Network Engineer

Information TechnologyAll Practice AreasPittsburgh, PA

Job Description

At K&L Gates, we are looking for smart, imaginative and hard-working people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas to join us.  Perhaps our search for talented visionaries and your search for important and impactful work lead to the same place.

The global law firm of K&L Gates LLP is seeking a Network Engineer to join the firm’s network engineering team. The Network Engineer position is part of the team responsible for the design, implementation and operational support of network connectivity and project initiatives involving the K&L Gates' global network. Network Engineers help provide technical leadership to the firm and mentorship to members of the IS Operations teams.  Network Engineers ensure stability, perform best practices engineering and that detailed troubleshooting disciplines are applied to firm systems.  Candidates can expect a varied workload across multiple technologies in an environment that promotes collaboration and innovation to resolve incidents and project requirements.

The Network Engineer position encompasses responsibility for activities, including but not limited to wide area network connectivity technologies, network design, routing techniques and protocols, Network Firewalls (ASA), Remote Access VPN (AnyConnect) and Internet proxies, Quality of Service and traffic prioritization, IP address administration, LAN / WAN hardware, routers, switches and related technologies.

Technical responsibility extends to all offices of the firm and may require travel to any or all offices. Candidates must be a team player with the ability to manage projects, demonstrate excellent communication skills and possess the ability to manage a multitude of assignments independently. Candidates must be flexible self-starters who possess the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Excellent troubleshooting, communication skills and a commitment to providing the highest quality client service are strongly preferred.

Essential Duties:

• Participate in the design, implement and ensure that systems achieve 100% uptime 24/7/365  operational availability

• Fully resolve problems with firm systems and technologies

• Participate in assessing risks and impacts arising from a business disruption and make decisions and determine actions independently and expediently to eliminate those risks and ensure the continuity of business.

• Understanding of firm and industry best practices and business requirements in order to gather data for analysis by conducting interview and independent research

• Participate in analyzing, planning, testing, and implementation of the Network Security and network connectivity

• Act as technical project manager for assigned projects and responsible for project related communications to stakeholders

• Participate in making decisions and determining actions independently and expediently to eliminate risks and ensure the continuity of business.

• Actively pursuing new technologies to improve effectiveness and efficiency of firm systems

• Performing root cause analysis on systems issues and determine recommended solutions to resolve problems.

• Determine and decide when to escalate problems to vendors and ensuring resolution and reporting of resolution to stakeholders.

• Design, implement, test and maintain business continuity and disaster recovery solutions, processes and procedures.

• Maintaining documentation of network, processes, procedures, troubleshooting guides and change management logs.

• Flexible to work outside of normal business hours as required.

Core Systems Knowledge Requirements:

• Cisco router, switching and wireless hardware technologies

• Firewall (Cisco and NG firewalls), Internet – Multicarrier & redundancy)

• Client and site to site VPN

• Internet Connectivity

• WAN Routing

• Network trouble shooting tools  / Application tools (Sniffer, WireShark, SolarWinds)

• General Network understanding (OSI Model, IP schema, Video, Cabling, DHCP)

Other Desired Skills:

• Wide Area Network transports including MPLS


• Proxy Servers

• Enterprise class routing protocols BGP, OSPF

• Cisco ACI

• Load Balancing

• Converged Networks carrying voice, video and data

• Traffic prioritization, including Class of Service and QoS

• Knowledge of WAN/LAN traffic requirements for a MS Windows based applications environment

• Business continuity and disaster recovery disciplines

Education and/or Experience:


• Experience operating converged enterprise networks in a large, multi-office environment.  Typically acquired through 3 or more years of experience.

• Demonstrable troubleshooting abilities

• Strong understanding of technical networking

• Strong planning and analysis skills

• Strong documentation skills

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills


• Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience

• Product and/or Industry certifications

Working Conditions:

Additional hours may be required during periods of heavy workload.  Flexibility is required in the daily work schedule to accommodate lawyer and general Firm requirements.


K&L Gates is a fully integrated global law firm with approximately 2,000 lawyers across five continents. We have experienced dramatic growth in the past decade and now rank among the largest U.S. based law firms in the world.  We take pride in constantly striving for innovation, imagination and an entrepreneurial spirit. We come up with big ideas and then roll up our sleeves to get the job done, guiding our clients through their most complex issues in a variety of industry sectors and across multiple regions of the world.

The industry recognition the firm has garnered in the past five years emanates from the foundation of a global community aligned on behalf of our clients. The people at K&L Gates are committed to working together to create a legacy for each other, the firm, our clients, and the communities in which we serve. We thrive in an inclusive and socially conscious environment that embraces diversity and takes a holistic approach to the career evolution of all our professionals.

To learn what makes us different from other law firms, including our collaborative approach, entrepreneurial spirit, and our commitment to diversity, check out our video, “Grow Your Career at K&L Gates.”

If you agree that we are different from other law firms - and the right place for you to grow your career - please apply for this position.  For more information or to view other job opportunities, please click here to go back to our careers page.

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We offer a dynamic work environment and excellent benefits.


The Firm is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the Firm that employment decisions shall be based on merit, qualifications and competence. Employment practices shall not be influenced or affected by virtue of a person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, military status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. This policy governs all aspects of employment including, without limitation, recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotion, assignment and dismissal. In addition, it is the Firm’s policy to provide an environment that is free of unlawful harassment of any kind including, without limitation, that which is sexual, racial, age-related, disability-related or ethnic background-related.