Network Engineer (Hybrid)

Oak Brook, IL Ace Hardware

As the Network Engineer II you will be responsible for maintaining and administering Ace Hardware’s Corporate, Data Center and Warehouse networks. This role will also contribute to the delivery of standardized enterprise network solutions, support services, network management, and monitoring to support future business strategies, maintain production services, and resolve complicated IT issues. 

What You’ll Do: 
Technical Requirements 

  • Strong understanding of network infrastructure and network hardware. You will also need to be able to implement, administer, and troubleshoot network devices including routers, switches, wireless access points and controllers 

  • Strong knowledge and understanding of interior and exterior routing protocols, OSPF, MPBGP, MPLS, BGP and SD-WAN technologies 

  • Strong knowledge of core switching designs such as VLAN, RSTP, HSRP, VTP, LACP and 802.1Q 

  • Experience with designing and supporting wireless network infrastructure, 11a/g/n/ac Cisco WLC, CAPWAP 

  • Knowledge and experience with modern datacenter designs, using Cisco Nexus/ACI technology a plus. 

  • Hands on Experience with Cisco ISE/ RADIUS a plus. 

System Maintenance/Monitoring 

  • Contribute to managing network availability, performance and capacity monitoring 

Standards and Process 

  • Contribute to development of standard operation procedures for support of technical solutions 

Project Planning 

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment, delivering on multiple projects simultaneously 

  • Proficiency implementing network projects from inception to implementation 

  • Contribute to the design, deployment, and support of all network solutions supporting data, wireless and voice, utilizing industry leading platforms and technologies 

Technology Research / Education 

  • Ability to continually develop technical skills in current technologies and maintain industry standards to best support the ever-changing business needs 

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with logical problem solving from Layer 1 through Layer 7 of the OSI model 

  • Participate in 24×7 team on-call rotation to respond to and resolve critical system outages and issues 


What you need to succeed 

  • Enthusiastic team player with the ability to collaborate, cooperate and communicate with leadership and peers across business units 

  • Self-starter with strong interest in developing and maintaining a strong end to end understanding of how solutions are utilized by the business 

  • 5+ years’ experience working in an IT organization supporting a geographically dispersed, multi-site medium to large enterprise  

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, engineering, or a related field 

  • Professional network certification, e.g. CCNP or equivalent 

  • A deep knowledge of application transport and network infrastructure and routing protocols is highly desired. 


Compensation Details:

$98400 – $123000 per year

Why should you join our team?

We live our values – W.E.L.I.G.H.T (Winning, Excellence, Love, Integrity, Gratitude, Humility, and Teamwork). Gratitude. Humility. Love. You don’t often see values like these in most corporate statements, but Ace is different. These things are important to us. They represent our commitment to the company, our employees, to Ace retailers and to the Ace brand.

In addition to providing our employees a great culture, Ace also offers competitive benefits* that address life’s necessities and perks, many of which expand and improve year after year, including:

  • Incentive opportunities, based on role/grade level (rapid company growth over the past 5 years resulted in incentives being paid out at an average of 126% of your target opportunity!)
  • Generous 401(k) retirement savings plan with company contributions, averaging 9.6% per year of eligible earnings over the past 5 years
  • Comprehensive health coverage (medical, dental, vision and disability up to 26 weeks short-term disability and long-term disability) & life insurance benefits for you and your dependents
  • 21 days of vacation immediately available (prorated in the first year) and up to 6 paid holidays depending on the month of hire
  • Company Car, phone and fuel card are provided for field-based positions
  • Your career at Ace is more than just a job. It’s a chance to be part of something meaningful. We help locally-owned businesses thrive and make an impact in their communities – and we support our employees in doing the same by offering an annual Ace Cares Week, 20 hours off work per year to volunteer at an organization of your choice, opportunities to help Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Ace Helpful Fund through the Ace Foundation
  • Ace invests in every employee we hire, with a key focus on development and coaching. We offer on-site classes, facilitator-led courses, and a generous tuition assistance program, plus a performance management approach that goes beyond the typical annual review
  • We know the work environment matters. That’s why Ace holds frequent campus events like Employee Appreciation Week, vendor demos, cookouts, and merchandise sales
  • We bring them to you! Services such as mobile spas, auto maintenance, car wash and detailing, dry cleaning, dentists, eye doctors, flu shots, recycling and more!
  • Employee discounts on Ace merchandise (including top brands like Weber, Traeger, Yeti, Craftsman, DeWalt and more), travel, fitness, computers and thousands more
  • Birth/Adoption bonding paid time off
  • Adoption cost reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – access to free visits to therapists and lawyers, guidance on financial matters, elder and childcare, and assistance with tickets to entertainment events
  • Identity theft protection

* Benefits are provided in compliance with applicable policies.

We want to hear from you!
When most people think of career opportunities with Ace Hardware, they often think of the helpful cashiers and sales associates at their local store. However, have you also considered the people behind the scenes who select, promote, ship and process the invoices for more than 75,000 products? Maybe you haven't, but we'd like you to. Because together we help our customers take care of their homes. Come find out why a career with the Ace Hardware Corporation is one of America's best kept secrets.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Ace Hardware Corporation and its subsidiaries are committed to a policy of promoting equal employment opportunities. The company recognizes the importance of diversity and leveraging the skills and talents of all people to the mutual advantage of each individual and the organization. The company is committed to the prevention of employment discrimination related to race, religion, color, sex (including sexual harassment), gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability and military or veteran status, sexual orientation or any other action covered by federal or applicable state/local laws.


The pay range for this position starts as listed in the job posting, but could be higher based on education and experience. Please note, compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each opening. We take into consideration the minimum requirements outlined in the job description, such as an individual’s education, training and experience, the position’s work location, required travel (if any), and external market conditions when determining the final salary for potential new hires.

Be aware that salary estimates published via alternate online job boards may not be a true representation of the actual pay range offered for this position. Please refer to the Ace position description for the accurate starting pay range information and feel free to discuss this with a Talent Acquisition professional if you are chosen to move forward with an interview.

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