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Senior Network Engineer

The Senior Network Engineer is responsible for the overall global corporate network, the trading co-location facilities, and the ultra-high-performance, ultra-low-latency network interactions with the financial markets and communications between the company’s various network nodes.  The individual will be a member of a growing team, and will be responsible, planning and execution, 24x7 operational management and support, and vendor management for telecommunications services, co-location facilities, and network/communication device suppliers and manufacturers.

-Spearhead the design and delivery of high-performance network solutions, with the objective of creating and maintaining a world leading global trading network with the lowest latency communication possible.
-Take ownership and accountability for all company network communications, including network operations and infrastructure projects.
-Monitor and support network to provide superior availability of the overall network and apply utmost of urgency and responsiveness to resolve any network unavailability issues.
-Maximize network performance by monitoring performance, troubleshooting incidents, scheduling upgrades and relentlessly seeking opportunities for optimization, particularly for connectivity to markets/exchanges and a variety of data providers.

-Bachelor’s degree in Networking/Communications or Computer Engineering; Masters degree preferred.
-10+ years in the field of high-performance communications, preferably applied to financial markets trading.
-CCIE Certification in Routing and Switching is preferred.
-Extensive experience with various routing protocols (BGP, OSPF, EIGRP, ARP, IP, IGMP, PIM and other networking protocols), switches, firewalls, TCP/IP, multicast, various device manufacturers, and WAN/LAN monitoring methods including syslog, SNMP and microsecond/nanosecond performance analysis.
-Exceptional and extensive knowledge of network architectures, design, protocols, troubleshooting and packet-level analysis, including strong prior experience with multicast network design and analysis.
-Experience with high performance wireless and fiber communications, including the use of DWDM.
-Experience with high performance electronic trading and extremely high market data update rates.
-Strong appreciation for the need for ultra-fast communications understanding of the electronic trading landscape.
-Prior experience with IP Telephony preferred.
-Strong organization skills and the ability to juggle many simultaneous initiatives and priorities, comprehensively plan, and prioritize individual and team activities in line with company objectives.
-Strong sense of urgency and responsiveness.
-Superb oral and written communication skills.
-Strong vendor management skills.
-Ability to make decisions and recommend solutions based on a combination of experience, instinct, and facts.

Desired Personal Characteristics
-Has the ability to be a visionary with respect to evolving networking and data communications opportunities and trends to always stay a step ahead of the competition in terms of speed and reliability.
-Is adept at identifying emerging network technology opportunities and presenting and justifying compelling supporting business cases.
-Produces clear, concise and logically structured oral and written communications, appropriate for technical and semi-technical audiences.
-Possesses strong intellectual curiosity to continually learn and always continually improve.
-Demonstrates a high level of ownership and accountability for area of responsibility.
-Fosters a “one team” approach. Is a team-oriented player capable of sharing a vision and rallying the organization to respond to business opportunities.
-Encourages others to provide ideas, input, and creativity, and openly evaluates and considers others’ ideas.
-Leads by example, and demonstrates a high level of personal and business ethics.
-Is able to handle pressure and time constraints with composure.
-Demands high standards of work, including thoroughness and completeness.
-Demonstrates strong ability to coach, mentor, train, and motivate less experienced colleagues.
-Has strong organizational skills, including planning and prioritization capabilities.
-Has a passion for winning.

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