CenturyLink LEAD ENGINEER - FEDERAL (N) in Herndon, Virginia

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink at http://www.centurylink.com (NYSE: CTL) is the second largest U.S. communications provider to global enterprise customers. With customers in more than 60 countries and an intense focus on the customer experience, CenturyLink strives to be the world’s best networking company by solving customers’ increased demand for reliable and secure connections. The company also serves as its customers’ trusted partner, helping them manage increased network and IT complexity and providing managed network and cyber security solutions that help protect their business.

Job Summary

Applies advanced engineering and network principles, theories, concepts and technologies to solve unusually complex problems and issues. Leads the development, evaluation and implementation of new and innovative principles, processes and applications.

Job Description

  • Manage the design and evolution of an existing wide area network in support of government customers and ensures that concepts correlate with provided or developed requirements

  • Serve as a lead in technical projects from inception to completion including, but not limited to the following: research, conceptualization, feasibility assessment, design, lab testing, implementation planning, procurement, training, documentation, and transition to the operational environment

  • Provide technical guidance for the composition of statements of work (SOW), engineering change proposals (ECP), Method of Procedures (MOP), and other engineering documentation as required

  • Accompany management at vendor and customer meetings in support of business development when required

  • Interfaces with team members for life cycle management and technical refresh planning

  • Conduct in-depth analysis for Tier III and IV issues and solves complex problems when necessary

  • Provides mentoring and technical/engineering advice to junior engineers

  • Knowledge of Wide Area Network security requirements and techniques for protecting computer systems/networks from attacks, viruses, data tampering, unauthorized system entry, and other emerging threats

  • Will to commit to ongoing training in disciplines necessary to perform your job

  • Ability to perform network analysis and modeling for implementation and deployment of live transport network

Essential Duties:

  • Identify, resolve, and/or escalate network issues according to procedural documentation and training

  • Creative problem-solving to identify the source of problems

  • Create or update documentation including network diagrams, procedures, and policies to ensure consistent support of customer environments

  • Through customer consultation, realize growth opportunities for production customer environments.

  • Provide guidance to adjacent support tiers to assist in resolution of complex network, system and security incidents

  • Provide and obtain timely updates to/from relevant parties (internal and external)

  • Provide consultative assistance to the Operations Center during off hours as needed

  • Review system and network configurations with Service Delivery to ensure successful implementation of services into production

  • Other duties as assigned


Critical skills:

  • Skilled in Transport Optical and Data equipment;

  • Skillsets in the following disciplines: Analytical and troubleshooting skills; Proficient with circuit test sets, OTDR’s, Optical Spectrum Analyzer; Work with COMSEC/Crypto Gear

  • Computer literate in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Visio.

  • Must possess considerable business acumen

  • Ability to quickly adapt to advancing technologies and procedural changes

  • Ability to coordinate and communicate effectively with other technologists and business partners to maintain high service levels in a demanding environment

  • Ability to work well in team environment

  • Excellent verbal, written and analytical skills

Desired skills:

  • Hands on experience with one or more of the following: Equipment installation, power, OSP, Fiber optic fusion splicing, testing, turn-up, and maintenance

  • Technical certifications in areas of expertise

  • Project Management

Education or Equivalent Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education in related fields

  • Certificates of training in associated fields/equipments

  • Minimum 6-8 years of experience in related field.


  • TS/SCI is required.

Alternate Location: US-Virginia-Herndon

Requisition # : 200416

This job may require successful completion of an online assessment. A brief description of the assessments can be viewed on our website at http://find.centurylink.jobs/testguides/

This position is part of a bargaining unit and represented by a union. Depending upon the applicable collective bargaining agreement under which you may be hired, you may be: (a) required to join the union and pay union dues as a condition of employment; or, (b) required to pay union dues, but not join the union as a condition of employment; or (c) free to chose whether or not to join the union, but if you do join the union you would be obligated to pay union dues.

EEO Statement

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The above job definition information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Job duties and responsibilities are subject to change based on changing business needs and conditions.