Network Architect

Leeds, United Kingdom
02 Oct 2021
31 Dec 2021

Founded in 1856 by Thomas Burberry, Burberry is a global luxury brand with a distinctly British attitude. We are a global business with an extensive network of both owned and franchised stores across EMEIA, Asia Pacific and Americas. We are digital pioneers, and innovative technology underpins every aspect of our business, from product design to distribution and marketing. We believe that modern luxury means being socially and environmentally responsible; this mindset is core to our business and key to our long-term success.


The Network Architect will be responsible for supporting the strategy and delivering a global roadmap for network services . This is a key role within the Global Network & Infrastructure Organisation which will work closely with the business to ensure solutions, products and services meet business requirements and demands.


  • Network architecture, strategy and roadmap.
  • Innovation and emerging technologies.
  • Proof-of-Concept projects, lab trials, vendor/technology evaluation.
  • Customer/partner engagements.
  • Working closely with fellow Network Architects and Security Architects, other functional area Technical Architects, Programme and project managers, and wider business users to ensure robust, highly performing, reliable and scalable network solutions are in place throughout all IT systems and platforms.
  • Leading the development of network evolution use cases and long-term network architecture in collaboration with business stakeholders, partners and fellow technical architects.
  • Designing and recommending network solutions to align with business, process and application requirements.
  • Providing advice and consultation to various teams throughout the business on matters relating to network design and operation, including mentoring of network engineers and analysts.
  • Identifying gaps and requirements, ultimately researching, designing and delivering WAN/LAN and other networking-related solutions.
  • Delivering business cases for various solution architectures, and high level design.
  • Carrying out procurement and vendor selection, through to low level implementation and handover to operational teams.


  • A minimum of 8 Years' experience working within the network operations and delivery space
  • Excellent listening and communications skills, both verbal and written.
  • Organised, detail oriented and self-motivated.
  • Can work individually but wants to be part of a highly motivated team with lots of ambition.
  • Ability to provide and maintain detailed documentation on each project.
  • Ability to build positive and collaborative relationships.
  • Willingness to develop professionally.
  • A competitive and resilient approach to your work, continuously challenging yourself and your team to exceed targets and improve operational efficacy.
  • Strong skills in building/ maintaining stakeholder and customer relationships.
  • Creative problem-solving skills and a solutions-focused approach.
  • Determination and Persistence.
  • Self-driven individual with the capability to break out of their comfort zone and technology area.
  • Understanding of advanced data centre networking equipment including Nexus 9K/7K/5K/2K, Catalyst.

  • Configuration, implementation and support of enterprise networks with diverse solutions from multiple vendors VPN configuration - DMVPN, IPsec, PPTP, L2TP.Expert knowledge of network technologies and their application across WAN, LAN, Wireless, Cloud-based VoIP, Voice, Network Security and Software Defined networks.
  • Experience with MPLS design, IP environments, firewalls, switching, routing, design redundancy, Cisco technologies, Load balancers, BGP, OSPF, ISIS, EIGRP, STP, VLANs, Dot1q, QinQ, VPLS (E-Lan), E-Line, DSL, Group protocols (VRRP, HSRP), understanding of access technologies (E1, Fibre, etc.) series switches, Cisco routers, DR integration, next-gen firewalls, VPN etc.
  • Experience with enterprise class network management/monitoring systems is desired (Riverbed NetIM).
  • Solid understanding of layered network and security protocols including: Layer 2 - Ethernet, ARP, STP, VTP, VPC, MEC, LACP, PAGP, DOT1Q-Layer 3 - OSPF, EIGRP, MPLS, DMVPN, VRRP, HSRP, GLBP, ICMP, ESP (IPSEC), IP - Layer 4 - TCP, UDP - Layer 6 - SSL, TLS, SSH - Layer 7 - FTP, HTTP, DNS, Telnet, SSH, BGP.
  • Exceptional documentation skills that can clearly articulate technical designs, issues and constraints, procedures, and network assessments. Good understanding of technology and process optimization techniques e.g. standardisation, consolidation, simplification and automation and an appetite for continuous improvement.

  • F5 Big IP LTM
  • Fortinet Next Generation Firewalls
  • Cisco switches and routers (Pref 4k)
  • Cisco Wireless LAN controllers, Access Points
  • Cisco Prime monitoring tools
  • Knowledge of SolarWinds, WhatsUp Gold, Nagios, ThousandEyes monitoring solutions
  • Cisco ASA (525X)
  • ZScaler and/or Scansafe Cloud security solutions
  • Cisco Integrated Services Engine (ISE)
  • Bluecat IP address Management
  • Meraki

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