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Ascension Health Data Center Network Architect in Indianapolis, Indiana

We Are Hiring

Data Center Network Architect

Location: Virtual/ Remote

What You Will Do

What we are looking for:

  • Network Architect with extensive experience in transforming Data Center, Campus and Remote office Networks

  • Must have Design and Deployment experience

  • Develop Network solution working with Enterprise Architects, CTO and Business Process owners to define Network/Systems requirements

  • Experience leading Network operations optimization, Automation projects

  • Experience leading multi-tiered Data Center transformation to SDN/Leaf-spine network Architectures

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and assess the strategies of the enterprise architecture and roadmaps; have a key focus on redundancy, flexibility, and stability.

  • Define and execute a Global Network Strategy that enables our associates to be productive 7x24 regardless of geography to deliver services with minimal downtime.

  • Understand, and design, for the full platform product life cycle.

  • Perform research on new network technologies and prototype solutions that can be leveraged to decrease costs and increase performance; make recommendations, gain approval, and develop implementation strategies for new technologies.

  • Evaluate and recommend product selection to ensure that organizational goals for security, reliability and performance are achieved.

  • Participates in service reviews.

  • Develop and maintain network standards.

  • Drive the adoption of Software Defined Networking and Infrastructure as Code.

  • Evaluate and recommend appropriate tools and target state connectivity solutions, service management and service catalog integrations.

  • Partner with Architecture community, End User Computing, Enterprise Compute and Security to architect, and design solutions that align to standards and best practices.

  • Experience successfully leading complex cross-functional network domain initiatives, providing direction, establishing consistency, and communicating a unified network vision.

  • Direct experience facilitating discussions with senior leadership regarding technical / architectural trade-offs, best practices, and risk mitigation. Presenting business cases with financial justifications for business investments.

  • Successful track record developing architectural standards within global technology domains and sub-domains, defining and implementing global quality and consistency

  • Successful track record selecting and evaluating new network technology that will adhere to innovative industry trends and practices

  • Acts as a network technology evangelist, driving adoption of innovative solutions and consulting on complex issues to future-proof operations infrastructure strategies

What You’ll Be Doing:

  • Leverage knowledge to support design innovations and development. This includes software-defined networking, cloud, data center, network automation, virtualization, NetCONF (and comparable protocols), and open-source technologies as wells as traditional network technologies.

  • Research and evaluate new hardware, software, and virtualized products and solutions to support Core, Edge, and Aggregation network layers. Focus on cost-savings, scalability, and reliability.

  • Work collaboratively with other network engineers, operations engineers, Product Management team, vendors, technicians, and various levels of management.

  • Explore, investigate, test, and develop various SD-WAN methods, IoT, automation, internet network security, and other devices/products in residential, business, and enterprise settings. Ensure full stack integration is achievable and network design architectures support device/product needs – including QoS and network traffic prioritization.

  • Collectively develop roadmap and structure for future network orchestration, automation, and device provisioning systems.

  • Create and maintain Best Practice documentation and other reference materials needed to document technology policies, procedures, and methods.

  • Spearhead first-time installations by accurately, thoroughly, and efficiently detailing requirements to stakeholders. Collaborative approach with a strong focus on details and accuracy is a must.

  • Evaluate and develop new technologies, vendor products and equipment – including development and execution of Proof of Concept testing procedures with no predetermined bias. Lead Alpha and Beta testing by working with Engineering and Operations team members.

  • Participate in network planning and network deployment strategies development.

  • Engineer network methods that are repeatable, scalable, and easily deployable across Ascension's network, avoiding one-off solutions.

  • Be a continuous subject matter expert. Expected to be a go-to resource.

  • Create detailed planning documentation of Ascension’s network systems and topologies – new and pending.

  • Provide assistance as needed to the Engineering and Operations teams for implementation, troubleshooting, and repair of network installations and deployments.

  • Participate in vendor selection and maintain strong relationships with Ascension’s vendors.

  • Act as an ambassador and promoter of Ascension’s products and must pursue a “life made easy” approach for our external and internal customers.

  • Other related tasks as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 7 years’ experience in the design, development, configuring and implementation of enterprise networks with diverse solutions from multiple vendors on a large enterprise and global scale.

  • Professional certifications desired, detailed examples of successful execution and experience preferred.

  • Demonstrated understanding of network and data center architecture, including cloud architectures in design, implementation, and operations such as Google, Web services, Amazon, and Azure.

  • Knowledge of networking infrastructure suppliers and service offerings including or similar to Cisco,Extreme, Viptela, Riverbed, Zscaler, AT&T, Lumen (CentruyLink), etc.

  • Knowledge of security design principles ensuring secure, scalable, and supportable network design architectures.

What You Will Need


  • High school diploma/GED with 2 years of experience, or Associate's degree, or Bachelor's degree required.

Work Experience:

• 3 years of experience required.• 5 years of experience preferred.• 1 year of leadership or management experience preferred.

Additional Preferences

No additional preferences.

Why Join Our Team

Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all. In FY2020, Ascension provided $2.4 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes more than 160,000 associates and 40,000 aligned providers across a national network of ministries. We offer rewarding careers across more than 2,600 sites of care – including 146 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Ascension Technologies is an equal opportunity employer (EEO) and affords equal opportunity to all associates and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status. For further information regarding your EEO rights, click on the following link to the “EEO is the Law” poster:

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Please note that Ascension will make an offer of employment only to individuals who have applied for a position using our official application. Be on alert for possible fraudulent offers of employment. Ascension will not solicit money or banking information from applicants.