IP Network Architect

Zayo   •  

Boulder, CO

Industry: Telecommunications


5 - 7 years

Posted 168 days ago

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IP Network Architect

Location: Boulder,CO     Department: Engineering

Job Number: MR-1126


IP Network Architect                                                  

Boulder, CO


Reports To: Manager of IP Architecture


Company Description

Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO) provides communications infrastructure solutions, including fiber and bandwidth connectivity, colocation and cloud infrastructure to the world’s leading businesses. Customers include wireless and wireline carriers, media and content companies, cloud providers, finance and professional services and other large enterprises. Zayo provides customers withflexible solutions and self-service through Tranzact, an innovative online platform for managing and purchasing bandwidth.

Position Description

This is a top-level network architect position. Ideal candidate is a subject matter expert for multiple technologies relevant to the Zayo Enterprise Networks, which is an MPLS based multi-service backbone supporting layer 2 and layer 3 products and services. You willhave experience designing, implementing, and documenting new technologies, as well as providing a top tier of troubleshooting and support for customers. This is a hands-on position. You will build network, not white papers. You will know when to apply cheap and cheerful versus large-scale, heavy-duty solutions

In your previous role, you will have been responsible for providing guidance with network architecture, Ethernet and IP product design standards and enhancements, production network issues, and escalations, and to engage in vendor relationships. You will face both scaling the network and providing additional features necessary for the Zayo Ethernet & IP services that our customers demand. You will be at a vendor level engineering knowledge. You will have and be expected to to invent novel and original solutions to difficult problems.              

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Take responsibility for the analysis, definition, and continued development of the end-to-end Layer 2 & Layer 3 Architecture for Zayo
  • Work with other team members and groups to develop scalable network designs, solutions and policy recommendations
  • Analyze and drive key platform decisions and directions, provide guidance to network planning and operations groups
  • Support Zayo’s internal product groups by identifying and presenting their network-impacting requirements to the service activations and the network operations teams
  • Support and lead development of Zayo’s growing network infrastructure through published Architecture design documents
  • Provide technical guidance for the NCC support teams
  • Conduct extensive lab testing of new architectures, platforms, internetworking software
  • Promote Zayo’s Enterprise Networks product development
  • Participate in discussions at various Standard Development Organizations such as NANOG, MEF, IETF and other conferences

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Deep and substantial operational knowledge and experience with carrier-class routers, switches, and packet-optical platforms, such as Juniper, Cisco, Nokia-ALU, Infinera, and Ciena/Cyan
  • Ability in representing Zayo at the Standards Development Organizations such as MEF, IEEE, ITU, IETF, ISO, etc.
  • Excellent knowledge of the Ethernet, QOS, MPLS/RSVP-TE, L2Circuit/VLL, VPLS-BGP/LDP, L3VPN, G.8032v2, E-OAM, Y.1731, IS-IS, OSPF, MP-BGP, and SNMP protocols
  • Skills in building Layer 2 & Layer 3 networks in both metro and long-haul applications. Experience modeling financial impacts of decisions
  • Strong vendor negotiation skills
  • Skills in Perl/Python scripting, automation, NETCONF/YANG, and EMS/NMS
  • Strong written and oral communications skills with the ability to influence others with your engineering solutions


  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 6 years of experience in engineering, architecture, or design of an ISP network
  • Preferred Certification – JNCIE, CCIE, or MEF-CECP
  • Other network related certifications a plus
  • Must have worked in “zero downtime” environments previously


  • Competitive compensation
  • Excellent benefits including health, dental, vision, 401 (k), disability and life insurance
  • Fitness membership discounts
  • Generous paid time off policy including paid parental leave