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Associate Director, Transport Network Engineering (Telecom)

Company: Commnet
Location: Castle Rock
Posted on: November 25, 2022

Job Description:

General Purpose and Scope:The Associate Director of Transport Engineering plays a key senior management role in Commnet's Data Network Engineering and Operations organization. The experienced Associate Director of Transport Engineering will possess strong leadership attributes and experience with building and executing broadband transport initiatives for networks comprised of built fiber, microwave links, and procured Layer 2 and Layer 3 data services. The Associate Director will manage a team of Transport Engineers and Analysts that manage transport needs in (primarily) CO, NM, AZ, NV, and UT. The successful candidate will possess an organized, collaborative, and structured approach to managing people, project ambiguity, complexity, and interdependencies across systems/teams. Candidate must thrive, and be able to deliver, in a fast-paced/high volume environment supporting aggressive targets. In addition, the ideal candidate will possess a dynamic personality and the ability to quickly establish trust and rapport with all levels of the organization. The candidate must be motivated to contribute to an evolving and growing network delivering high-quality broadband communications services to Tribal Communities & Rural America, driving digital inclusion and providing access to great education, work, healthcare, safety, entertainment, and community connectivity.Duties and Responsibilities (include, but are not limited to):

  • Works closely with engineering and operations leadership in developing business cases to justify fiber network builds vs procurement of lit services from other providers
  • Responsible oversight for design, implementation, and inventorying of microwave, ethernet, and fiber circuits to edge network sites
  • Work hand-in-hand with Data Engineering, Fiber Engineering, and Data Switch Operations network teams to ensure Transport links are properly integrated into transport and fiber nodes, cell site routers, and microwave radio devices across multi-vendor platforms
  • Recommend network improvements to the Data Engineering, Data Operations, NOC, and local RF teams
  • Ensure that work meets all applicable engineering, financial, planning, and operational standards
  • Responsible for hiring, developing, and managing a team of transport design and implementation engineers, primarily in a remote workforce.
  • Plans and coordinates the work of the transport engineering team.
  • Oversees transport engineering staff and ensures that they meet goals and objectives, providing frequent feedback and mentorship when needed.
  • Collaborate with other engineering teams, project management, business development, construction/site development teams, etc. for cohesive solutions and hand-off.
  • Creates solutions to support Regional and Market teams in managing day-to-day transport issues.
  • Ensures CAPEX/OPEX budgets and schedules meet corporate requirements
  • Actively seeks new ways to reduce transport and call delivery associated OPEX
  • Participates in corporate development of methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for projects, programs, and staff
  • Establishes and promotes new techniques, processes, and tools for effective forecasting, capacity planning, and system optimization
  • Oversees circuit ordering, inventorying, and management functions, including OSS/platform management
  • Works on complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth knowledge of the wireless and fiber transport landscape.Required Qualifications:
    • 7+ years of engineering/technical experience in telecom
    • 5+ years of experience leading and building high-performing teams of engineers and various contributors, within telecom
    • BS in Engineering or related technical degree; or equivalent combination of telecom experience and education
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate and interact at the highest levels of the organization in a succinct and meaningful way
    • Working knowledge of microwave/fiber backhaul and backbone transmission networks and their topology
    • Understanding of fixed-wireless, LTE principles and IP networking
    • Solid understanding of laws governing wireless transport rates/tariffs
    • Working knowledge of circuit inventory, capacity management, and utilization based on industry (Telecom) best practices
    • Experience managing vendor and service provider relationships
    • Strong project management skills
    • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead large and/or complex projects
    • Experience with cost/benefit analysis, budgeting, sensitivity analysis
    • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead geographically dispersed teams
    • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office tools such as Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Visio
    • Experience with network GIS/mapping tools
    • Familiarity with OSS/BSS circuit design and inventorying system platforms is a plus
    • Travel, less than 25% of the time
    • Candidate must reside within one of these CONUS time zones MT/EST/CST/PST Desired Qualifications:
      • 3+ years as a transport network/MW engineer
      • Prior experience working for a telecom/transport network services provider
      • Prior OSS (i.e., Metasolv, BGW) management experience for circuit inventory, and network planning and capacity management
      • Prior experience with DS1/DS3/Ethernet/GIGE/Wave/FTTx/GPON/XGSPON transport circuits and designs
      • Demonstrated experience working with multiple communications service providers to procure access and middle-mile services for regional transport networksAbout the Company:Commnet has been the backbone of rural networks in the United States for decades. We enable or directly deliver high-quality broadband communications services to Tribal Communities and Rural America, driving digital inclusion and providing access to education, work, healthcare, safety, entertainment, and community connectivity. If you have visited the rural west, it is most likely that you have roamed on a wireless segment of our network. If you have needed healthcare or emergency services in these areas, your data likely moved across our fiber. If you know any children or college students studying for a brighter future, we are the network team running connections behind the scenes to support their education. Through the power of partnerships, we enhance the effectiveness of our efforts. Working with local stakeholders means better service to tribal communities, rural telecommunication companies, organizations, and government agencies. Commnet works to enhance the lives of real people through any available avenue we can find. With an eye on the future, Commnet is bringing coverage and faster fiber connections to more communities and partners, facilitating a better and more connected future for everyone.Company Benefits: Commnet is proud to offer a comprehensive suite of benefits to all regular full-time positions (hourly & salaried) in order to promote health and financial security for you and your family. Benefits include health, vision, dental, HSA/FSA, life and AD&D, short/long term disability coverage, emergency travel assistance, and 401k. All employees also get access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which includes services such as 100% confidential counseling, financial information/resources, legal support, and general wellness issues. **A Note to Agencies** All resumes submitted by search firms/employment agencies to any employee at Commnet Broadband (the Company) via email, the internet or in any form and/or method will be deemed the sole property of the Company, unless such search firms/employment agencies were engaged by the Company for this position and a valid agreement with the Company is in place. In the event a candidate who was submitted outside of the Company agency engagement process is hired, no fee or payment of any kind will be paid.All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status. PI196668178

Keywords: Commnet, Castle Rock , Associate Director, Transport Network Engineering (Telecom), Engineering , Castle Rock, Colorado

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