Network Engineer

Posted 23 November 2023
Salary £450 - £480 per day
Job type Contract
Contact NameJack Heath

Job description

Network Engineer

Start Date: 8th January 2024
Contract Length: 12 Month
Location / Remote Working: Remote - 20% travelling to site. - London, South East, Scotland, East of England, and West Midlands

Pay Rate: £450 - £480 (Depending on Experience)
IR35: Inside
Engagement Method Offered: PAYE

The company seeks a skilled Inside Plant and Design Support Engineer to join its Edge and Network Services team. This team oversees the deployment and support of one of the world's most extensive and intricate networks. As a member of this team, you will have the privilege of contributing to all facets of networking. Your responsibilities will encompass the design and implementation of capacity planning for all physical infrastructure on a global scale, including MV/LV space, power, cooling, cabling, and other infrastructure considerations within external/internal POP/CLS and ILA facilities.


  • Oversee the planning and design of global space and power infrastructure for POPs, CLS, and ILAs.

  • Collaborate with stakeholders to determine the sizing and specifications of utilities, switchgear, UPS/DC power plants, PDUs, mechanical cooling, and LV distribution systems.

  • Manage global space, power, cabling, and other inside plant infrastructure requirements for edge networks, ensuring they meet both current and future needs.

  • Actively engage with data centre operators to evaluate their facilities and recommend improvements to align with the company's standard design baseline requirements.

  • Develop a multi-year (2-5 year) proactive plan for space, power, cooling, cabling, and other infrastructure requirements to meet forecasted demand trends.

  • Create optimised layouts for edge site floor plans, allocating space for network functions, optical, backbone, IP, compute, and other components.

  • Deliver timely engineering design packages related to site infrastructure for sourcing and network investment teams.

  • Generate capacity reports to analyse long-term trends and industry directions, enabling forecasting and budgeting for future growth. Monitor capacity thresholds and initiate proactive builds to expand inventory in accordance with edge and backbone deployment forecasts.

  • Collaborate closely with partner and XFN teams to provide input on space/power requirements, deployment projects, and other major initiatives that may impact capacity.

  • Maintain proactive communication and adopt a product and customer-centric mindset.

  • Manage key vendor relationships, including contract negotiations, pricing, and evaluation of current and potential partnerships.

  • Occasional travel (20%) is required.

Essential Skill Set:

  • Education: A minimum Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering is required. Proficiency in MEP-focused PE/CE engineering is highly preferred.

  • Experience: A minimum of 10 years of experience working in Data Centre Planning and Design is essential. Proven expertise in reading and analysing Electrical/Mechanical single line diagrams is a must.

  • Technical Expertise: Possess in-depth knowledge of various regional Data Centre electrical and cooling configurations, IEC, NEMA standards, AC/DC power, and power redundancy scenarios. Familiarity with the engineering principles of infrastructure architecture (space line up, air flow, cooling, etc.) is crucial.

  • Data Centre Knowledge: Thorough understanding of Data Centre, Collocations, and Remote Hut environments, including engineering principles related to power and other infrastructure, is mandatory.

  • Optical Network Expertise: Experience with optical network design, installation, and maintenance for service providers or enterprise networks is required. Familiarity with field-based work in POPs, carrier hotels, data centres, and Central Office environments is desirable.

  • Optical Theory and Transport: Possess basic knowledge of optical theory, transport technologies, and the operation of optical transport systems.

  • Soft Skills: Demonstrate strong analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills.

  • Power System Experience: Hands-on experience with Power system equipment, including DC Power Plant, UPS, PDUs, and MV system, is essential.

  • Carrier Communication: Proven ability to communicate and direct tasks with carriers remotely.

  • Problem-solving: Demonstrated experience analysing situations, utilising troubleshooting experience, systems, and tools, and problem-solving.

  • Supervision: Ability to work independently with limited supervision.

  • Project Management: Possess project management and organisational experience.

  • Global Teamwork: Experience working in a global team environment.

  • Software Proficiency: Working knowledge of Revit/AutoCAD/Bluebeam/BIM360 etc. is required.