Network Engineer

Network Engineer

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Dunstable, England
Job Type
Permanent Job
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Date Posted
9 months ago
Marina James
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Network Engineer

Network Engineer | Dunstable | Permanent

We have an exciting opportunity for a Network Engineer within our Support Centre in Dunstable. Looking for the opportunity to deliver a scalable software-defined network to new a 1,200 locations? Would you like the chance to be involved with bleeding-edge technologies? If so, then we would love to hear from you!

Whitbread is about to embark on one of the biggest network transformations in the industry, and our new core network has a fabric running at 40Gbps, running out of multiple data centres, with near instantaneous stateful failover of services. We’re serious about the services and experiences we provide to our staff and guests, and we’re looking for people who are equally serious to join our Networks team.

With more than 1,800 WAN links, 3,000 switches, and 40,000 access points, our network is every bit as big as our brand.


About the role:

Our network engineering team here at Whitbread are facing an exciting period of growth and there is a real opportunity to have ownership of the Whitbread network, including performance, capacity and lifecycle management.

We\'re expanding our team to deliver SD-WAN, LAN, WAN, WiFi, Telephony, Cloud projects across:

Premier Inn

Restaurants (Beefeater, Bar and Block, Brewers Fayre, Table Table, Thyme.

Head Office

We are proud of our tech stack, you\'ll have the opportunity to work with Juniper, Cisco, Meraki, HP Aruba.


What you’ll be doing:

Designing and implementing new network solutions and/or improving the efficiency of current networks

Monitoring network performance and ensure system availability and reliability

Monitor system resource utilisation, trending, and capacity planning

Work within established configuration and change management policies to ensure awareness, approval and success of changes made to the network infrastructure

Select and implement security tools, policies, and procedures in conjunction with Information Security

Installing, configuring and supporting network equipment including routers, security appliances, switches, wireless access points, and similar

Procuring network equipment and managing subcontractors and third-parties involved with network installation

Maximising network performance through ongoing monitoring and troubleshooting

Arranging scheduled upgrades

Investigating faults in the network, working collaboratively with the Network Services third-party

Updating network equipment to the latest firmware releases

Ensure that virtual maintenance processes (including those of external service providers) are conducted in line with corporate social responsibility, environmental and technical policies and applicable standards and legislation.

Implement and manage status reporting, metrics and benchmarks of network status and performance to key stakeholders.

Conduct relationships with major vendors and service providers to ensure services they provide cost-effectively meet the needs of the organisation.

Engage with Architecture function to ensure product and technical alignment to architecture strategy.

Work with the Information Security and Internal Audit to ensure that the platform is effectively secured and that risks are mitigated.

Review and accept new releases of software from vendors, and manage the deployment of software into the managed estate.

Ensure Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity tests are planned and manage the execution of such tests within Whitbread.


What you’ll need:

Solid understanding of the Meraki cloud-managed infrastructure system

Solid understanding of the OSI and TCP/IP model

Cisco infrastructure devices (switching/routing)

Deep understanding of networking protocols (e.g., IPSEC, HSRP, BGP, OSPF, 802.11, QoS)

Solid understanding of 802.1x authentication

The latest industry trends / standards / tools / technologies / trends for technical solutions management in the enterprise networking arena. 

Demonstrable, strong working knowledge of ITIL Service Management framework and process areas


Whitbread is an inclusive employer. We believe that everyone is unique and there should be no barriers to entry and no limits to ambition. We welcome your application whatever your background or situation. Under-represented groups such as women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities & members of the LGBTQ+ community (those who identify as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, trans sexual, non binary or use another term), are strongly encouraged to build a career with us. We are open to part-time and flexible working and, where possible, will try to support this.

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