Cloud Network Architect

The Company: Aflac Incorporated
The Location: Remote, US Columbus, GA, US, 31999
The Division: Corporate IT
Job Id: 1311

Job Summary

Responsible for architecting a Global Cloud Networking strategy leveraging a combination of carrier options, vendor products, and Cloud-native capabilities| Collaborate with other Network Engineers to optimize data flow and minimize latency for priority communications between on-premises locations and CSPs | Develops SOPs and designs automation to aid software-defined networking of Cloud networking components and activities.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities

• Perform assessments of Cloud network environments, identify gaps and implement performance improvement opportunities

• Develop Cloud network strategies for architecture and engineering solutions from concept through implementation.

• Analyze and provide recommendations for emerging Cloud network technologies and CSP advancements

• Supports network architecture consultants by preparing detailed specifications and documentation

• Plans, researches, evaluates, designs and develops software-defined networks by applying software design theories and principles to develop a compatible system infrastructure

• Focuses on cost/benefit analysis to determine the financial, operational, and technical feasibility of adopting cloud based infrastructure services • Assists in troubleshooting and triaging critical network-related issues and service events

• Performs other duties as required

Professional – Education & Experience

Qualification Level Education Degree Specification

Minimum Required Bachelor’s Degree Computer Science, Information Systems or related field

Qualification Level Experience

Minimum Required Ten or more years network infrastructure solutions architecture, engineering, implementation, integrations and operations of enterprise and carrier-class networks

Minimum Required Experience of technical experience and strong working knowledge of IP Internetworking, LAN Switching, WAN and network security Minimum Required Experience working with cloud-based network infrastructures (AWS & Azure) Minimum Required Experience with an infrastructure-as-code language, scripting, or programming language Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Job Knowledge & Skills

• Cloud Architecture experience (AWS, Azure, or GCP)

• Programming/scripting experience (Python, PowerShell, Ruby, Java, JavaScript)

• Configuration Management software experience (Chef, Ansible, Puppet, SaltStack)

• Familiarity with Infrastructure-as-Code (Terraform, CloudFormation, CDK) or Software-Designed languages (Cisco ACI)

• Familiarity with running and scaling distributed software systems (load balancing, high availability, systems monitoring, etc.)

• Familiarity with structured text (JSON, YAML, XML)

• Proven application production support experience

• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

• Passion for automating routine tasks

• Expert in networking with extensive experience with Cisco products and hands-on engineering experience

• Willingness to be a part of a culture of continuous improvement

• Ability to act as a SME and mentor to other engineers

• Extensive experience with Linux, Unix, and Windows operating systems internals and administration

• Ability to multitask and adapt to quickly changing priorities

• Ability and willingness to work off-hours on occasion

Organizational Competencies

· Acting with Integrity – Clearly states goals and beliefs; lets people know his/her true intentions; does what he she said they would do; follows through on commitments

· Communicating Effectively – Expresses ideas and information in a clear and concise manner; tailors message to fit the interests and needs of the audience; delivers information in a manner that is interesting and compelling to the listener

· Pursuing Self-Development – Demonstrates ambition and desire to move forward in his/her career; engages others in discussions about career development; seeks feedback on ways to increase his/her performance; takes advantage of opportunities to build new skills and capabilities

· Serving Customers – Builds strong relationships with customers; stays aware of customer needs, concerns and satisfaction; responds promptly to customer questions and requests; effectively manages customer expectations

· Supporting Change – Enthusiastically participates in new change initiatives and programs; focuses on reasons why changes will work and how they will be beneficial

· Supporting Organizational Goals – Actively supports organizational goals and values; demonstrates enthusiasm toward the company‘s goals and mission; aligns actions around organizational goals

· Working with Diverse Populations – Shows respect for the beliefs and traditions of others; encourages and promotes practices that support cultural diversity; discourages behaviors or practices that may be perceived as unfair, biased, or critical toward people with certain backgrounds

Working Conditions

The statements below describe the general nature and level of the work and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Normal office environment (virtual or in-person)


None Required

Nearest Major Market: Eugene

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