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SDN Product Architect



IT, Product
Multiple locations
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

About GTT:

GTT provides secure global connectivity, improving network performance and agility for your people, places, applications, and clouds. We operate a global Tier 1 internet network and provide a comprehensive suite of cloud networking and managed solutions that utilize advanced software-defined networking and security technologies.

We serve thousands of businesses with a portfolio that includes SD-WAN and other WAN services, internet, security, and voice services. Our customers benefit from a customer-first service experience underpinned by our commitment to operational excellence. For more information on GTT, please visit www.gtt.net.

Role Summary:

This role is key to develop new product features and maintain GTT SD-WAN and security platforms, focused on the evaluation and release of new features for existing products as well as running various proof of concept evaluations for potential new products in GTT's Managed Services portfolio.

Job Scope/Supervision:

The SDN Architecture team reports to the VP of engineering in the CISO organization.

This team gathers requirements from the product development organization and produces documentation for the security engineering, design engineering, EOC and tier 3 security teams.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design and development of GTT’s SDN/NFV platforms and products

  • Continuous improvement of the existing products and platforms

  • Work with product management to create/maintain/execute the SDN/NFV roadmap

  • Last resort operational support for SDN/NFV platforms

  • Coach junior architects and engineers

Required Experience/Qualifications:

  • Firewalls (Fortinet, Palo Alto, Cisco)

  • SD-WAN technologies (Velocloud, Silverpeak, Fortinet)

  • Layer 3 Networking (BGP, OSPF)

  • Linux (RHEL & Debian based distributions)

  • Understanding advanced benchmarking and performance testing criteria on various x86 based network appliance/server hardware

  • SD-WAN products: Silver Peak, Velocloud, Fortinet

  • Security products: Palo Alto Networks, Fortinet, Cisco

Desirable Experience/Qualifications:

High level of expertise required in the following:

  • Public Cloud Providers Networking: AWS, Azure, GCP

  • Virtualization technologies: VMware

  • Network as a Service vendors: Aruba, Meraki

  • SASE providers: Zscaler, Netskope


Normal working hours. Sporadic travel required to attend events or vendor meetings.

Core Competencies

  • Products and Services: Knowledge of major products and services and product and service groups; ability to apply knowledge of product and service appropriately to diverse situations.

  • Decision Making and Critical Thinking: Knowledge of the decision-making process and associated tools and techniques; ability to accurately analyze situations and reach productive decisions based on informed judgment.

  • Effective Communications: Understanding of effective communication concepts, tools, and techniques; ability to effectively transmit, receive, and accurately interpret ideas, information, and needs through the application of appropriate communication behaviors.

  • Managing Multiple Priorities: Knowledge of effective self-management practices; ability to manage multiple concurrent objectives, projects, groups, or activities, making effective judgments as to prioritizing and time allocation.

  • IP Network Engineering: Knowledge of the processes, tools, and techniques for IP network engineering; ability to utilize and manage IP applications for the construction, operations and support of IP-based networks and infrastructure.

  • Network Architecture and Design: Knowledge of the process, tools and methods for network architecture and design; ability to capture requirements and translate them into blueprints for wireline, wireless and hybrid network infrastructure.

  • Network Engineering: Knowledge of the processes, tools, and technologies for network engineering; ability to utilize and manage these for planning, designing, construction and support of wireline and wireless networks.

  • Telecom Platforms and Technologies: Knowledge of the architecture of various telecom platforms; ability to manage technologies and systems for providing telecommunications networks and services.

  • Telecom Product Development: Knowledge of telecom product development; ability to manage the process of enhancing existing or developing new telecom products and services.

  • Virtualization Services: Knowledge of the issues, regulations, business practices, and operations of virtualization services; ability to create and support a virtual environment that separates the physical infrastructure from the logical processing.

Universal Competencies

  • Continuous Improvement: Knowledge of transformation initiatives to drive fundamental changes, enhance responsiveness and efficiency to core business practices. Ability to drive cultural changes from best effort to results oriented.

  • Customer First (Non-Customer Facing): Knowledge of internal customer interactions, creating a culture of accountability, collaboration, and partnership. Ability to build an environment supporting internal customer value creation at every level.

  • Operational Excellence: Understanding the system-driven processes for consistency and scalability. Ability to re-focus processes and systems from integration activity to maximizing a positive customer impact and anticipating future trends.

EEO Statement:

GTT provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, GTT complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

GTT expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of GTT’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.