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IT Network Engineer

Date: Sep 22, 2022

Location: Bristol, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About GKN Aerospace

A Truly Global Business 
Every day, around the world, we help aircrafts 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.

Job Summary

The IT Network Engineer will be based at our Bristol (Filton) site in this role that sits within our global functions supporting all our business lines throughout the EU2 region (UK, Munich and Bangalore), the incumbent will be required to occasionally travel nationally to visit our other GKN sites and there is flexibility to work from home for up to 4 days per week dependent on the needs of the business. The IT Network Engineer will report to Data Centre Manager whilst protecting the business by maintaining and supporting the company's network, firewall and other connectivity systems including configuring, installing and maintaining stable, efficient and secure data centre and network infrastructure as an integral member of the infrastructure team. The incumbent will provide 2nd and 3rd line engineering support and a small amount of design work including include routing and switching changes/upgrades, troubleshooting, web traffic, filtering, cyber essentials roll out and auditing equipment in the data centre and 'on the shelf'. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Maintain and develop a secure, stable and responsive network topology to support the company's primarily Cisco and Palo Alto Infrastructure
  • Provide 2nd line support to the Service Desk for network faults (major faults and performance issues)
  • Deploy hardware on site including switches, WiFi access points and UPS’
  • Schedule routine maintenance to install, patch or upgrade the network technologies as required
  • Support projects including new infrastructure roll outs and system upgrades
  • Work to continually improve the network security, performance and reliability
  • Undertake investigations into network faults, security and performance issues
  • 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

How You'll Contribute

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


  • Extensive network engineering experience
  • Experience using Cisco technologies including routing and switching (IOS/NX-OS)
  • Data cable installation, patching and fault finding experience
  • Experience of using online ticketing systems in accordance with formal change control processes



  • CCNA Cisco accreditation
  • Palo Alto Certified Network Security Administrator accreditation
  • Experience gained from a manufacturing environment
  • Experience of Palo Alto firewalls
  • Experience of Cisco ISE and Cisco Umbrella
  • Telephony system experience such as VOIP
  • Experience of Pulse Secure appliances


We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best of the future in what they do. The IT Network Engineer will be a passionate, adaptable and creative self starter with excellent communication, influencing and organisation skills as well as a delivery and continuous improvement focus, the incumbent will be honest and ethical in their approach to collaboration whilst working equally as well independently. 

What We'll Offer

Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits:


  • £28,000 to £42,000 per annum dependent on experience
  • 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! 

Why Join Us

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.

Hybrid Work Approach
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. 

Join us and keep the world moving … click on the link below to apply