Network Engineering Manager - Technical.ly

Network Engineering Manager

Linode |  Philadelphia | Dev / Eng

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Linode’s Network Operations team is seeking a Network Engineering Manager who has the right balance of technical know-how and leadership aptitude to coach and lead by example but still participate in and execute on technical implementation alongside their team. In this role, you will be responsible for managing a team of Network Engineers whose work revolves around ensuring our global base of customers stay connected and our state-of-the-art network is automated, secure, stable, reliable, and extensible for new features.

This is an opportunity to collaborate with and learn from highly-skilled engineers and talented peer managers. You will be a trusted member of the Network Operations team responsible for helping to guide and shape the future of the department, both organizationally and technically.

If you are currently a Lead Engineer looking to make the jump into the engineering management track or a current manager looking to increase your skills in a fast-paced, cloud computing environment then this may be the ideal opportunity for you.

 

Technologies your team members use

We don’t expect experience with all of these technologies but you should have experience with some of them and an interest in learning about others so that you can support your team:

  • Wan and Backbone Networking – BGP, ISIS, OSPF, MPLS, QoS
  • Data Center Networking – STP, HSRP, MLAG, BGP, EVPN, VXLAN, Linux Bridge
  • Network Development – Linux scripting, Python, YAML, Jinja2, JSON
  • Automation – Salt, NAPALM, ZTP, NORNIR
  • Monitoring: Prometheus, Grafana, Netflow, Kentik, LOKI
  • Optical Networking – DWDM

Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead, mentor, and continue to build a highly talented and highly technical team of Network Engineers and Administrators
  • Work closely with engineering leadership and product stakeholders to understand the needs of the business and adapt through effective delegation of priorities
  • Work hands-on with Linode’s Network Operations team to develop solutions to network issues and architect new innovative solutions
  • Lead by example, care for your team, and establish credibility with the quality of you and your team’s technical execution
  • Contribute to network equipment management, including budgeting, procurement, and forecasting to maximize cost/performance efficiencies
  • Provide senior management with detailed reviews and reports of service disruptions, metrics, and launch plans

 

Must-Have

  • 5+ years progressive network, system, and/or security application experience in a highly technical setting
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to coach and lead by example
  • Strong understanding of Linux, virtualization, scripting, and networking concepts.
  • Hands-on experience with administration of routers and switches via command line
  • Desire to innovate, ability to multitask, sense of ownership and urgency

 

Nice to Have

  • 2 years of experience leading engineering teams strongly preferred.
  • Experience with public peering and Internet exchanges
  • Professional networking certification (CCNA, CCNP, etc. or equivalent)

 

Equal Employment, Equal Treatment, No Judgment

Linode is committed to a culture that creates a sense of inclusion and belonging. We understand that teams perform their best when they include people with diverse backgrounds and differing perspectives, but also that to achieve greatness, people need to feel like they can be themselves; they need to be equal, included, and comfortable in order to perform at their best. Linode stands for equal pay, equal treatment, and equal experiences for all of our people, past, present, and future, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic class, disability status, or any other differentiating factor. We strive to make sure every last person we interact with feels like they belong and have the same opportunities as everyone else.

 

About Linode

Since 2003, Linode has been providing cloud computing services to customers around the world. Linode offers compute, storage, and networking services from ten data centers in regions spanning North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. We are committed to making Linode the most simple, powerful, and reliable hosting provider that thousands of customers—from the fastest-growing startups to established enterprises—trust. This industry moves fast, but we strive to hire the kind of people who can stay a step ahead and keep us – and themselves – at the top. We are an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to building a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming workplace for all.

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Health & Wellness Benefits
  • Dental
  • Disability Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Vision
  • Wellness Programs
Other
  • Remote Work
  • Work from Home
Parental Benefits
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Generous Parental Leave
Perks & Discounts
  • Casual Dress
  • Company Outings
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Special Discounts
Professional Development
  • Online Trainings
  • Tuition Reimbursement
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401K
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
  • Generous PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Days

What does Linode look for in prospective employees?

We constantly seek people who are not only qualified to do the job, but who are passionate about doing it well. We have a unique environment where our projects aren’t segmented or siloed — every employee owns what they’re working on and gets to see how it impacts our users and how it fits into high-level strategy. We look for people with a strong interest in learning and growing - personally and professionally.

Furthermore, empathy is the name of the game, and though it might sound cheesy, our number one requirement is a desire to help people. Assisting customers is the core of the job for every employee at Linode. If you’re not motivated by solving problems and making people happy, you’re at the wrong place.

What about technical skills?

Linode employees, especially those on the support team, often come to the company from a variety of non-technical backgrounds. That said, technical aptitude is a must. All employees pick up the Linux command line. The work we do is specific to Linux.

Technologists should know that while historically we’ve been a Python shop leveraging Flask, Django, and React, a lot of our next-gen systems are built with Go and Kubernetes. On top of that, we use SaltStack for configuration management, Docker for containerization and Jenkins for continuous integration. We don’t care so much about years of experience with particular languages, frameworks, and libraries as we care about passion, aptitude for learning new technologies, and eagerness to work with the best tools for each job.

We run a six-week training program for anyone new going into support and there's a two week mentorship after that before you even answer a call. It helps grow a strong support team,  but it also creates a wonderful resource for the rest of the company whether moving into engineering, marketing or technical documentation.

What does a typical day of work at Linode look and feel like?

When it comes down to it, you can and should have a good time working at Linode. We empower our employees to use their knowledge to do the job the best way, to have constructive debates, and ultimately to do things that will produce the best results. We’ve held on to our startup feel, but with the benefit of being a market leader in a booming industry. At the end of the day, our employees are passionate about the things they work on which makes for a rewarding environment.

Linode strives to be communicative and open, both with our open source community and with each other. Employees are encouraged to offer their input on how to make the company and platform better, and that feedback is always evaluated.

A lot of our internal folks were customers of Linode before they came to work at Linode. It's really easy to hear the voice of the customer when it's also the person sitting across the table helping you build the product.

How does Linode encourage professional growth and learning?

Linode offers a unique opportunity for those looking to launch or continue a great career in tech while learning new skills on the job. We’ve cultivated a culture of continuous learning and self-improvement. Professional aspirations aren’t limited here, and new roles are often created based on personal goals and company needs.

We have a Day-in-the-Life program where employees interested in another role can spend a day shadowing someone in that position. We create paths naturally instead of sending you out to get a certification. 

A new ‘Work From Home’ policy allows employees to work remotely two days a week, three if they are on the Support team. Many feel the new policy has increased their productivity, as well as eased the burden of finding that elusive balance between life and work.

What new projects or partnerships is Linode excited about?

Linode recently secured a premiere partnership with Limelight—an edge services platform delivering high-performance digital experiences. The partnership has been a win-win for both companies. Linode has gained access to a world class content distribution network, inciting its expansion into a new customer vertical of larger Enterprise customers, while Limelight reaps the benefits of Linode’s specialized computing expertise.  

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