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 party line support for diagnostics and management of network incidents, vendor and supplier engagement, and mentoring of graduate engineers.

Core Responsibilities

  • 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 and 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

Network Manager


  • Engineering/Maths/Science related university degree

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

  • Cisco DevNet/JNCIA-DevOps certification (desirable)

Skills and 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

  • Technical authoring

  • Ability to work in a team and 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 with high attention to detail

  • Self-starter and good enthusiasm and the ability to stay calm under pressure

  • Keen desire to learn & seek improvement with openness and willingness to seek help when needed

  • Methodical approach to problem solving

  • UK Driving Licence and own vehicle.

Our Ideal Fit

Someone who is a team player and willing to get their sleeves rolled up from time to time in order to take this business from start-up to industry leader.

Working with Freedom Fibre

We operate in a relaxed and industrious atmosphere where you’ll be encouraged to speak out and contribute where ever you feel you have something to offer. Our offices are open from 07:00 through to 19:00 and we are happy to be 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 benefits package that includes discretionary bonuses, a generous pension, private healthcare, flexible working and more.

Freedom Fibre is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We are committed to being a successful, caring and welcoming place for all employees.

Place of Work

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



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