As a well rounded Network Architect, you should be the type that appreciates diversity in your day, and relishes challenges outside of your comfort level! You will be touching some of the most cutting edge network and optical equipment on the market, so you must come armed with well developed problem solving skills. You should be willing to take risks and learn new technologies as soon as (or before) they come to market.
A typical day in the life of a PacketFabric Network Architect might include these types of activities:
- Design and develop new network features based on direction from the product team.
- Create prototypes and proofs of concept of your designs in a lab environment.
- Perform all network-level testing of new designs, as well as any existing network functionality.
- Automate generation of network configurations for any new or existing designs.
- Work with Systems Reliability Engineers to integrate new/existing network features and designs into existing systems.
- Work with Software Engineers to integrate new/existing network features and designs into existing software.
- Maintain ownership of network projects, and see them through the design, testing, and implementation phases.
- Deliver high quality documentation on all projects, to be used by Network Engineering and other teams within the company.
- Automate anything and everything that can be automated!
- Enhance automated system tools that support the network.
- Assist the Production Network Engineering team in day to day activities, including, but not limited to, troubleshooting network issues, upgrading/replacing network hardware, and monitoring the overall health of the network.
- Respond to and work to resolve customer issues via phone, chat, or support tickets, during work hours or during rotating on-call schedule.
- And of course, since this is a start-up, we aren’t just asking you to wear one hat. When you get a break, you can assist any of our other teams!
Skills & Requirements
The right candidates will most likely have a Computer Science/Computer Engineering degree and have a strong (10+ year) background working in large scale telecommunications environments, with a proven track record of completing projects on time in spite of obstacles.
- Advanced/intermediate level understanding of IS-IS, including Traffic Engineering extensions, advertising of segment identifiers (L-ISIS), TE metric extensions.
- Advanced/intermediate level understanding of BGP, including BGP/MPLS L3VPNs, label advertisement via labeled unicast, SR Policy advertisement via SAFI 73, link-state advertisement (BGP-LS).
- Advanced/intermediate level understanding of Segment Routing, and its applications in large scale networks.
- Advanced/intermediate level knowledge of MPLS signaling protocols (RSVP, LDP, L-ISIS, L-BGP)
- Advanced/intermediate level understanding of various Layer 2 interconnect technologies, their applicable uses and typical industry implementations, including but not limited to L2VPN, EoMPLS, EVPN/VXLAN, and EVPN/MPLS.
- Ability to apply knowledge of all of the above protocols, taking into account common network designs and best practices found in large scale service provider, data center, and cloud networks.
- Experience working in cloud networking environments, including interconnecting on-premises networks with large public cloud provider networks.
- Abundance of hands-on experience with carrier class routers and switches (e.g Juniper, Cisco, Nokia, Whitebox).
- Familiarity with optical transport equipment and its underlying technologies.
- Experience implementing and operating both long-haul and regional/metro DWDM networks.
- Intermediate-plus understanding of current 'off box' network provisioning, network modeling and operational tooling.
- Experience with network automation approaches using ansible, salt, git, python, shell scripting, and netconf/restconf.
- Experience with managing your own tasks and projects, with a highly organized mindset.
- Not too big for the small jobs, not too small for the big jobs.