Juniper Network Architect at Zopa
London, GB
At Zopa, we’re shaping the future of finance.
We offer simple loans and smart investments that help people take control of their finances and do more with their money. In the 12 years we’ve been in business, we’ve helped more than 60,000 people lend over £3 billion to 246,000 UK consumers.
And our journey’s only just beginning. In November 2016 we announced our plans to build a next generation bank so that we can bring a greater range of smart, ethical finance products to even more people.
Role Overview
We are seeking an innovative and accomplished Network Professional ideally with previous experience working in the Financial Services sector, to join the team responsible for the Zopa’s IT and network infrastructure encompassing office, co-location and Cloud sites. 
As a Network Professional, you will be at the top of the hands-on scale and likely be a Juniper Network Architect who wants to return to, or maintain an amount of hands-on activity. This role will be responsible for the design, implementation and escalated support of network solutions to meet the company’s business needs.
Additionally, you will be required to keep abreast of emerging technologies and innovations to ensure we stay agile and to help maintain our market position for time to market delivery; designing solutions for projects to deploy or upgrade existing infrastructure. You'll also manage Zopa’s network suppliers and measure network performance, implement network security and design solutions for network interconnects to allow the company to utilise third party services. Curating and nurturing Zopa’s network infrastructure, you will ensure we maintain software and firmware levels as required by vendors and security compliance, compiling and testing work packages and overseeing their implementation to ensure that standards and requirements are met.
You'll be working closely with other infrastructure, software engineering, and business units, to ensure a 24/7 operations and availability of our consumer facing services. Out of office hours on-call may be required as a point of escalation, to ensure issues are attended to swiftly. We offer a fantastic Central London location with a creative, professional yet friendly, collaborative and social environment. 

Key requirements

    • Thorough understanding of enterprise network technologies and how they fit into a financial company's technical infrastructure
    • Excellent experience and knowledge in IP & MPLS network Strong Network Routing Protocols Strong experience and knowledge in Cloud & Data Centre solutions
    • Proven hands-on network engineering & operations experience including Juniper, F5, Cisco
    • JNCIE-JNCIP or CCIE or equivalent
    • Knowledge of JUNOS and Juniper SRX, QFX, MX and EX -series products very desirable
    • Deep understanding of networking protocols (e.g., IPSEC, HSRP, BGP, OSPF, 802.11, QoS)
    • Experience in network function virtualization (NFV) and/or software defined network (SDN)
    • Hands-on experience with monitoring, network diagnostic and network analytics tools
    • Understanding of Enterprise Architecture, on-premises and cloud IT environments
    • University degree in Computer Science or a related subject or equivalent experience in Cisco/Juniper
    • ITIL experience
    • Strong technical competencies resulting from previous working experience at expert level within an IT operational or support environment.
    • Experience of Amazon Web Services and/or Google Cloud Platform
    • Virtualisation, containers, Kubernetes knowledge and experience desired
    • Passionate about SDN and enabling Self-service Dev environments
    • 09:00 to 17:30 weekdays, plus out of hours for escalation on critical business impacting issues

Personal attributes

    • Excellent succinct but detailed communication skills, written and verbal
    • Excellent interpersonal, influencing skills, interacting appropriately with technical and business resources, driven but courteous
    • Strong analytical/fault finding/diagnostics/trouble-shooting skills
    • Methodical approach to problem solving and attention to detail
    • Flexible and ‘can-do’ attitude
    • Effective time management skills; with the ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously, prioritizing tasks, shifting priorities, fluctuating workloads, deadline pressures
    • Collaborative team member with strong communication and interpersonal skills
    • Focus on customer experience and service delivery
We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.