Senior Network Engineer

Last updated 3 days ago
Location:Redmond, Washington
Job Type:Full Time

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Microsoft has a long history of delivering products and services to sovereign governments. ​Recently, the types of products and services Microsoft sells to all customers, including governments, has grown in complexity, increasing the risk profile.

Critical to Microsoft Federal’s (MSF) success is the design, build, and run of its infrastructure. CSEO business teams depend on Enterprise 360 (E360) to enable the fabric to connect, host, and support enterprise services. Foundational to this environment is the physical network. E360 designs, builds, and operates a network across Microsoft facilities that meets Gov standards for security and scalability, while providing a consistent user experience. It includes our cloud networking designed solutions that leverage Azure software defined network solutions to create environments that have “corporate context” where necessary to ensure the safe operation of corporate resources in the Cloud. Ensuring a secure, reliable, and readily available environment for MSF IT admins, E360 builds and operates the infrastructure (network/compute/storage) hosting critical services and applications.

The ideal candidate is someone who has experience designing, deploying and supporting Enterprise Core and WAN networks. Someone who has guided customers in how to drive improvements in their design practices and drove these to production. A lead engineer, someone who is naturally curious and works well with ambiguity. An engineer who can partner across multiple engineering pillars to bring great experiences to our customers and help Microsoft grow the business. Be comfortable being out front and leading, and work in autonomy as required.


  • Scope, Design, build and operate a distributed, enterprise scale, high availability corporate Backbone and Wide Area Networks.
  • Lead validation and revision of key engineering artifacts such as standards and deployment guides.
  • Works individually and with teams to drive reliability goals and objectives across the E360 organization.
  • Develop solutions to increase network service stability through automation, mature processes and problem management techniques.
  • Define, monitor and analyze key network service performance metrics to meet service availability requirements.
  • Responsible for evaluating and implementing automation and tooling solutions to ensure consistent processes and repetitive tasks are performed with a higher level of accuracy, reduced defects and
  • Participate in on-call rotations for the WAN and Backbone service.
  • Perform all incident support and remediation for the infrastructure.
  • Champion security, compliance, reliability, and availability through participation in service health reviews and cross-team strategic/service alignment
  • Travel - 0%-10%, domestic.


  • Citizenship Verification: This position requires verification of US Citizenship to meet federal government security requirements.
  • Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud background check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.
  • 6+ concurrent years of designing building, managing and supporting a large-scale Enterprise Grade network.
  • 4+ concurrent years of designing building, managing and supporting a highly redundant, multi-POP, Internet Edge environments.
  • 3+ years of experience scripting and/or coding in any combination of C#, PowerShell, JavaScript, Python.
  • Experience in working on-call 24X7 as part of a highly tuned and critical DRI rotation.
  • BS/MS in Computer Science or Engineering, or a related field, or equivalent alternative skills and/or practical experience is required.

Preferred, not required:

  • KPI driven, proactive and motivated for continuous improvement, adaptation, reflection, and growth.
  • Experience owning and developing features end-to-end.
  • Experience building services in Azure using Azure Automation, and hybrid cloud/on-prem services is a plus.
  • Experience with Third Party Technologies: Network monitoring tools, network services (NTP, syslog, authentication), Azure Key Vault and JIT authorization.
  • Demonstrated comprehensive understanding of TCP/IP, ISIS/OSPF and BGP routing protocols, dual stack IPv6 network environments, MPLS overlays and Layer 3 VPNs.
  • Demonstrated comprehensive understanding of Firewalls, High availability Internet connectivity techniques and best practice, defense in-depth security practices and technologies.
  • Strong cross-organizational collaboration and partnership skills, ability to drive efforts in autonomy and run-down issues to satisfactory resolution.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate with senior managers and customers. Strong experience in influencing without authority.

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