Commonwealth Financial Network

Senior Network Engineer

Job Locations US-CA-San Diego
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Technology - Operations, Engineering & Support Services


Network connectivity is essential to Commonwealth’s ability to deliver indispensable service. Because we rely on it to service more than 2,000 advisors and their customers, our network must maintain the highest levels of security, performance, and uptime. As a senior network engineer, you will be relied upon for the architecture, engineering, and oversight of the company’s entire network, including locations in Waltham, Massachusetts, and San Diego, California.


Do you have extensive experience designing and maintaining a robust network with gear from Cisco, Aruba, Check Point, Palo Alto, and Infoblox? Do you have a successful history of working with vendors? If so, we want to hear from you. Our ideal candidate will possess a decade or more of network engineering experience, as well as excellent communication skills, attention to detail, and a collaborative spirit.


Key responsibilities 

  • Designing and implementing highly available network solutions and improving the efficiency of current networks across several locations
  • Maintaining load-balancing solutions and firewall policy
  • Managing wired and wireless network infrastructure
  • Performing network maintenance outside of business hours
  • Acting as primary on-call engineer, providing 24/7 response to network outages
  • Communicating, tracking, and resolving complex network issues in a timely fashion
  • Architecting new environments and providing clear documentation of each piece
  • Working with other technology groups to implement and support a variety of technical projects
  • Investigating faults in the network and updating network equipment to the latest firmware releases
  • Helping support other groups managing a site-to-site VPN for more than 1,900 small offices
  • Performing vulnerability remediation and working with our Information Security team to mitigate threats
  • Maximizing network performance through ongoing monitoring and troubleshooting

Core strengths 

  • Expert-level knowledge and experience with Layer 2 and Layer 3 protocols, including HSRP, VRRP, Spanning Tree, and VPC; and designing and implementing dynamic routing solutions, such as BGP, EIGRP, and OSPF
  • Knowledge of cloud solutions, such as Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Teams, and Skype
  • Expert-level knowledge and experience maintaining Cisco switches, Palo Alto firewalls, and various Aruba and Infoblox solutions, as well as ClearPass and NAC
  • Experience configuring and supporting QoS over WAN connections
  • Proven ability to pay attention to detail and follow change management procedures
  • Experience troubleshooting VoIP and video conferencing issues at the network level
  • Proficiency with products and services from managed providers, such as Comcast, Crown Castle/Lightower, TierPoint, and Verizon
  • Experience collecting and analyzing packet captures using Wireshark
  • Ability to work closely with others on technical and procedural topics
  • Strong multitasking skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet project deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, especially with Visio diagrams and technical documentation

Additional skills and knowledge 

  • 10 or more years of network engineering experience
  • Industry certifications (e.g., CCIE, CCNP, CCDP, PCNSA, and PCNSE) a plus
  • Experience with Cisco IP phones
  • Knowledge and experience with monitoring tools
  • Experience with videoconferencing software and equipment, such as Zoom, Teams, and Vidyo
  • Scripting and automation experience a plus
  • Experience managing personnel a plus

Have we piqued your curiosity? Can you see yourself thriving in this opportunity? Let’s introduce ourselves. 


About Commonwealth—and Our Anything but Common® Culture 


Commonwealth Financial Network® is the largest privately held Registered Investment Adviser–independent broker/dealer in the U.S., with offices in Waltham, Massachusetts, and San Diego, California. Since 1979, we’ve been delivering indispensable service to independent financial professionals so they, in turn, can put their clients first. Our technology, research, resources, and support—plus a variety of affiliation models—deliver what today’s independent advisors need to thrive. 


That being said, we are a financial services company with a unique mission—one that encompasses purpose, vision, and core values in equal measure. Staying true to these guiding principles is the reason we are recognized so often and by so many for the quality of life we enjoy here. We believe it directly translates to a better experience for everyone: employees, advisors, clients, and our communities. 


Creating a supportive culture where everyone can thrive is a mission we take seriously. From professional development to comprehensive benefits, grassroots leadership opportunities, generous bonus and stock option incentive plans, opportunities to unwind and connect, and so much more, Commonwealth is not just a great place to work—it’s a place that, for many, feels like home. 


We care about your online safety as a prospective employee and encourage you to exercise caution when responding to job postings online. Commonwealth Financial Network will never ask potential hiring candidates to pay or transfer funds as a precondition of interviews or employment, nor will we authorize recruiters or agents to do so on our behalf. 


Commonwealth Financial Network is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to a diverse workforce. 


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