Senior Solutions Architect - Remote Eligible

Date: Feb 4, 2023

Location: Washington, District of Columbia, US, 20002

Company: Amtrak

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As we move America’s workforce toward the future, Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country. We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States. The safety of our passengers, our employees, the public and our operating environment is our priority, and the success of our railroad is due to our employees.

 

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Our values of ‘Do the Right Thing, Excel Together and Put Customers First’ are at the heart of what matters most to us, and our Core Capabilities, ‘Building Trust, Accountability, Effective Communication, Customer Focus, and Proactive Safety & Security’ are what every employee needs to know and do to be most impactful at Amtrak. By living the Amtrak values, focusing on our capabilities, and actively embracing and fostering diverse ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives, together we will honor our past and make Amtrak a company of the future.
 


 

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

The Senior Solutions Architect is a Director level senior professional responsible for providing strategic development leadership for wired and wireless network programs; this is a forward-looking, innovator role requiring a continuous improvement mindset. The Director will provide technical guidance to support strategic planning for large-scale, multi-year Amtrak network capital projects. S/he will be expected to engage routinely with Amtrak suppliers and a diverse group of technical and non-technical Amtrak resources.

 

Amtrak seeks a professional with the ability to inspire adoption of new approaches to varied networking concepts (e.g., MPLS, SD-WAN, and wireless networks) and drive execution of new designs. This leader supports the Director, Wayside Connectivity, Network Convergence, and IT Systems Design with developing and optimizing railroad wayside and onboard communication technologies. Additionally, s/he will also provide network engineering oversight for the onboard Wi-Fi program which supports both passenger-facing and secure onboard revenue generating and onboard information systems (OBIS). As a highly experienced engineer and advisor, s/he will develop architecture solutions and designs, support large scale wireless initiatives, direct network convergence engineering, and support a new in-building coverage enhancement program. The Senior Solutions Architect will serve as the lead network strategist for an emerging Information Technology/Operational Technology (IT/OT) network rationalization and convergence program, and will lead IP network engineering and design efforts supporting onboard and railroad wayside networks, train-to-ground (T2G) data links, and RF engineering. As such this position requires expert-level systems engineering, and network deployment experience.

 

Specific engagements may include engineering support and oversight of a) operational network design analyses, b) wireless network testing proximate or on the Amtrak right-of-way, c) engagement with cellular carriers, d) Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) design reviews, e) and exploration of marketplace options for new technologies. The Director will also be responsible for producing and maintaining detailed technical architecture documentation as well as generating materials for, and briefing of, Amtrak executives.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Deliver expertise in WAN engineering including designing enterprise data and video networks
  • Drive innovation of IP networks and engage on topics requiring expert knowledge of MPLS, IS-IS, OSPF, BGP4, STP, RSTP, and 802.1 standards
  • Engage routinely with internal and external technical and non-technical resources
  • Provide critical leadership for network convergence opportunities where both cloud networking and data centers engineering expertise is required
  • Introduce Amtrak to emerging technologies in IP networking and the development, modernization,, integration, and consolidation of disparate Amtrak networks
  • Drive development and optimization of onboard Wi-Fi networks
  • Support field engineering visits in person
  • Travel as needed between 15%-25% (inclusive of local/regional site visits)


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must have work authorization in the United States
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM field with 10+ years of relevant experience; 15+ years equivalent work experience if no degree
  • 11+ years of relevant technical engineering experience with 2- to 3-years’ experience leading engineering initiatives as a senior solutions architect
  • Current and relevant technical credentials
  • Significant expertise in:
    • Managing multi-year data network design initiatives involving multi-million dollar network solutions
    • Ensuring strategic alignment of IT system requirements with organizational priorities
    • Optimization of underperforming network systems
    • Oversight of systems architecture, tools, Information Security, platforms and/or networks for a mission critical IT program.
  • Network convergence strategic planning, design, and execution for corporate enterprises, to support cloud and traditional data center integrations
  • Demonstrated experience influencing and informing executive leadership, business, and technical stakeholders
  • Ability to successfully manage portfolio-level architecture engagements
  • Must possess senior level communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to travel internationally

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS & WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Supplier relationship management, program management, and financial management experience preferred
  • Cellular carrier engineering experience in RF systems development and/or wireless network engineering
  • Railroad experience, preferably in large-scale networking and/or IT/OT network integrations, and familiarity with rail environments and IT/OT technologies.
  • Master’s Degree in STEM fields with 13+ years relevant work experience
  • Public speaking to audiences of 50 or more on technology topics


COMMUNICATIONS AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS:

  • Must have demonstrable experience presenting strategic plans to senior executives

 

The salary range is $160,410-$207,900. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, etc. Depending on an employee’s assigned worksite or location, Amtrak may consider a geo-pay differential to be applied to the employee’s base salary. Amtrak may offer additional incentive and pay programs to recognize and reward our employees, including a short-term incentive bonus based upon factors such as individual and company performance that is commensurate with the level of the position and/or long-term incentive plan compensation. In addition to your salary, Amtrak offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes health, dental, and vision plans; health savings accounts; wellness programs; flexible spending accounts; 401K retirement plan with employer match; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; paid time off; back-up care; adoption assistance; surrogacy assistance; reimbursement of education expenses; Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligibility; Railroad Retirement sickness and retirement benefits; and rail pass privileges. Learn more about our benefits offerings here.

 

Requisition ID:154745
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia
Job Family/Function:Information Technology 
Relocation Offered:Yes 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

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We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job – we want it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family and a high performance culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.


All positions require pre-employment background check verification, a pre-employment drug screen and proof of full vaccination against COVID -19. Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. Marijuana, notwithstanding any statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use.  Candidates who engage in the usage of marijuana will not be qualified for hire.   Successful applicants for employment with Amtrak must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the date of hire as a condition of employment, subject to requests for accommodation.  Fully vaccinated means 14 days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 14 days since receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.


In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR § 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety-sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions. If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, the individual will not be permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.

In accordance with federal law governing security checks of covered individuals for public transportation ( Title 6 U.S.C. § 1143), Amtrak is required to screen applicants for any permanent or interim disqualifying criminal offenses.


Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


Amtrak is an EOE/Affirmative Action Minority/Female employer, and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race/color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions), national origin/ethnicity, age, disability (intellectual, mental and physical), veteran status, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, genetic information, citizenship or any other personal characteristics protected by law.



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