The Network Architect’s role is to develop and maintain the high-level design plan for the overall logical and technical IT architecture. This individual will provide technical leadership and consulting across the organization, from strategic decision making down to the project planning level. The Network Architect will gain organizational commitment for all high-level infrastructure plans, and initiate and participate in projects to evaluate technologies and methods for implementing these plans.
Collaborate with end users and senior management to define business requirements for complex systems development and gain buy-in for all infrastructure plans.
Provide architectural consulting expertise, direction, and assistance to Systems Engineers and Network Engineers.
Document and develop in-depth knowledge of company’s existing IT architecture/infrastructure, and technology portfolio.
Conduct research on emerging technologies in support of infrastructure development efforts and recommend technologies that will increase cost effectiveness and infrastructure flexibility.
Review new and existing IT projects, systems designs, and procurement/outsourcing plans for compliance with IT standards and architectural plans.
Interact with project teams and provide leadership for the identification and validation of architectural design.
Define, document and advocate the system architecture.
Define, document, advocate and enforce design standards.
Identify, research, select and introduce appropriate new technologies and techniques to current architecture.
Understand and communicate cost-benefit issues and associated risks relating to system architecture integrity, sustainability and manageability.
Support other IT staff with production problems by participating in problem resolution activities.
Attend daily production meetings while on-call and keep apprised of database trouble tickets and change requests in preparation for the meeting.
Provide 24x7 on-call support in a predefined rotation.
Bachelor’s Degree in MIS, technical degree or equivalent experience preferred
Master’s Degree preferred
A minimum of seven (7) years of related experience in a technical capacity
Working technical knowledge of current network hardware, protocols and Internet standards including IP, BGP and OSPF routing protocols, SSL and IPSEC virtual private networking, Internet security including firewall and Internet content caching and filtering applications
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Excellent technical architecture and technical support documentation skills
Strong interpersonal and consultative skills
Ability to present ideas in user-friendly language
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