CenturyLink Solutions Architect - Cloud, Security in Winnersh, United Kingdom

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) at http://www.centurylink.com is a global communications and IT services company focused on connecting its customers to the power of the digital world. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, big data analytics, managed security services, hosting, cloud, and IT consulting services. The company provides broadband, voice, video, advanced data and managed network services over a robust 265,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 360,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink at http://www.centurylink.com/ for more information.

Job Summary

The Solution Architect is accountable for supporting the EMEA Sales team by providing technical advisory and consultancy in order to create high-quality technical designs to identify or establish the business need(s) for Clients and Prospects within the EMEA region.

The Solutions Architect is responsible for:

  • Design and Technical documentation required for successful delivery of a designed solution and services for the Client

  • Engage at all levels within our Clients or Prospects to ensure that the technical design meets all the relevant functional and non-functional requirements

  • Validate Client’s requirements ensuring that the messaging on the company’s proposition both internally and externally is maintained

  • Act as a Technical Design Authority from Pre-Sales perspective

  • Ensure robust and accurate handover, from Pre-Sales to Post-Sales implementation team from technical and relationship perspective

Job Description

Working in the EMEA Solutions Engineering team to ensure all technical design aspects of our Client’s requirements are delivered in a timely and coherent manner.

  • Positive – recognises areas for improvement and takes ownership of them where possible, but does not dwell on them if not

  • Technical design leader - can demonstrate high calibre design aptitude by being able to tie the technical solution and associated managed services back to the Customer’s business needs

  • Excellent organisational skills - able to work on multiple opportunities for multiple Clients at the same time

  • Accuracy at pace – able to ensure quality is never compromised even though the velocity of an opportunity is high

  • Enhance technical relationships with Clients by providing subject matter experts perspective on the technologies that CenturyLink employ in their platform, product and service portfolio.

  • Use the “good enough” design principle to ensure that the most cost effective solution that meets requirements is achieved.

  • Lead Pre-Sales technical engagements with the Client.

  • Demonstrate proven history of design expertise within the Enterprise

  • Demonstrate technical and advisory leadership for customers, sales, and other consultants & engineers

  • Assist on preparation and delivery of presentations and proposals with Account Executives, Solution Architects and Consultants

  • Provide feedback for internal contacts in Product Management and Marketing based on Client engagements and perceived industry needs.


  • Relevant IT certifications (e.g. MCSE, CCNA, etc.)

  • Security: Strong design experience in security. Candidates should have strong skills in the following: Cisco ASA, Checkpoint, Palo Alto and Imperva firewalls, VPN technologies and IPSec, 2 way factor authentication (RSA), VPN gateways, intrusion detection and prevention systems(Cisco FirePower), encryption at rest and transit, identity management, SSO, AAA, SSL, DDoS mitigation, designing security around Internet, DMZ & Datacentre, penetration testing and all relevant aspects of security in virtualised and cloud multi-tenanted environments

  • Cloud Solutions: Strong experiences of designing solutions based on Cloud. Good technical understanding around existing Public, Private & Hybrid Cloud offerings (e.g. CenturyLink Cloud, Azure, AWS, GCP, etc.) and integration with Cloud management tools, e.g. vCloud Director, RightScale, Scalr, etc.

  • Hosting Services; Good knowledge of hosting services from a service provider perspective: able to understand customer requirements, position value proposition, and design high level solutions where requirements incorporate typical IaaS components e.g. Compute, Storage, Virtualisation, Colocation;

  • Networks : Experienced Cisco CCNP/CCDP (or equivalent) level network engineer with strong design experience of LAN and WAN networks. Experience in the following technologies would be desirable : routing protocols (RIP, EIGRP, OSPF, IS-IS, BGP), switching (Cisco ACI, Nexus and IOS, Juniper EX-series, VLANs, STP, HSRP, VRRP, GLBP), Quality of Service, Load Balancers (Citrix Netscaler, F5 and A10), WAN acceleration technologies as Riverbed, WAN networks (SDWAN, MPLS, VPLS, Frame Relay and ATM).

  • Public Sector; Experience in dealing with Government and\or Education customers

  • Excellent organisational and interpersonal skills

  • Strong communication skills (oral, written and presentation), should also be able to engage at C-level

  • Good experience of using consultative approach and engagement styles

  • Demonstrable experience in developing high-end infrastructure solutions

  • Demonstrable experience in the IT industry – should be a trusted and respected TDA as well as a technical advisor both to the customer and to his/her peers

  • Must have worked in a customer facing role

  • The ability to deliver without a pre-defined customer agenda

  • The ability to document solution components in a timely manner while ensuring acceptable level of detail, data integrity, and accountability

  • Knowledge of Visio or other drawing and documentation tools

  • Preferred Requirements:

  • High level knowledge of data centre environmental facilities including power distribution, uninterruptible power switching systems, generators, air handling equipment, cabling and cable management systems, fire suppression, and security.

  • Desirable relevant certifications e.g. ITIL, TOGAF, COBIT, DODAF, SABSA etc

  • Cloud/Automation: AWS/Azure/GCP platform experience, working knowledge of infrastructure automation e.g. CloudFormation/AzureResourceManager/Chef/Puppet

  • Systems : Main focus on Wintel based technologies, including but not only, x86 systems, Active Directory, DNS, WINS, desktop & server operating systems, RAS, SSL, VPN and Windows networking in general. Exposure/knowledge of Unix & Linux based technologies and/or management software (MS SCOM/SCCM, CA, HP) will represent a significant advantage


Alternate Location: UK-Berkshire-Winnersh; UK-London-Fleet Place

Requisition #: 196342

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