F5 Architect

NTT Communications - Ashburn, VA

Position Title: F5 Network Architect

General Role Description:
NTT Communications Cloud Infrastructure Services (NTT Com CIS) is part of the global NTT group of companies. At NTT Com CIS we know that with the right people anything is possible. The dedication and integrity of our employees are key factors in our company’s growth, market presence and our ability to help our clients stay ahead. By hiring the right people and helping them grow both professionally and personally, we ensure you a forward-thinking environment.

Are you an ambitious, innovative and motivated individual who wants to work for a global, niche Cloud platform provider? You will experience a work environment and culture like no other. We believe in empowering our employees to foster innovation. We promote teamwork and collaboration in all parts of our business and we welcome the diverse ideas and the spirited energy of all our employees. Our connected culture allows for an agile and flexible approach in all that we do.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and inclusion at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

What are we looking for?

We have an opening for a F5 Network Architect in our Product Architect R&D organization. We have various projects initiatives in our MCP (Managed Cloud Platform) that are constantly developed and enhanced. We need an Architect that is able to design infrastructure and customer solutions, orchestrate the installation, configuration, and deployment of various services in our cloud. The Architect will provide strategic vision and work with our Product team and developers to complete the vision of a product/service, evaluate different technologies for achieving the product/service and finally lead and implement said product/service. The Architect will provide direction to the teams during solution realization and work as intermediary across delivery streams throughout all the regions to ensure overall alignment. Be proactive in making changes necessary to the solution architecture triggered by changes in business requirements, technical requirements, incidents, develop options to incorporate the changes in a transparent manner. The qualifying candidate must be self-sufficient. and able to work across all levels of staff including executives, architects, engineers, and sales.

Key Responsibilities:
The scope of work includes, but is not limited to:
Responsible for end-to-end functional technical solution designs.

Research and test technology concepts that enhances our cloud infrastructure.

Develop, design and document cloud infrastructure conceptual designs.

Implement and support our operation teams in rolling out new designs and solutions.

Provide technical guidance, support and training to operation, sales and global solution architect teams.

Develop and support infrastructure automation processes.

Assist cross functional teams in troubleshooting and problem identification.

Proactively provide recommendations for cloud service improvements.

Skills Required:
Documentation skills to include creating and updating detailed environment design, installation, and support documentation.

Extensive experience in F5 firewall and load-balancers (F5-VE, Viprion and Physical).

Extensive experience in security solutions (AFM, IPSEC, SSL-Offload).

Experience with scripting and devops (Python, JSON, Bash, Perl).

Experience with system automation and application builds (Ansible, puppet, chef, salt).

Working experience with web service based api’s (REST, SOAP) is required.

Working experience virtualized hosting and cloud environments.

Working experience in Linux/Unix operating systems.

F5 certification 201 and above.

Education, Experience, Skills and Behavioral Competencies Required

Education: Degree in Computer Science or equivalent 10+ years of experience.

Strong Writing skills

Clear and concise communication skills

Exceptional attention to detail and takes pride in delivering demonstrated results.

Goal oriented while exhibiting persistence in follow up, escalation, and resolution.

Ability to multi-task projects and daily workload while maintaining timely deliverable.

Behavioral Competencies:
Must have a start-up mentality and be able to navigate through bureaucracy.

Strong networking and relationship building skills required to liaise with the various senior stakeholders across NTT Group companies, and within Cloud Infrastructure Services.

Ability to deal with conflict and adversity. Able to resolve internal conflict gracefully through strong, clear communication and exemplary leadership

Ability to operate at and with all levels of the organization, including frequent engagement with executive management.

Ability to work cross-border and willing to travel globally as and when required.

Must be able to collaborate and build effective working partnerships across the organization.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, high Emotional quotient

Must be innovative in approach with ability to simplify and clarify complex technical requirements into a client value proposition

Detailed-oriented, great analytical skills, and focused on high levels of data accuracy

High ability to learn and adapt quickly.

High integrity and willingness to speak up.