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Blizzard Entertainment’s global infrastructure team is looking to strengthen its forces with a driven and passionate Senior Network Engineer.

So why Blizzard? Because it’s a haven for our kind! Our unique blend of opportunity, environment, and people all help make Blizzard the studio worthy of your career. You’ll be joining the global production network engineering team that attacks challenges and crafts solutions with the same enthusiasm and creativity as our players do in our games. Our team, likewise, our company is built on a culture of passion for who we are, what we create, and who we support.

Covid-19 Hiring Update: We’ve transitioned to a work-from-home model, and we’re continuing to interview and hire during this time. This role is expected to begin as a remote position. We understand each person’s circumstances may be unique and will work with you to explore possible interim options.

Your impact

Build network Infrastructure that supports players from around the world!

You will be part of building a great gaming experience, growing and improving our global data center network and its engineering principles.

You will advocate for healthy operational practices. You will drive incidents investigation, troubleshooting efforts and proactively act on identified setup weakness, towards improving resiliency and availability of our gaming services.

What we are looking for

What you’ll do

  • Be a key player in data center architecting and network engineering projects spanning across a multi-site global network.

  • Enjoy engineering freedom, exploring new technologies, while committing to fit-for-purpose designs and showing a solid sense of ownership.

  • You will be focusing on network technologies spanning across routing & switching, data center networking, cloud networking, load balancing solutions and automation solutions.

  • You will identify operational problems and support the automation efforts, when it comes to network devices deployment, configuration and standard practices (ex: zero touch provisioning, base config generation, software upgrades, failover and traffic shifting procedures).

  • Care about the health state of our network devices, leveraging telemetry capabilities and gathering traffic flow data. Push forward improvements of our monitoring and observability solutions.

  • Be a part of our on-call support rotation, shared with your colleagues around the world.

Your way of working

  • Show a solid sense of responsibility, when it comes to commitments and engineering work

  • Care about the infrastructure environment and advocate for its improvement

  • Be motivated to push through friction

  • Be open minded, listening to the team’s voice, showing a collaborative attitude

  • Believe that good documentation helps successful project delivery

  • Believe in smooth production operations, diligently planning for changes, aiming for execution excellence

  • Believe in engineering quality, avoiding shortcuts and technical debt, pushing for standards and simplicity

Your technical expertise

  • Deep understanding and experience with routing protocols (such as BGP, OSPF, EIGRP) and network protocols (such as IPv4, IPv6, NAT, Multicast, Spanning Tree, flow export applications)

  • Knowledge of routing and switching hardware platforms architecture, forwarding and data planes

  • Experience with load balancing hardware and software solutions (such as A10, F5, HAproxy)

  • Experience with data center technologies: spine and leaf architectures, VxLAN EVPN, vPC/MLAG

  • Experience with monitoring and alerting systems, NMS systems, DDoS mitigation services

  • Comfortable with automation frameworks, ideally Ansible using playbooks, or Salt or Nornir

  • Familiarity with data-serialization language (YAML, json), template engine (jinja2) and version control (git)

  • Experience deploying, troubleshooting and maintaining network hardware and software, for one or more vendors: Juniper, Cisco, Arista, etc. / NX-OS, IOS-XR, IOS-XE, JUNOS, EOS, etc.

Great addons

  • You are passionate about online gaming and/or Blizzard games, and care about understanding the bigger picture of the gaming systems infrastructure

  • Expert knowledge of TCP/IP and IPv6

  • Experience with open-source tools facilitating the management of network infrastructure services

  • Knowledge of Linux operating systems and/or virtualization technologies and/or Linux containers

  • Deployment knowledge or experience managing security products (such as SRX, Palo Alto)

  • Knowledge or experience of writing or using advanced scripts in any programming language

Irvine/southern California is preferred, but remote may be considered

We love hearing from anyone who is enthusiastic about changing the games industry. Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide! Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend to not apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do! At Activision Blizzard, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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 foster 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 dedicated to creating the most epic entertainment experiences… ever. Join us!

Rewards

We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered! Subject to eligibility requirements, the Company offers comprehensive benefits including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, health savings account or health reimbursement account, healthcare spending accounts, dependent care spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance;

  • 401(k) with Company match, tuition reimbursement, charitable donation matching;

  • Paid holidays and vacation, paid sick time, floating holidays, compassion and bereavement leaves, parental leave;

  • Mental health & wellbeing programs, fitness programs, free and discounted games, and a variety of other voluntary benefit programs like supplemental life & disability, legal service, ID protection, rental insurance, and others;

  • If the Company requires that you move geographic locations for the job, then you may also be eligible for relocation assistance.

In the U.S., the standard base pay range for this role is $101,000.00 - $186,754.00 Annual. This base pay range is for the U.S. and is not applicable to locations outside of the U.S. Actual amounts will vary depending on experience, performance and location. In addition to a competitive base pay, employees in this role may be eligible for incentive compensation. Incentive compensation is not guaranteed.

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