Technology Dir Architecture - 90300710 - Washington

Date: Jan 11, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20002

Company: Amtrak

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Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country and we move America’s workforce toward the future. 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 the result of our employees.

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The Director, Technology Architecture is responsible for providing strategic network development leadership and guidance to ensure technology direction and investments align with architectural guidelines and business strategy. As a technical leader and advisor, s/he will develop architecture solutions and designs, and will play a vital part in helping drive Information Technology/Operations Technology (IT/OT) convergence initiatives for connected devices, networks, systems, and services.This role will support the Director, Wayside Connectivity & Network Convergence and a team charged with improving and expanding upon wayside and onboard communication technologies. The position will serve as the lead network strategist for an emerging program supporting IT/OT innovation along Amtrak’s 480-mile stretch of tracks comprising the Northeast Corridor. Technical efforts include trackside/wayside Train-to-Ground (T2G) connectivity, third-party Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), cellular 5G and 4G LTE carrier service enhancements, and integrations with Amtrak’s corporate data networks and back office systems. The Director, Technology Architecture will lead IP network engineering and design efforts supporting onboard networks, Train-to-Ground (T2G) voice/data links, and wayside connectivity technologies. This position requires expert-level L1/L2/L3 system design, engineering, and network deployment experience. The Director will also be responsible for producing and maintaining detailed technical architecture documentation and supporting deck ware that can be consumed by Amtrak executives.S/he will also provide network engineering oversight for Amtrak’s national onboard Wi-Fi program, supporting both passenger-facing and secure onboard train technologies like Point-of-Sale (POS), Onboard Information Systems (OBIS), among others. The Director will provide technical direction to support strategic planning for large-scale, multi-year IT capital projects. S/he will be expected to engage routinely with Amtrak suppliers and a diverse group of technical and non-technical Amtrak resources.


• Ability to apply expertise in LAN/WAN engineering including designing for voice, data and video networks at Access, Aggregation, and Core network levels.
• Innovate Amtrak networks thorough understanding of modern service provider TCP/IP data networks using standards and technologies including but not limited   to MPLS, IS-IS, OSPF, BGP4, STP, RSTP, 802.1q, 802.1ah and emerging standards.
• Apply superior knowledge, skills and experience with routing hardware, software, protocols, in collaboration with technical and non-technical team members.
• Deliver critical insights on convergence opportunities based on expert knowledge of cloud networking as well as engineering within traditional network data   centers.
• Design, implementation, and operations management of current and emerging technologies in IP networking and network convergence including overall technical   leadership of product, program, and engineering teams, on the development, modernization, and integration/consolidation of disparate Amtrak networks.


• Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Software Engineering, or related field with 11+ year’s relevant experience; 15+ years   equivalent work experience if no degree.
• 11+ years of relevant technical engineering and managerial experience with 2- to 3-years’ experience leading an Architecture Practice.
• Current and relevant technical credentials (e.g., CCIE) and/or ITIL certification. 
• Must demonstrate in resume significant expertise: 1) Managing one or more multi-year Information Technology initiatives that deliver complex multi-million   dollar network systems and infrastructure, 2) Leading LAN/WAN/IT programs; 3) Ensuring strategic alignment of IT system requirements with organizational   priorities; and 4) Oversight of systems architecture, tools, Information Security, platforms and/or networks for a mission critical IT program.
• Must have work authorization in the United States
• 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 manage portfolio-level architecture engagements and deliver best practice recommendations that ensure architecture work is comprehensive and   correct.
• Must possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, be able to collaborate effectively with a diverse team, and be self-motivated with a delivery   focus.


• Well-rounded skillset including relationship management, program management, financial management and technology product delivery experience preferred.
• Prior cellular carrier engineering experience with DAS or small cell design, development, and deployments as well as TCP/IP network design.
• 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 Computer Science, Software Engineering, Business Management, or related technical field with 13+ years relevant work experience.


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.



Requisition ID:72321
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia
Job Family/Function:Information Technology 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

Amtrak employees power our progress through their performance.

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.

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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