CenturyLink Principal Engineer- Federal in Herndon, Virginia

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) at http://www.centurylink.com is a global communications and IT services company focused on connecting its customers to the power of the digital world. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, big data analytics, managed security services, hosting, cloud, and IT consulting services. The company provides broadband, voice, video, advanced data and managed network services over a robust 265,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 360,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink at http://www.centurylink.com/ for more information.

Job Summary

Principal Engineer (Federal)

The Principal Engineer (Network Chief Engineer (NCE)) is the focal point for all engineering related technical oversight with regards to the customer’s various network needs. NCE shall be the primary focal point between senior government engineering staff and CenturyLink. NCE shall have a thorough understanding of the technical detail of the installed infrastructure and shall maintain current understanding of ongoing and planned changes and new implementations.

Job Description

  • Leads a team of analysts in brokering and procuring the best valued services on behalf of the customer

  • Tracks and reports on implementation status, schedule and billing

  • Reviews network performance metrics and analyzes results

  • Performs engineering work and applied research, development, and design of new products

  • Makes recommendation on network upgrades

  • Supports the development of network roadmap with collaboration of team and other government SMEs from their respective disciplines.

  • Serves as primary focal point and Subject Matter Expert (SME) to the Government for the procurement of network services.

  • Leads the development, evaluation and implementation of new and innovative principles, processes and applications

  • Acts as primary consultant to leadership detailing the technical requirements and specifications necessary to obtain solutions

  • Provide technical guidance in the following areas: Network development (design and installation), Network Operations and Maintenance (O&M), Network management and performance, Transition implementation and migration, Test and acceptance, New technology, and Customer support, business case analysis, proposal development, master schedule, network architecture, and security)Minimum Qualifications

  • Advanced knowledge of SONET,DWDM, OTN and network management equipment and networks with Ethernet, TDM and IP/MPLS a plus

  • Advanced knowledge of optical fiber properties to include ITU-T G.652/653/654/655/657 preferred

  • Experience with Cisco equipment (MSPP/MSSP/MSTP, routers and switches) required

  • Knowledge of Cisco, Ciena, and Lucent DWDM equipment a plus

  • Proficiency in creating and presenting briefings to be used by Program Team to brief upper management and customer base required

  • TS Security Clearance

Alternate Location: US-Virginia-Herndon

Requisition # : 200915

This job may require successful completion of an online assessment. A brief description of the assessments can be viewed on our website at http://find.centurylink.jobs/testguides/

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