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Network Engineer

RemoteKöln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, GermanyEngineering

Meet DeepL

DeepL, Europe's leading AI company since 2017, is dedicated to breaking down language barriers and bringing cultures closer together. Our expertise in AI and neural networks has enabled us to create cutting-edge communication technologies for businesses, including the acclaimed DeepL Translator which offers 30+ languages, and DeepL Write, our AI writing companion. Our core offering includes a suite of products and tools made for businesses to communicate more effectively, both internally and with their customers around the globe.

Our goal is to become the global leader in Language AI and build products that help drive better communication, drive connection, and make real-life impact. To do that, we need talented people, like you, who want to be a part of this exciting journey. If you're ready to work with a dynamic team and build your career in the fast-moving AI space, DeepL is your next destination.

What sets us apart

We are committed to innovation and to a nurturing work environment. Founded by developers and researchers, we spend a lot of time actively reviewing the latest trends in generative AI and software engineering. Known for pioneering AI technologies, we dive deep into cutting-edge research to create not only translations, but advanced language solutions. Combining our use of modern technology, comprehensive employee benefits with our open and welcoming work culture is what sets us apart.

When we tell people about DeepL as an employer, the reactions are overwhelmingly positive. Maybe it's because of the products that have helped countless people worldwide, or maybe it's because of our shared goal of improving communication for individuals and businesses worldwide. What we're certain of is this: being part of DeepL means joining a team committed to innovation and the well-being of its employees.

Meet the team behind this journey

We are looking for a Network Specialist to join our Data Center Engineering and Network Technology team dedicated to providing a reliable foundation for our services and the platform. Reporting to the Engineering Manager, you will work in close partnership with your team, the wider DevOps team and the Engineering department you will help us break down language barriers.

In this role, you and the other team members will have primary responsibility for operating our Data Centers' Network using modern DevOps tools, automation and classic administration methods.

You will be responsible for hardware, network operating systems and services that we provide in a growing environment. You will work (remotely) on our production services as well as our high-performance machine-learning clusters in multiple sites. Your work will involve coordinating staff on-site, and you will be able to visit the sites from time to time.

You will join a team of broadly skilled engineers who will be able to support and kick-start your projects.


Your responsibilities

  • Configure, maintain and monitor the network environment using our automation stack
  • Maintain, improve and extend our automation stack (Golang, Templating)
  • Contribute to the ongoing renewal and optimization of our sites according to our architectural plans
  • Troubleshooting physical and logical networking issues on routers, switches and Linux hosts
  • Working with multiple hardware vendors and a world-class, high-performance environment
  • Coordinate the work of remote hands in our Data Centers
  • For more complex tasks, you may travel to the data centers to work on-site
  • Collaborate with team members on larger work
  • After sufficient training, you will be part of our 24/7 on-call rotation (paid extra)

Qualities we look for

  • Strong experience in the networking engineering field
  • You have experience with common network debugging tools (ping, traceroute, mtr, tcpdump, ethtool, wireshark)
  • JNCIP or CCNP, or equivalent experience
  • Service Provider or Enterprise network experience (BGP, IS-IS, OSPF, IPv6)
  • You have an understanding of config management (Puppet or Ansible)
  • Linux + Network OS know-how (Junos, IOS, SONiC, BIRD, ...)
  • Software engineering experience (Golang, Python, GitLab, …)
  • Good communication skills in English
  • Due to the nature of the role, the job holder will need to regularly travel and be able to physically rack routers
  • Ideally, you also have one or more of the following:
    • DWDM experience
    • Infiniband experience
    • Experience with modern system monitoring (Prometheus/Grafana)
    • Public Cloud networking experience

What we offer

    - Diverse and internationally distributed team: joining our team means becoming part of a large, global community with people of more than 90 nationalities. We're more than just colleagues; we're a group of professionals with a shared mission to connect diverse cultures. Our global presence is growing–we've doubled in size nearly every year, with our employees based in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, the US, and Japan, and we continue to expand our network.

    - Open communication, regular feedback: as a language-focused company, we value the importance of clear, honest communication. We value smooth collaboration, direct and actionable feedback, and believe that leading with empathy makes us better together.

    - Remote work, flexible hours: whether you're near or in our hubs in cities like Cologne, Berlin, Amsterdam, London, or prefer the comfort of your own home, you decide where your office is. We offer remote opportunities, flexible working hours, including on-call shifts to meet urgent needs and project requirements, and trust in your productivity, all in sync with your team's general locations and time zones to foster effective and seamless collaboration. Our aim is to integrate your work with your lifestyle, ensuring a balance that respects both your needs and our operational requirements.

    - Regular in-person team events: we bond over vibrant events that are as unique as our team, from local team and business unit gatherings, to new-joiner onboardings, to company-wide events that bring us all together–literally.

    - Monthly full-day hacking sessions: every month, we have Hack Fridays, where you can spend your time diving into a project you're passionate about and get the opportunity to work with other teams–we value your initiatives, impact, and creativity.

    - Comprehensive health insurance: your health comes first. With our comprehensive insurance, we'll make sure you're covered from head to toe.

    - 30 days of annual leave: we value your peace of mind. With 30 days off (excluding public holidays) and access to mental health resources, we make sure you're as strong mentally as you are professionally.

    - Annual learning budget: because we never stop learning, we’ve set up an annual budget for your professional development—pick a learning path which contributes to your career development and we'll back you up.

If this role and our mission resonate with you, but you're hesitant because you don't check all the boxes, don't let that hold you back. At DeepL, it's all about the value you bring and the growth we can foster together. Go ahead, apply—let's discover your potential together. We can't wait to meet you!

Please make sure to send your application in English.