Thermo Fisher Scientific Sr. Staff Network Architect in Frederick, Maryland

Job Description

Major Responsibilities: Network Architect experienced in design, implementation, and support of a large scale Hybrid Cloud environment. This hands-on position will provide technical expertise regarding such things as SDN, Network automation, LAN / WAN, VPN, and Load-balancing technologies within a Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure.

  • Assess customer objectives, goals, intents, requirements, standards, etc. and re-craft these multifaceted constituents to re-state the problem and translate into network management objectives and requirements.

  • Assess industry trends and emerging technologies that increases the use of automation (such as machine learning and artificial intelligence) for human over the loop operation

  • Supports the design, assessment and definition of a new Network Operations Center (NOC).

  • Applies deep experience and knowledge in identifying, assessing and recommending solutions that leverage the latest trends in technologies and practices.

  • Applies knowledge of Software Defined Networks and NetDevOps in the development of a network management operational concept.

  • Enhances organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.

  • Works with and supports the architecture team in evaluating architecture solutions and creates models of the target architecture alternatives to study the positive/negative effects.

  • Produces engineering work products for the system under design to include: network management hardware, software/platforms, systems, sparing plans, operational parameters, specifications, plans and reports.

  • Identifies and quantifies risks and develops mitigation strategies.

  • Develops transformation strategies, plans and processes for migration from a legacy environment and for co-evolving components of systems and their integration.

  • Establishes the bills of material (BOM) baseline for software and hardware

  • Support system integration, test, acceptance and operations/maintenance during all phases of a program.

  • Conducts system requirements reviews, design reviews, preliminary and critical design reviews with concurrent engineering teams and contractors to monitor and measure the progress of a network or system being designed.

  • Enhances engineering team accomplishments and competence by planning delivery of solutions; answering technical and procedural questions for less experienced team members; teaching improved processes; mentoring team members.

  • Automate select network operation tasks through creation and maintenance of tools.

  • Be part of the team that shapes the Automation future in Network Operations

  • Deliver simple, sustainable and repeatable solutions and processes.

  • Work closely with our Network Engineering teams to ensure fast, smooth roll-out of new designs and products.

  • Drives simplification by standardization; Defines and evolves network standards and configuration templates for all layers of the global network. Enforces standardization with design and configuration reviews.

  • Evolves the overall routing design for a complex global hybrid MPLS/VPN/SD-WAN network

  • Defines monitoring standards to optimize network monitoring; defines models for capacity planning, ways to enrichen data from existing monitoring tools and ensures the monitor tools create actionable events with appropriate processes

  • Takes part in network inventory management by defining the data that is maintained and by automating data collection as much as possible

  • Collaborate with level two and level-three resolvers Identify and troubleshoot recurring platform issues.

  • Create and review documentation and process regarding recurring issues, new standard operating procedures, knowledge transfer material, etc.

  • Drive standards across the network and ensure that we are fully compliant to those standards and policies.

  • Automate select network administration tasks through creation and maintenance of scripts and tools

  • Mentor more junior staff in network automation, including involvement in the formulation of a structured training plan

Preferred Skills and Qualifications

  • Excellent communication and writing skills to work with all levels of an organization

  • Deep understanding of all layers of networking. Hands-on experience with large scale enterprise routing with BGP.

  • Proficiency in Python

  • Experience with AWS and other cloud providers

  • Experience developing using APIs and web services like SOAP and REST

  • Experience with expect scripting and open source network automation libraries

  • Experience implementing a continuous integration (CI) and continuous deployment (CD) pipeline

  • Knowledge of container management and orchestration tools

  • Experience across one or more vertical industry areas

  • Familiarity with security fundamentals at the infrastructure, including cloud or hypervisor, and operating system level. Deep understanding of network encryption, authentication protocols and PKI.

  • Familiarity with operating system and computing hardware architectures

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