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IT Network Engineerat CDW Careers

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Focus Area: 
Information Technology
Post Date: 
Dec 28, 2021
Chicago, Illinois
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The IT Network Engineer installs, configures, deploys, tests, maintains, monitors, and troubleshoots CDW’s internal network components to provide a robust network communications platform.



Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Design robust, highly-available, high performance network infrastructure involving multiple distributed systems (including data center, LAN/WAN/WLAN/SDWAN, Internet, Load Balancers, Firewalls, Cloud, Automation, and Network Management Platforms). 
  • Specific responsibilities include installation, configuration, administration, upgrade and maintenance of complex systems. 
  • Maximize network performance by monitoring infrastructure; troubleshooting network problems and outages; scheduling upgrades; collaborating with 3rd party support resources and fellow IT engineers on network optimization. 
  • Support all data services across the enterprise; analyzes bandwidth requirements and may provide proactive cost and capacity planning. 
  • Lead network projects to support capacity growth, upgrades and new products/features, and integration. 
  • Act as tier 1 and tier 2 support for all network issues;  participate in on-call rotation. Must be available to work frequently during evenings and weekends. Up to 25% travel (domestic and international) is required. 
  • Participate in the diagnosis, isolation and resolution of network problems. Identifies and documents the root cause. 
  • Drive documentation of Standard Operating Procedure documents. 
  • Secure network system by enforcing policies; defining and monitoring access. 
  • Work closely with other departments/organizations and collaborates with other IT staff. 
  • Ensure the most cost-effective and efficient use of network infrastructure. Drives improvements in network process and standardization. 
  • Ensure compliance with change control processes and adherence to standards. 

Education and/or Experience Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience 
  • 3 years experience in a technical role 

Required Qualifications

  • Experienced with:
  • Complex IT Infrastructure
  • Network design, planning, and implementing scalable, highly available, mission critical network infrastructures.
  • Configuring and maintaining Cisco routers, switches, firewalls and wireless access points, as well as  LAN/WAN and Internet Technologies.
  • A variety of routing protocols including BGP, EIGRP, OSPF and RIP.
  • IP Address Management (including DHCP, DNS, NAT).
  • Layer 2/3 network concepts including spanning tree, VPC, VRF and VLAN design (example: Cisco Nexus/Catalyst switches).
  • Advanced knowledge of F5 GTM, LTM, APM, Big-IP.
  • Must have advanced troubleshooting skills (network devices and systems level).
  • Experienced with Network Analysis, Sniffer tools, and network management platforms.
  • Experience leading technical projects.
  • Thorough understanding of network security aspects, common problems and solutions (ACL, firewall filtering, and VPN).
  • Experience with change management control tools and policies.
  • Experience with Network Monitoring and other network administration tools: SolarWinds, Prime, InfoBlox.
  • Certification such as CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) or CCDP (Cisco Certified Design Professional, provided by Cisco.
  • Strong analytical, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the following skills: Cisco Routers, Cisco Switches, Cisco ASA Firewall, Wireless Access Points, Wireless Controllers, RADIUS, TACACS+, ISE, Layer 2/2, EIGRRP, BGP, Routing Protocols, NTP, SNMP, VLANs, VTP, VRF, Trunking, STP, HSRP, Ether Channel (PAgP, LACP), Multicasting, Whats up Gold, Wireshark, WildPackets, SolarWinds, Prime, OmniPeek, F5 Load Balancers, F5 APM,  F5 Big-IP, Riverbed, MPLS, VPN, Windows Server 2003/2008, MS products, Meraki network devices and SDWAN. Familiarity with cloud based technologies such as Azure, AWS, and Google.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A College degree in a technical track is preferred
  • 5+ years’ experience in a technical engineering role is preferred


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CDW is committed to maintaining a workplace that is free of known hazards and to ensuring the safety, health, and well-being of coworkers and candidates for employment and their families, as well as the community.

CDW requires all coworkers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with the only exceptions being a documented, legally required medical or religious accommodation.  Prior to starting with CDW, successful candidates will be required to: (i) be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide CDW with proof of full vaccination; or (ii) apply for and receive a medical or religious-based accommodation to be exempt from the mandatory vaccination policy.

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