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CenturyLink Senior Lead Engineer - Federal (N) in DENVER, Colorado

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) at is a global communications and IT services company focused on connecting its customers to the power of the digital world. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, big data analytics, managed security services, hosting, cloud, and IT consulting services. The company provides broadband, voice, video, advanced data and managed network services over a robust 265,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 360,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink at for more information.

Job Summary

The Senior Lead Engineer will work in a challenging, hands-on environment supporting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and other specialized customers in support of National Cyber Protection System (NCPS) initiatives.

Job Description

The candidate will be responsible for multiple enterprise system requirements, design, development, implementation, and repairing of the DHS and CenturyLink sponsored solutions. The Candidate must be able to communicate effectively with peers, sponsor, and customers.

Basic Qualifications and Duties:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree and/or Advanced degree in a technical discipline or 10+ years’ experience in the communications, network, and/or cyber security fields.

  • Candidate must have demonstrated the ability to work in a consultative manner with others, i.e. establish rapport, interview/fact-find, define requirements, present options/recommend solutions, follow-up, and customer focused behavior.

  • The candidate will have demonstrated knowledge and experience in system architecture and engineering disciplines. Specific technical knowledge of enterprise level networking and network security.

  • Designs requirements-based technical solutions in support of CenturyLink Cyber Security programs, projects, solutions and offerings, and assists with program start-up, transition and transformation of the solution or offering design into production.

  • Proven ability to work in a dynamic team environment with changing requirements and competing priorities.

  • Must be willing to train junior engineers on the systems within the environment.

  • Ability to follow MOP, open/update service tickets, anticipate problems, and proactively take corrective action.

  • Must be willing to travel to customer locations as needed.

  • Proven ability to work on-site with customers’ technical teams (i.e. engineers, analysts, security).

  • Ability to work cross functionally with Engineers, Project Managers, and Developers

  • Experience with Linux (Redhat, CentOS) at the command line and familiarity with server level technology (Apache, JBoss, SQL).

  • Troubleshooting server issues: systems, applications and connectivity.

  • Knowledge of PXE, Kickstart, Automated system builds

  • Thorough understanding with virtualization and virtual networking (VMware).

  • Familiarity with IPTables and SELinux.

  • Familiarity with troubleshooting LDAP, Kerberos, OpenSSL certs, system hardening.

  • Experience with Shell scripting, Perl or Python experience.

  • Linux/Unix patch management.

  • Experience with creating SOPs.

  • Experience with working in a data center environment.

  • Experience with system configuration management.

  • Experience with Remedy, System Monitoring and project task tracking tools (i.e. Solarwinds/Nagios/JIRA)

  • Available 24/7 for Network Outages and Maintenance window work.

  • Hands on Tier 4 support

  • Other Requirements

  • Candidate must be a US Citizen and hold an active Department of Defense TOP SECRET SCI clearance to be considered for this position.

Alternate Location: US-Colorado-Denver

Requisition # : 212016

This job may require successful completion of an online assessment. A brief description of the assessments can be viewed on our website at

EEO Statement

We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, ancestry, citizenship, national origin, religion, veteran status, disability, genetic characteristic or information, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, family status, pregnancy, or other legally protected status (collectively, “protected statuses”). We do not tolerate unlawful discrimination in any employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, compensation, promotion, benefits, discipline, termination, job assignments or training.


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