• Location: Rochdale, England
  • Salary: £45000 - £85000 per annum
  • Technology: Microsoft Jobs
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Date Posted: 23rd Nov, 2021
  • Reference: NFIBI22112021ALEW-a

Network Architect/Designer

My client are an award winning, fast growing MSP in the North West of the UK. They are looking for a Network Architect to join their growing architecture team.

They are a dynamic and close knit team, with a good work life balance. There is a sense of community within the wider organisation and the leadership team take a real interest in your skills and development. They are growing quickly as there is a whole new generation in tech for cloud and networking that is driving new opportunity and change.

The Role

This role is varied, please find below some of the main responsibilities we are looking for:

  • Finding the right technology fit for an organisation based on a thorough understanding of requirements

  • Client facing: Pre-Sales, Requirements Gathering, Meetings, Interviews, Workshops, Presentations. Helping clients formulate a business case and justify technology investment

  • Preparing proposals, working closely with the sales teams to create compelling content

  • High level design - providing blue prints for engineering teams, you're accountable for the effectiveness of the solution and work closely with technology teams on implementation

  • Devising migration and adoption plans - deciding on the migration approach, understanding implementation steps and managing risk

  • Decision making - responsible/accountable for solution success, proving technology leadership throughout the process

  • Communicating with key stakeholders across the client organisation and internally, translating business goals into key technology building blocks

Main Skill-Set

We are looking for a good mix of the following skills, (not necessarily all of the below):

  • Cisco - SD-WAN (formally Viptella) - practical experience with design and some aspects of implementation using Cisco SD-WAN across a number of client scenarios

  • Fortinet - practical experience with design and some aspects of implementation using Fortigate firewalls

  • VPN technologies - including MPLS and remote access (SSL) VPN to help design private networks

  • Quality of Service (QoS) tools and integration of low latency applications such as VOIP

  • Understanding of circuit and device resiliency options and design considerations for high availability

  • Understanding of computer security principles and how they are applied to network architecture, including appropriate topologies and tools

Must Haves

  • Passion for technology and self-development through reading books/blogs/articles, attending user groups/conferences/exhibitions etc.

  • Certifications; to a professional level across one or more technology areas (or commensurate experience). Examples include CCNP, CCDP, CCIE, MSc in a relevant technology area

  • MSP / Solution Provider background (or evidence of transferable skills and experience)

Culture & Values

  • Flexible

  • Family Orientated

  • Friendly

  • Fun atmosphere

  • Work-life balance

  • Innovative

  • Technology Driven

  • Supportive

  • Belonging

  • Loyalty

Benefits Package

  • Base Salary - £45,000 to £85,000 per annum

  • Car allowance

  • Pension

  • Healthcare

  • Life Assurance

  • Plus much, much more…


  • Working Location - Remote and office based with some client travel (Manchester base)

  • Working Hours - Flexible with Core Hours between 8am - 6pm - 7.5 hours a day

  • Interview Process - 2 stages

  • Salary Reviews - Every 6 months

  • Dress Code - Informal internally and appropriate/respectful to the client

  • Training & Development Options - Paid Training and Certs, Books, Materials, the exam, online materials, some in-work study time available

This is the brief description of the role, for the full information, simply apply to the role and I will call you to discuss. This is an exclusive client to Nigel Frank International.

My client is looking to begin the interview process ASAP , so don't miss out, APPLY now!

If this wasn't exactly the role you were looking for, please apply to this role anyway, just highlight what you are looking for, apply with your CV with a brief overview of what you are looking for (The role, top 3 techs, location, salary). I will call you to discuss your skill-set further, there may be other roles I am working on that you may be suited for.

I specialise in Microsoft BI, SQL Server and Azure Analytics recruitment here at Nigel Frank International, specialising in the placement of highly-skilled candidates in various IT positions (Engineers, Analysts, Architects, Consultants, Project Managers, Management etc.).

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