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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.

Job Summary

Contributes to the overall strategic vision of the organization and integrates a broad range of ideas regarding IP/MPLS, Metro, SD-WAN and Cloud architecture. Recognized across the organization for architecture expertise and sought as a resource for resolution of unique or complex architecture problems. Undertakes multiple and highly complex architecture projects involving multiple disciplines and may impact multiple business units.

Job Description

  • Lead, define and manage initiatives and projects to develop SD-WAN and Cloud architecture models (e.g. Technology Strategies & Roadmaps, architecture positions, enterprise data management and governance)

  • Lead and manage the innovation pipeline and technology scouting processes (experiments, proof of concepts) to ensure forward-looking strategies to support the SD-WAN, Cloud, Business and Enterprise strategy

  • Define, assess and evaluate alternative solutions to ensure alignment with strategies, target architectures and Standards evolution

  • Ensure that the landscape for the footprint is up to date and communicated properly across all impacted Organizations

  • Ensure alignment of projects with agreed Strategic Roadmaps and Target Architectures

  • Oversee the PMO, with PM’s assigned to only strategic end-to-end company level initiatives

  • Align systems, data and solutions to business end-to-end boundaries and build a capable best practice staff of experts in key areas

  • Review of solution architectures against compliance with both existing and emerging standards

  • Evaluate the strategic contribution of applications and alignment with overall strategies and architectures

  • Maintain an accurate inventory of the portfolio of technologies, and a disposition status (ex. contain, maintain, deploy, retire) of all business applications

  • Publish High Level Designs that communicate architecture and technology direction


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent education and 12 + years related experience, 8 + years with Master's and has experience in Network Architect role.

  • Must have the Expert technical knowledge in Service Provider / Enterprise Routing, switching and security and a background to feel comfortable in a detailed technical discussion with product development, engineering and IT leaders and staff.

  • Expert knowledge on Network Protocols (ISIS, OSFP, BGP, LDP, RSVP, PIM, IGMP, VRRP, SNMP, etc.), Management, Hosted / Managed Services, SIP, SD-WAN, Data Security, networking standards and typical Ethernet, Broadband, LTE and transport architecturs

  • Experience in automation and testing via scripting/programming – LAMP , Ansible , Python etc

  • Experience with designing Private and Public AWS, Azure, Google and other cloud providers and technologies – LINUX, KVM, Openstack, Virtualization, Docker, Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry

  • Serve as a hands-on subject matter expert for Automation in a Network and cloud infrastructure environment

  • Understanding of agile and other development processes and methodologies, experience with SVN and Github (preferred)

  • Experience in requirements gathering, due diligence, architecture development, costing Modeling.

  • Experience performing technology assessments and making recommendations based on the discovered needs

  • Understanding key components of Network implementation architecture and best practicesAbility to document architecture and design in a timely manner while ensuring acceptable level of detail, data integrity, and accountability.

  • Ability and willingness to share knowledge and expertise among various organizations within the company.

  • Ability and willingness to take the initiative to facilitate teamwork within the various organizations

  • Capability to schedule time with flexibility to handle varying workload, and still meet tight deadlines

  • Ability to multi-task and work multiple projects simultaneously

  • Must be available to travel for internal and external meetings / presentations

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, MS Project and Visio

  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, written, presentation and communication skills

  • Strong customer relationship management skills


Bachelors or Equivalent

Masters or Equivalent

Alternate Location: US-Colorado-Denver

Requisition # : 211512

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.