CenturyLink Planning Engineer II (OSP Field Planning) - Arlington Heights, IL in Chicago, Illinois

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) at http://www.centurylink.com is a global communications and IT services company focused on connecting its customers to the power of the digital world. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, big data analytics, managed security services, hosting, cloud, and IT consulting services. The company provides broadband, voice, video, advanced data and managed network services over a robust 265,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 360,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink at http://www.centurylink.com/ for more information.

Planning Engineer II (OSP Fiber Planning)

Responsible for evaluating and planning optimal network capacity utilization and design requirements. Ensures efficient and timely deployment or removal of equipment, meeting customer demand through analyzing current network designs, port/route consumption trends, new technologies and future opportunities for augmentation. Assimilates various internal and external customer requirements, creates new network capacity solutions, assembles the required equipment augment costs and budgets and participates in the overall network augment approval and trigger process. Undertakes specific network simplification and network enablement projects. Responsible for identifying/communicating process and procedural gaps, as well as driving closure on problematic orders. Works under periodic supervision. Performs basic tasks and some projects of moderate complexity. Relies on established guidelines and or detailed direction. Work will familiarize employee with programs and practices of the company. OSP background is a requirement.

Essential Duties

  • Documents - Understanding detailed technical methodology for installation of network equipment of moderate complexity, including written directions, graphical equipment layouts, and equipment topology.

  • Ensures all capacity constraints are identified such that all due dates are met, and potential issues identified with proposed solutions.

  • Assists in requirements, development, implementation and use of reporting procedures and methodologies to analyze network utilization and predicts growth trends under periodic supervision.

  • Understands current network configuration and technology to ensure capacity and efficiency of the planned designs.

  • Prepares status/progress reports and updates management on projects. May participate in development of reports under general supervision.

  • May assist with the evaluation of new products to enable new service introduction, cost savings, and /or performance utilization.

  • May participate in development of reports under general supervision. May participate in cross functional teams to better understand the architecture and operations of the network with periodic supervision.Provide Fiber assignments, identify fiber constraint, estimate build costs and initiate Construction for building adds.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience

Education and Experience

Education Level: Bachelor's Degree or 3-4 years of relevant job experience. Relevant job experience is described as:

  • Job experience in similar industry Outside Plant Fiber Installation

  • Job experience with similar essential duties

A combination of education and experience is acceptable: Yes

Attention to detail with good organizational capabilities.

Ability to prioritize with good time management skills.

Knowledge, Skills or Abilities

Strong data/economic analysis skills

Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills

Detail oriented with an intense focus on quality

Proven track record as adept and effective project manager

Exceptional organizational, prioritization, and communications skills

Strong computer skills with emphasis on Microsoft Excel, Access, Visio and SQL

Positive and professional attitude, appearance, and demeanor

Solid entrepreneurial spirit

Experience in an engineering role that included a substantial business/financial focus (preferred)

Alternate Location: US-Illinois-Arlington Ht

Requisition # : 208314

This job may require successful completion of an online assessment. A brief description of the assessments can be viewed on our website at http://find.centurylink.jobs/testguides/

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