Optical Network Engineer

7900 Westpark Drive (12131), United States of America, Tysons, Virginia

At Capital One, we're building a leading information-based technology company. Still founder-led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard Fairbank, Capital One is on a mission to help our customers succeed by bringing ingenuity, simplicity, and humanity to banking. We measure our efforts by the success our customers enjoy and the advocacy they exhibit. We are succeeding because they are succeeding.

Guided by our shared values, we thrive in an environment where collaboration and openness are valued. We believe that innovation is powered by perspective and that teamwork and respect for each other lead to superior results. We elevate each other and obsess about doing the right thing. Our associates serve with humility and a deep respect for their responsibility in helping our customers achieve their goals and realize their dreams. Together, we are on a quest to change banking for good.

Optical Network Engineer

At Capital One, we're building a leading information-based technology company. Still founder-led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard Fairbank, Capital One is on a journey to help our customers succeed by bringing ingenuity, simplicity, and humanity to banking. We measure our efforts by the success our customers enjoy and the advocacy they exhibit. We are succeeding because they are succeeding.

Guided by our shared values, we thrive in an environment where collaboration and openness are valued. We believe that innovation is powered by perspective and that teamwork and respect for each other lead to superior results. We elevate each other and obsess about doing the right thing. Our associates serve with humility and a deep respect for their responsibility in helping our customers achieve their goals and realize their dreams. Together, we are on a quest to change banking for good.

Capital One is looking for an experienced Optical Engineer to join our network engineering team. You will join a talented group responsible for the design, implementation, and support of all optical and IP-based network infrastructure across the enterprise. In this role, you will help lead the design and deployment of new optical networks across the Capital One footprint.

Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement Ultra Long-Haul and metro DWDM networks in support of Capital One's ongoing public cloud migration.
  • Work with carriers to ensure that connectivity, bandwidth, and diversity requirements are met.
  • Create and maintain enterprise network design standards and network topology diagrams.
  • Review and implement changes to existing DWDM and SONET networks to improve resiliency and meet connectivity and capacity demands.
  • Partner with carrier provisioning and network operations teams to ensure the success of new deployments. Ensure that operational feedback is incorporated into network designs.
  • Serve as Tier-4 escalation support for critical operational incident resolution.
  • Identify gaps in current designs and propose appropriate solutions based on technical and business drivers.
  • Provide support for audit and ad-hoc consulting engagements.

Successful candidates will possess:

  • A thorough understanding of optical networking technologies, including DWDM and SONET.
  • Extensive experience designing physical infrastructure including conduit layouts, point of entry for carrier access, fiber path diversity, and carrier hand-off.
  • Experience with optical planning & modeling tools.
  • Knowledge of the G.709 protocol.
  • Ability to lead the design, configuration, and support of circuit connectivity on carrier rings.
  • Good working knowledge of IP networking fundamentals. Knowledge of both L2 switching and L3 routing is desirable.
  • Experience designing, implementing, and supporting optical transport networks using systems from vendors such as Ciena, Tellabs, and Fujitsu.
  • Excellent analytical ability with strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong project- and time-management skills with a successful track record of troubleshooting complex problems and delivering timely solutions.
  • The desire and ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or military experience.
  • At least 5 years of experience designing, implementing, and supporting optical transport networks
  • At least 2 years of experience in campus network fiber planning.
  • At least 2 years of experience managing large-scale IT infrastructure projects.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related technical disciplines.
  • Ciena Optical Communication Consultant certification
  • 2+ years of experience with network capacity planning
  • 2+ years of experience of vendor management

At this time, Capital One will not sponsor a new applicant for employment authorization for this position.

No agencies please. Capital One is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, physical and mental disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/assignment, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, protected veteran status, or any other status prohibited by applicable national, federal, state or local law. Capital One promotes a drug-free workplace. Capital One will consider for employment qualified applicants with a criminal history in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable laws regarding criminal background inquiries, including, to the extent applicable, Article 23-A of the New York Correction Law; San Francisco, California Police Code Article 49, Sections 4901-4920; New York City's Fair Chance Act; Philadelphia's Fair Criminal Records Screening Act; and other applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding criminal background inquiries.

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