Network Operations Manager Job Descriptions, Average Salary, Interview Questions

Network operations managers plan, direct, maintain, and coordinate network installation, maintenance, and operations. They oversee the operation data centers for their companies through recruiting, leading, and mentoring teams of network engineers. These managers use strategic planning to ensure their team members stay on schedule. Network operations managers are also responsible for ensuring compliance with company policies and guidelines.

Sample job description #1


The Network Operations Manager will lead the team that supports and maintains OT network infrastructure systems in order to meet company goals and provide a reliable and effective infrastructure for ABC Company’s manufacturing controls systems.

Key responsibilities

  • Monitor, manage, and mentor OT network operations/support tech team
  • Ensure the primary infrastructure systems within the OT network (network devices, servers, workstations, VDI systems, camera systems) are effectively maintained, and administered to ensure smooth reliable operations
  • Ensure effective monitoring, maintenance, and administration of automated network, server, power, and security alerting systems
  • Ensure effective monitoring, maintenance, and administration of automated backup systems to ensure data continuity and integrity for all OT systems
  • Oversee coordination and communication with the various manufacturing plants to provide effective support during maintenance downtimes. Ensure OT systems are as updated and current as possible
  • Oversee OT incidents, requests, and change management within ServiceNow. Ensure SLAs are correctly defined and met
  • Ensure maintenance of effective 24-7 plant operations with rotating on-call schedule, escalation paths, and emergency response plans
  • Oversee maintenance of OT infrastructure inventory and ensure maintenance of critical spares at all facilities
  • Ensure effective coordination and cooperation with the IT ServiceDesk to smoothly facilitate the resolution of cross domain incidents/requests
  • Oversee, maintain, administer, and develop automated OT infrastructure systems, workflows, and scripts
  • Oversee, maintain, and build documentation for both end users and OT staff
  • Coordinate and collaborate with the rest of OT, IT, Engineering and the business at large to identify and implement opportunities for continuous improvement
  • Model Company core values

Required qualifications

  • Bachelors of Science in Technology/Engineering fields with 5 years of experience in IT infrastructure/management role, masters degree in a related field, or 10 years of IT management/engineering experience
  • Strong demonstrable fundamental technical knowledge of networks, systems, and general IT systems (email, phones, word processors etc)
  • Experience with several of the following technical areas: Server hardware, enterprise storage hardware/software, VMWare (ESXi, vcenter, and Horizon), network switches/routers/firewalls (Cisco preferred), enterprise backup software, enterprise monitoring software, Microsoft Windows (server and desktop), Linux, Microsoft SQL, Python, PowerShell, VBScript, and/or Ansible
  • Thorough knowledge of ITSM best practices and supporting systems (SNOW preferred)
  • Management/supervisory experience
  • Excellent logical troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with direct reports, senior management, and other departments
  • Excellent verbal, listening, and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in and maintain a highly functional team environment

Preferred qualifications

  • Masters and five years of IT infrastructure management experience
  • Industry certifications relevant to the role (CCNP or higher, VMWare related certifications, CISSP/CISA, ITIL/ITSM related certifications)
  • Experience with ITOps/AIOps and the automation of systems
  • Experience and familiarity with manufacturing control system components like PLCs, SCADA systems, HMIs etc
  • Experience supporting highly reliable/highly critical systems found in areas like healthcare, manufacturing, or government

Sample job description #2

Summary of key responsibilities

Lead and manage on-site shows and facility installations and set-up in daily operations. Capable of multitasked crew leadership or may supervise Operation Supervisor(s) at larger facilities. Clearly communicate and assign priorities to crews on site. Cognizant of all aspects of facility and company interfaces. Serve as General Manager during his/her absence. Responsible for leading, directing, and delegating work, motivating, managing performance and employee relation issues, attendance issues, and providing career guidance to direct reports.

Essential functions:

1. Manage crews or Operations Supervisor(s), equipment, and company assets at assigned facility. Day-to-day responsibilities for planning and set up of shows. Request and order all needed materials for shows. Manage and assign work to Operations Supervisor(s) or senior technicians and assures completion within established time frames to meet customer expectations. Assess need and resolve issues during installations. Develop annual written evaluations of staff and provide verbal coaching.

2. Read and understand plans and schematics for development of permanent facility services for copper wire and fiber infrastructure. Contribute to design and presents options to facility management for operational maintenance and show facilitation.

3. Lead crews at assigned sites in installation of company services, permanent tenant maintenance and provide connectivity to switches and/or routers during set up.

4. Regular and consistent attendance, particularly as a role model leader.


  • Education: High School or GED with some college preferred
  • Experience: 5–7 years in convention/show experience and data/ telecommunications industry. 3–5 years supervisory experience
  • Specific Skills: Good listener and clearly communicates in English
  • Specialized Knowledge, Licenses, etc. Thorough knowledge in telephone connectivity and router switch utilization and function
  • Supervisory Responsibility, if any: Manage and lead crews of 2–25.
  • Working Conditions: Work in high places pulling cable and in small dusty areas installing cabling

Sample job description #3

The Network Operations Manager role will offer you the flexibility to make each day your own, while working alongside people who care so that you can deliver on the following responsibilities:

  • Manage the development of solutions for application design and IT infrastructure components
  • Mentor team members to enhance their understanding of the end-to-end performance of IT platforms
  • Ensure compliance with policies, guidelines, and standard operating procedures
  • Ensure regular and effective monitoring of performance and capacity metrics for technology solutions

Minimum required experiences

  • 6 years of relevant professional work experience

Desired experiences

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent
  • Familiarity with enterprise technologies including but not limited to Cisco Meraki, Wireless, routing/switching, SD WAN, ISE, DNS, Zscaler, F5 load balancers, or CheckPoint firewalls
  • Strong focus on ensuring a high level of support for end users and services that leverage our network to deliver business value
  • Build strong partnerships with internal teams as well as other key partners to ensure life cycle management services are provided effectively

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a network operations manager is $93,250 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$92,750$125,450
Los Angeles, California$104,650$141,550
Denver, Colorado$87,200$117,950
Washington, DC$106,200$143,700
Miami, Florida$86,800$117,450
Orlando, Florida$80,050$108,300
Tampa, Florida$80,850$109,400
Atlanta, Georgia$84,800$114,750
Chicago, Illinois$97,500$131,900
Boston, Massachusetts$105,400$142,650
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$84,000$113,650
New York City, New York$110,950$150,150
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$90,350$122,250
Dallas, Texas$88,000$119,050
Houston, Texas$87,200$117,950
Seattle, Washington$101,450$137,250
National Average$79,250$107,250

Sample interview questions

  • What would you consider your management style to be?
  • How do you think handling a team of engineers is different then a team of other experts?
  • Can you describe some of the networking software tools you’re most familiar with?
  • How would you go about troubleshooting high CPU utilization in a router?
  • What would you do in a situation in which a router’s WAN link went down?
  • Is it normal to get CRC errors on MPLS WAN?
  • What would happen if one port out of an 8-port EtherChannel goes down?

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