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Network Systems Engineer (Pre-Sales)

Arista Networks

Arista Networks

Software Engineering, Sales & Business Development
Raleigh, NC, USA
Posted on Friday, June 21, 2024

Company Description

Arista Networks is an industry leader in data-driven, client-to-cloud networking for large data center, campus and routing environments. What sets us apart is our relentless pursuit of innovation. We leverage the latest advancements in cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and software-defined networking to provide our clients with a competitive edge in an increasingly interconnected world. Our solutions are designed to not only meet the current demands of the digital landscape but to also anticipate and adapt to future challenges.

At Arista we value the diversity of thought and perspectives that each employee brings to the table. We believe that fostering an inclusive environment, where individuals from various backgrounds and experiences feel welcome, is essential for driving creativity and innovation.

Our commitment to excellence has earned us several prestigious awards, such as Best Engineering Team, Best Company for Diversity, Compensation, and Work-Life Balance. At Arista, we take pride in our track record of success and strive to maintain the highest standards of quality and performance in everything we do.

Job Description

Who You’ll Work With

When you join Arista as part of the Sales Engineering team, you're not just stepping into a role; you're becoming part of a team of industry experts and technical leaders. Typically reporting to the Regional Engineering Manager, you'll be working alongside some of the most skilled field engineers in the industry. Our team prides itself on not just understanding the technology but also the business impact and aligning our solutions with the larger goals of our clients. In collaboration with our Product Management and Software Development teams, you will play a pivotal role in steering product developments, offerings, and strategic direction to best serve our customers and prospects. Supported by the expertise of our world class Arista TAC, cutting-edge proof-of-concept resources, and support of the executive team, you are well-positioned to lead and innovate within the industry.

What You’ll Do

As a critical member of the Arista Sales Engineering team, you will act as a trusted advisor to our customers, gathering requirements and identifying opportunities with existing and new customers.

  • Collaborate with Arista Account Managers to gain an in-depth understanding of our enterprise and commercial clients and conduct whiteboard network architectural reviews to identify areas for improvement in network performance and efficiency
  • Conduct Arista product presentations of Arista's Open Networking Data Center and Cognitive Campus (including Wi-Fi) networking solutions, CloudVision (Network Automation), Security (Network Detection), Endpoint Security, and Real-time Fabric Monitoring solutions
  • Utilize your expertise in network design and implementation, including leaf and spine architectures involving overlay technologies such as VxLAN and EVPN, to create consistent and highly scalable Arista Data Center and Campus network solutions that improve network performance and efficiency for our enterprise and commercial clients in the region
  • Conduct thorough hands-on testing of customer proof-of-concept setups, Data Center and/or Campus network designs, and network deployments using the latest Arista products and features. This testing will ensure the successful deployment and performance of Arista network solutions that meet the specific needs of our clients and prospects in the region
  • Offer design guidelines and provide recommendations to our clients and prospects in the region to enhance the performance and efficiency of the networks they support. These recommendations will balance specific customer needs with proven Arista Validated Designs to meet the specific needs of our clients and designed to optimize their network infrastructure.
  • Collaborate with the sales team to respond to RFP/RFQs and provide valuable customer feedback to Product Management and Engineering.
  • Through your expertise and insights, you will help to ensure that Arista network solutions meet the needs of our clients and prospects in the region. As a member of the Arista Sales Engineering team, you will help drive features, functions, and product development through your feedback and help shape the future of our network solutions.
  • Serve as a representative of Arista at SDN and other Open Networking industry events and conferences. Through your expertise and thought leadership, you will help to build awareness and promote Arista's innovative network solutions.
  • Stay current with industry trends and advancements in networking technology, including competitive solutions, products, and services
  • Author and collaborate on informative white papers on Arista technology and products that showcase your expertise in network design and implementation and help solve real world customer challenges.


  • Network Industry Certification preferred, such as ACE-L4, ACE-L6, ACE-L7, and others.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in L2/L3 networking design and implementation with a focus on Data Center, Campus, and Wi-Fi solutions.
  • Expert-level experience with routing and switching, including L2/L3 protocols, as well as overlay technologies such as VxLAN.
  • Current hands-on experience in designing highly scalable leaf-spine network architectures.
  • Proven work experience as a Sales Engineer, Solutions Architect, Pre-Sales SE, or Network Consulting Engineer is preferred.
  • Expert knowledge in Ethernet, RSTP/MSTP, VLANs, IP Routing, TCP/IP, OSPF, BGP, eBGP, VxLAN, Multicast, Spanning Tree, and QoS.
  • Good understanding of the competitor technology landscape, specifically Cisco and Juniper.
  • Expert-level knowledge of the industry-standard Command Line Interface (CLI).
  • Previous experience building network automation using Python and Ansible is highly desired.
  • Strong writing skills and ability to create informative white papers on technology and products is highly desired.

Additional Information

Arista Networks is an equal opportunity employer. Arista makes all hiring and employment-related decisions in a non-discriminatory manner without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or any other factor determined to be unlawful under applicable federal, state, or law law. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.