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IT Infrastructure Specialist/Engineer

Date: Apr 30, 2022

Location: Bristol, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

Join us and keep the world moving 

A Truly Global Business 
Every day, around the world, we help aircraft fly further, faster and greener. We’re the world’s leading tier one aerospace supplier of systems and components. With over 15,000 employees across 41 manufacturing sites in 13 countries serving over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers with sales of £2.8bn. Together as “one GKN” we’re moving our business and industry forward developing technologies that rapidly decarbonise aircraft, and innovating to help build a new generation of planes that produce zero emissions. We’re putting sustainability at the heart of what we do; driving our objective to becoming a net zero greenhouse gas emissions business before 2050! 
Making a Difference 
It’s great to know you’re making a difference to the future of aviation! Whatever part you play you’ll be helping us deliver operational excellence to our customers. 

The Opportunity

Our new Infrastructure Specialist will be part of a specialist networking infrastructure team which maintains and supports the company's network, firewall and other connectivity systems. You will configure, install and maintain a stable, efficient and secure data centre and network infrastructure. Whilst your specialism will be in network orientated technologies, supporting GKN Aerospace sites within the EU2 region, you will also be expected to work as an integral member of the infrastructure team on general infrastructure projects, within the EU2 Data Centre team and also as part of the wider GKN IT function.

How You'll Contribute

In this key role, you will:

  • Provide technical support on a break / fix basis as required, including occasional "out-of-hours" support.
  • Deploy hardware, including switches, wireless access points, UPS as required
  • Schedule routine maintenance to install, patch or upgrade the network technologies as required.
  • Ensure the security and protection of the network perimeter.
  • Work on projects including new infrastructure roll outs and system upgrades.
  • Working to continually improve the network security, performance and reliability.
  • Performance monitoring and alerting of local and wide area network using appropriate tools.
  • Contribute to an integrated infrastructure to enable data to be exchanged between all computing systems both in the company and externally.
  • Ensure all documentation is kept current and where required provide hand over training to Service Desk team.

What You'll Bring

To help us make a difference, you’ll bring your passion and expertise/ talent for what you do along with the following skills, experience, qualifications and attributes:


  • CCNA Routing and Switching or equivalent experience 
  • Web traffic / filtering knowledge and experience 
  • Experience and knowledge of firewall configuration and management. Palo Alto preferred
  • Experience of using online ticking systems and adhering to formal change control processes
  • Excellent Network support and administration skills and technically astute across all areas of infrastructure, with a passion for IS/IT.
  • Excellent communication skills. Knowledge and experience of how to manage risk in IS/IT in both an operational and development environment.
  • Strong ability to influence others and shows initiative as well as maintaining excellent collaboration with wider teams. 
  • Organised and delivery focused with good project management skills.


  • CCNA Cisco wireless accreditation or equivalent experience
  • Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Administrator accreditation
  • Knowledge and experience of Cisco ISE and Cisco Umbrella
  • VOIP / Telephony Experience
  • Experience of Pulse Secure appliances
  • Educated to Degree Level or equivalent.
  • Formal qualification in ITIL.
  • Project Management qualification – i.e. Agile / PRINCE 2 Practitioner

What We'll Offer

Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits:
•    Hybrid working – giving you the opportunity to balance home and office working
•    Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
•    Life Assurance 8 x salary
•    25 days' holiday + bank holidays
•    Income protection
•    Shopping discounts
•    Cycle To Work Scheme
•    Employee Assistance Programme
•    A collaborative, dynamic working environment 

As well as a competitive package we’ll offer you a world of opportunity. We want to see your career fly!  We’ll support your career progression by providing you with learning and development opportunities.  That’s the beauty of being part of a global business, once you’re on board you never know where you career journey may take you! 

A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working
Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN.  Through our commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging and by living our five powerful principles we’ve created a culture where everyone feels welcome to contribute.  It’s a culture that won us ‘The Best Workplace Culture Award’ last year.  By embracing and celebrating what makes us unique we encourage everyone to bring their full self to work.

We’re also committed to providing an accessible recruitment process, so if you require reasonable adjustments at any stage during our recruitment process please get in touch and let us know.

We understand our employees thrive by working differently, what works for one may not work for another, offering different ways of working is core to us creating a great employee experience. We’re pleased to provide a hybrid working approach enabling you to balance your time between working remotely and working in our offices.  We’re also keen for our employees to achieve a work life balance so we’re happy to discuss flexible working options with you should the role be able to accommodate it. 

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