Network Architect

Company Overview

At Spire, we believe energy exists to help people. To enrich their lives, grow their businesses, advance their communities. It’s a simple idea, but one that’s at the heart of our business. We’re dedicated to understanding our customers’ needs and goals to better serve them today and tomorrow. That’s why we’re always looking for driven, collaborative people to join our team. Because we believe that offering our customers the best service means bringing together the best people.

We value safety, inclusion, and integrity. We connect to people, get the job done, and leave a memory and everything about our culture comes back to one thing: a handshake at the front door. We have 4 essential behaviors that show how the Spire culture comes to life:

Living Spire (Essential Behaviors)

  • We Collaborate: We reach across boundaries to connect with each other and deliver on our promises. We put teamwork first, knowing that our collective energy makes us stronger.
  • We Care: We create good memories by treating people how we want to be treated: We are inclusive, respectful and kind. We actively create a caring culture that feels like a handshake at the front door.
  • We Advance: We are active learners who never stop looking for ways to innovate and improve ourselves, and our company. We embrace ongoing development and process improvement with passion and tenacity.
  • We Have Perspective: We strive to gain additional perspective about Spire’s business and the ever-changing energy industry. We know that every employee plays an important role in Spire’s success, and we give our best to better understand how to help move the company forward.
Summary

We are looking for a network architect who can help IT management lead the way to our path forward for industry trends. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of setting aggressive goals to take Spire to the forefront of competitive advantage within the energy industry. They will bring to the organization superior architecting capabilities to design and deploy complex solutions to meet business objectives in a fast-paced environment.

The Network Architect will use their critical thinking ability, creativity, certified expertise and years of experience to design and shape Spire’s network roadmap to meet business needs in security, productivity and modernization.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Monitor trends in the industry to maintain a path of future growth and support.
  • Work closely with vendor partners to review standards for service excellence.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders (IT, Call Center, and SCADA management, and other Spire departments) and subject matter experts throughout the organization to ensure that business requirements, design practices and Spire’s network roadmap are aligned to business objectives.
  • Maintain an awareness of how projects impact the business.
  • Collaborate with IT Security to assure the highest industry standards are met for protecting our infrastructure from cyber threats.
  • Keep a keen eye on process improvements that will provide for increased network reliability.
  • Develop and maintain the 3-year and 5-year network roadmaps.
  • Work with any regulatory entities to assure proper audit requirements.
  • Have a solid understanding across many IT environments including database, cloud services, various server platforms, collaboration tools, and telephony.
  • Provide in-depth knowledge of Cisco route/switch infrastructure, Security platforms, wireless technologies, and new WAN offerings.
  • Present high-level reviews of major projects and industry concepts to senior management.
  • Document technical designs and workflows
  • Develop standards and best practices.
  • Evaluate, define and improve Infrastructure processes and procedures.
  • Participate in trending and forecasting of usage and services and ensuring the network is operating at optimal performance.
  • All other duties as assigned
Supervisory Responsibilities
  • None
Required Education (certifications, licenses)
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, or a related technology discipline is required.
  • Certifications required, possibilities include:
  • Cisco Certified Network Analyst
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional
  • CompTia Security+
  • Checkpoint Certified Security Expert
  • Cisco Certified Internet Expert – Route and Switch
  • PMP
  • ITIL Foundations
Required knowledge, skill and abilities
  • Experience with full Microsoft Office 365 suite design, support and maintenance in a hybrid environment
  • 10+ years direct work-related experience in network support, installation, design, project management and architecture roles.
  • Demonstrated expertise in architecting an Enterprise level data center with a primary and backup site or Active-Active environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to design with cloud presence.
  • Network Architecture experience with Cisco routers and switches including IOS, NX-OS and a strong knowledge of the ACI platform.
  • Must have advanced knowledge of routing protocols such as BGP and OSPF
  • Ability to teach new technologies to the network engineers in preparation for future migrations.
  • Must have a keen focus and well-established expertise in Network Automation.
  • Expert knowledge in all technical aspects of network topologies and methodologies.
  • Ability to demonstrate the core and job category competencies: customer-focused, results-driven, teamwork, communications, adaptability, initiative, problem solving and quality
  • Ability to lead by example in support of the Company’s essential characteristics and values: strong ethics and integrity, dedication to a safe work environment, commitment to a diverse workforce that recognizes and respects every individual’s unique skills and perspectives
  • Ability to adapt in a fast-moving and changing culture
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the proven ability to build and establish rapport with a diverse array of people
  • Ability to work independently and manage time effectively in order to meet individual goals and deadlines
Physical demands, environment and schedule
  • Office environment
  • Off hours support of critical systems
  • Some travel will be required
Competencies
We AdvanceWe CareWe CollaborateWe Have PerspectivePosting Requirements

Spire accepts online applications through our career site at jobs.spireenergy.com

 

Posting requirements: The above posting description is intended to describe the general nature of the level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

 

Spire, Inc., and its subsidiaries are Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer. 

 

We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all areas, including but not necessarily limited to, recruitment, selection, training, education, compensation, benefits, promotion, job transfer, upgrading, separation and recall regardless of the individual’s race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, and/or other protected categories under all Federal, State, and local laws. For more information, please view our Integrity and Inclusion pages of our career site.

Company
Spire Inc.
Posted
09/25/2020
Salary Range
$79,000.00 - 113,000.00
per Year
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Location
St Louis, MO 63101, US