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IBM Network Engineer II - Network Planning Engineer in Austin, Texas


Are you passionate about technology? Do you love leading teams to build new things? Do you want to help drive the future of IBM's Cloud offerings? If you answered YES, then we have the right opportunity for you!

Your Role and Responsibilities

IBM Cloud has a global network that is deployed using cutting-edge platforms and we are looking for high quality, driven Network Engineers to join the Network Planning team within Network Engineering. This area of Engineering is responsible for the technical design, service implementation and network support of one of the world’s largest and most complex networks. This position is full-time and we are hiring engineers in Dallas, TX.

Responsibilities include:

  • Strategic network planning and market analysis for new PoP and/or Data Center deployments

  • Develop and maintain relationships with network carrier/provider teams

  • Work with carrier/provider sales and engineering teams to design, augment and manage network connectivity solutions

  • Develop Requests for Quote (RFQ) that will be used as part of carrier/provider selection for network service augments

  • Identify and recommend to Engineering Management “best solution” with the use of empirical data points that clearly illustrate commercial and technical advantages provided by one carrier/provider

  • Negotiate business and technical contract terms for network services (new contracts and renewals)

  • Review and analyze network capacity reports and develop solutions to manage those capacity requirements

  • Create and maintain network diagrams and support documentation

  • Manage the deployment of new network services, ensuring all deliverables meet operational expectations


Required Professional and Technical Expertise

  • At least 5 years of experience managing technology/networking-related projects

  • An ability to think critically and use a data-driven, analytical approach towards solving complex problems.

  • Experience with interconnectivity requirements within carrier hotels including unique patch panel types and port configurations, fiber cabling infrastructure, connector types, optical distribution frames, and splice trays

  • Proven ability to communicate clearly and concisely, using written and verbal communication skills

  • An ability to multitask and communicate between multiple internal groups, external providers, and people of varying technical expertise

  • English: Fluent

Preferred Professional and Technical Expertise

  • At least 10 years of full-time experience working in telecommunications networks with hands-on knowledge of carrier backbone networking

  • Experience with network engineering and transport systems, preferably in telecommunications networks

  • Experience with inside and outside plant fiber construction best practices (MPOE, diversity, riser construction, fiber testing, etc.)

  • A solid understanding of Layer 1 through Layer 3 network services and technologies, including Internet routing protocols, DWDM, GPON, and transport systems

  • Strong background working with spreadsheets, project management tools and network inventory management systems

  • Willingness to travel up to 25%

About Business Unit

Digitization is accelerating the ongoing evolution of business, and clouds - public, private, and hybrid - enable companies to extend their existing infrastructure and integrate across systems. IBM Cloud provides the security, control, and visibility that our clients have come to expect. We are working to provide the right tools and environment to combine all of our client’s data, no matter where it resides, to respond to changing market dynamics.

Your Life @ IBM

What matters to you when you’re looking for your next career challenge?

Maybe you want to get involved in work that really changes the world. What about somewhere with incredible and diverse career and development opportunities – where you can truly discover your passion? Are you looking for a culture of openness, collaboration and trust – where everyone has a voice? What about all of these? If so, then IBM could be your next career challenge. Join us, not to do something better, but to attempt things you never thought possible.

Impact. Inclusion. Infinite Experiences. Do your best work ever.

About IBM

IBM’s greatest invention is the IBMer. We believe that progress is made through progressive thinking, progressive leadership, progressive policy and progressive action. IBMers believe that the application of intelligence, reason and science can improve business, society and the human condition. Restlessly reinventing since 1911, we are the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with more than 380,000 IBMers serving clients in 170 countries.

Location Statement

For additional information about location requirements, please discuss with the recruiter following submission of your application.

Being You @ IBM

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.