Jeff LaCoursiere jeff at
Tue Oct 28 10:41:37 GMT 2003

Hi All,

I bet some of you remember me sending this earlier in the year, then changing
my mind at the last minute and staying on a while longer.  Really am going
now, so if you are interested please let me know.  My last day is December 19,
and I am tasked with finding a replacement in the next month (!)  Some
exciting projects underway here, and I think anyone into networking and
security will have a blast at this job.

I'll be off sailing for the next eleven months (starting in January), hoping
to make Australia from Florida.  As an ob-topic is anyone into shortwave based
packet radio?  I may be taking a stab at staying connected while crossing the


On Tue, 4 Feb 2003, Jeff LaCoursiere wrote:

> Its been fun, but this American is heading back to the US soon (June).  I have
> had an amazing two years here, have met some fantastic people who will be my
> friends for life, and got to see most of Europe in the bargain.  No
> complaints.
> I was extremely fortunate to hook up with T-Mobile and have held a very senior
> technical role there, mainly looking after networks and security equipment.  I
> have spoken about my exit with my boss, and there is interest in a long
> overlap with my replacement, so the search begins now.  I would normally
> consider this spamming the list, but given the current job market I think I
> could be doing someone a huge favor.  In addition I think the quality of
> people reading this list represents the best available...
> So looking for the following skills:
> * UNIX - at least 8 years experience, diverse flavors desired.  HPUX required.
> FreeBSD experience given special notice ;)  I've managed to sneak a few boxes
> in here to do various things.
> * Networking - at least 8 years experience, cisco cert a big plus.  Experience
> with HSRP, redundant LANs, VLAN mgmt, load balancing, and traffic analysis
> required.
> * Security - at least five years experience, Checkpoint cert, Nokia and PIX
> experience desired.  IPSEC VPN design and implementation experience an
> absolute must (especially checkpoint based). Should be able to write risk
> assessments for design documents.  Should be able to whip up a skeleton
> security policy.  Lord knows we need one :)
> * General - need to be an expert on Internet protocols and some application
> layer design (need to fully understand how DNS, SMTP, POP, HHTP[S], SSL, SSH,
> IPSEC, etc. actually work in practice, and be prepared to analyze traffic
> dumps of these protocols to determine problem causes).
> The role is in the Infrastructure team of T-Mobile International UK, an arm of
> Deutsche Telekom that is currently handling all data services for mobile
> phones and PDA devices (i.e. we run the portals that allow you to download
> ringtones, games, news, etc.).  It is a permanent role - no contractors.  It
> is based in Hammersmith just a few minutes from the tube station, right on the
> river.  The role interfaces directly with the network staff at operators owned
> by DT in almost all of the European countries and has a strong influence on
> how DT's "intranet" connecting them all evolves.  There is some amount of
> travel involved (once a month or so) to central or eastern Europe, often
> Germany.  The pay is superior for the right individual - they can be very
> generous and take care of their employees to an amazing extent.  Of course
> coming from the US where you are lucky to get 10 days holiday your first year
> at a company (regardless of experience!) I am probably easily impressed.
> Geesh, after writing all of that I don't know why I am leaving.  If you are
> interested in interviewing for this position, which is open immediately,
> please let me know.  My apologies if this posting offends you.
> Thanks,
> Jeff LaCoursiere
> Infrastructure Specialist

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