Symantec Sr Product Support Engineer in Tokyo, Japan

Department Overview:

We are searching for a talented Network Protection Product Support Engineer to join our escalation team, and provide backline support as an integral part of our world-class technical support team for Network Protection products (formerly Blue Coat).


This position reports to the Manager of the Product Support Engineer group, and works directly with Symantec customers, partners and other Support personnel to provide world class support for the Symantec Network Protection products. One of the primary goals of this position is to assist the frontline engineers with issues that are more technically complex. This person provides support services and incident management via email, web and telephone. Responsibilities include setting & managing customer expectations, timely communication, root-cause analysis, performance & process improvement, troubleshooting, trending and resolving complex software support cases. This position will work closely with the SGOS sustaining and development engineering teams, QA, and release teams. This engineer will identify and reproduce issues, recommend improvements to the product, and will assist with beta testing of new releases.

  • Provide direct support to internal and external customers via email, web and telephone in a fast- paced support environment and provide an escalation point of contact for Support groups

  • Manage customer expectations, provide timely updates, troubleshoot & resolve complex technical issues, perform root-cause analysis and drive performance & process improvements

  • Take complete ownership of reported issues and own/manage them through to their completion.\

  • Coordinate problem resolution across multiple departments and disciplines; proactively work with internal engineering teams to communicate and resolve technical problems

  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of the products, functions and diagnostic capabilities

  • Attend training and self-study to acquire, maintain and improve job skills

  • Use knowledge management tools to research and document problems and their resolutions

  • Use case management tools to document problems; provide updates (internally and to customers) and to record resolutions

  • Work as a team member with other Product Support Engineers and support personnel both in and outside the Support Group

  • Develop and deliver new product training to Partners, Support team and other product specialists

  • Provide feedback to engineering on product performance, stability, quality and supportability at all stages of the product life cycle

  • Perform testing on new release versions, and new product features and functions prior to their release to evaluate performance against operational requirements

  • Occasional travel to customer sites to diagnose and resolve issues


  • 5+ years senior level technical support experience in networking/security/proxy products problem resolution at the packet and protocol level

  • Good communication skills in Japanese and English (Reading/Writing/Speaking)

  • BSEE, BSCS degree or equivalent experience is highly preferred

  • Ability to use network analysis tools such as Wireshark, TCPdump, and Sniffers

  • Excellent working knowledge of protocols and general networking principles

  • Expert knowledge of TCP/IP, HTTP and SSL at the packet/protocol level

  • Strong knowledge of protocols including but not limited to: FTP, DNS, SMTP, ICAP, CIFS, MAPI, authentication protocols (LDAP, RADIUS, NTLM, Kerberos)

  • Knowledge of streaming protocols, instant messaging, and SOCKs is a plus

  • Knowledge of PKI, Certificate Management Systems, OpenSSL and Cryptography is a plus

  • Expert in analyzing packet traces of the above protocols

  • Experience in embedded operating systems, Linux/UNIX based operating systems and Windows a plus

  • Proficiency in understanding and troubleshooting software-related issues utilizing documentation, knowledge base, bug tracking system, requirements, other technical teams, etc.

  • Ability to build test network setup in lab environments to replicate customer issues

  • Solid authoring skills to document customer information and recurring issues to support product quality programs and product development; author and publish content to contribute to training and knowledge

  • Ability to demonstrate assertiveness and confidence when working with customers.

  • Strong analytical, troubleshooting and Customer Service skills

  • Ability to self-direct work, with demonstrated ability to complete multiple competing tasks under pressure with a high degree of flexibility and creative problem solving


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