Infrastructure Senior Development Officer
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Grade L. £40,876 - £43,857
Gateshead Council has always been fiercely ambitious for the people of Gateshead, helping it to be a great place to live, work and visit. Led by our five pledges set out in ‘Making Gateshead a place where everyone thrives’, our aim is to ensure all local people can realise their full potential and enjoy the best quality of life.
IT Services, within the Resources and Digital Directorate operates at the very core of the Council's operations, working with services and key stakeholders to empower employees to deliver the Council priorities through the use of technology.
We have made a significant investment into the in order to further support the council’s ambitions, with the key goals of Service, Value, Security and Agility.
We’re looking for an ambitious and dedicated IT professional to lead the development, delivery and continual improvement of IT network infrastructure technologies in support of the Councils IT Strategic Action Plan with the key goals of Service, Value, Security and Agility. Our aim is to reduce complexity and ensure an effective and secure infrastructure exists to support the development of services and technology.
You will play a critical part in shaping the overarching network technology strategy in order to support the Council to achieve its ambitions.
Leading the way through maintaining expert knowledge of trends and emerging technologies, you’ll be equipped with a strategic vision for innovation and change, be passionate about all things IT with the drive and ambition to develop and maintain high technical standards and operating practises. You will identify opportunities for the application of network technology in support of continuous improvement, whilst taking ownership of the delivery of services to agreed levels of performance.
As an expert communicator, you’ll excel at building relationships with both internal employees and colleagues, external clients, partners and suppliers alike, in addition to key business stakeholders.
Having spent time in a similar position within an IT Services environment, you will be highly motivated and have the relevant knowledge and experience required to develop and scale our complex networks, taking a lead role in the strategic network and voice project based work, aligned to the overall Strategic Action Plan for IT. You’ll have significant experience of leading a network infrastructure team across a wide range of large scale and business critical technologies including:
•Multi-site network systems and security technologies
•Software defined networking and affiliated technologies to support modern platform stacks such as Cisco ACI, SD Access and VMware.
•Network automation infrastructure and solutions at scale using tools such as Python and Ansible
•Network Management solutions such as Solarwinds , SNMPc , Cisco DNA Centre
•Telephony platforms and, ideally, modern contact centre technologies
•Microsoft Modern Workplace platforms including MS365
You'll maintain a high level of security by leading on the installation, upgrading and patching of all supported network devices within the Council's infrastructure.
You’ll be resilient and used to dealing with changing priorities, whilst maintaining the ability to effectively manage a high number of complex tasks, often within tight timeframes. You will be constantly challenged to drive continuous improvement and deliver the highest quality and most technically efficient connectivity solution.
The right person will be highly technical and analytical, possessing over 5 years of network management experience with the following
•Design, install and support business critical network switching, routing, VRFs and VLANs.
•Design, install and support business critical WLAN networks
•Experience of OSPF, Spanning-Tree, VRFs, QOS, Linux\Python (scripting\automation)
•Experience of Virtualisation technologies such as GRE , VXVlan, IPSEC VPN’s
•Experience of Voice and Contact Centre technologies such as SIP, Voice Call routing
In addition to a competitive salary we also offer favourable terms and conditions which include membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme, generous annual leave entitlement (plus the opportunity to purchase additional annual leave), and access to a wide range of employee benefits.
Interviews will be held week commencing 22 March 2021