Network Solution Architect



  Full Time   Employee   Contractor

United States

Network Solution Architect

Position Description
Network Solution Architect

The CGI Network Solution Architect designs, implements and maintains complex network solutions for multiple customers, Public/Community/Private Cloud and remote locations. Ensures optimal design, operation, interoperability and performance of network related hardware and software including routers, switches, network servers, and network security.

The position requires the ability to provide direction to network engineering teams as well as being able to articulate the benefits, risks, and tradeoffs between solutions to non-technical technical audiences including customers and executives to come up with cost effective solutions that meet or exceed customer requirements at the most cost effective price point.

The individual will need to learn CGI?s award winning Risk and Cost Driven Architecture framework leveraged to achieve these results. This position will also be responsible for working with CGI delivery managers and client technology teams to scope, develop, solution, and price new CGI offerings.

Candidates should possess breath of knowledge across infrastructure disciplines including server hardware, networking, security, databases, and storage but will be the domain expert for more detailed questions networking. The candidate should possess troubleshooting skills to asset in root cause analysis and in proposing adjustments to solutions when they may fail to meet customer expectations. Candidates will be required to be onsite, M-F, 8-5 at the client site in Portland OR. Occasional weekend work may occur for maintenance, upgrade, and incidents.

Core Responsibilities

? Strong technical depth across networking technology areas -- depth in several areas, and breadth and interest across a much larger range

? Look at optimizing the current network through thoughtful changes in the current architecture and design.

? Provide technical leadership to account delivery teams, as well as customer business leaders

? Troubleshoot technical issues, especially recurring problems impacting production applications

? Experience building prototypes, pilots, or full products in cloud environments

? Experience with architecture modeling practices

? Design, document, and maintain architecture diagrams for systems, processes, and interfaces

? Designs cost models and architecture infrastructure solutions for technical projects/applications

? CGI is a company of builders and candidates for this position must be doers who build and drive solutions. Candidates should not be evangelists who discuss solutions, but are divorced from actual implementation Your future duties and responsibilities
Own the end-to-end technical design for initiatives in close partnership with the client and CGI operational teams

? Serve as the primary technical architecture contact with clients and act as mentor or resource for colleagues with less experience

? Manage at the project/task level (as needed) to provide specific guidance for operations personnel on technical projects, design and implementation

? Identify and define standards, deliverables, work products, and project procedures

? Identify technical solutions to resolve technical Network, OS, DB, and platform problems

? Develop and maintain client relationships

? Continuously evaluate architectures against emerging technology trends or business growth areas and target areas of opportunity to ensure performance and capacity exceed demand

? Apply and integrate emerging technology trends to new and existing systems architecture

? Ensure technology solutions are designed, developed, and implemented to meet business needs

? Assists in the planning and design of new or upgraded systems. Work with CGI operational teams to implement process improvements, system upgrades, and infrastructure (firmware) upgrades

? Facilitate automation deployments (e.g. IPcenter) to reduce manual processes and improve efficiencies across systems and data centers

? Ensure technologies and processes are simple, standard, and integrated
Required qualifications to be successful in this role
Minimum Position Requirements:

? Experience in developing cost effective, dynamic networks with infrastructure redundancy, and network link diversity to ensure high availability and disaster recovery

? Experience architecting complex, scalable and secure networks for infrastructure modernization efforts

? Experience troubleshooting technical issues with operations and client architect/system administrators and drive problem resolution from problem identification through change mgmt/corrective action(s)

? Solid understanding of advanced networking technologies, virtualization technologies, and solutions including MPLS, Virtual Route Forwarding, virtual device contexts, multicast routing, policy-based routing, ether-channel, QoS, traffic-shaping, load balancing, VPN tunnels, WAN Optimization, load balancing etc.

? Performance analysis experience

? Understanding of advanced data center networking equipment including Nexus 9K/7K/5K, FortiNet firewalls, Cisco ASA, Cisco ACI, and Palo Alto.

? Basic knowledge of DNS, Active Directory and other Identity Management and Directory Services implementations

? Exceptional documentation skills that can clearly articulate technical designs, issues and constraints, procedures, and network assessments

? Ability to facilitate technical working sessions

? Deep comprehension of networking concepts including network design principles, data flow determination, routing, switching, VLANs, IP addressing, etc.

? Experience and understanding of newer network technologies like Spine and Leaf, SDN, NSX

? 10+ years of Network engineering services experience preferably in Managed Services

? Excellent Client facing skills with the ability to capture the audience and sell the solution

? Familiarity with network tools for readiness assessment and advanced troubleshooting

? Ability to understand customer pain points, requirements and translate these into a winning solution

? Experience with enterprise class network management/monitoring systems is desired

? Solid understanding of layered network and security protocols including: Layer 2 - Ethernet, ARP, STP, VTP, VPC, MEC, LACP, PAGP, DOT1Q-Layer 3 - OSPF, EIGRP, MPLS, DMVPN, VRRP, HSRP, GLBP, ICMP, ESP (IPSEC), IP - Layer 4 - TCP, UDP - Layer 6 - SSL, TLS, SSH - Layer 7 - FTP, HTTP, DNS, Telnet, SSH, BGP

? Industry frameworks and methodologies such as ITIL

? BS/MS in technical field of study such as engineering or computer science

? 5+ years of relevant architecture experience

? The Network Architect's primary client support location will be U.S. including Canada

Desired Characteristics:

? Desire to expand responsibilities beyond initially defined job responsibilities to support emerging needs within the organization

? Ability to effectively aggregate, organize, and present information

? Pragmatic ability to balance process compliance, quality, innovation, and expedience

? Exceptional collaboration, negotiation, and interpersonal skills

? Ability to lead through influence

? Ability to be effective in a fast-paced, quickly changing environment

Certifications (below certification(s) are a plus)

At CGI, we?re a team of builders. We call our employees members because all who join CGI are building their own company - one that has grown to 65,000 professionals located in 40 countries. Founded in 1976, CGI is a leading IT and business process services firm committed to helping clients succeed. We have the global resources, expertise, stability and dedicated professionals needed to achieve results for our clients - and for our members. Come grow with us. Learn more at

This is a great opportunity to join a winning team. CGI offers a competitive compensation package with opportunities for growth and professional development. Benefits for full-time, permanent members start on the first day of employment and include a paid time-off program and profit participation and stock purchase plans.

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position, however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

No unsolicited agency referrals please.

All CGI offers of employment in the U.S. are contingent upon the ability to successfully complete a background investigation. Background investigation components can vary depending upon specific assignment, or upon any US government security clearance if required. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, gender Identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, or other status protected by law. CGI will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with CGI?s legal duty to furnish information.

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