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Network Designer and Managers are responsible for designing, implementing, monitoring and managing the local and wide area networks of an organisation to ensure maximum uptime for users. The role can include designing system configurations, documenting and managing the installation of a new network, and maintaining and upgrading existing systems as necessary.

Network Managers will work in-house or be assigned to project management teams working with outside clients. As part of an organisation’s IT team, Network Engineers work closely with Business Analysts, Network Architects and IT Managers. A Network Designer job description can therefore comprise of:

  • Designing and implementing new network solutions and/or improving the efficiency of current networks

  • Installing, configuring and supporting network equipment including routers, proxy servers, switches, WAN accelerators, DNS and DHCP

  • Procuring network equipment and managing subcontractors involved with network installation

  • Configuring firewalls, routing and switching to maximise network efficiency and security

  • Maximising network performance through ongoing monitoring and troubleshooting

  • Arranging scheduled upgrades

  • Investigating faults in the network

  • Updating network equipment to the latest firmware releases

  • Reporting network status to key stakeholders

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