Windstream Network Architecture is building upon its recent success and publicity in new technology evolution in the Transport domain to expand the team in the network lab in Little Rock, AR. The desired candidate would have 5-7 years Engineering and Operations experience in communication service provider regional and core network ROADM, amplifier, coherent transmission, and packet/optical transport nodes and supplier base. The ideal candidate would be seeking career progression from an Engineering role to an Architect role, beginning with leading the evolution of Windstream's key existing regional and core networks, extracting the newest capabilities and lowest cost profiles within the Windstream network.
The current role of the position would lead the evolution of existing and establishment of new testbeds, enhancing testing methods/procedures, and test case automation within the network lab facility. In this role, the candidate would work with peers in Network Architecture and other Engineering/Operations peers to select and integrate hardware and software for network deployment, write and execute test plans, document platform, product, and service configurations and support network automation programs requiring lab resources.
Over time, the position would use experience gained to take a lead role in Windstream's Transport network architecture and evolution, looking ahead towards next gen components and systems to propel Windstream to the front edge of transport network technology and network cost efficiency. Excellent attention to detail and written, verbal, and presentation skills are required, along with a commitment to the Windstream Engineering Values of Accountability, Collaboration, Agility, and Respect.
Little Rock, AR local office footprint, with implied adherence to network lab facility access restrictions, ability to support partial WFH, and company travel as required/available.
Analyzes requirements to meet growth and evolution in Transport domain platforms and products. Recommend new hardware and software for testing and deployment.
Write test plans, execute tests, install and remove hardware and connectivity in the lab. Write scripts and develop tools to automate test cases. Cost model new network systems and technologies in comparison to each other and to existing network designs.
Perform hands on testing with network test equipment in a lab environment. Provide documentation and handoff of tested and approved transport hardware to downstream Engineering and Operations teams. Support deployment through development of new documentation and quality assurance through network first office application.
Normally receives modest level of instruction on day-to-day work. Must evolve to anticipate and understand new technology and its application to the Windstream network.
In depth understanding of telecommunications industry; in depth knowledge of one or more engineering disciplines and vendor equipment including Transport, Ethernet, IP, network management, and test equipment operations. Ability to build economic cost models for network projects, network architectures, and new technology platforms.
In depth knowledge of accepted communications service provider engineering practices. Computer software knowledge to include Microsoft Office, Custom Planning Tools, Databases, computer and network operating systems and EMS applications. Good analytical skills; the ability to prioritize projects; great oral and written communication skills; and great interpersonal skills. Good project management skills required to balance timelines and priorities of lab and network projects.
Education and Experience:
College degree and 3-5 years experience or 7 years equivalent related Engineering/Technical experience or a combination of education and related Engineering/Technical experience required.
Demonstrated ability to stay current with the economic and technological developments in the communications service provider industry.