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Lumen PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT - Technology(REMOTE) in Helena, Montana

About Lumen

Lumen is guided by our belief that humanity is at its best when technology advances the way we live and work. With 450,000 route fiber miles serving customers in more than 60 countries, we deliver the fastest, most secure global platform for applications and data to help businesses, government and communities deliver amazing experiences. Learn more about Lumen’s network, edge cloud, security and communication and collaboration solutions and our purpose to further human progress through technology at, LinkedIn: /lumentechnologies, Twitter: @lumentechco, Facebook: /lumentechnologies, Instagram: @lumentechnologies and YouTube: /lumentechnologies.

The Role

Provide technical direction and definition of Lumen’s Network As a Service implementation across a broad range of network and applications. This will require a strong understanding of Lumen’s Layer 1, Layer 2, & Layer 3 networks and products, a strong understanding of Lumen’s Edge Compute implementation, and a working level understanding of software development methodologies. This role will serve as the primary representative for the Global Network Technology organization in a cross-functional team and will be expected to be a thought leader in how network capabilities are componentized and exposed to both internal and external consumers in order to align to the Network as a Service vision and methodology. Will be expected to contribute to the definition of the customer experience and product requirements, and will then translate product and customer experience requirements into specific network and application designs. This role will work across the Network Technology team to ensure alignment to the vision and experience, and will ensure delivery is coordinated across the broader cross function team. May also be expected to communicate vision and implementation with external audiences – customers, industry forums, etc.

The Main Responsibilities

  • Strong listening skills – ability to take feedback and requirements, process them into the key points and concepts

  • Strong communication skills – ability to clearly communicate requirements and intent to technical audiences, and also ability to concisely communicate technical concepts and plans to non-technical audiences

  • A strong understanding of network technologies including Internet, ethernet, IPVPN, Edge Compute, and Optical transport.

  • Strong Layer 2 knowledge of ethernet switching equipment and switching architectures used on Lumen’s Internet networks. 

  • Working level experience with protocols used on Lumen’s Internet networks- BGP, IS-IS, MPLS, BFD and LLDP, and their use

  • Strong understanding of Ansible, Python, and other network automation methodologies

  • Able to indirectly influence the work of others to drive large projects to successful completion.

  • Ability to be a force multiplier in the way you lead teams through complex problems

  • Strong mentorship capabilities

  • Collaborate and influence architects and operations team members to make the projects a success from inception to delivery.

What We Look For in a Candidate

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience and training.

  • Ability to apply approved technologies and architectures for application to specific requirements for plant additions to respond to requirements for growth, new services or network optimization.and economical means to complete the work are utilized.

Requisition #: 330667

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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.

NOTE: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


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This position is eligible for either short-term incentives or sales compensation. Director and VP positions also are eligible for long-term incentive. To learn more about our bonus structure, you can view additional information here. ( We're able to answer any additional questions you may have as you move through the selection process.

As part of our comprehensive benefits package, Lumen offers a broad range of Health, Life, Voluntary Lifestyle and other benefits and perks that enhance your physical, mental, emotional and financial wellbeing. You can learn more by clicking here. (

Note: For union-represented postings, wage rates and ranges are governed by applicable collective bargaining agreement provisions.