CenturyLink LEAD IT SYSTEMS ENGINEER in Winnersh, United Kingdom

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) at http://www.centurylink.com is a global communications and IT services company focused on connecting its customers to the power of the digital world. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, big data analytics, managed security services, hosting, cloud, and IT consulting services. The company provides broadband, voice, video, advanced data and managed network services over a robust 265,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 360,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink at http://www.centurylink.com/ for more information.

Job Summary

The Hosting Network & Security Technical Service Engineer (TSE) is a technical specialist working as part of a Hosting Operations team.

The TSE is responsible for leading the technical relationship of one or more Centurylink clients on a tactical day to day basis, liaising closely and supporting, where appropriate, strategic initiatives led by the client account team. They will provide superior support to a subset of Centurylink customers in a complex network and/or hosting solutions environment. The TSE will review, approve and execute change requests to ensure successful change management. They will troubleshoot systems and network incidents to provide the maximum availability and optimal Mean Time To Repair. The TSE will be responsible for ensuring a positive customer relationship. They will ensure the Operations Centre has all documentation necessary to understand and support their clients. The candidate will be qualified to a CCNP/JNCIS level or a similar proven track record of experience.

Job Description

  • Resolving first, second and third level support problems

  • Escalating to the relevant Engineering team as required, promptly following procedures and ensuring management is updated accordingly.

  • Ensuring the customer and ticket is up to date at all times on incident progress.

  • Maintain, troubleshoot and co-ordinate replacement of faulty hardware.

  • Involved in the execution of client change requests in a timely manner as planned by Customer Account Manager, Engineering and Command Centre Manager.

  • Escalation of critical issues/outages to Command Centre Manager and Customer Account Manager as per procedures.

  • Provide detailed feedback to other groups on all incident resolutions, ensuring full details are entered into ticket case notes.

  • Daily review and action of open cases; updating Command Centre Manager on current cases and their status as appropriate.

  • To provide comprehensive handovers to peers at the end of shift.

  • Creative problem-solving to identify the source of problems

  • Create or update documentation including network diagrams, procedures, and policies to ensure consistent support of customer environments

  • Through customer consultation, realize growth opportunities for production customer environments.

  • Provide guidance to adjacent support tiers to assist in resolution of complex network, system and security incidents

  • Provide and obtain timely updates to/from relevant parties (internal and external)

  • Partner with the Problem Management Centre to reduce re-occurring incidents

  • Provide consultative assistance to the Operations Centre during off hours as needed

  • Review system and network configurations with Service Delivery to ensure successful implementation of services into production

  • Perform incident trend analysis to promote a stable solution within the environment.

  • Logging cases to 3rd party vendors requesting assistance on unresolved issues.

  • Other duties as assigned


  • A commitment to delivering a superior customer experience through direct interaction with customers during support and change management

  • Confident and Professional dealing directly with customers.

  • Outgoing team player with the ability to liaise with other team members and take the lead on decision making.

  • Positive and Pro Active attitude.

  • Working knowledge/understanding of Microsoft products.

  • Troubleshooting basic Server problems.

  • Ability to work under pressure.

  • Supportive and committed team player.

  • Experience of using Ticket Management tools.

  • Escalations are performed within the SLA timescales.

  • Good commutations with customers is required throughout incident lifecycles.

  • Engineering and Senior Management are kept abreast of appropriate escalations.

  • Analytical skills.

  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Be organised and be able to work under pressure.

  • Detailed working knowledge of a range of networking and security technologies, including:

  • Cisco switches and routers

  • Juniper switches and routers

  • F5 Big-IP load balancers

  • Check Point and Cisco ASA

  • Able to demonstrate understanding of key networking concepts, including:

  • Layer 2 and layer 3 switching and routing

  • Routing protocols such as BGP and OSPF

  • Security solutions such as firewalls, IDS/IPS, VPN, and SSL Certificates

  • Load balancing best practices

  • In-depth troubleshooting and strong analytical skills.

  • Use of packet capturing technologies such as Wireshark and NetScout.

  • Knowledge of platform technologies including Microsoft Windows, Unix and/or Linux.

  • Preferred Requirements

  • Ability to design, implement, and support iRules for F5 BIG-IP appliances.

  • Knowledge of other network and security technologies, including:

  • Palo Alto firewalls

  • A10 load balancers

  • ACI/SDN next generation networking

  • Knowledge of other network and security services

  • Cloud services

  • A degree in IT or equivalent proven experience in technical support roles for high-availability data centre infrastructures.

  • Project management experience

  • ITIL accreditation


Masters or Equivalent

Bachelors or Equivalent

Alternate Location: UK-Berkshire-Winnersh

Requisition #: 198410

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