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CenturyLink Lead IT Systems Engineer - Federal in HERNDON, Virginia

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) at http://www.centurylink.com/ is the second largest U.S. communications provider to global enterprise customers. With customers in more than 60 countries and an intense focus on the customer experience, CenturyLink strives to be the world’s best networking company by solving customers’ increased demand for reliable and secure connections. The company also serves as its customers’ trusted partner, helping them manage increased network and IT complexity and providing managed network and cyber security solutions that help protect their business.

Job Summary

The Lead IT Systems Engineer - Federal will provide Tier 3 support and serve as a technical expert for the Customer sponsored Optical Network & Data Communications Network (DCN) and Internet Protocol (IP) backbone integral to the management of the network. The Network Engineer will reside on-site.

Job Description

  • Develops and supports the transition plans associated with these activities and support laboratory-enabled execution activities – protection of the Optical Network & DCN will require analysis of vulnerabilities

  • Assumes operation and maintenance responsibility for the optical network – includes setup, configuration, and writing of scripts to ensure regular backup images are created

  • Manage all aspects of network operations related to performance and fault management. Essential functions include the following:

  • Provide technical support for network and system installation and maintenance

  • Coordinate with configuration management and implementation teams

  • Monitor network operations and security posture

  • Maintain network status and trouble logs

  • Identify and diagnose network problems

  • Identify network elements causing network degradation or failure

  • Determine and execute corrective actions on a real-time basis

  • Execute reporting functions and data input associated with network management

  • Evaluate trend analyses

  • Identify network performance improvement opportunities and forward recommendations to engineering for analysis

  • Routinely evaluate the network baseline to identify and resolve unplanned changes to the baseline

  • Manage the network operations Quality Control (QC) program

  • Provide functional guidance, technical support, and training to network operations staff


  • Bachelors degree in Engineering, Electronics, Software, or Networks, or a related technical or vocational education or equivalent experience

  • Six or more years applicable work experience

  • Demonstrated experience with SONET based, metro fiber networks, next-generation DWDM systems and IP based systems

  • Previous experience with broadband circuit maintenance/restoration, provisioning databases and circuit activations

  • Previous experience and ability to relate technical issues to management and Government personnel

  • Prior experience with Nortel, Cisco, Ciena and Tellabs suite of optical network equipment and network management systems


  • Ability to interface in a professional manner with management and customer is essential

  • Flexibility with regard to work levels and shift accommodation is imperative

Security Requirements:

  • US Citizenship required

  • Active TS/SCI with Poly

  • Must maintain eligibility requirements for access to classified information (applicants selected will be subject to a government security re-investigation)

Other Requirements:

  • Must have a valid driver’s license have a clean driving record

  • Some local travel required

Alternate Location: US-Virginia-Herndon

Requisition # : 218088

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/

EEO Statement

We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, ancestry, citizenship, national origin, religion, veteran status, disability, genetic characteristic or information, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, family status, pregnancy, or other legally protected status (collectively, “protected statuses”). We do not tolerate unlawful discrimination in any employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, compensation, promotion, benefits, discipline, termination, job assignments or training.


The above job definition information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Job duties and responsibilities are subject to change based on changing business needs and conditions.