Infrastructure Lead Engineer

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Infrastructure Lead Engineer

An Infrastructure Lead Engineer plays an active role in the development of an organization’s infrastructure strategy architecture, service delivery standards and best practices. These professionals work in collaboration with network architects and network engineers. They assist in developing the necessary IT infrastructure that enables all essential business applications to run efficiently.

The lead engineer is responsible for the smooth and reliable operation of software and systems. They have to come up with innovative strategies for new and existing applications, software and operating systems. The professional must offer technical assistance to the IT teams and will have to focus more on networking security and desktop support. It is the Infrastructure Lead Engineer who must take care of the wireless networks such as servers, storage, routers, and other related hardware.

The professionals must create and maintain policies for network administration, usage and data recovery. The engineer will assist with any changes related to networking infrastructure. They have to work in collaboration with the network operations to take care of the firewall, proxy, load balancing, and Wide IP requests. The professionals should have an in-depth understanding of network security technologies and must be able to work with open source configuration management tools extensively. They will have to define, submit and track infrastructure procurement requests.

Job Description

The primary responsibilities of the Infrastructure Engineer include the development, documentation, and maintenance of network policies, processes, and procedures. They focus on areas such as network design, data center operation, and administration. The engineer must have a good knowledge of network infrastructure, routers, firewalls, and other relevant network protocols and concepts.

The Lead Infrastructure Engineer is responsible for ongoing management, maintenance of Data Protection tools, Active Directory and Anti-Virus Management. The professional has to manage, maintain and create complex automations solutions to improvise the service delivery. They should have a proper understanding of the policies and guidelines of the Information Security Management.

Job Description

The Infrastructure Engineer should recognize the accurate procedures and appropriate channels for resolutions. They have to take care of the resolution activities and keep the user updated with the same. They must have the ability to troubleshoot issues across different technology capabilities such as compute, storage, networking, physical infrastructure, software, and cloud. The engineer must offer support and technical guidance on test planning. They have to take care of the implementation, administration, and support of infrastructure solutions and services. The other responsibilities that come under the job purview include the following:

  • Design and develop a scalable IT infrastructure that benefits the organization
  • Take part in IT strategic planning activities that reflect the future vision of the organization
  • Introduce cost-effective best practices related to the needs of the business needs of the organization
  • Research and recommend solutions that circumvent potential technical issues
  • Provide high levels of customer service as it pertains to enterprise infrastructure
  • Review and document key performance metrics and indicators to ensure high performance of IT service delivery systems
  • Take charge of available client databases, networks, storage, servers, directories, and other technology services
  • Collaborate with the network engineer to design infrastructure improvements and changes and to troubleshoot any issues that arise
  • Conduct timely meetings with assigned vendors
  • Plan, design, and manage infrastructure technologies that can support complex and heterogeneous corporate data and voice infrastructure
  • Execute, test and roll out innovative solutions to keep up with the growing competition
  • Create and document proper installation and configuration procedures
  • Assist in handling software distributions and software updates and patches
  • Oversee deployment of systems and network integration in association with partner clients, business partners, suppliers and subsidiaries

Educational Qualifications

The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, electronics, telecommunications or any related field. Some organizations prefer candidates who possess a master’s degree. Relevant experience in the field provides added advantages.


According to Glassdoor, on an average, a Lead Infrastructure Engineer will earn around $96,799 annually. Salary estimates are calculated from anonymously submitted salaries by employees in the field.  The Indeed salary estimate shows that an Infrastructure Lead Engineer salary ranges from approximately $87,578 per year for Network Engineer to $122,872 per year for Infrastructure Engineer. As per Neuvoo, the average Infrastructure Lead Engineer salary is $132,860 per year or $68.13 per hour in the United States. The recent statistics show that entry level job pays $18,525 per year while most experienced workers make up to $225,862 per year.

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