Lead Architect

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Company Description
Zayo provides mission-critical bandwidth to the world's most impactful companies, fueling the innovations that are transforming our society. Zayo's 141,000-mile network in North America and Europe includes extensive metro connectivity to thousands of buildings and data centers. Zayo's communications infrastructure solutions include dark fiber, private data networks, wavelengths, Ethernet, and dedicated Internet access. Zayo serves wireless and wireline carriers, media, tech, content, finance, healthcare and other large enterprises.
The Lead Architect has technical responsibility over managed security services. They provide technical expertise for complex network architectures and tactical support for challenges that require escalation. The Lead Architect explores data science and emerging technologies focused on optimizing efficiencies, improving standards, and supporting new business opportunities. They provide technical guidance to the Product Team for the development of new products and improvement of existing product offerings. The Lead Architect is responsible for research and recommendation of hardware selection and software standards needed for growth of capacity and features. They lead in the definition and automation of standard network designs to assist with improvement of engineering deployment schedules.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Evaluate leading and emerging technologies including automation, software-defined networking, machine learning and deep learning, segment routing, zero-trust networking, Secure Access Service Edge, and other backbone architectures and security strategies.
  • Champion architectures to meet current and future engineering, security, systems, and development requirements. Assist in the design, deployment, and documentation of these technologies.
  • Develop new initiatives to simplify, optimize, standardize, and automate network designs. Create tooling to enhance operations, shorten implementation cycle, reduce service downtime, improve performance, and ensure that all security and compliance requirements are fully governed.
  • Research and devise innovative proof-of-concept simulations of potential internal and external products for consideration by Product Management and Architecture leadership.
  • Leverage scripting experience in PHP, PERL, PYTHON, Ansible, and BASH shell scripts to automate configuration generation, deployment, auditing, and reporting.
  • Make hardware and software upgrade recommendations for core and end-site equipment to promote growing company business objectives. Lead the efforts for validation testing of planned architectures and equipment to demonstrate their effectiveness.
  • Investigate published security advisories, determine scope of impact, and recommend the best course of action to mitigate possible threats.
  • Collaborate in the development of the company's technology roadmap. Support the Product Managers to develop and support new product strategies and enhance existing service offerings.
  • Provide training and knowledge transfer for engineering to support new technologies and improve operational efficiencies.
  • Be a point of escalation for technical support personnel.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Minimum of 15 years of experience as a network engineer or architect in a telecommunications service provider network with significant and demonstrated experience designing, implementing, and supporting large scale multi-protocol networks.
  • Must be a creative thinker and able to solve complex problems.
  • Must currently hold Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert certification. CCIE
  • Candidates with demonstrated ability to learn quickly, work under pressure, and grasp both technical and business-related nuance in a rapidly changing environment will be considered first.
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of service provider, data center, wireless, and security strategies. Experienced with design and support of both geographically dispersed and significantly sized deployments.
  • Superior knowledge of Internet architectures, WAN routing, LAN switching, and packet tracing.
  • Requires a thorough understanding of service provider architectures and technologies, including: MPLS, L2VPN, L3VPN, SD-WAN, MP-BGP, OSPF, EIGRP, IS-IS, H-QoS, and IPSec.
  • Ansible, Python, or similar experience in network automation and a moderate Linux acumen are required.
  • Must have extensive experience with Cisco IOS, IOS-XR, NX-OS, FortiOS CLI.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office products: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

Base pay range: $114,900-$172,410, commensurate with experience
Benefits, Rewards & Wellness

  • Excellent Health, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Retirement 401(k) Savings Plan
  • Fitness membership discounts
  • Generous paid time off policy including paid parental leave

Zayo provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, provincial or local laws.
This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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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 Perks + Benefits

Zayo 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 security to our employees and their families.

Volunteer in local community
Provides up to 16 hours a year to volunteer in the community
Partners with nonprofits
B Strong, Greenhouse Scholars, A Precious Child, AMP the Cause, There With Care, Boulder Parks and Rec, and many more....
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Highly diverse management team
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity employee resource groups
Employee Resource Groups Mental Health & Disability Advocacy | Pride | Women's | Multicultural | Veterans | Sustainability
Hiring practices that promote diversity
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 $2,850 annually.
Disability insurance
Short & Long term disability insurance are a free company provided benefit to all full time employees. They cover 60% of annual salary up to $5000/$10000 monthly maximum payout
Dental insurance
Preventative, minor, and major dental services and treatments are covered under Zayo's plans.
Vision insurance
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
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.
Pet insurance
Offered at a discounted rate to all Zayo employees
Wellness programs
We offer incentives for employees to participate in many wellness activities.
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.
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
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.
Company equity
Performance bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
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 volunteer time
We encourage our employees to give back to our communities by providing 4 hours of Volunteer Time Off per quarter.
Paid holidays
Office Perks
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.
Company-sponsored outings
Some meals provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
Happy hours are hosted twice monthly and include alcoholic and non-alcoholic options.
Onsite office 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 stipend
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.
Onsite gym
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences
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.
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education stipend
Continuing education available during work hours

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