Lead Network Engineer/ LAN

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Discover. A brighter future.

With us, you’ll do meaningful work from Day 1. Our collaborative culture is built on three core behaviors: We Play to Win, We Get Better Every Day & We Succeed Together. And we mean it — we want you to grow and make a difference at one of the world's leading digital banking and payments companies. We value what makes you unique so that you have an opportunity to shine.

Come build your future, while being the reason millions of people find a brighter financial future with Discover.

Job Description  

The Network Engineer II is expected to have a broad level of knowledge of network domain technologies, platforms and principles, to include: route/switch protocols, LAN/WAN, wireless networking, datacenter, high-availability design, Application Delivery Controller, Web Application Firewall, Domain Name Service and IP management, Data Visibility Fabric, Content Delivery Network, Data Analytics, WAN optimization, Network Time Protocol and Network Monitoring. A Mid-Level Network Engineer will preferably have experience with one or more network automation tools and/or programming languages. He / she leads facilitates and assist senior engineers with developing strategic architecture for next generation network services and emerging transport methods. Makes well thought out decisions on moderate to complex network engineering issues. Engineers, develops and tests infrastructure. The individual will also be responsible for assisting in the definition of monitoring and trending scenarios for the operational teams to increase efficiencies. Will assist in driving complex modifications and/or upgrades to existing network infrastructure in support of evolving enterprise requirements. Is vigilant on unit cost reduction and cost containment. Propagates common goals, direction and standards established by more Senior Engineers. Acts as a source of direction, training and guidance for less experienced team members. Monitors project schedules and unit/total costs. Provides escalation support as required. Must be able to communicate effectively with both management and technical staff. Must have strong problem solving skills under minimal direction. Typically requires 6 to 8 years of hands on network experience.

What You’ll Do

  • Designs and engineers platforms into production enterprise infrastructure. Runs small to medium enterprise infrastructure projects from requirements gathering to post implementation. Proactively and methodically improves quality and efficiency through automation of network services.Serves as the principle design and often implementation engineer for most enterprise network projects and/or small work efforts. Under guidance of senior engineering, will gather business and network requirements and operational data from one or more sources to formulate solutions of moderate to significant complexity. Can be responsible for identifying various technical alternatives and developing implementation plans. Performs lab research and proof of concept work as appropriate for the role and/or technical task.
  • Proactively and methodically improves quality and efficiency through automation of network services.
  • Business Relationship / Vendor Management. Stay abreast of current vendors and products, anticipate change and have a plan in place to react to the change.
  • Cost containment / Cost reduction. Understand basic financials and the costs associated with delivering technology solutions and subsequently engineer solutions that align with a financial business model.

Qualifications You’ll Need

Skills Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in information technology.
  • 4+ years of experience strong experience in Cisco Nexus Datacenter Concepts / Platforms including including 2k, 5k, 7k, 9k Strong experience with application content delivery technologies such as F5 (LTM/GTM) and Citrix NetScaler Experience with QoS operation and configuration Independent and proficient working knowledge and experience with routing protocols OSPF, BGP etc. Independent and proficient working knowledge and experience with Spanning-Tree, HSRP, VRRP and tunneling protocols Independent and proficient working knowledge with network applications such DNS, DHCP and NTP Fundamental knowledge and experience with virtualized compute environments, i.e. Hypervisor, UCS, ESX Experience in the following Datacenter technologies: FEX, VDC, VPC, Fabric-Path, VRF, OTV, LISP, VXLAN Ensures compliance with change control processes and adherence to standards Experience with managing moderate to complex network projects (planning, organizing and managing timelines / objectives) Strong verbal, written and documentation skills
  • In lieu of degree, 6+ years of experience Strong experience in Cisco Nexus Datacenter Concepts / Platforms including including 2k, 5k, 7k, 9k Strong experience with application content delivery technologies such as F5 (LTM/GTM) and Citrix NetScaler Experience with QoS operation and configuration Independent and proficient working knowledge and experience with routing protocols OSPF, BGP etc. Independent and proficient working knowledge and experience with Spanning-Tree, HSRP, VRRP and tunneling protocols Independent and proficient working knowledge with network applications such DNS, DHCP and NTP Fundamental knowledge and experience with virtualized compute environments, i.e. Hypervisor, UCS, ESX Experience in the following Datacenter technologies: FEX, VDC, VPC, Fabric-Path, VRF, OTV, LISP, VXLAN Ensures compliance with change control processes and adherence to standards Experience with managing moderate to complex network projects (planning, organizing and managing timelines / objectives) Strong verbal, written and documentation skills #LI-BG1 #Remote #BI-Remote

Certifications and Licenses

  • Certified in CCNP upon hire

Skills preferred :

Preferred Qualifications

  • CCNA or CCNP Certifications
  • CCPN route/switch/datacenter certification or commensurate experience
  • Experience with virtualized compute environments, i.e. Hypervisor, UCS, and ESX Experience in the following Datacenter technologies: FEX, VDC, VPC, Fabric-Path, VRF, OTV, LISP, VXLAN Ensures compliance with change control processes and adherence to standards.
  • Experience with managing moderate to complex network projects (planning, organizing and managing timelines / objectives)
  • Strong verbal, written and documentation skills
  • Network Datacenter Design
  • BGP routing protocol
  • Cisco Nexus
  • Cisco ACI

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The same way we treat our employees is how we treat all applicants – with respect. Discover Financial Services is an equal opportunity employer (EEO is the law). We thrive on diversity & inclusion. You will be treated fairly throughout our recruiting process and without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status in consideration for a career at Discover.

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Discover Benefits Overview

Start enjoying great benefits Day 1 — We support you with the same dedication we bring to all of our customers. Our comprehensive benefits package features first-class insurance, financial planning support and excellent perks designed to help you reach your goals and live a rich, healthy life.

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Volunteer in local community
Discover’s business is built on helping people, and we invest in the community (Blessing Backpacks, Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers/Sisters) to demonstrate our commitment to a brighter future.
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Open door policy
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Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
You can open a separate Health Care FSA (HCFSA) and contribute up to $2,650 tax-free from your paycheck to reimburse yourself for eligible out-of-pocket expenses.
Disability Insurance
Employees receive Short-Term Disability Insurance at no cost.
Dental Benefits
Discover offers two dental plan options — Standard and Premier — both are administered by MetLife.
Vision Benefits
Discover offers two vision plan options — Standard and Premier through VSP.
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Discover offers a variety of medical plans for you and eligible family members, so that you can choose the benefit plan that suits your needs.
Life Insurance
As a Discover employee, you receive Basic Life Insurance of one times your HWEE (up to $500,000) at no cost to you.
Pet Insurance
Purchase medical coverage at a discounted rate for your beloved family pet. The more pets you insure, the greater the discount.
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Help balance your work and personal life with a wide variety of free and discounted resource and referral services including family and relationship counseling and financial guidance.
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Discover has fitness centers and Weight Watchers® programs at all five major locations.
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You may elect to contribute 1% to 30% of your eligible base salary, commissions and bonus on a pre-tax basis, up to IRS limits every year.
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Discover matches up to 6% of the pre-tax contributions you make to the 401(k) Plan.
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The ESPP provides eligible employees with an opportunity to purchase shares of Discover common stock through payroll deductions at a 5% discount.
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Discover helps eligible employees and their families with the costs of adoption by reimbursing certain expenses.
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Discover has a Paid Time Off of 4 to 5 Weeks of paid time per year.
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