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Director, Optical Architecture

| Greater Boulder Area

Company Description

Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO) provides communications infrastructure solutions, including fiber and bandwidth connectivity, colocation and cloud infrastructure to the world’s leading businesses. Customers include wireless and wireline carriers, media and content companies, cloud providers, finance and professional services and other large enterprises. Zayo provides customers with flexible solutions and self-service through Tranzact, an innovative online platform for managing and purchasing bandwidth.

Position Description

The Director, Optical Architecture position is responsible to lead all aspects of DWDM architecture and engineering for Zayo’s global DWDM network. Role is in charge of DWDM hardware and software evaluation, testing, configuration, and service definition. The position manages Wavelength Architecture, Network Planning and Network Security teams. Policy definition and support strategy for ‘go forward’ and ‘end of life’ optical transport platforms resides with this function, as well as 24x7x365 NCC Tier 5 escalation and customer service resolution. Equipment vendor negotiations and relationship management for technical, commercial and operations are also required.

Responsibilities

  • Develop optical transport technology roadmap, define target hardware and software release features, and lead hardware and software adoption across a multi-functional organization. Develop lowest cost per bit strategies and transform legacy networks to monetize investment in embedded base infrastructure while increasing overall system capacity. Analysis of multi-vendor interoperability and evaluation of standards-based versus proprietary solutions is required. Measure, compare and quantify capital and expense for hardware and software selection.
  • Serve as Architecture point of contact and escalation; provide and conduct technical training sessions to support various stakeholders on the adoption of new hardware and software. Work with equipment vendors and internal technical leadership (i.e. Architecture, Tier III, NCC, etc.) to confirm support for proposed solutions. Create technical and commercial executive presentations for internal, customer and industry audiences as needed.
  • Develop, document and update spectral capacity planning strategy for flex grid line systems utilizing multiple modulation formats between each A-Z combination.
  • Lead layer 1 network software upgrades by interfacing with equipment vendors, Architecture and Tier III teams to drive roadmap and dependency requirements to support new HW/SW feature/functionality.
  • Perform link engineering analysis for long haul and metro DWDM transport, including operational support model, and interoperation testing requirements for alien wavelengths.
  • Define testing and acceptance procedures for all internal optical fiber characterization and layer 1 transport services. Assist Product Development in service definition creation, including SLA, cost, engineering and legal requirements.
  • Lead multi-functional adoption of new optical transport technologies, including optical fiber, cabling, splicing, termination, DWDM transport systems, and industry open networking initiatives. Define hardware ISP & OSP environmental specifications, logical HW templates, and MIB development.
  • Develop, implement and manage hardware and software lab environment. Create, manage and execute test plans. Define telemetry standards for chassis interconnection, DCN and OSC transport supporting critical infrastructure.
  • Develop and implement hardware and software network security strategy, including SOW definition, new software development and execution. Define requirements, oversee development and manage implementation of IT/NMS/SDN tools/environments to support ongoing network management, security, and automation initiatives. Evaluate and manage internal and external network access methodologies to ensure network security policies are enforced.
  • Primary point of contact for global critical spares strategy and 24x7x365 management and escalation. Work with stakeholders to develop and update asset records, define replacement HW strategies and procure 3rd party HW.
  • Create engineering documentation standards and pre/post sale network/customer documentation as needed. Update and maintain legacy network documentation including physical, logical and latency sources of record.
  • Lead optical transport due diligence pre-acquisition and post-acquisition integration for acquired companies.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Expert knowledge of telecommunications standards, service protocol structure and testing (i.e. Ethernet/OTN/SONET/SDH/SAN/Video).
  • Expert knowledge of DWDM network architectures (i.e. FOADM/ROADM/PON/fixed and flex grid), link engineering and signal flow.
  • Expert knowledge of optical fiber technical specifications, testing, and link engineering fundamentals.
  • Expert proficiency on a minimum of (5) optical transport platforms (i.e. Ciena, Infinera, Nokia, Cisco, ADVA, Fujitsu, etc.).
  • Understanding of telemetry (DCN) network design, IP subnetting and routing protocols (i.e. OSPF).
  • Experience in software development and scripting (Python script development experience preferred).
  • MS Office application capabilities required (i.e. Excel/Visio/Word) and IT Infrastructure management/administration skills preferred.
  • Written and verbal communication/negotiating skills required toward technical/non-technical audiences.

