Network Automation Engineer

Network Automation Engineer

Location and Work Schedule: Primarily remote, Scott AFB is strongly preferred. Ability to commute to a DISA site (Scott,  Ford Island) as needed to support production deployments and troubleshooting.

Primary Responsibilities:

This individual will assist in the design, development, testing, deployment, troubleshooting and incident/problem management for the SDN components.

  • Design, develop, document, test and deploy network automation workflows written in Python and Java on the Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) platform.
  • Develop network orchestration and management workflows on the Itential Automation Platform.
  • Integrate network automations with network devices, including Cisco ASR9K and Juniper MX series routers.
  • Develop automated tests using Ansible, Selenium, JMeter, Junit and/or other applicable tools.
  • Work with an Agile team, attend daily scrums and demonstrate working software while collaborating with a geographically distributed (remote) team.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve installation, infrastructure and system issues.
  • Proactively and independently identify, report, monitor, and mitigate technical risks.
  • Frequently communicate and collaborate with other team members to ensure successful completion of project objectives.

Must Haves

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in a relevant technical discipline and least 7 years of experience is required.
  • Interest in developing network automation/configuration/orchestration capabilities. (Network configuration/automation experience a definite plus.)
  • Senior level software development experience in Python and/or Java in a Linux environment. (Experience with Cisco NSO or Itential a definite plus.)

Basic Qualifications

  • Software Defined Networking experience, particularly experience with Cisco NSO and Itential.
  • Network configuration experience, specifically with Juniper or Cisco routers, to include protocols such as BGP, MPLS, VPLS, Pseudowires and QoS.
  • Experience developing network automations on a Linux platform.
  • Strong communication skills that enable proactive and effective collaboration with a virtual team.
  • DoD Secret clearance or ability to obtain interim Secret clearance prior to start date
  • Security+ certification or equivalent DoD 8570 IAT II certification within 60 days of start date

Preferred Qualifications

  • Full software lifecycle experience (design, development, test, deployment), including deployment to a production environment.
  • Experience developing software in an Agile environment, including the ability to quickly learn new technologies on a rapidly growing project.
  • Backend Java and Python software development experience that includes JSON/REST web services development, as well as the parsing, generation and validation of JSON.
  • Software analysis and design experience, including the ability to research, analyze, select and design integrations for APIs, as well as develop extensions/plugins for existing tools/components.
  • Experience creating software design artifacts, including the creation of functional, technical, and architectural design documentation as well as test cases and installation, deployment and configuration documentation.
  • Experience with distributed version control software such as Git and Bitbucket.
  • Experience developing software using SDN modeling languages and protocols such as YANG, NETCONF and RESTCONF.
  • Experience designing and building automated software testing pipelines using Ansible, Selenium, JMeter, Junit and/or other applicable tools.
  • Experience designing, building and deploying DevOps pipelines with Bitbucket, Git, Jenkins, Artifactory and Ansible (or equivalent tools).
  • Web development experience, specifically using HTML, JavaScript and UI frameworks such as React.
  • Experience with Atlassian tools, including JIRA and Confluence.
  • Experience working remotely with a geographically dispersed team.
  • Experience developing and deploying software in a DoD environment (DISA experience is a plus), including experience building and deploying software applications that meet DoD security standards, including updating applications and code to meet security scans and meeting security implementation guidelines (e.g. STIGs).

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