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IT Network Architect

Company: Sedgwick
Location: Naperville
Posted on: March 17, 2023

Job Description:

Taking care of people is at the heart of everything we do, and we start by taking care of you, our valued colleague. A career at Sedgwick means experiencing our culture of caring. It means having flexibility and time for all the things that are important to you. It's an opportunity to do something meaningful, each and every day. It's having support for your mental, physical, financial and professional needs. It means sharpening your skills and growing your career. And it means working in an environment that celebrates diversity and is fair and inclusive.A career at Sedgwick is where passion meets purpose to make a positive impact on the world through the people and organizations we serve. If you are someone who is driven to make a difference, who enjoys a challenge and above all, if you're someone who cares, there's a place for you here. Join us and contribute to Sedgwick being a great place to work.Great Place to Work -Most Loved Workplace -Forbes Best-in-State EmployerIT Network Architect**PRIMARY PURPOSE** : To design, implement and support the data network infrastructure for the global enterprise. To function as the SME (Subject Matter Expert) for developing contemporary data network solutions that seamlessly integrates the internet, hybrid clouds and our internal network using emerging and cutting-edge capabilities and functionality.**ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS and RESPONSIBILITIES**+ Configures and installs software, servers, routers and other network devices; monitors network performance and integrity.+ Automates tasks and monitors their effectiveness.+ Performs network modeling, analysis, and planning. This includes HA/DR and resiliency planning/design/implementation as well as capacity planning and peering strategies.+ Develops mid- and long-term strategies for network platforms global and domestic.+ Works with vendors to research and understand current technologies and recommends network and data communications changes (hardware and software) to maintain a forward thinking best-in-class network.+ Leads the determination of network requirements for large changes and new implementations.+ Acts as the network liaison with networking and infrastructure vendors/partners to insure they follow network standards and guidelines.+ Acts as SME to troubleshoot and resolve complex network issues working with other technology departments/groups.+ Collaborates with technical management to architect networks that effectively reflect business needs, service-level and availability requirements, and other technology parameters.+ Partners with IT teams to define the most optimal firewall designs and insure firewall rule changes do not disrupt the network.+ Communicates the role and values of the network to the organization and presents the business case for technology investments.+ Responsible for the architecture of the global backbone and datacenter infrastructures.+ Develops appropriate literature and documentation to clearly articulate architectures.+ Acts as an advocate for the network and architectures, ensuring support and acceptance of strategy across the global engineering groups.**ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS and RESPONSIBILITIES**+ Performs other duties as assigned.+ Supports the organization's quality program(s).+ Travels as required.**QUALIFICATIONS****Education & Licensing**Bachelor's degree with major in Information Systems or Management from an accredited college or university preferred. Master's degree strongly preferred. Professional certification (Cisco Certified Network Professional "CCNP", Cisco Certified Design Professional "CCDP", Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert "CCIE") preferred.**Experience**Eight (8) years of related experience or equivalent combination of education or experience required to include seven (7) years of progressive experience designing, developing, implementing and supporting large/global scale enterprise networks with diverse solutions from multiple vendors. Five (5) years of the above experience in an architecture or design capacity and/or project management role is required.**Skills & Knowledge**+ Solid knowledge in network administration and architecture+ Advanced knowledge of backbone and edge routing policy, engineering, and operation in a multi-transit, multi-peer environment+ Advanced knowledge of datacenter clustering technologies, load-balancing and scalable architectures+ Understanding of modern router architecture including interworking of control plane and forwarding plane, switch fabric, and egress queuing+ Expertise in designing scalable and reliable networking architecture+ Knowledge of virtualization, cloud computing, and hybrid cloud infrastructure+ Advanced problem-solving skills+ Ability to mentor other network colleagues+ Ability to perform vendor negotiations+ Good oral and written communication, including presentation skills+ PC literate, including Microsoft Office products+ Analytical and interpretive skills+ Strong organizational skills+ Ability to work in a team environment+ Ability to meet or exceed Performance Competencies**WORK ENVIRONMENT**When applicable and appropriate, consideration will be given to reasonable accommodations.**Mental** **:** Clear and conceptual thinking ability; excellent judgment, troubleshooting, problem solving, analysis, and discretion; ability to handle work-related stress; ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously; and ability to meet deadlines**Physical** **:** Computer keyboarding, travel as required**Auditory/Visual** **:** Hearing, vision and talkingThe statements contained in this document are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by a colleague assigned to this description. They are not intended to constitute a comprehensive list of functions, duties, or local variances. Management retains the discretion to add or to change the duties of the position at any time.Sedgwick is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace.**If you're excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, consider applying for it anyway! Sedgwick is building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace and recognizes that each person possesses a unique combination of skills, knowledge, and experience. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.****Taking care of people is at the heart of everything we do. Caring counts**Sedgwick is a leading global provider of technology-enabled risk, benefits and integrated business solutions. Every day, in every time zone, the most well-known and respected organizations place their trust in us to help their employees regain health and productivity, guide their consumers through the claims process, protect their brand and minimize business interruptions. Our more than 30,000 colleagues across 80 countries embrace our shared purpose and values as they demonstrate what it means to work for an organization committed to doing the right thing - one where caring counts. Watch this video to learn more about us. (

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