Principal Engineer

The Principal Engineer (Network Chief Engineer (NCE)) is the focal point for all engineering related technical oversight with regards to fiber cable plant, optical network, network management and inside plant installation. 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 or impacts to the infrastructure.

Job Responsibilities:
Engineers metro fiber network on customer site
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 optical engineering activities
Applies advanced engineering and network principles, theories, concepts and technologies to solve unusually complex problems and issues
Leads the development, evaluation and implementation of new and innovative principles, processes and applications
Provides advanced technical leadership in design, analysis and problem-solving efforts to a special design team, technical review team or problem resolution team
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)
Some local travel required.

Minimum Qualifications:
Advanced knowledge of SONET,DWDM, OTN and network management equipment and networks with Ethernet 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
Advanced knowledge of TCP/IP, IPSec, Cisco switched networking, LAN/WAN
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
Must have a clean driving record
TS/SCI with Poly

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