Obsidian Global

Network Engineer

Network Engineer in Arlington, VA

Posted 2019-07-01

The Senior Data Network Engineer supports the Department of State (DoS) Vanguard Program, Service Management Office (SMO) which is responsible for administering, deploying and maintaining Cisco and products, as well as a working knowledge of encryption solutions, knowledge of local and wide-area networks in a Voice/Data converged infrastructure. This hands-on position includes engineering support for service interruptions, planned equipment installations, and infrastructure support. This position can also include planning, designing, installing, configuring, maintaining, deploying supporting and optimizing all network hardware and software. The Senior Data Network Engineer reports directly to the TWD Voice/Data Engineering Manager, while coordinating with TWD Project Management Office (PMO) project managers, and the PMO Director.
Description of Duties:

• Promptly respond to engineering support requests from the Special Projects Engineering Manager, PMO project managers, and/or PMO Director.
• Demonstrate an ability to support and/or serve as the lead engineer on multiple, concurrent engineering projects.
• Supports change and configuration management for all voice and data assets.
• Troubleshoot, respond, and resolve escalated incidents/service requests and/or planned/unplanned outages.
• Conduct Route Cause Analysis (RCA) and After-action Review (AAR) following unplanned outages.
• Supports Move, Add, and Change requests for the data network to include day-to-day requests/orders and Projects.
• Diagnose, troubleshoot, and resolve hardware and/or other network problems, and replace defective components associated with both data and voice infrastructures.
• Interfaces with other IRM Support Teams on system/network infrastructure problems and advises management on technical improvements and/or solutions to identified problems and/or gaps.
• Identifies and recommends solutions, products and services to support the enterprise initiatives, business goals and/or technical needs.
• Researches, evaluates and stays current on emerging tools, techniques and technologies.
• Contributes to systems infrastructure plans based on an understanding of the customer's organizational direction, technical context and State Department enterprise needs.
• Contributes to the creation of new policies and procedures for Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and follows established SOPs and process guides.

The ideal candidate will have a strong sense of commitment to perform engineering support functions as scheduled, providing timely responses to required system support after normal business hours and on weekends. Additionally, the candidate should have an eye for detail, ability to multi-task, organize priorities, and work in a systematic style following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and guides.

Required Education/Experience:

Strong LAN/WAN/MAN with design and migration experience in a converged environment with a focus on WAN services (ISDN, Frame-Relay, Point-to-Point, DMVPN, METRO ETHERNET, VPLS, TLS, and MPLS).

Required Experience/Skills/Attributes:

• Works extensively with Cisco Layer 2 and Layer 3 solutions and products.
• Familiarity and working knowledge of telecommunication circuit types (e.g., P2P T1/T3, TDM, IP Ethernet)
• Understand and have the ability to implement Cisco router, switch, and ASA products.
• Skills troubleshooting access-lists, IPv4 and IPv6 issues across varying protocols such as OSPF, BGP, EIGRP and Static Routing.
• Working knowledge and understanding of implementing various routing protocols to include OSPF, BGP, EIGRP and Static Routes.
• Strong interpersonal, written and oral skills. From time to time, candidate may be asked to present project outline to customer.
• Ability to conduct research on networking products with various vendors to accommodate changing customer requirements.
• Ability to work in a team-oriented collaborative environment while being highly motivated to take the lead on projects.

Desired Experience/Skills/Attributes:
• Cisco CCNP Certification (Cisco Certified Network Professional)
• State Department experience a plus.
• Avaya/Cisco Voice

Clearance Requirement: Secret required to start with eligibility to obtain TS or TS/SCI.

Obsidian Global, LLC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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Company summary

Obsidian Global is a small federal IT Services firm experienced at developing solutions for government clients. We are headquartered in Washington, DC with offices in Bethesda and Colorado. We have 120+ employees nationwide and are ISO and CMMI certified.


In addition to traditional small business healthcare benefits and 401K, we offer an online training platform to increase your skills and certifications for growth. We believe in personal development and good work/life balance. We host happy hours, sporting events, and holiday parties throughout the year. We also partner with event sites, gyms, and other perks to pass along corporate savings to our employees.

Interview process

Most candidates go through an initial phone screening with the recruiter, then either a phone interview or in-person interview followed by an offer.

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