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Network Architect

  • Location: Vernon Hills, 60061
  • Salary: 155000.0
  • Job Type:Permanent

Posted 2 months ago

MATRIX is partnering with a premier client in filling a critical Direct Hire (Full Time Employee) position that is based in or will relocate to the Midwest region of the US. This is a great opportunity to expand your career and work with a well known company while looking towards career growth.

Are you a SME within the Network Architecture arena?  Are you a superstar with CISCO technologies and have an high level of cloud awareness (preferably Azure)?  When you think of providing 2-5 year roadmaps for customers, do you get really excited?  Are you super collaborative?  Are you looking for your next career opportunity? This position may be for you!!!

TITLE: Network Architect

Intake Notes

  • 90% Technical / 10% business – should be able to plan
  • Should be well versed with Azure experience – cloud awareness is a must
  • Key:  Must be a SME
  • Meet with customers, deconstructs it and develops a consumable technical designs and turns over to someone else to implement
  • Develop roadmaps for year 2-5
  • F5 experience – Plus
  • The Network Team is the primary Customer for this person
  • Must have at least 1 of the following certifications:  Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) or Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certifications.


The Network Architect is proficient in and responsible for professional, technical, and systems architecture of the client’s data network infrastructure (LAN, WAN, and Internet) to support the company’s applications. This position will recommend, design, implement, and optimize hardware/software standards company-wide. Responsibilities include coordinating and driving successful implementations with the staff and vendor personnel, including contributing to the company’s network, virtualization, cloud, and application technology strategy. Cross-team technical initiatives and projects are owned by this individual. Owns the resolution of complex problems and serves as an architectural resource for all IT teams.


Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Ensures the protection of the company’s web presence and transactions across the Internet/intranet as the primary contact to validate and review, analyze, evalute and maintain the organization's network platforms.
  • Facilitates collaboration across the organization to direct and better utilize network infrastructure systems.
  • Plans, develops and manages the company’s network infrastructure to enable strategic and effective use of their resources.
  • Leads the team to perform complex tasks relating to network operations, installation, and/or maintenance for local, off-site and/or remote locations.
  • Manages operations of enterprise network systems to minimizing system downtime and maximizing system performance.
  • Leads recommendations on architectural changes and design enhancements to the infrastructure to improve reliability and performance, reduce cost, and anticipate company growth.
  • Develops methodologies for analysis, installation, and support quality assurance and testing of infrastructure components.
  • Serves as a technical point of reference for and mentor junior engineers.
  • Maintains technical architecture documentation for the company’s network infrastructure.
  • Collaborates with business owners to capture IT project requirements.
  • Participate in business continuity planning for infrastructure.
  • Coordinates with IT Help Desk to communicate issue status and respond to questions.
  • Serve as Level 3 escalation for on-call support.


Education and/or Experience Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, or equivalent IT knowledge/experience.
  • 10 years in IT Network Engineering

Required Qualifications

  • Expert level knowledge in the principles of Network Technology, including but not limited to Network Strategies, Carrier Offerings Design, VPN solutions and Cisco Platforms. - other technology outside of Cisco – CLOUD (AZURE), F5 is a plus
  • Expert level knowledge of Network, Security, Unified Communications and Voice products.
  • Expert ability to troubleshoot network, telecommunications and server related problems.
  • Integral understanding of Client /Server and Web Application components. – HP and CISCO but won’t spend a lot of time here
  • Proven history of balancing multiple priorities simultaneously with the ability to adapt to the changing needs of the business while meeting deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to relay technical information to a non-technical audience and effectively interact with all stakeholders including senior leadership.
  • Experience influencing without authority and gaining consensus in diverse environments.
  • Solid process documentation skills.
  • Ability to both work independently and manage an implementation team.
  • Experience providing detailed status and risk indicators to senior management.
  • Proven experience coaching and mentoring others.
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) or Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certifications. – Strongly required
  • Lift up to 50 pounds.
  • 10% travel. (where travel to – global potentially – person should like to travel)
  • Work additional evening and weekend hours as necessary. – will be based on project needs, person should not have to work nights and weekends but this need may come up