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    Job Description
    TitleNetwork Infrastructure and Solutions Development and Deployment Consultant
    Job posted on05/05/2017
    Contract typePermanent
    Start datewithin 2 months
    Job Description

    We are looking to further enhance our team by adding a

    Network Infrastructure and Solutions Development and Deployment Consultant

    You will be based initially for 2 years at our client’s headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany. Extension of a further 2 years may be possible. In this large European Agency you will find an excellent and modern working environment with challenging tasks and responsibilities.

    Your Tasks:

    Leveraged Comms Team

    The Consultant shall be part of a leveraged (all-mission) team, requiring the ability to switch rapidly between the multitudes of roles (e.g. project support, operations) as required. The team support the full range of Comms Systems, from provision of support to new networks systems requirement and design, support of operational systems (and those transitioning to operations status, and integration of legacy systems and their eventual replacement or decommissioning.

    The Comms Team performs the following activities:

    Specification of customer networking needs for both LAN and WAN systems.

    Identification, extraction/collection, analysis & consolidation of required data flows and specification of their characteristics.

    Assessment and definition of customer networking needs, plus analysis of existing infrastructure, specification of incremental and consolidated requirements on network infrastructure and systems.

    Specification of the customer network solution - purpose and scope, high-level functional/architectural design description and justification, detailed description of logical and physical design incl. redundancy behaviour.

    Operation and maintenance of current in-situ networks on a 24/7 basis.

    Design, procurement and provision of dedicated operations voice/video support systems.

    Performs out-of-hours scheduled maintenance activities in support of services delivered to the ICT Unit.

    In providing consultancy to developing and deploying network infrastructure and solutions for current and emerging operational networks, the Consultant shall be required to carry out the following tasks:

    Network infrastructure and solutions design

    From networking customer, user, or business needs, identification, extraction/collection, analysis & consolidation of network use cases – e.g. extraction of required data flows and specification of their characteristics.

    Specification of network design and/or solution.

    Specification of integration, verification and testing.

    Network infrastructure and solutions deployment

    Specification, set-up and running of Proof-of-concept / prototype.

    Specifying, planning and scheduling of deployment (installation, migration/integration).

    Performing and coordinating deployment, in coordination with customers and peers.

    Perform verification testing, hand-over to customer. Support customer validation testing.

    Provide cross-team presentation and training on deployed network infrastructure and solution.

    Technical interface and liaison with Service Providers and suppliers.

    Support to procurements of network infrastructure

    Provide consultancy for procurements of network equipment and provider services (provide equipment specification and costs estimation, provide service specification, compile detailed equipment lists, contribute to evaluation and comparison of offers on service and/or equipment).

    Contribute, as expert, to evaluation of offers for network equipment and provider services.

    Network systems and services anomaly handling and troubleshooting.

    Provision of standby/call-out support and 1st line troubleshooting following an agreed rota.

    In the performance of the above listed tasks, the Consultant shall apply Client configuration and change control procedures as well as the relevant system engineering standards, quality management procedures and maintenance procedures.

    The Consultant is expected to generate and maintain documentation as an essential part of the tasks above. This may comprise writing and reviewing requirement and design specifications, change proposals, preparing documents supporting procurements, reviewing data packages belonging to technical inspections and reviews, writing and reviewing the as-built communication and network solution specification, writing/reviewing test reports and overall status reports.


    Your Profile:

    Domain, engineering and technology skills, experience & knowledge

    In addition to having a university degree (or equivalent), the key person shall have at least 5 years of proven knowledge and hands-on experience in several of the following mandatory skills areas (a minimum of 6 are expected):

    Understanding of the business needs imposed by satellite ground systems environments (or similar) on networking, experience of translating these into needs on network infrastructure, functions and systems.

    Experience of network systems and solutions engineering in these environments throughout their lifecycle, of carrying out (specifying, preparing, planning and executing) network engineering activities, including their coordination and technical guidance, working with peer, customers/users and other stakeholders involved in the activities;

    In-depth knowledge of Cisco technology and solutions for these environments. It will be considered beneficial if the key person holds a current Cisco certification or is able to substantiate equivalent experience.

    Experience of working in and applying the above skills in high-availability, always-on production environments, driven by high availability requirements.

    Experience of interacting with suppliers of network products and service providers.

    In addition, knowledge and hands-on experience with the following is considered very desirable:

    Experience of supporting procurements of network equipment and services.

    Ability to present - verbally and in writing - network solutions and systems in a comprehensible way, with the specific ability to explain relevant details while keeping the focus on the overall system aspects. Ability to translate IT jargon into customer business terms.

    Demonstrated capability of technical authoring (structure/organisation of concept, design, deployment and test specification documents, and of creating and working with technical network diagrams (Visio)).

    For supporting documentation tasks, experience is required with:

    Microsoft Office Suite, including MS-Visio.


    The variety of the tasks and the scope of the systems to be supported require a high degree of autonomy and good analytical skills.

    Other skills

    The official languages are English and French. The working language for the position is English and therefore the key person must be able to work effectively in this language.

    The key person shall be able to conduct all activities in an orderly and disciplined manner, shall be able to work calmly and correctly under stress and must be able to work without supervision.

    The key person shall also be assessed for the following skills and qualities:

    Ability to commit to the plan and deliver the expected results on time or to report proactively if any deviations are foreseen.

    Taking ownership of problems through to effective resolution.

    ITIL and direct experience in change and configuration management.

    Some knowledge of German (not mandatory).



    REFERENCE: 17-214296

    LOCATION: Darmstadt, Germany


    CLOSING DATE: 16th May 2017

    MOLTEK has been serving the space and aerospace industries since 1995, providing international consultancy services for a wide variety of clients from private and public corporations to national and international authorities and agencies.

    Contact information
    CompanyMoltek Consultants Ltd
    Contact namePeter Clarke
    AddressThe Business Centre
    Green Road
    United Kingdom
    TN12 8JS
    Phone+44(0)1892 725000
    Fax+44(0)1892 725001
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