IT Network Specialist

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Manama, Capital Governorate, Bahrain
Employment Type:
Full time
Asset Management, Corporate Banking, Information Technology
Sub Sector:
Strategy/Business Analyst, Other, Project Finance/PFI
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Job Description

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Develop strategic plans to ensure that the Group’s long term Network & Telecommunications needs are identified and achieved.
  • Proactively monitor the Group’s global communications (MPLS) infrastructure and ensure minimal interruption.
  • Monitor and administer the bank’s Local Area Network (LAN)
  • Administer and secure bank’s Wireless Network
  • Administer and manage the bank’s IP Telephony & video conferencing setup.
  • Manage and support global remote access and site-to-site Virtual Private Network (VPN)
  • Manage and administer bank’s Firewall, including upgrades, reviewing rules and deploying patches.
  • Operational Management of Internet and Intranet services
  • Ensure hardening of all network & communication devices in line with Information Security baseline policies.
  • Install, configure, integrate, upgrade and troubleshoot bank’s global network routers, local switches and general network infrastructure.
  • Troubleshoot and diagnose network issues swiftly and provide root cause analysis.
  • Ensure 24x7 network availability and ensure minimal outages.
  • Prepare RFPs, bid proposals, contracts, scope of work reports, and other documentation for IT projects and associated efforts.
  • Prepare network design/architecture for new Group offices globally and assist in procuring and implementing recommended network infrastructure.
  • Provide adequate guidance to Network resources in Group offices with implementing security baselines and hardening Network devices.
  • Proactively monitor network infrastructure to enhance performance and report any issues to Group Head of IT Infrastructure.
  • Respond and address audit comments in a timely manner. Assist Group offices in addressing comments related to their local Network Infrastructure.
  • Actively participate in the bank’s global Disaster Recovery test and provide Network topology recommendations to ensure smooth transition of bank services to DR systems.  
  • Ensure approved security standards are followed.
  • Prepare technical and user documentation for new network technologies once deployed.
  • Provide technical assistance and support to Group IT staff & local IT teams.
  • Liaise with vendors for communication / configuration, failures and updates on Network Infrastructure.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science or Engineering with 8 - 10 years’ hands on experience in IT Network Administration preferably with a financial institution. Current experience should involve management and configuration of enterprise-wide LAN, WAN, WLAN, VPN, IP Telephony, Firewalls, IPS, Proxy etc.
  • Advanced CISCO certification is mandatory.
  • Certification on other network & security technologies such as Firewall, VPN and IPS is desired.
  • Understanding and some experience on Windows & UNIX Operating systems is desirable.
  • General understanding of banking applications and database functions.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to manage a small team of Network engineers locally and across the Group if needed.   
  • Ability to work and deliver under pressure.
  • Self-motivated and able to plan own time effectively.