100/hr Network Automation Lead (Ansible). 6 Months. Contract. Minneapolis, MN. (L-3318) (A)


Are you a Network Engineer with responsibilities around automation?  Ever used Ansible (or similar) to support network automation?  Then this gig might be of interest to you.

In short, the end client is wanting to add a lead to the network automation infrastructure team they have internally.  In addition to hands on delivery, the client wants this role to also mentor their internal staff as well as lead certain aspects of their efforts (so prior mentoring/lead roles are of value).  Ansible seems to be core to what they are trying to do.  Bonus points if candidate is open to contract-to-hire (but contract only is fine).

So, if this sounds like you, APPLY TODAY!!!

** update 2/1 -- Still going.  Looking back the only candidate that got traction (offer) was an 11 year DevOps (AWS) candidate w/ CI/CD focus (some Ansible back in 2015).  Candidate also had above average detail around configuration management in DevOps role with 'some' networking in cloud setting (subnets, etc.). **


(in order of desirability)

  • #1 - 10+ years; Network Engineering; Lead Roles in past; Prior work in network automation (configuration management, etc.) using Ansible or similar

  • Network Engineer
  • Configuration Management -- Chef, Puppet, Salt, Ansible, OpenStack (notate which ones in comments)
  • Is candidate open to automation focused on 100% on-premise networking solutions (routers, switches, etc.)

  • Network Automation
  • Configuration Management -- Ansible
  • Configuration Management -- Ansible -- Ansible Tower
  • Configuration Management -- Ansible -- Ansible Engine
  • Configuration Management -- Ansible -- Networking Add-On
  • Configuration Management -- Ansible -- Playbooks
  • Configuration Management -- Ansible -- Vault
  • Serialization Languages -- YAML
  • DevOps -- Coaching / Mentoring
  • DevOps -- Creating reusable automation libraries
  • DevOps -- Security Aspects (instance, application, access)
  • Continuous Configuration Automation (CCA)
  • Cloud based IaaS -- AWS, Google Compute Engine, Azure, OpenStack (notate in comments which)
  • Networking -- Routing, switching, firewall, load-balancing, etc. (notate which in comments)
  • Networking -- Provisioning
  • Provide either (1) an online profile (LinkedIn URL, etc) or (2) a reference that you reported to. If providing reference, share name, company, phone, and email where email is from the domain of the company. If neither, put NA in comments.
  • If not listed in resume, notate here ALL education details for candidate (institution, degree, year of graduation)

  • Infrastructure as Code (IaC) -- CloudFormation, etc.
  • Orchestration Tools -- Terraform
  • Continuous Integration (CI) -- Jenkins CI, Drone, Github, Artifactory (notate in comments which)
  • Is candidate open to contract-to-hire and/or direct hire? (optional; notate in comments which one or both)
  • Do you contribute to any open source in spare time?
  • 1st Language English or equivalent (i.e. 8 years in US, AUS, Singapore, Europe, etc.)
  • Is the candidate willing, if requested, to authorize background checks and/or education checks as part of selection process?
  • Is the candidate willing, if requested, to take drug screen as part of selection process?
  • Screens with candidate (phone and/or video) may be recorded to enable the overall selection process. Are you comfortable with that?
  • Skype ID of candidate (in case agent or client requests video call)

  • Status: 1-Active
  • Employment Type: Contract
  • Role: Network Automation Lead (Ansible)
  • Location: Minneapolis, MN.
  • Compensation: Up to $100.00/hr in a c2c/1099 structure. Limited W2 structure also possible but rate drops to $91.25/hr gross. We say gross as the limited w2 rate shown is before employer/employee taxes (not take home; take home would be lower as its after employee taxes which vary).
  • Payment Terms: Monthly invoice, NET 30 payment off invoice.
  • Expenses: Included in rate above
  • Positions: 1
  • Current pool: 1/22 (In Play/Submitted). Click HERE for summary view of candidates submitted so far.

