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Principal, Network Administrator (Remote)

At Hilmar Cheese Company we improve lives around the world through wholesome dairy products. Since our founding in 1984, Hilmar Cheese Company has been committed to innovation and sustainability. Our state-of-the art production facilities convert an abundance of locally sourced high-quality milk into a variety of nutritious cheeses, whey protein and lactose. The Cheese and Ingredients that we produce create a wide variety of retail and food service products from sliced and shredded cheeses, to protein supplements and infant formula. We are a trusted partner to premier food and beverage brands in for than fifty countries helping bring their vision into reality.


Throughout our decades of success and growth we have remained committed to our mission and values and these principles unite our people and guide all that we do.

A Typical Day

The Principal Network Administrator will be responsible for designing, developing, implementing, and maintaining software, systems, applications, security, and network configurations. Additionally, they will provide technical leadership, support, patch installation, updates, and upgrades, and create, test, and maintain a disaster recovery plan.  The Principal Network Administrator also exhibits highly developed trouble-shooting & analytical skill to translate higher-level knowledge to others while effectively managing multiple priorities.

This position is open to remote candidates and may be performed anywhere in the United States, except for in the state of Colorado.

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead the design and implementation of enterprise network solutions for the production and manufacturing plants. 
  • Ensuring the stability, reliability, uptime, high availability, performance, security and integrity of the network. 
  • Setup and establish alert thresholds to monitor plant floor network (end to end).  
  • Provide round the clock proactive support to manufacturing operations team.
  • Troubleshoot difficult network problems, must quickly and correctly accomplish equipment repairs, and meticulously perform preventative maintenance on equipment that includes but not limited to network switches, routers, firewalls, and external network circuits, cloud network and firewalls.
  • Plan, Design, Architect and Support Network perimeter & firewall security policies. 
  • Develop, document, test and maintain network disaster recovery plans, network security hardening, compliance and maintenance.
  • Establish administrative, tracking, best practice procedures, and standards.
  • Plan, coordinate, and implement network security measures to protect data, software, and hardware.
  • Lead installation, configuration and support for external network circuits, switches, routers, and firewalls.



What You Will Need

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field + 7 years’ experience OR Master’s degree in computer science or related field + 3 year’ experience.
  • 3 years hands-on network design & architecture experience.
  • Expert knowledge in Cisco, Extreme, Palo Alto, F5, Barracuda, Fortinet. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with non-technical staff and with members of interdisciplinary team.
  • Working knowledge in Network perimeter security, firewall policy compliance, A.V., spam filter, URL content filtering, and certificates.
  • Design, Setup and implementation of cloud security compliance for federated domains.
  • Proficient with Wireshark for troubleshooting and resolving network connectivity and performance issues.  
  • LDAP, Kerberos, SAML, PKI and SIEM installation, configuration and support.


What Will Put You Ahead

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field + 10 years’ experience OR Master's degree in computer science or related field + 5 years’ experience.
  • 5 years hands-on network design & architecture experience.
  • Maintain and administer the Plant Manufacturing network that run the Wonderware, Rockwell Control Logix PLC Logic Controllers and MES network.
  • MCSE, MCSI, CCNA, CCDA, CCNP, CISSP, PMP, Wonderware Certifications.

Physical Demands & Work Environment

The work is primarily performed in an office environment and the physical demands are characteristic of a mostly sedentary role.  Specific details of the essential functions of the position is available in the Job Safety Analysis, made available on request. 

Food safety is a companywide responsibility and each employee must know their role in the manufacture and distribution of safe, wholesome, and high quality products.


This description is a general statement and does not include other duties as assigned

Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/EEO. We participate in E-Verify.

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