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Datacenter & Network Architect

BICS is connecting the world by creating reliable and secure mobile experiences anytime, anywhere. We are a leading international communications enabler, one of the key global voice carriers and the leading provider of mobile data services worldwide.

Our solutions are essential for supporting the modern lifestyle of today’s device-hungry consumer – from global mobile connectivity, seamless roaming experiences, fraud prevention and authentication, to global messaging and the Internet of Things.

Headquarters in Brussels with a strong presence in Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Middle East. We have regional offices in Bern, Madrid, Dubai, New York, San Francisco and Singapore, a satellite office in Beijing and local representation in Accra, Miami, Montevideo, Nairobi and Toronto.

Pioneering into the future of Next Generation communications. We have achieved a series of World’s Firsts successes with the launch of the first LTE Roaming relation or the first VoLTE International call between Europe and Asia, to name a few.

With a diverse and multicultural team of about 600 employees, we continuously strive to provide customers with the highest level of quality, reliability and interoperability, enabling them to maximize their end-user value.

Task Description

  • You are responsible for the design of BICS datacenter networks (including Firewalls, routing/switching, Internet Access, network appliances like DNS, Load Balancers, SSL VPNs, …);
  • This responsibility includes:
    • High level architecture;
    • Network security architecture;
    • Overall partner/vendor ecosystem management;
    • Reflection on organizational structure, skillsets;
  • You will work with senior leadership to formulate and carry out the strategic plan for BICS’ datacenter & external clouds;
  • You will deliver & maintain a tactical 3-5Y datacenter evolution plan, balance it with the organizational capabilities/specificities and derive from it the impact on the people, customers and processes;
  • You will evangelize the re-use & programmability through implementation of automation & infrastructure managed “as a code”;
  • You support the efforts for cross-training and collaboration, as well as mentoring other less-experienced members of the team;
  • You anticipate, identify, track and assist the resolution of design-related issues and risks;
  • You follow up on the development teams’ deliveries and the resolution of technical problems.

Your Profile

  • You have at least 6 years of proven architectural experience in datacenter (private & external clouds);
  • You have in depth knowledge & experience with switched network environments, Firewall configuration & management, Load Balancers, TACACS, DNS, SSL VPN, SSL offloading, certificate management & small PKI, IPSEC, MPLS Layer 2, Layer3 VPNs;
  • You have in depth knowledge and experience with infrastructure automation design and services, including HA (High Availability), Service modelling, IaC (Infrastructure as Code), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service);
  • You have a proven background in scripting infrastructure deployments (Automation) and experience with management interfaces that facilitate network automation (like netconf/YANG, Openconfig, gNMI, REST-API);
  • You have proven experience with solutions like Ansible, Teraform, Cloudformation, CloudForm andCloudify;
  • You have the ability to work autonomously with a limited set of instructions, to analyse and operate at different levels of abstraction and to cope with ambiguity;
  • You can balance cost against benefits, what is strategically right with what is practically realistic;
  • You can integrate technical solutions within the broader organizational & business contexts;
  • You have experience presenting automation technology concepts to business and technical teams;
  • You embrace the BICS values: Think Forward, Strive for Leadership and Achieve Together. Within your area of expertise, you challenge the status quo and you stimulate others to think outside the box;
  • You are keen on working within a multi-cultural environment and you are fluent in English.

What’s in it for you?

  • International environment. You will be part of an international diverse team and you will have the opportunity to make a global impact.
  • Great company culture. You will be working in a dynamic working environment, driven by 3 core values: Think Forward, Strive for Leadership, and Achieve Together. We look after the well-being of our employees and organize internal events such as happy hours, sports and relaxation activities, parties, etc.
  • Career development. From development plans, to trainings and internal mobility, we are committed to ensuring you have the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to maximize your potential.
  • We offer an attractive salary package including:
    • A competitive base salary and short-term incentives
    • Comprehensive insurances including hospitalization insurance, outpatient care insurance, life insurance, disability insurance and travel insurance, fully funded by BICS
    • A supplementary pension plan, fully funded by BICS
    • A flexible mobility package including company car or car allowance, mobility budget for commuting, bike lease, etc
    • A telco pack at home including free internet and a mobile phone
    • Many other benefits such as meal and eco vouchers, 32 vacation days, homeworking possibilities, corporate discounts, …

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