    Last Update 02/14/19 13:32 PM. Tim Bauer. Still going. Client turned down our submission. They continue to want someone that can be c2h or direct hire.. (full detail change log at bottom).
    Shortlist On 03/01/19
    Start On 03/18/19
    Duration Duration is estimated to be 6 months.
    1st Post Date 11/29/18
    1st Screened by Amplified0
    Submitted to Client2
    Interviewed by Client0
    ClientShared after 1st Screen
    AgentShared after 1st Screen. Amplified is not the prime.
    Contact for Lead Tim Bauer
    Interview DetailsFace-to-face interview is required after phone screen. If not possible, let LEVERAGEncy know on submission if Skype or other options could work (or none).
    Work Authorizations Client is only considering candidates with work authorizations of: US Citizen,Green Card
    IndustryManufacturing - Other
    Opp Quality The overall rating for this lead is A. This is based on contract duration being 6, 1 opening(s), and 0 to 3 competitors at our level or better. You can see a graphical ruberic of how these stats translate to a rating here.
    L Number3318
    LayersBetween Amplified and the End Client there are 1 layers. In addition, the end client prefers that Amplified limits the layers between Amplified and the Employer of Record of the candidate to .


    02/14/19 13:32 PM . Tim Bauer. Still going. Client turned down our submission. They continue to want someone that can be c2h or direct hire.

    02/06/19 17:37 PM . Tim Bauer. Submitting candidate to end client. Great depth around Ansible product (last gig implementing from scratch for a client was key).

    02/06/19 16:49 PM . Tim Bauer. Agent reviewed our submissions (2) today and asked us to screen one. Seems to be the Ansible detail is what is intriguing (difference between two candidates).

    02/01/19 14:45 PM . Tim Bauer. Updated description of one candidate the end client liked to assist finding similar.

    01/31/19 14:28 PM . Tim Bauer. Still no update from hiring manager (agent pinged last week). We'll request another poke now.

    01/24/19 13:49 PM . Tim Bauer. Pinged agent for update here.

    01/17/19 14:47 PM . Tim Bauer. Pinging agent to get latest status (still open? etc.)

    01/12/19 21:17 PM . Tim Bauer. Candidate tabled after screen w/ Amplified as was clearly lip syncing to someone else answering the questions. No question.

    01/09/19 22:44 PM . Tim Bauer. Agent confirms hiring manager still looking. No notable candidates in pipeline. Continue to search.

    01/07/19 13:26 PM . Tim Bauer. Still searching. Added check on qualification list to make sure candidate is ok with solutions focused on 100% on-premise networking solutions (client had some submissions back out due to that recently).

    01/03/19 13:35 PM . Tim Bauer. Client hiring manager wanted to interview someone that looked like this --> 11+ years. Last gig 2yrs AWS/CloudFormation. Ansible 2014-15. Terraform 2015-17. Arch role last gig. Linux admin to start 2007-11. CI/CD 2012-14.

    01/03/19 13:34 PM . Tim Bauer. Candidate client wanted to interview from us has been withdrawn. Per agent got an offer last week. Continue to source. Ideal candidate looks something like this candidate (submission 16856).

    01/03/19 12:47 PM . Tim Bauer. Still going. Client asked to interview candidate yesterday from us. So definitely willingness to move by hiring manager (they don't have solid options in pipeline yet).

    12/27/18 13:56 PM . Tim Bauer. Still searching. Same filters.

    12/21/18 16:31 PM . Tim Bauer. Agent submitted our candidate to hiring manager today HOWEVER not expecting feedback from them till after new years.

    12/19/18 18:55 PM . Tim Bauer. Refocusing role (based on feedback on client interviews of candidates this week) on network automation based on Ansible. So less about DevOps and Apps. More about configuration management across a global network of network devices. I'll table submissions so far based on that (if you want me to reconsider let me know).

    12/19/18 18:45 PM . Tim Bauer. Sharing submission to client to see if dated Ansible (but at depth; 2 years back) is compelling w/ a DevOps flavor.

    12/11/18 16:05 PM . Tim Bauer. All candidates submitted so far have been put on hold or tabled (too light in IaC focus/experience). Please continue to source candidates with more depth focus on IaC

    12/11/18 14:56 PM . Tim Bauer. Based on candidates screened/submitted the key is someone that has done notable ENTERPRISE scale scripting work to enable infrastructure deployment/configuration/security in the cloud (AWS or Azure). Scripting to do CI/CD aspects is a plus but shouldn't be the core of the candidates recent work.

    12/06/18 20:28 PM . Tim Bauer. Hold on submission. Agent want to see if others have more exposure with similar scale (# of servers > 250, etc.) and more liaison work with CxO levels.

    12/06/18 14:32 PM . Tim Bauer. This is still going. Hot lead.

    12/04/18 13:55 PM . Tim Bauer. Agent tables our submission off tech screen. Felt the depth around IaC aspects of role (ansible, terraform, etc.) was too light to lead what the client needed.

    11/29/18 20:32 PM . Lead Created

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