Blizzard Entertainment has been rated by Fortune as one of the "Best Places to Work" for several years running (and our ranking continues to rise!). We are a diverse community of 4000 global employees who are passionate about not only gaming, but also creating epic entertainment and the technology that drives our customers’ experience. Our goal is to delight our customers by never settling for anything but the highest quality and providing worlds filled with creativity and adventure around every corner.
Blizzard Entertainment’s Esports Infrastructure IT team is looking for an experienced and talented Senior Network Engineer to help Blizzard continue to establish the Overwatch League (OWL) and Blizzard Esports as a top-rated product and entertainment experience for our fans. So why Blizzard? Our unique blend of opportunity, environment, and people all help make Blizzard the studio worthy of your career. You’ll be joining a network engineering team that attacks challenges and crafts solutions with the same enthusiasm and creativity as our players do in our games. We love keeping up with the latest technology, and taking pride in designing, implementing, and innovating on the highest level of availability, performance, and global enterprise level network systems possible.
And just like the company, our team is built on a culture of passion for who we are, what we create, and who we support. We want to hear from skilled Sr. Network experts who are ready and eager to continue this adventure with us. If you like what you read below, send us your data!
What is Blizzard Esports Infrastructure IT?
Our team’s mission statement: Innovating and delivering global technology solutions to power the most epic entertainment experience... Ever. Our team is challenged with building out global enterprise level network infrastructure, utilizing on-prem, cloud, and multi 3rd party networking technologies to deliver our platforms and services. (Cisco, A10, Palo Alto, VMWare, EMC, AWS, OpenStack, etc.)
- Translate high-level business strategic objectives, limited project scope, team and cross team goals into network technology requirements and conceptual architecture
- Develop and support comprehensive network solutions that meet requirements and integrate into the overall enterprise network and security architectures
- Participate in IT network infrastructure project design, reviews, cross organizational network related projects, and ensure network architecture goals and requirements are standardized
- Work with and across global data center architecture, both US and international pops, and remote venues to design and implement large or localized network infrastructures
- Design and implement cloud architectures, software defined networking, data center switching technologies, and securing virtual environments (AWS, Azure, Google, Openstack)
- Perform network troubleshooting to isolate and diagnose common network problems
- Support and collaborate on the development, implementation and administration of processes and procedures to ensure the reliability, recoverability, and optimum performance of network infrastructure systems and solutions
- Collaborate with IT Security and IT Infrastructure Operations ensuring network compliance, auditing, and security standards are being met
- Advanced knowledge of and experience with networking and network protocols:
- TCP/IP, routing, Palo Alto firewalls, Inflobox, DNS, DHCP, F5 LTM, SSH, VPNs
- IP routing protocols including RIP, BGP, OSPF, IP Multicast, MPLS
- TCP/IP data networks using standards and technologies including but not limited to:
- Ethernet, OSPF, IGMP, STP, RSTP, 802.1q, 802.11n, and 802.11ac
- Experience with Policy Based Routing, Quality of Service, Netflow, Wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, virtual networks, NAT, ACL controls, Web Security/URL Filtering, IPSec, Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), Malware Prevention
- Network scripting or automation experience with Ansible, Python, and/or Powershell
- IPv4 and IPv6 experience is must
- Experience in firewall design and in network security including:
- Device Hardening
- IPSec, vulnerability assessment and intrusion detection
- Strong WAN experience managing global network infrastructure
- Operational experience running a large-scale infrastructure (24x7x365)
- Knowledge or experience of DevOps CI/CD models
- Knowledge or experience with ITIL v3
- Workflow experience with Agile or Scrum
Education, Experience, and Certifications Desired
- CCIE, CCAr, CCDE, Certifications required (one or all)
- Implementation, supporting, and troubleshooting media streaming services or platforms
- Video distribution, delivery of content, encoding, transcoding, encapsulation, on-demand, video security, and video processing
- Network experience working with Media Access Managers (MAM)
- MPEG encoders, decoders
- CDN, video streaming experience
- Microsoft or Linux certifications
- AWS, Azure, Google Cloud related certifications
- SBE or STE Certifications (Broadcast Certifications)
- Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Network Engineering, Information Technology or equivalent industry experience
- 10 years of progressive experience in network architecture, design, engineering and implementation in global IT networks, with added pluses of network security experience and background
Blizzard Entertainment is a global company committed to growing our employees along with the business. We offer generous benefits and perks with an eye on providing true work / life balance. We’ve worked hard to champion an intensely collaborative and creative environment, a diverse and inclusive employee culture, and training and opportunity for professional growth. Our people are everything. Our core values are real, and our mission has never changed.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We are dedicated to creating the most epic entertainment experiences…ever. Join us!
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