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Network Solution Architect


Contract typePermanent Full Time


This exciting new role offers an excellent opportunity for the successful candidate to lead end to end technology solutions in order to deliver the Technology Strategy. A bright and enthusiastic Network professional, we want someone who is going to hit the ground running, utilising there previous experience in Solution Architecture at an enterprise organisation.

Role purpose

Reporting to the Enterprise Architect, the primary purpose of the role of Network Solution Architect is to define, maintain and ensure the security, integrity and consistency of end to end technology solutions. The individual will be a subject matter expert in Network architectures and implementations, particularly with Cisco and Juniper technology stacks enabling a geographically disperse technology platform.


 Skills Knowledge & Experience

• 5 years experience as an Network Architect

• 10 years experience of design, implementation and support of network solutions and technologies

• Strong expertise in Cisco, Meraki, Juniper, F5, NetScaler, VMware, Nutanix, Arista and Cloud Network technology stacks

• Proven demonstrable experience and knowledge of supporting datacentre migrations

• Excellent practical experience of network security platforms including NGFW, IPS/IDS, Endpoint Protection, WAF, DDoS, VPN and authentication technologies

• Implementation of network vulnerability management systems

• Proven demonstrable knowledge of designing and running Branch office, Datacentre and Private (e.g. VMware, Nutanix) and Public Cloud networks (e.g. AWS and Azure) supporting a hybrid cloud strategy

• Experienced in the design and implementation of Firewall, Proxy and Load Balancer technologies

• Excellent technical knowledge of: DNS, DHCP, VPN, MPLS, VOIP, IP and routing protocols

• Knowledge of network & application analysis toolsets

• Strong technical knowledge of: HDX, QoS, NAC

About us

Hastings Direct is a fast growing, agile, digitally focused general insurance provider of products and services to over 2.7 million customers in the UK. We've significantly grown our customer base over the last three years and we now employ over 3,400 colleagues 

Benefits for you 

Please find some of the great benefits we offer here at Hastings Direct;

  • Competitive basic salary which we will share with you upon shortlisting, but do feel free to email the Recruitment team for more details in advance of your application –
  • 1-2 days working from home
  • Car allowance of £5,000
  • Up to 10% bonus earning potential
  • 27 days holiday
  • Life assurance
  • Competitive pension
  • Flexible benefits – buy or sell holidays
  • Discounted Hastings Direct products        
  • A friendly, dynamic and flexible environment with a test-and-learn culture
  • Structured career path that rewards achievements and solid performance
  • Broad exposure to senior management and ability to contribute to real change

Hastings Group is an equal opportunities employer which means we treat people fairly. We welcome applications from all suitably skilled persons regardless of their gender, age, race, disability, ethnic background, religion/belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or marital/family status. Please also note that we have a thorough referencing process, which includes credit and criminal record checks.


78 Cannon Street
About London


The shifts in customer service teams are quite colleague friendly. There is free tea and coffee in the call centre, and a subsidised Costa Coffee and canteen. There are lots of incentives to earn more, and a decent social life.

It has a really positive environment with everyone who works there being very helpful. The managers really do go out of their way to assist you. There are a lot of benefits and rewards at Hastings Direct which if you are doing well are quite easy to achieve.

There is a well-rounded approach to the wellbeing of all colleagues, including an inclusive approach to wellbeing activities. Hastings Direct aims to roundly develop colleagues and set them up for future careers within the company.

There is a wonderful work environment, with a strong sense of team work which purveys throughout the business. And there is a sense of friendly competition which works to heighten this.


As an employer, Hastings Direct offers a lot of company benefits to all employees which are fantastic and I feel this is quite unique. The company culture is inclusive and encourages everyone to participate in local causes.

All employees are well looked after, respected and recognised for the hard work we do for the company. It is a great experience to be working with such amazing team. It much easier for me to balance my work and personal life.

It’s a great place to work with amazing benefits, support and colleagues. Lots of hands on support. Amazing rewards for achieving targets and also plenty of time to get together as a team outside of work and bond with your colleagues.

The company culture, management structure and general atmosphere is really good. The share scheme and Hastings Direct rewards are also fantastic for staff.