Network Engineer II

Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Employment Type:
Date Added:
December 16, 2014

Palace Gate is seeking a Network Engineer II for our premier client in Lake Forest, IL. This is a Direct Hire opportunity.

Professional Experience and Background

  • At least 6 years of experience within the last 8 years working in a multi-network, multi-protocol Enterprise environment
  • Detailed knowledge of OSPF/EIGRP/Spanning Tree protocols
  • Working knowledge of BGP protocol
  • Demonstrated advanced proficiency and experience in one or more of the following areas: Routing and Switching, Security, Wireless, Data Center, Video/Voice
  • Strong understanding of network QoS methods, markings and mitigation strategies
  • Ability to conduct research across a wide range of networking, telephony, video, security and wireless issues
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and direct the execution of tasks in a high-pressure environment
  • Ability to use Network Sniffers, analyze data to resolve network issues
  • Ability to operate tools, components, peripherals, and testing equipment
  • Ability to read and interpret technical documents and procedure manuals
  • Ability to analyze network performance data to identify trends and potential problems, and support recommendations to modify and/or upgrade network equipment or services
  • Ability to effectively investigate and resolve issues starting with limited information
  • Requires personal accountability in order to accomplish goals
  • Ability to work with little supervision and perform in the best interest of the company
  • Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a focus on listening and questioning
  • Ability to articulate technical and non-technical information to personnel with varying levels of technical knowledge
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Ability to participate in an on-call rotation, requiring availability 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 12 months a year
  • Ability to travel up to 15% of the time domestically
  • Requires a valid driver's license with favorable motor vehicle report
  • Prefer Cisco Nexus/Data Center deployment/operation
  • Prefer large scale, multi-site WiFi deployment/WLC/Cisco Prime
  • Prefer experience with Cisco ASA/AnyConnect/ACS/ISE/IPS
  • Prefer experience with Cisco ISR/3845/3850/3750/2960
  • Prefer experience with Cisco Call Manager/Unity/UCS
  • Prefer practical experience cabling and wiring systems, topologies, design, and installation

Education and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Cisco CCNP certification
  • Prefer certification in Cisco CCIE

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Deploy and maintain WAN, LAN, Wireless, Voice and Video solutions and networks including servers, routers, switches, gateways and related hardware.
  • Troubleshoot escalated issues to identify and repair complex network issues for WAN, LAN, Voice, Video, Internet connections and end-user issues.
  • Communicate and coordinate network maintenance, operational status, and downtime to users and management.
  • Aid in the development of business continuity and disaster recovery plans, and maintain current knowledge of plan executables. Respond to emergency network outages in accordance with business continuity and disaster recovery plans assisting other departments as required.
  • Perform analysis of network needs and contribute to design of network architecture, integration, and installation.
  • Participate as a contributor in the implementation of Projects, taking direction from Network Architects, Senior Engineers and/or project leads.
  • Prepare and maintain documentation of network standards, configurations, procedures and cabling layouts.
  • Interact with vendors, outsourcers, and contractors to secure network products and services.
  • Provide guidance and instruction to junior members of the team.
  • Monitor and identify network capacity and performance issues to maximize efficiency of company communication systems.
  • Perform system and equipment audits.
  • Recommend network design changes based upon system review, test results, monitoring data and company requirements.
  • Participate in a 24/7 split on-call rotation providing technical support.


The Network Engineer's role is to administer and support for the global data communications network. The position includes participation in the design, development, installation, proactive monitoring, optimization, maintenance and support of all network hardware, software, policies, procedures and associated systems.

Qualified candidates may send their resume to:

Palace Gate Corporation is an information technology consulting and full-time placement firm that is committed to the success of our clients and our talented placements alike. Palace Gate is consistent in matching the right people with right opportunity. Our company approach is simple: understand our clients’ requirements, business needs and cultures in order to quickly identify the best resources to meet those needs and achieve business success. Palace Gate Corporation offers full medical and dental insurance, 401K, as well as weekly direct deposit.

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