Network & Security Engineer

Manchester Metropolitan University
GBP 60,000 - 80,000
Job description

IT & Digital is central to where we are going as a university and the experience, we offer to both our professional colleagues and our students. The work we do impacts significantly on both the personal and learning experience of those who study here. We are committed to developing and maintaining highly usable, fast, flexible, and personalised Information Systems services that reflect the changing needs of our growing university.

This role is based in the Infrastructure and Operations department of IT & Digital, but specifically within the Network & Security Operations core function. The primary objective of Network & Security Operations is to manage the University's IT network infrastructure to assist IT & Digital and the wider University in developing systems and services that align to supporting strategic objectives.

We are looking for a skilled Network Engineer to spearhead the upgrade of our Cisco network switches across our campus. The chosen candidate will play a pivotal role in modernizing our network infrastructure to enhance performance, reliability, and security.


· Lead the planning and execution of Cisco network switch upgrades across the campus.

· Evaluate current network infrastructure and recommend necessary upgrades and enhancements.

· Configure and deploy Cisco Catalyst switches and related hardware.

· Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure seamless integration of upgraded switches with existing network components.

· Conduct thorough testing and troubleshooting to ensure optimal performance and minimal downtime.

· Implement and enforce network security measures to protect against cyber threats.

· Document all network configurations, changes, and procedures.


· Bachelor's degree in computer science, Information Technology, or a related field experience.

· Proven experience in designing, implementing, and managing Cisco network switches.

· Deep understanding of Cisco switch technologies, including VLANs, STP, VTP, and EtherChannel.

· Proficiency in configuring and troubleshooting Cisco Catalyst switches.

· Strong knowledge of network security principles and best practices.

· Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail.

· Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.

· Effective communication and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

· Cisco certifications (e.g., CCNA, CCNP) are highly desirable.

· Experience with network monitoring and management tools.

· Familiarity with software-defined networking (SDN) concepts and technologies.

Working at Manchester Met: Manchester Met is a great place to work, and you will be part of a great team. We are ambitious for

our staff; ourselves and we recognise the key contribution our colleagues make by Staff being one of our four strategic priorities.

In addition to a great working environment, you will have access to the University facilities including sport, library and wide range of benefits including health and wellbeing support.

We offer a competitive salary alongside an industry beating pension scheme. We also offer generous holiday packages, which include 35 days per year holiday, plus Christmas shutdown, plus bank holidays.

Please apply by submitting a CV and covering letter. If you would like to join our people and share our ambition, we would love to hear from you.

Manchester Met University is committed to creating an intentionally inclusive culture of belonging that promotes equity and celebrates diversity. We understand the importance of having a diverse workforce and the benefits it can bring to ensuring diversity of thought and innovation in everything we do. We, therefore, encourage applications from people from ethnic minority groups, disabled people and people who identify as LGBTQIA+.

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