Systems Specialist – Telecom Lab Certification

Canadian National Railway - Montréal, QC (30+ days ago)

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The role of the Systems Specialist is responsible for the successful deployment of advanced infrastructure, telecom, Industrial IoT, software development, application, and technology solutions, systems and services. The Specialist ensures that all business requirements are met by team members and projects, and contributes to the global evolution of CN’s I&T. The Specialist is a key player in the team, ensuring the technology delivered is secure, reliable, available, resilient, performant, and aligned with safety standards per business requirements.

More specifically, this role is responsible for the certification of the telecom devices, working hand in hand with product owner to build enhanced test plans, automating certification steps and certification documentation and performing certification validation and result compilation. This role is in charge of managing and improving certification process.

Main Responsibilities

The day to day activities will consist on:
Certification and testing of current and new software and hardware during upgrade or lifecycles phases.
Be able to implement test plans following detailed design documentation and have as output results of the test.
Track and maintain software library for equipment to be used in the telecom lab before production deployment.
Manage and maintain current automation tests and provide input to improve them.
Work with vendors on OS selection, Bug Scrubbing, Vulnerability validation
Certification of multiple Platforms/Vendors (Cisco / Alcatel …)
Automation of certification cases

Integration :
Engage with customers to capture requirements
Translate the technology solution architecture into engineering or software development standards & specifications
Establish test plans and tests results for newly defined solution
Conduct lab testing and log results
Ensure that solution designed meet all business requirements
Based on blueprint and test results in the lab, create Detailed / Functional Design
Establish deployment/migration strategy and guide project team and operations
As required travel to visit field sites and inspect installations
Guide other Integrator(s) and help address potential and current with them
Coordinate installation with technicians in the field, or with business owner for maintenance window
For support issues during project migration or deployment, determine appropriate resolution/solution through root cause analysis and impact analysis
Transition-to-core: update of documentation, systems, training, and presentation
Define and maintain engineering and configuration standards
Apply, and ensure compliance with, all appropriate CN I&T standards (e.g. Security, Architecture, Project Delivery Methodology, SOX, Telecom, Software Engineering, etc.)
Engage external providers and work with Business Planning, Supply Management and Legal teams in the context of procuring delivery and / or support services of existing or new services
Manage the roadmap (hardware & software) with the vendor based on CN strategy & I&T technology needs
Estimate overall solution costs and share information with Project Managers and stakeholders
Create technical diagrams and documentation for the solution
Work with Project managers during the planning phases and identify deployment steps and risks
Follow the Change and Release Management processes by initiating Change Controls and executing cut-over plans
Pre-configure and lab-test all required components during deployment. Document tests and log results.

Bachelor's degree in Engineering or equivalent (Telecommunications specialization preferred)
5+ years experience testing and certifying network software and hardware.

Strong knowledge of the TCP/IP stack.
Strong knowledge of multivendor routing, switching and firewall technologies.
Strong experience of Cisco Switching/Routing Platforms
Good understanding of multivendor QOS
Good understanding of LAN Security, Cellular and Wifi technologies.
Understanding of automation framework related to networking: Python, Ansible, APIs. Northbound/Southbound communications and virtual converged infrastructure.
Understanding of hypervisor virtualization infrastructure (Vmware,) Linux networking is a plus.
Strong documentation skills.
Self-driven, autonomous and process aware.
Good communication skills. Excellent French and English (spoken and written).
CN is an employment equity employer and we encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates under consideration will be contacted. Please monitor your email on a regular basis, as communication is primarily made through email.