Sr. Network Planner

Location: Dallas, TX
Date Posted: 11-20-2017
Job Description
The Sr Network Planning Engineer supports the Network Planning Architects in evaluating and recommending networking designs, technologies, equipment, and practices to best accomplish our client’s product goals. He or she will assist the Architects to roadmap the implementation of network technologies, evaluate and test new technologies, set standards and practices for consistent application of technologies, integrate new networks and services from company acquisitions, manage technology lifecycles, and publish reference documentation in support of those ends. The Sr Network Planning Engineer is vendor-agnostic and must think systemically. He or she must be able to evaluate from the perspective of the best solution for the complete end-to-end system and all supporting organizations, as opposed to evaluating solely for the betterment of a specific sub-system. He or she will work with product development, sales, marketing, engineering, operations, and other network planning teams to create a cohesive, integrated, and modern network for Frontier’s customers.
This position is primarily responsible for planning routing, switching, and other networking technologies within customer-facing data centers and adjacent networks. These data centers and networks focus on the origination and delivery of Frontier triple-play services such as Frontier TV, U-verse, FiOS, VoIP, and High-Speed Internet supporting systems (DNS, NTP, etc.). This position reports to the Manager of Centralized Network Planning.
% of time
40% Plan and document network standards in response to network architecture changes, triple-play product requirements, feature enhancements, or equipment lifecycle events. Author documents such as Reference Architecture, High-Level Design (HLD), Engineering Guidelines (EGL), Provisioning Guidelines (PGL), and Security Guidelines (SGL)
40% Develop test plans and coordinate testing of specific vendor equipment to meet requirements. Perform evaluations on new equipment. Create configurations for routers, switches, test equipment, and related systems in a Lab environment for purposes of establishing network-wide standards
10% Plan and support the deployment of new technologies or services across the network through the creation of a multi-year roadmap. Keep abreast of industry developments. Research future technologies
Provide post-mortem support for operational issues. Evaluate modifications to network standards and publish advisories
LOCATIONS: Dallas-TX, Fort Wayne-IN
TRAVEL: Occasional - 1-2 weeks every other month
Job Requirements Job requirements should include all necessary qualifications to perform the full job.
  1. Kind and length of experience:
Five or more years of experience performing hands-on network design, configuration, and troubleshooting of data center and service provider networks with at least:
  • One or more years in a telco/cable provider technology or planning organization (i.e. network architecture, capacity management, deployment planning, or evaluating and testing new technologies)
  • One or more years working in triple-play subscriber networks, video head ends, or data centers supporting similar high-SLA customer-facing services
NOTE: ISP (Telco/Cable/Satellite Broadband) experience is mandatory.
A qualified candidate should have:
  • Professional-level knowledge and experience with at least one of the following routing and switching platforms:
    • Alcatel 7x50 Service Routers
    • Juniper MX or E Series
    • Cisco IOS/IOS-XR high-end routers and switches (i.e., 6500, 7600, Nexus, ASR)
  • Experience in triple-play service network environments such as Video Hub Office (VHO), Super-Hub Office, or other customer-facing data centers
  • Experience configuring QoS/CoS
  • Experience with service provider routing and switching protocols and technologies (BGP, OSPF, MPLS/VPLS, VRF/VPN, PIM, STP)
  • Experience working with multicast or any next-generation Video delivery technologies (IPTV, ABR HLS, etc.)
  • Experience with Web technologies and protocols (HTTP, SSL, HTML, etc.)
  • Experience with methods and tools for stress testing of networks and related equipment
  • Experience with packet/protocol fault analysis for common IP and Ethernet protocols using network traces or sniffer captures
  • Knowledge of PON fiber or xDSL copper access technologies
Any of the following experience is desired/preferred:
  • Experience with QAM-based cable systems
  • Experience configuring and maintaining content delivery systems such as caches, streamers, origin servers, request routing systems, load balancers, log aggregation systems, etc. desired
  • Experience with TV middleware systems (Mediaroom, Medios, Rovi, IMG, etc.)
  • Familiarity with internet caching technologies and/or global CDNs (Akamai, LimeLight, EdgeCast, etc.)
  • Familiarity with Windows and Linux system administration and related tools
  • Familiarity with programming and/or a working knowledge of scripting languages used in UNIX and Web systems
  • Familiarity with configuring common Internet services and applications (Web, DNS, SFTP, etc.)
  1. Special Skills (e.g., strong organizational skills, proficiency on specific software):
               Proficient in network design and engineering including:
  • Strong technical, analytical, and organizational skills associated with the planning, design, and implementation of video delivery on broadband subscriber networks in service provider environments
  • Ability to work in a lab environment, perform hands-on configuration of network equipment, define test plans, and execute/supervise tests or testing teams to meet requirements.
  • Strong Microsoft Visio, Word, PowerPoint skills
  • Presentation and training skills including the ability to clearly present technical material
  1. Education, certification and/or license requirements:
               BSEE, BSCS, BSET or 8 or more years equivalent experience in a technical/engineering field
               Any of the following technical certifications are strongly desired:
  • Alcatel-Lucent Service Routing Certification (SRC)
    • Network Routing Specialist II (NRS-II)
    • Triple Play Routing Professional (3RP)
  • Juniper Networks Certified Internet Professional (JNCIP in M, SP, or ENT tracks)
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP in RS or SP/SPO tracks)
This position requires occasional operation of a company fleet vehicle. The candidate must have and maintain a valid state driver’s license.
  1. Physical Requirements (e., extended periods of sitting, bending, stooping, standing, walking or driving; frequency of lifting or carrying heavy objects - specify required weight; required communication skills - verbal/auditory):
This position requires the person to physically install and cable common network and server equipment in typical telecommunications and data center racks. The person must be able to bend, stand, kneel, stoop, and reach (including overhead) while operating simple tools. The person must be able to lift, push, and carry materials up to 40lbs.
This position requires public speaking and presentation skills with suitable proficiency in English to be clearly understood while presenting detailed technical material to an audience of peers, management, partners, vendors, and/or customers.
  1. Environmental Factors (g., ability to work in extreme heat/cold, ability to work at heights over 15 feet, ability to work 3rd shift, ability to work weekends/on-call):
The position requires occasional extended work in and around a typical data center, telecommunications facility, and/or Central Office. These environments may include loud machinery/fan noise, chilled temperatures and wind, and lowered humidity. These environments require working with and around high-amperage AC and DC power.
Decision Making:
  1. What typical decisions does this job have complete authority for making?
This position has decision authority over processes and procedures to evaluate and test equipment and vendors and to formulate recommendations for implementation, configuration, or deployment of network equipment and systems.
  1. What typical decisions must be referred to others for approval? To who does this job refer these decisions?
Typical decisions referred to others include the selection or purchase of any network equipment or implementation in the network, or for the approval of any network-wide engineering guideline or standard. These decisions are referred to the Manager/Director/VP of Centralized Planning.
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