The Networking and Security Consultant will provide pre-sales support and subsequent deployment expertise for projects which deliver resilient and secure network infrastructures within customer estates, as well as collaborating with specialists in other technology stacks to construct a comprehensive security portfolio and deployment strategies for Acora to provide to customers.
Project delivery sees the consultant involved from the pre-sales stage through to implementation, with the deployment either being carried out by the consultant or by another engineer under the governance of the consultant.
The consultant will be expected to produce customer-facing high-level designs, customer-presentable low-level designs (targeted for deployment engineers), implement technology in their core skill area, drive changes to standard implementation methodology, provide technical expertise and engineering support to a portfolio of contracted services or project customers.
Work on the security portfolio will include input into product selection/evaluation/adoption and deployment methods, as well as identifying gaps in the portfolio and will not be limited to switching/routing or perimeter firewall devices. Other areas may include (but will not be limited to) e-mail security, web application firewalls, endpoint protection.
Regular travel (occasionally overseas) and occasional working during unsocial hours including weekends is inevitable.
Build and maintain an in-depth knowledge of vendor product sets in order to advise on solutions at a pre-sales stage, as well as identify new products that may be beneficial to adopt into portfolio.
Produce high quality, customer-facing designs in line with deployment, monitoring and QA standards.
Demonstrate a high level of commercial awareness, focusing on proactivity and efficiency, and constructively challenging decisions that cost money.
Lead by example, ‘living and breathing’ the technologies in the core area and using that enthusiasm to drive changes in either process or product.
Deploy all technologies in accordance with the company’s agreed best practice standards and our project management framework. This is particularly critical in the disciplines of Change Management and Service Introduction. Certain deployments are expected to require evening or weekend work.
Deliver contracted services to customers either remotely or on site. This takes a variety of forms including consultancy, project delivery and training.
Work in partnership with customers to advise and deliver technology solutions that best meet their business objectives and/or overcome problems.
Proactively recommend improvements to customer systems and Acora processes that would benefit both the customer and Acora.
Create high quality deployment, monitoring and QA standards/installation guides, work instructions, key customer documentation and maintain CMDB/asset information.
Maintain your skill levels in the core technology set to a satisfactory minimum standard through a combination of self-study, company provided training and external courses.
Proactively manage your diary of upcoming work to drive efficiency and minimize non-chargeable time.
Skills and Experience
Network Switching and Routing (Cisco Catalyst & Nexus, Dell N & S series, HP/Aruba)
Firewalls and Security (Palo Alto PA/VM & Panorama, Cisco ASA/Firepower, Cisco Meraki, Juniper)
Wireless Networking (Cisco Meraki, Ruckus)
SD-WAN Solutions (Cisco Viptela, Palo Alto SD-WAN, Meraki)
Remote Access Solutions (Cisco AnyConnect, Palo Alto Global Protect, Pulse Secure)
Your core strengths and technical experience should be in Networking & Security but an understanding of the following will be significantly advantageous:
Microsoft stack (Windows Server, SQL, Active Directory, Exchange etc.)
Storage (Dell EqualLogic / NetApp),VDI (Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop or Microsoft RDS)
Virtualisation (VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V), Microsoft Cloud (O365/Azure)
Working towards or holding vendor certification in any of the following areas: Palo Alto PCNSE, Cisco CCNP, Level in Routing & Switching/Security, Juniper JNCIS-SEC or JNCIS-ENT
For more information about this position, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include a copy of your CV