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Network Architect

Culver City, CA, USA | Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.

  • Industry:
    Media / Entertainment
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    IT / Information Technology
  • Experience:
    7-10 years
Job Description:
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The Network Architect is a senior member of the Global Network Services team accountable for defining network strategy and creating advanced networking solutions to support business requirements that align to that strategy and achieve the goals and vision of IT. The role must facilitate the effective application and operation of those network solutions.

This position requires an emphasis on the development of the network environment, proactive evaluation and assessment of new networking technologies and their applicability to the organization, development of supportable and efficient technical solutions and development of technical standards, policies and procedures.

SPE has the expectation that solutions and strategy designed by the architect will be implemented and supported at a tier 4 capacity. The architect is expected to provide turnkey solutions that can be handed down to the operating groups which will include codified solutions for our business problems, implementing a framework for consistent implementations of the technology or defining clear standard operating procedures for implementing and debugging a solution or technology.

Core Responsibilities:

1. Network Architecture and Design:

- Identify and evaluate new systems, technologies and services and develop them to an operational capability

- Develop and implemented codified solutions for support of existing and newly developed capabilities

- Enable standards and policies to reduce repeated effort for deployment and operations

- Monitor the development of new standards within the data and voice networking industry with attention to the impact on the SPE networking environment.

-Work with business and product leaders to understand business requirements and help them understand how technology tradeoffs influence strategy.

- Technical communications and consulting

- Analyze business and market needs and translate them into actionable architectural requirements.

- Develop business cases for strategic concepts that will become products and services.

- Continually assess the existing environment and identify opportunities for improving solutions and service

2. IT Operations Support:

- Act as the highest resource for problem determination and resolution and assist network engineers with the diagnosis of complex network issues.

- Participate in the development of operational procedures and policies.

- Participate in the change control, production acceptance and event management processes.

- Communicate change requests, issues and resolutions, event status as well other important matters to all areas of IT and customer departments.

- Develop the knowledge base and expertise of the GNS organization.

3. Develop and maintain project plans for medium to large sized system projects:

4. Provide oral and written status reports to IT management and customers:

Education & Training Requirements:

- BA/BS degree or equivalent experience preferred.

- Minimum 8 years employment in the IT industry working with a major systems and vendors.

- Minimum 4 years experience with Cisco based network environments

- Minimum 2 years experience with multi-tiered network infrastructure environment

- Minimum 2 years experience operating codified infrastructure frameworks such as ansible

- Minimum 2 years experience of defining and realizing major technology initiatives (+12-month duration)

- Two or more years of entertainment experience is a plus.

- Experience with Cisco Call Manager Systems is a plus

Specialty - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

Knowledge of:  

- All major networking and related technology concepts

- Proficient in all major Cisco networking products, including LAN, WAN and Security platforms

- IP and VoIP network design and routing architectures

- Expert level capability in a number of network technology areas

- Operational and support functions and associated challenges in managing a network environment

- Information Security as applied to networking and other IT domains

- Software Defined Networking concepts and design patterns

- Codified approaches to managing a homogenous network at scale

Skill In:  

- Proven ability to create and maintain complex network architectures and solutions

- Creating technical diagrams, presentations and other networking documentation

- Developing standards, policies and procedures

- Technical troubleshooting and problem determination

- Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to work effectively with team members, clients and other IT areas

- Strong written and oral communications

- Comprehensive network design experience

- Comprehensive programming or scripting experience

- Proficient project management

Ability To:

- Handle multiple tasks and be flexible in a fast paced environment

- Analyze an existing environment, new requirements and new technologies and the capability of the organization and develop a realistic and achievable networking strategy

- Concisely explain technical problems and solutions to different levels of the organization

- Build and maintain positive relationships with IT organizations, business clients and vendors

- Critically assess and interpret business requests to understand real underlying requirements, define problems, establish facts and determine valid conclusions

- Innovate new and compelling solutions or approaches to existing problems or inefficiencies in the environ

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