Global Network Architect

Culver City, CA 90232

Employment Type: Contract To Hire Job Category: Architect Job Number: 19720

Core Responsibilities

The job’ s most important functions and responsibilities and percentage of time spent on each

1. Network Architecture and Design: 50%
  • Define the network strategy and roadmap.
  • Act as a leader within the GNS organization.
  • Lead the longer term evolution of the network environment
  • Identify and evaluate new systems, technologies and services and develop them to an operational capability
  • Develop and implemented codified solutions for support of existing and newly developed capabilities
  • Enable standards and policies to reduce repeated effort for deployment and operations
  • Monitor the development of new standards within the data and voice networking industry with attention to the impact on the SPE networking environment.
  • Work with business and product leaders to understand business requirements and help them understand how technology tradeoffs influence strategy.
  • Establish and maintain key relationships with business partners, other IT groups and service providers
  • Technical communications and consulting
  • Analyze business and market needs and translate them into actionable architectural requirements.
  • Develop business cases for strategic concepts that will become products and services.
  • Operate as lead architect within a team of technical leads, each with individual specializations, to create a coherent and advanced architecture and offering
  • Continually assess the existing environment and identify opportunities for improving solutions and service

2. IT Operations Support: 20%
  • Act as the highest resource for problem determination and resolution and assist network engineers with the diagnosis of complex network issues.
  • Participate in the development of operational procedures and policies.
  • Participate in the change control, production acceptance and event management processes.
  • Communicate change requests, issues and resolutions, event status as well other important matters to all areas of IT and customer departments.
  • Develop the knowledge base and expertise of the GNS organization.

Organizational Core Competencies
  • Trusted Partner
    • Delegates successfully and empowers others
    • Sought out for guidance and coaching
    • Identifies individual strengths and potential to build high performing teams
    • Demonstrates objectivity when making people decisions and courage to communicate and execute on them
  • Effective Communicator
    • Identifies and breaks communication barriers
    • Delivers tough messages effectively
    • Skilled Minto writer
    • States opinions proactively and constructively
    • Negotiates effectively
  • Strategic Thinker
    • Provides their team with a sense of direction when translating the organization’ s objectives into challenging and meaningful goals
    • Encourages team to question current assumptions and envision possible future scenarios
    • Empowers others to think big and explore new business opportunities
  • Problem Solver
    • Solicits multiple points of view to develop the best viable solutions
    • Uses sound judgment when prioritizing client’ s needs based on business impact
    • Knows when to “ just say no” to low value requests from the business and resolves stakeholder conflicts appropriately
  • Change Agent
    • Sponsors the best creative ideas and actively moves them into implementation
    • Generates excitement in others to innovate
    • Creates an environment of continuous improvement
    • Focuses on value creation not perceived limitations (constraints)

This position normally requires:
  • Detailed knowledge of Cisco hardware platforms, switching, routing (including EIGRP, BGP), IOS, IPv4, IPv6, TCP, cabling infrastructure, firewalls, remote access systems, wireless, SDN, SD-WAN, MPLS VPN, multicast, WAN acceleration, wide area networking technologies, DNS/DHCP/NTP, authentication technologies, 802.1x, spanning-tree, layer 2 security, RADIUS/TACACS, QoS, load-balancing.
  • Strong awareness of non-networking IT disciplines such as Windows and Linux server systems, clustering, storage area networks, RSA, information security, PKI, Active Directory, multi-tiered application architecture.
  • Minimum 10 years employment in the IT industry working with a major systems and vendors.
  • Minimum 8 years experience with Cisco based network environments
  • Minimum 5 years experience with multi-tiered network infrastructure environment
  • Minimum 3 years experience of defining and realizing major technology initiatives (+12-month duration)
  • Previous project management experience across multiple IT disciplines.
  • Two or more years of entertainment experience is a plus.
  • Experience with Cisco Call Manager Systems is a plus
  • Bachelor’ s degree or equivalent experience preferred.

Knowledge of:  
  • All major networking and related technology concepts
  • Proficient in all major Cisco networking products, including LAN, WAN and Security platforms
  • IP and VoIP network design and routing architectures
  • Expert level capability in a number of network technology areas
  • Operational and support functions and associated challenges in managing a network environment
  • Information Security as applied to networking and other IT domains
  • Software Defined Networking concepts and design patterns
  • Codified approaches to managing a homogenous network at scale

Skill In:  
  • Proven ability to create and maintain complex network architectures and solutions
  • Creating technical diagrams, presentations and other networking documentation
  • Developing standards, policies and procedures
  • Technical troubleshooting and problem determination
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to work effectively with team members, clients and other IT areas
  • Strong written and oral communications
  • Comprehensive network design experience
  • Comprehensive programming or scripting experience
  • Proficient project management

Ability To:
  • Handle multiple tasks and be flexible in a fast paced environment
  • Analyze an existing environment, new requirements and new technologies and the capability of the organization and develop a realistic and achievable networking strategy
  • Concisely explain technical problems and solutions to different levels of the organization
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with IT organizations, business clients and vendors
  • Critically assess and interpret business requests to understand real underlying requirements, define problems, establish facts and determine valid conclusions
  • Innovate new and compelling solutions or approaches to existing problems or inefficiencies in the environment
  • Remain open-minded to more effective alternatives to existing solutions and practices

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