Product Architect- Assurance

Newbury
  1. Full Time
  2. IT/Technology
72555
Posting date:08 Jun, 2021

The Role 


Vodafone Business has invested heavily in its connectivity solutions over recent years, none more so than SDWAN, being recognised for the second year running as a leader in Gartner’s magic quadrant.


As the number of solutions increases and the need for differentiation becomes a critical element for sales success Vodafone is investing in the development of an integrated Assurance/orchestration domain providing a single pane of glass for underlay and overlay customer service, correlated events and root cause as well as AI driven closed loop integration and orchestration


The successful candidate will contribute as a SME to define and evolve this assurance product and services towards the delivery of world class customer products aligned with the vision of Vodafone’s enterprise connectivity products. He or She will work in a team of architects, technical designers, and developers specifically to lead the architecture of this next generation Assurance Product.


Purpose of the team is to build best in class products/services – from ideation to MVP - suitable for global enterprise business customers and to support the evolution in fully developed product suites.


The role will involve understanding infrastructure and networking foundational concepts about different connectivity technologies, fixed and mobile, Quality of Service, IP VPN and with a specific focus on advanced network architecture and technologies, API and programming approaches used for SDN, Infrastructure as a Code considering a wide range of setups from uCPE and Cloud scenarios. 


The role is highly interactive and requires the ability to work with other internal departments, and the wider Vendor community, as part of a virtual team; will involve working with agile and devops methodologies to develop architectures, components and capabilities as part of a E2E service product following Vodafone common models, practices and adoption of open API and appropriate standards.
 

With us you will:

  • Design and build assurance solutions and components for an end to end SDWAN/NFV architecture 
  • Application & SW engineering with focus in all areas of advanced network systems
  • Introducing new features and concepts into carrier networks
  • Engage with Sales, Commercial and Product Management functions to collect and discuss requirements and solutions
  • Support or own the creation/development of service scenarios and component, including Yang/Tosca models, artifacts, code snippets, etc.
  • Keep up-to-date on latest technologies, trends and relevant vendors on modern software defined network modelling and development
  • Ability to continuously learn and grow in both technical and soft skills areas 
  • Develop and nurture a growth and solution driven mindset 

 

Apply if you have

  • Experience in working in virtual and multinational teams, with proven record of delivering goals in matrix organisations
  • Ability to master complex problems and summarise them in simple terms, based on target audience
  • Must have experience in large scale modern OSS systems handling complex multi-technology domain and high event/metrics volumes
  • Must have experience in Telco or large Enterprise operations with first-hand contacts with vendors, engineering and operation teams
  • Must have core expertise in a good number of topics on network and IT infrastructures enabling Systems and Tools applicable to the SDN and NFV market:
  • Solid understanding of SW development, devops approach and related tool-chains
  • SW Development (Python, JS/ React/ NodeJS, RESTful WebServices)
  • Experience with infrastructure/service declarative modelling, and any of the following: JSON/XML or Yang/Netconf/Tosca
  • Understanding of API methodology and API gateways.
     
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