Aug 13, 2023

Network Engineer

  • Options Technology
  • Belfast, County Antrim
Full time Network Engineer

Job Description

Junior Network Engineer

Location: Belfast

Salary: Competitive

Join our team of expert engineers in the Options Networks Team!

Working for Options

Developing and engaging our people is a strategic priority for our business. We are looking for talented individuals to join our team and contribute to Options’ future growth and success.

We want to hear from candidates that are motivated, self-driven and have a passion to learn and develop their skills in the world of financial technology.

Who are we?

Options is a leading managed services and IT infrastructure products provider to the global capital markets community. Founded in 1993, the company began life as a hedge fund technology services provider. Today over 200 firms globally leverage the Options platform, including the leading global investment banks, hedge funds and exchanges.

We currently employ over 450 employees worldwide and are continuing to grow across offices in New York, Chicago, Belfast, London, Cambridge, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Why Options?

  • Global travel: We have offices in New York, Chicago, Toronto, London, Belfast, Dublin and across Asia.
  • Continuous career development opportunities: We provide professional skills development and technical training.
  • The chance to be a part of a self-sufficient, successful team: The Options team operates in a fast-paced environment with endless opportunities for innovation and forward-thinking.
  • Competitive salary: In addition to a competitive salary, Options reward employees with a range of bonus incentives and employee benefits.

The Role

The role of the Junior Network Engineer is to implement, maintain, troubleshoot and support all aspects of network and security on the network infrastructure. The network engineer will work closely with the global network team (London, US and APAC). They will be responsible for the timely delivery of changes to the network environment to facilitate the onboarding of new clients, to deliver new features or service to the platform and to provide support for production issues.

We’re looking for someone who has technical proficiency in:

  • Previous Unix/Linux System administration experience.
  • A good knowledge of routing & switching.
  • Solid knowledge of LAN, WAN, Cisco Products, and network devices.
  • Previous experience using Microsoft technologies, VMware, Symantec, SonicWALL, HP Servers, and switches.
  • Solid knowledge of IP Networking, Routing Protocols, security and IP telephony.
  • Proficient in troubleshooting Data Center and LAN network problems.
  • Cisco CCNA.
  • CCNP certification.
  • Highly proficient in Linux.
  • Scripting experience – bash, Python and equivalent.

Typical Job duties would include:

  • Support and scale server infrastructure for production and internal environment.
  • Managing multiple work streams in a fast-paced service provider environment.
  • Configure and install various network devices and services (e.g., routers, switches, firewalls, load balancers, VPN, QoS).
  • Perform network maintenance and system upgrades including service packs, patches, hot fixes and security configurations.
  • Monitor performance and ensure system availability and reliability.
  • Monitor system resource utilisation, trending, and capacity planning.
  • Provide Level-2/3 support and troubleshooting to resolve issues.
  • Work within established configuration and change management policies to ensure awareness, approval and success of changes made to the network infrastructure.
  • Select and implement security tools, policies, and procedures in conjunction with the company’s security team.
  • Liaise with vendors and other IT personnel for problem resolution.

We’re also looking for candidates with:


  • Strong research, writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and changeable working environment.
  • Exceptional organisational skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Desire to travel and see the world.
  • Ability to work independently and manage your own projects in a professional manner.
  • A passion for innovation and the financial technology sector.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Project management skills and proven ability to manage own workload.

How to apply

Please submit a CV and cover letter to the Junior Network Engineer role on the Options Career Page at The CV must be a maximum of two pages. The covering letter must detail the role you are applying to, along with your availability.