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Network Security Engineer

Sword Group
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Engineering, IT, Security
Job Role
Network Security
Job Type
Sword is a leading provider of business technology solutions within the Energy, Public and Finance Sectors, driving transformational change within our clients. We use proven technology, specialist teams and domain expertise to build solid technical foundations across platforms, data, and business applications. We have a passion for using technology to solve business problems, working in partnership with our clients to help in achieving their goals.

About the role:

Sword Ping Network Solutions are looking to appoint a Network Security Engineer to provide a key role supporting our clients across various sectors. The role will be based on a flexible working model however working on client sites periodically will also be a requirement of this role.

We are seeking someone with exceptional technical and troubleshooting skills covering a wide range of technologies. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of Cisco Products and be able to demonstrate a logical and methodical approach to troubleshooting.

Candidates must have excellent communication skills and be able to take ownership of problems to ensure the necessary steps are taken to diagnose and troubleshoot issues through to resolution.

Here's what the role looks like:

  • Design, deploy, and manage next-generation firewalls (NGFW) with a focus on Palo Alto and Cisco ASA/Firepower platforms
  • Configure security policies to control network traffic and enforce access controls
  • Investigate and troubleshoot security incidents
  • Implement and maintain best practices for network securityStay up-to-date on the latest security threats and vulnerabilities
  • Participate in security audits and assessments
  • Collaborate with other IT professionals to ensure a holistic approach to security


Here are the key skills and experience relevant to this role:

  • Extensive experience in network and security/firewall management
  • Proven experience with Palo Alto Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFW) and configuration of key features (e.g. Panorama, Prisma, PanOS, Security Policy, App-ID, User-ID)
  • Solid understanding of Cisco ASA/Firepower firewalls and configuration best practices
  • Strong knowledge of network security principles and concepts (e.g., firewalls, intrusion detection/prevention systems, VPNs)
  • Familiarity with security protocols (e.g., IPSec, SSL/TLS)
  • Excellent problem-solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills

  • Preferred: Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE) or equivalent
  • Preferred: Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Security or equivalent


At Sword, our core values and culture are based on caring about our people, investing in training and career development, and building inclusive teams where we are all encouraged to contribute to achieve success.

We offer comprehensive benefits designed to support your professional development and enhance your overall quality of life. In addition to a Competitive Salary, here's what you can expect as part of our benefits package:

Personalised Career Development: We create a development plan customised to your goals and aspirations, with a range of learning and development opportunities within a culture that encourages growth.

Flexible working: Flexible work arrangements to support your work-life balance. We can't promise to always be able to meet every request, however, are keen to discuss your individual preferences to make it work where we can.

A Fantastic Benefits Package: This includes generous annual leave allowance, enhanced family friendly benefits, pension scheme, access to private health, well-being, and insurance schemes, an employee assistance programme, discounted cash plan and more....

At Sword we are dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace and are proud to be an equal opportunities employer, ensuring that all applicants receive fair and equal consideration for employment, regardless of whether they meet every requirement. If you don't tick all the boxes but feel you have some of the relevant skills and experience we're looking for, please do consider applying and highlight your transferable skills and experience. We embrace diversity in all its forms, valuing individuals regardless of age, disability, gender identity or reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation. Your perspective and potential are important to us.

If we can do anything to help make the hiring process more accessible, please let our talent acquisition team know when you apply so we can support any adjustments.

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