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Senior Network Engineer
Company Lifespan
Location Providence, RI
Preferred GIAC Certifications GSEC
Travel 0%
Salary Not provided
Contact Name Scott Lussier
Contact Email scottlussier/at/
Expires 2021-04-21

Job Description

Reporting to the Manager of Network Engineering, the Senior Network Engineer is responsible for enterprise level design and expert level knowledge of Lifespan’s converged voice/data/video communications network. Incumbent focuses on architectural WAN/LAN engineering that encompasses performance, security, scalability, best practice design, and orchestration of service virtualization to provide application-aware, cost effective, network service delivery. Individual is responsible for performance management and reporting on all enterprise-wide networks within Lifespan, and extranet connections to business partners, providers, and vendors. Individual also provides expert level support for Infrastructure projects and personnel to assure a high value, widely accessible, comprehensive, integrated information network which meets customer needs. The position requires team leadership role in the development and control of all Lifespan communications infrastructure to provide high availability in local area, wide area and extranet networks.


Provides leadership in design engineering of enterprise-wide Network systems to provide optimized applications and communications performance, transport, and availability across the Lifespan local area, wide area, and extranet network locations.

Leads design and implementation projects involving next generation network technologies, including communications convergence and virtualization of service delivery. Designs architectural integrity (end to end) for successful implementation of new technologies. Provides expert level support to other engineers and network personnel within the team.

Leads projects to evaluate, test, select, and implement network hardware, software, and strategies for achieving security, high availability, and flexibility in all aspects of network delivery, including routers, switches, network appliances, application content management, and performance management/monitoring.

Performs network planning in all levels of network technologies, including convergence and virtualization technologies and competitive WAN connectivity protocols, to maximize return on investment.

Ensures best practice change management processes for all network devices.

Oversees configuration and firmware/software process for enterprise-wide routers, switches, communications appliances, and wide area network to maintain consistent configuration in keeping with vendor recommendations for patch level and error/bug handling.

Responsible for consolidation and reporting of network performance and capacity enterprise wide.

Responsible for maintaining documentation, drawings, designs for WAN, LAN, and VPN architecture enterprise-wide.

Researches and recommends new network technologies and upgrades to existing technologies to support business needs.

Acts as resource for IS department, system vendors, business partners, and other personnel with problem identification and resolution in all enterprise-wide network technologies.

Assists in determining the needs, structure, staffing and systems required to deliver world class Network voice/data/video communications capabilities to all Lifespan affiliates.

Promotes cost-saving, “green” technologies by investigating and implementing all opportunities for virtualization of network resources.

Provides support for all IS strategic and tactical projects, where network support is required.

Acts as liaison with Physician Practice extranet organizations, RHIO, and business partners with regard to the effective operation of network data/voice communications systems. Works with stakeholders to analyze needs, consider alternatives and develop cost effective solutions.

Establishes benchmark criteria on utilization of all enterprise-wide Wide Area and Local Area network services equipment. Recommends and implements actions necessary to meet the service level requirements of organization.

Maintains up-to-date technical knowledge by attending seminars, vendor presentations and reading professional literature.

Participates in councils, quality improvement teams and other such committees as required.

Maintains quality assurance, safety, environmental and infection control in accordance with established hospital and departmental policies, procedures and objectives.

Provides upper management with the following as required: new technology demonstrations and education; feasibility studies; affiliate needs and requirements; project plans; implementation strategies; budgetary and cost analysis; task preparedness; progress reports; documented customer feedback; and quarterly Network Services review.

Other information:


Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, IS, or related field preferred. Advanced degree a plus. Knowledge of Cisco and Juniper routing/switching architectures, network security, virtualization, and IP Telephony.


Five or more years increasingly more responsible related work experience in network systems analysis/design, including at least two years of related engineering experience reflecting network architectural design for a multi-site, wide area network infrastructure.

Experience should demonstrate knowledge in the following focus areas:

High availability, high capacity, multilayer (data/voice/video) network design
Switching and routing design, including embedded security/performance intelligence
Wide-area network protocols, including advanced, secure, logically partitioned network design
Extranet technologies, including firewall and Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Network topology design and performance assessment with focus on multilayer virtualization of service delivery
Unified Communications optimization and transport over network
Wireless networking, including LAN and outdoor point to point wireless implementations
Network disaster recovery
TCP/IP including IPv6
Project management experience
Excellent communication and presentation skills
Ability to design technical solutions to meet business needs


Normal office environment. Some off-hours work; some lifting of equipment required.