Senior Network Engineer

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Date: Oct 6, 2017

Location: Tokyo, 13, JP, 0000

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a US$18B global communications and IT services company that powers the needs of 98% of Fortune 500 companies.  CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, big data analytics, managed security services, hosting, cloud, and IT consulting services.

Job Summary

Job Description

The Hosting compute department is accountable for all platform support for CenturyLink managed hosting Clients, Comprising of Incident Management, Change Management, Request Fulfillment and interacting closely with Problem management.

The Senior Network Engineer is member of JP Hosting Operations and working with peer positions in the US, EMEA and APAC regions.  The successful candidate will be capable of meeting demands for timely customer facing feedback on on-going escalated issues, root cause reports and will drive internal technical teams towards the effective and efficient operations activities as assigned by regional or global mgmt.   They will provide superior support to Client environment in a complex network and/or hosting solutions architecture and to any network product in CenturyLink.  The ideal candidate will have extensive operational experience in various systems and environment, and will have a broad understanding of networking technologies which support it.

Position Objectives:

  • Deliver superior customer service through professional, comprehensive, and timely communication for all Incidents and Requests for Change
  • Ensure timely response, escalation, and resolution to promote the rapid restoration of services for all incidents
  • Through review and approval, ensure methodical and successful execution of customer change requests
  • Maintain system stability through advanced troubleshooting, timely resolution of customer incidents, and proactive maintenance
  • Maintain and improve client loyalty and Net Promoter scores
  • Partner with the Account and Sales team and aid in the regular Service Reviews.  Work with the Account team to built a strong client relationship and grown revenue
  • Communicating and collaborating with local and global teams.

Working Hours:

            Monday to Friday 9:00am-6:00pm

            24x7 on-call (Mobile phone will be provided by CenturyLink Japan)


            Japanese: Native Level

            English: Higher Business Level


Job Description


  • Identify, resolve, and/or escalate hosting issues according to procedural documentation and training
  • Creative problem-solving to identify the source of problems
  • Create or update documentation including network diagrams, procedures, and policies to ensure consistent support of customer environments
  • Through customer consultation, realize growth opportunities for production customer environments.
  • Provide guidance to adjacent support tiers to assist in resolution of complex network, system and security incidents
  • Provide and obtain timely updates to/from relevant parties (internal and external)
  • Partner with the Problem Management Centre to reduce re-occurring incidents
  • Provide consultative assistance to the Operations Centre during off hours as needed
  • Review system and network configurations with Service Delivery to ensure successful implementation of services into production
  • Perform incident trend analysis to promote a stable solution within the environment.
  • Participate in mandatory meeting and training sessions
  • Other duties as assigned


Essential Skills:

  • Email and Phone based communications in both Japanese and English
  • Reading and Writing in both Japanese and English
  • Previous Operating Systems support experience in enterprise, IT or service provider environment
  • Hands on experience with the following:
    • Support and analysis of firewall and security technologies (IDS,IPS,WAF)
    • Virtual and physical security technologies (ie. Cisco ACE/FWSM, ASA, IP tables, ACL, Fortigate, etc.)
    • Layer 2 and 3 networking technologies (Cisco 6500 series & Juniper devices) as well as configuring and troubleshooting VRFs and VLANs.
    • Expertise with MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching)
    • Expertise with the following protocols
    • Routing Protocols (BGP, OSPF, EIGRP, RIP)
    • Multicast protocols (PIM, IGMP, MVPN)
    • Support expertise of System Load balancers (F5, Cisco ACE, A10)
  • A commitment to delivering a superior customer experience through direct interaction with customers during support and change management
  • Technical certifications in areas of expertise (Cisco, Juniper, Nortel)
  • Ability to quickly adapt to advancing technologies and procedural changes
  • Proven incident and problem solving (troubleshooting) skills with an emphasis on a timely resolution
  • Ability to coordinate and communicate effectively with other technologists and business partners to maintain high service levels in a demanding environment
  • Ability to work well in team environment
  • Excellent verbal, written and analytical skills in Japanese and English



Desired skills:


  • Experience diagnosing complex issues through packet capture analysis (Wireshark, tcpdump, snoop, Sniffer Pro)
  • Familiarity with:
    • Linux Systems (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, 6 and 7, Solaris 10)
    • Windows Server Systems (Windows 2003 /2008 /2012)
    • Knowledge of Shell scripting/Perl/Expect/Powershell and/or other scripting languages.
    • Hardware and firmware exposure in a physical systems environments (HP, IBM, Sun)
  • Database administration
  • Familiarization with ITIL guidelines and practices
  • Six Sigma or other process improvement methodologies
  • Project Management experience
  • Wide Area Network
  • ISP router (CIENA)



Education or Equivalent Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education in related fields
  • Certificates of training in associated fields/equipment (CCNA/CCNP/Juniper)
  • Minimum 6-8 years of experience in related IT Field


Masters or Equivalent in Computer Science or Information Systems

Bachelors or Equivalent in Computer Science or Information Systems

Requisition #: 153008

EEO Statement

No Discrimination. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, ancestry, citizenship, national origin, religion, veteran status, disability, genetic characteristic or information, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, pregnancy, or other legally protected status (collectively, “protected statuses”). We do not tolerate unlawful discrimination in any employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, compensation, promotion, benefits, discipline, termination, job assignments or training. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the results of a pre-employment drug test and background check.


The above job definition information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.  Job duties and responsibilities are subject to change based on changing business needs and conditions.


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