Qualifications (Education and/or Experience):

  • Masters degree in Telecommunications, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or 15+ years relevant DWDM Architecture experience.
  • Minimum 15 years of experience designing OSP & ISP optical fiber systems, DWDM optical transport systems and development of data center, carrier hotel, and enterprise environments.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience managing technical personnel.

Rewards

  • Competitive compensation
  • Excellent benefits including health, dental, vision, 401 (k), disability and life insurance
  • Fitness membership discounts
  • Generous paid time off policy including paid parental leave

Zayo is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Zayo does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

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Location

Our Boulder campus is located in the 29th Street Mall where employees can benefit from access to restaurants, retail, fitness and more!

What are Zayo Group Perks + Benefits

Zayo Group Benefits Overview

Zayo Group is committed to providing our employees with a benefits program that is both comprehensive and competitive. Our benefits program offers health care, dental and vision coverage, as well as financial secruity to our employees and their families.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
B Strong, Greenhouse Scholars, A Precious Child, AMP the Cause, There With Care, Boulder Parks and Rec, and many more....
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Diversity
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) enable you to put aside money for important expenses & help reduce your income taxes at the same time. Zayo employees can contribute up to $2,650 annually.
Disability Insurance
If you are out of work for an extended period or time due to a disabling injury or illness, disability insurance covers 60% of annual salary up to $5000 monthly maximum payout.
Dental Benefits
Dental exams can help you & your dentist detect problems in the early stages when treatment is simpler & costs are lower. Regular exams are an important part of maintaining your medical health.
Vision Benefits
The vision plan covers routine eye exams and also pays for all or a portion of the costs of glasses or contact lenses if you need them.
Health Insurance Benefits
Each person's health care needs are different. That's why our medical plan offers multiple options (3) so that you can choose the coverage level best-suited to your personal situation.
Life Insurance
Your family depends on your income for a comfortable lifestyle and for the resources necessary to make their dreams a reality! Zayo offers Basic Term Life and AD&D as well as supplemental insurance.
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Do you love working out? So do we which is why Zayo offers access to group fitness sessions and company-sponsored events, such as the B Strong Ride.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Zayo Group offers a 401(k) plan through Fidelity. Eligible employees may join the plan as soon as administratively feasible after their date of hire and may contribute up to the IRS limit of $19,000.
401(K) Matching
Zayo matches 50% of employee contributions up to 4% with a cap at 2% match.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Zayo provide 12 weeks paid maternity leave, 2 weeks paid paternity leave, and 4 weeks paid adoptive/foster leave.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Zayo employees receive between 0 and 25 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Zayo Group offers the option to elect Commuter Benefits which helps you pay for public transportation and parking costs while commuting to and from work using pretax dollars.
Game Room
Our game room includes Ping Pong, Foosball, Shuffle Board, Video Games.
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted twice monthly and include alcoholic and non-alcoholic options.
Parking
Parking is available at Zayo offices.
Recreational Clubs
Love sports? So do we! We offer a variety of options to get involved with your co-workers outside of the office.
Fitness Subsidies
We strongly believe that there is nothing more important than the health and well-being of our employees and families. To promote health and fitness, Zayo has partnered with GymPass.
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
The tuition reimbursement program provides an opportunity for Zayo employees to further their education and to apply to be reimbursed for eligible education expenses.
Lunch and learns
Zayo is committed to providing opportunities for employees to expand and grow their knowledge base through lunch and learn sessions.
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