leading news organisations.

Further Information

The FT are committed to providing an inclusive working environment for all. We are an equal opportunities employer who seeks to recruit and appoint the best talent regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We also promote flexible working and will consider specific requests around flexibility for all roles where it can be accommodated. Please let us know if you require any adjustments as part of the application process or to enable you to attend an interview. If you would like to discuss your requirements, or have any questions, please contact a member of our HR team who will be happy to help.

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