Principal Network Engineer

Chantilly , Virginia
Sep 08, 2017
Oct 03, 2017
Full Time



PenFed is looking to hire a Principal Network Engineer in our Chantilly, VA location.  The primary purpose of this position is to lead the design and implementation of next generation network technology throughout PenFed’s enterprise network.  This role also includes operational and support responsibilities like troubleshooting complex incidents and ensuring the broader operations team has the information needed to support newly deployed technologies.  The ideal candidate will have excellent communication and collaboration skills to vet designs and solutions across multiple teams.


Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of job duties and the position will perform other duties as assigned.

    Lead network strategy discussions by collaborating with the architecture team and network leadership on new designs and new technology solutions. Deploy solutions and network design implementations in accordance with project timelines and be forthright if timelines cannot be met. Ensure existing network infrastructure and configuration standards are adhered to when delivering projects. Define and/or update network standards and policies influenced by the deployment of next generation network technology. Perform peer review on complex change implementations, to ensure completeness of approach along with zero impact to members unless properly coordinated. Deploy and document changes in accordance with enterprise problem and change management processes. Work during non-production hours or weekend maintenance windows to deploy enterprise or member affecting network changes. Take initiative to proactively identify solutions to potential network issues / embrace network simplification. Serve as escalation point for high severity issues and troubleshoot / resolve complex network related incidents. Lead problem management and root cause analysis discussions with fellow network engineers and analysts. Align network monitoring and network performance management tools with the advancement in technology to ensure the overall network team always has proper visibility for reporting and troubleshooting. Provide guidance and mentorship to junior network engineers and analysts.

Education and Experience

Equivalent combination of education and experience is considered.

    Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology or related field required. Minimum of seven (7) years’ of experience in Network Engineering is required . Subject matter expert  experience designing, building and maintaining Cisco three tier data center models (core, aggregation, access) for enterprise networks is required.   Experience designing, building and maintaining Cisco spine-and-leaf network models is required.  Experience with VXLAN MP-BGP EVPN is preferred. Extensive experience in designing, building and maintaining TCP/IP based enterprise networks is required including the following technology areas: LAN (Branch, Building, Campus), WAN (MPLS, DMVPN, iWAN), Edge (Internet, VPN). Experience with EIGRP, BGP, IPSEC, iWAN, VRF, VLAN, VTP, DLSW, QoS, NHRP, PfRv3, STP and netflow is required. Experience with F5 load balancer is strongly preferred.  Previous work experience with load balancing integration is required. Experience with Cisco ASA is preferred.  Previous work experience with firewall integration is required. Experience with Cisco UCS and VMWare is preferred. Experience supporting IP-based voice and video systems, including implementing QoS on both LAN and WAN infrastructure. Experience training and mentoring multiple junior network engineers Coach and develop junior network engineers skills Familiar with hosted collaboration services for VoIP systems and with SIP integration techniques across systems and carriers.

Supervisory Responsibility

    This position will have minimally supervision responsibilities 

Licenses and Certifications

    Cisco CCIE certification with specialization in Routing / Switching or Data Center is highly desired

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to an indoor office setting with moderate noise.



Ability to travel to various worksites and be on-call is required.


About Us

Established in 1935, PenFed today is one of the country’s strongest and most stable financial institutions with over 1.6 million members and over $23 billion in assets. We serve members in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Guam, Puerto Rico, Okinawa, and Portugal. We are federally insured by NCUA and we are an Equal Housing Lender. We are available to members worldwide, via the web, seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day.

Our mission isn’t simply to help our members get by. We exist to help them realize every ounce of their potential. We exist to educate, and to encourage. We exist to usher their dreams into the land of reality.

We provide our employees with a lucrative benefits package including robust medical, dental and vision plan options, plenty of paid time off, 401k with employer match, on-site fitness facilities at our larger locations, and more.

Equal Employment Opportunity

PenFed will maintain and observe personnel policies which will prohibit discrimination or harassment against a person because of race, color, creed, age, sex, gender, religion, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, military or veteran status or obligation, the presence of a physical and/or mental disability and all other statuses protected by applicable state or local law in all recruiting, hiring, training, compensation, overtime, position classifications, work assignments, facilities, promotions, transfers, employee treatment, and in all other terms and conditions of employment.  PenFed will also prohibit retaliation against individuals for raising a complaint of discrimination or harassment or participating in an investigation of same.

PenFed will also reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with a disability so that they can apply for a job or perform the essential functions of a job unless doing so causes a direct threat to these individuals or others in the workplace and the threat cannot be eliminated by reasonable accommodation or if the accommodation creates an undue hardship to PenFed. Contact human resources (HR) with any questions or requests for accommodation at 703-838-1568.

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