Network Engineer – Irlam, Manchester

The Role

The Network Engineer is expected to take ownership of the design and implementation of network solutions required by the business. The role also involves providing 3rd line support for diagnostics and management of network incidents, vendor and supplier engagement and mentoring of graduate engineers.

Key Result Areas

  • Design, document and implement network solutions to deliver business objectives.

  • Lead and manage the delivery of multiple projects at the same time to achieve agreed timescales.

  • Contribute to the build and capacity management of the network, to facilitate optimum operation of the network under normal and failure conditions.

  • Manage & resolve complex network and system incidents within desirable timeframes to meet defined SLAs.

  • Engage and manage relationships with 3rd parties such as vendors, suppliers, and technical strategic partners.

  • Contribute to the development of automation solutions to improve process/operational efficiency in the networks team.

  • Participate in the on-call rota to support optimal operation of the network.

  • Support the Senior Network Engineer with mentoring of graduate engineers to aid their development.

Reporting to

Senior Network Engineer



Person Specification


  • Engineering/Maths/Science related university degree

  • Minimum professional qualification – a valid CCNP/JNCIS-SP/JNCIS-ENT certification

  • Cisco DevNet/JNCIA-DevOps certification (desirable)

Relevant Experience

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience working for an ISP across a service lifecycle - Design, Build, Automate, Operation.

  • Experience with GPON/XGS-PON and passive optical network technologies.

  • Network design workflow experience and HLD/LLD documentation.

  • Designing/implementing QoS-enabled solutions using concepts such as traffic classification, marking, queuing & scheduling, policing, and H-QoS.

  • Experience with virtualisation concepts and solutions e.g., Hypervisor types, VMWare ESXi, Proxmox VE server, and Proxmox Backup server, RAID types, etc.

  • Knowledge of optical DWDM/CWDM solutions.

  • Intermediate/Advanced knowledge of L2/L3 routing and switching protocols such as BGP, OSPF, ISIS, STP, Q-in-Q, storm control, etc.

  • Knowledge of MPLS technologies such as L2/L3 VPNs, RSVP, LDP, etc.

  • Basic Unix/Linux administration and scripting.

  • Experience with NMS and metrics collection servers such as LibreNMS, Grafana, SolarWinds, PRTG, InfluxDB, and Graphite.

  • Network automation using Python, Ansible and related libraries.

  • Network inventory management using Netbox.

  • Familiarity with security solutions e.g., Fortinet and Palo Alto firewalls, and IPS/IDS etc.

  • Experience with wireless AP technologies and administration.

  • Supplier and vendor engagement/management

Aptitude, skills and abilities

  • Technical authoring

  • Ability to work in a team & engage in mentoring

  • Clear written and verbal communication

  • Creativity/Innovation

  • Delivering technical workshops to internal teams

  • Ability to manage time & prioritise work

  • Excellent work ethic

  • Self-starter and good enthusiasm

  • Keen desire to learn & seek improvement

  • Methodical approach to problem solving

  • Attention to detail

  • Openness & willingness to seek help when needed

  • Ability to stay calm under pressure

Our ideal fit

Someone who is a team player, they must be willing to roll their sleeves up from time to time, to take this business from a start up to an industry leader.

Working with Freedom Fibre

We operate in a relaxed and industrious atmosphere. You will be encouraged to speak out and contribute wherever you feel you have something to offer. We are flexible with working hours so you can enjoy a relatively stress-free commute or work from home to create the best possible work/life balance, that suits you and Freedom Fibre.

We offer an attractive package including bonus, generous pension, private health care and flexible working along with other benefits.

Freedom Fibre is an equal opportunity employer

We are committed to being a successful, caring and welcoming place for all employees. We want to create a supportive and inclusive environment where our employees can reach their full potential, without prejudice and discrimination. We are committed to a culture where respect and understanding is fostered, and the diversity of people's backgrounds and circumstances will be positively valued.

Place of work

The place of work will be offices in Irlam, near Manchester.

Still Interested?


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