Network Architect

Date: 10 Jul 2024

Location: London, GB, EC3M 7AF

Company: Walkers Global

Walkers is a leading international law and professional services firm providing legal, corporate and fiduciary services to global corporations, financial institutions, capital market participants and investment fund managers. With a global presence spanning the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we advise on the jurisdictions of Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey.

Walkers treat everyone as the intelligent grown-ups they are. We take a grown-up approach to getting the job done – trusting and empowering our people to deliver consistently, and enabling them to succeed. Diversity is our secret weapon – it’s the sheer breadth of Walkers people that makes us who we are – gathered from across the globe and fluent in languages, jurisdictions and cultures that help us to mirror our clients and keep our own thinking in tune with the world we operate in.

Overview of role

The Network Architect is in place to set the strategy and standards for the Firm’s use of voice, data, video, and wireless network technology services. The role holder will also be expected to understand SaaS based voice and video conferencing technology services and ISP connectivity. The Network Architect will be responsible for defining the technology landscape from a networking perspective across the firm globally both on-premise and where appropriate in the cloud. The Network Architect will be seen as the clear technical lead in this domain and will be the go-to person for anyone else in the firm that may need such guidance.

 

The Network Architect will be expected to help manage suppliers in the network, voice, conferencing, internet and video space. The Network Architect will also be required to recommend and propose monitoring solutions and best practices as well as assist in transitioning new technologies into mainstream IT support. The architect should have experience of creating and working with Enterprise Architecture artefacts and be familiar with working with infrastructure as code for cloud-based deployments as well as traditional network and voice technology.

Duties, Responsibilities & Person Specification

  • Deep technical IP networking technologies knowledge with SDN experience and security.
  • Researching network technologies and staying up to date on advancements in the field.
  • Update and present Network Roadmap strategy to IT Leadership Team.
  • Experience in Design documentation (HLD/LLD).
  • Be a clear lead in the network, internet voice and video technology space for the firm globally.
  • Advise the CTO/Lead Infrastructure Architect and the rest of the IT Leadership team on network and comms technology and supplier recommendations to help the firm meet its IT strategy.
  • Create and maintain architectural documentation as artefacts that relate to network topology, architectural designs, patterns, principles and standards and technology selection.
  • Create and own the firm’s standard non-functional requirements for all solutions in the network and communications arena.

 

Education, Skills & Experience

  • Proven experience in selecting, designing and overseeing the deployment of traditional LAN, WAN, and WLAN solutions.
  • Architectural experience of product lifecycle delivery, owning the design from strategy through to execution.
  • Proven experience of datacenter network design including leveraging top of rack, end of row, core and edge switch deployments as well as working with converged infrastructure and software defined networking technology.
  • Experience with working with MPLS WAN Networks, SD-WAN including Microsoft ExpressRoute, vWAN and Direct Access.
  • Hands on and design experience of Azure VNET’s, VNET Peering, NSG's and VNET Gateways.
  • Experience with deploying network appliances to Azure as well as Azure network functions like Azure Traffic Manager.
  • Experience with designing and deploying Cisco Identity Service Engine (ISE) in branch offices.  
  • Network security experience in strategies, processes, and technologies designed to protect a company's network from unauthorized access and harm.
  • Experience in global firewall, network load balancer and WAN Optimizer strategy and design.

Walkers global is an equal opportunity employer. Equality and diversity are key to our global identity and an integral part of our goal to continue being an employer of choice. We are committed to a work environment that supports all individuals irrespective of gender, ethnicity, nationality, race, religion, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other applicable legally protected characteristics. We make every effort to ensure that employment opportunities are open and accessible to all purely on the basis of personal ability.