Junior / Intermediate Platform Developer

Ciena   •  

Ottawa, ON

Industry: Telecommunications


Less than 5 years

Posted 149 days ago

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Ciena may well be the most important technology company you’ve never heard of. The innovations that wow us (driverless cars), and those we now take for granted (the ability to mobile-stream your favorite show) are the products of ingenuity from some brilliant and forward-thinking companies. But those companies rely on Ciena, another vanguard of innovation, to create and advance the underlying networks that bring their breakthroughs to our doorsteps. VR, AI, IOT, 5G … literally none of it would be possible without the mind-boggling technology that makes the internet itself work. For more than 25 years, Ciena has been the global leader in networking strategy, and our technology has been part of the critical infrastructure running within the most advanced companies in the world.

What will you do at Ciena?

Ciena Corporation is a global networking leader holding #1 market position in our field. At our R&D headquarters in Ottawa we develop intelligent software for customers such as Facebook, Google and Apple as well as telecommunications giants such as AT&T, Verizon and Bell Canada.

The MCP platform team builds and supports backend services used by many application teams. We leverage open source where we can, extending and contributing when needed. Our mandate is to enable application teams to focus on the business logic by giving them a solid platform on which to build their value-add software. We have a passion for learning new technologies and trying new approaches to solving problems.

As part of Ciena Blue Planet you will experience a modern, open and collaborative office environment.


As a platform developer you will

  • become a subject matter expert on critical components such as database, scheduling, monitoring, messaging, metrics, logging
  • understand distributed systems inside and out and know how to design robust systems that support high availability, Backup and Restore, Online upgrades and Geo Redundancy.
  • work directly product owners to understand the platform requirements and customer needs.
  • socialize your designs for review, while participating in reviews of other designs.
  • implement solutions using programming languages that are best suited to the task.
  • automate unit and integration tests.
  • support designers who build on platform services.

As a platform designer you will be required to work with:

Technologies: Cassandra, Kafka, Zookeeper, Elasticsearch, Load Balancers, Heroic

Environment: Git, Slack, JIRA, Confluence, Docker, Teamcity, Linux

Languages: Java, GO, Python

General Activities

Ciena Blue Planet division creates software to help design and operate networks. We work with innovative network operators who are using software to improve their customer's experience and lower costs. Ciena Blue Planet software products utilizes a micro service architecture to enable scale both at implementation and run time. Our micro services are built using the best technologies for the job. We automate our tests, so we can iterate frequently and ship with confidence.


  • BS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering or related discipline
  • Knowledge of web-scale architectures and technologies (i.e. Cassandra, Kafka, Elasticsearch)
  • Experience with REST API development
  • Experience with micro services using Docker or similar container technology
  • Experience with distributed systems that support HA or GEO Redundancy
  • Strong concurrency and analysis/debugging skills
  • Passion for continuous improvement and innovation
  • Familiarity with testing methodologies such as Junit or similar
  • Familiarity with Agile Scrum, Agile JIRA or Kanban
  • 2-5 years of experience developing systems which are scalable and highly available
  • Enthusiasm, self-starter, & proactive approach
  • Creative & innovative
  • Highly collaborative
  • Strong verbal & written communication skills
  • Strong sense of responsibility for quality and timely completion of assigned tasks
  • Ability to work well in a rapidly changing environment with minimal direction

Rewarding experience. Meaningful outcomes.

Making a difference in people's lives through design and implementation of leading network technologies. That's what motivates us.

A distinct way to work

Free thinking, free discussion, and collaboration are the norm. Expect more satisfying outcomes - both personal and professional.

Ciena values the diversity of our workforce and respects its employees as individuals, regardless of race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender or age.

Ciena is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity, you should advise Ciena in a timely fashion of the specific needs / accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to any specific needs / accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

What you can expect from us

  • You will receive notification of your successful application
  • Successful applicants will be contacted by Talent Acquisition for an initial discussion
  • If suitable you will be considered for the short list and our formal interview process