Great-West Financial Empower Retirement

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Senior Network Engineer / Network Architect

Senior Network Engineer / Network Architect

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Position Highlights

Be Bold Be Brilliant


Are you an initiator of new ideas?  Have you always wanted to work with a team with a start-up mentality while having the stability of a larger organization that's well established with tenured history?  


If you're an innovator with experience in the latest cloud-based technologies, we're interested in you!


Be a disruptor and instigator of change!


Great-West Financial is the nation’s second largest insurer in sales of individual life insurance through banks. We also offer annuity and executive benefits products. Under Empower Retirement, we provide employer sponsored retirement plans as the nation’s second largest retirement plan provider.


Our over 5,000 associates across 40 locations across the country provide world class service to:


30,000+ employer sponsored retirement plans

8 million+ employees participating in their employer-sponsored retirement plan

467,700+ individual life insurance and annuity accounts

$460 billion+ total assets under administration


The Network Architect will be responsible for the planning, design and build, of a IP LAN/WAN infrastructures including routing, switching, wireless, network security, supporting 35+ US locations, with locations in Canada and India. Will develop, document, and implement best practices and standards. Will work on multiple projects acting as a network lead on issues of high complexity that require in depth knowledge of multiple technical areas. Must provide high level network design and implementation skills and combine technical intelligence with communication and presentation abilities. Must be an individual contributor capable of self-directed work showing strong leadership and client relationship skills and who is focused on driving the complete network project.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Identifies opportunities for continuous quality improvement of technical standards, methodologies, and technologies.
  • Configure and maintain network equipment such as routers, switches, load balancers, and wireless networks.
  • Provides technical expertise in systems, technical infrastructure, tools, modeling, external interfaces, and other areas. Completes complex development, design, implementation, architecture design specification, and maintenance activities.
  • Maintains current knowledge of IT development methodology, architecture design, and technical standards. Mentors IT staff with less experience.
  • Conduct research and evaluation of network technology and recommend purchases of network equipment.
  • Expert knowledge in routing and switching.
  • In-depth working knowledge pertaining to wireless network infrastructure, vendors and their products.
  • Troubleshoot highly complex data, voice or video network and hardware problems.
  • Develops strategies and direction for network and public cloud solutions using current and emerging technologies.
  • Translate business requirements into network process designs.
  • Perform analysis & trending of utilization and growth providing a proactive design based on the demands of the business.


Preferred technical qualifications:

  • In-depth hands-on experience with BGP, OSPF, Redistribution and Traffic Engineering on ISR and ASR 1K routers
  • Experience in complex MPLS/BGP WAN design and implementation for multisite connectivity and redundancy
  • Experience with Cisco Nexus 9k, 7k, 5k and 2ks, Catalyst 4500, 6500 and 6800 series
  • Advanced networking troubleshooting skills and methods across the OSI model
  • Experience with Citrix Netscaler and F5 load balancer configuration and maintenance
  • Knowledge of Wan Optimization and SD-WAN technologies such as Silver Peak, Viptela, and/or Riverbed
  • Experience with the deployment and support of centralized wireless technologies such as Cisco WLCs, Meraki, and/or Aerohive
  • Working knowledge of SDN technologies such as ACI and/or NSX a plus


  • Bachelor’s degree in CS/MIS/CIS/Engineering or equivalent experience.
  • CCIE or other industry certifications strongly desired.
  • 7+ years of strong Cisco Network Engineering experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to read and process complex technical information.
  • Strong technical skills with the ability to work with minimum supervision.
  • Preferred experience with Interpersonal skills to interact effectively with end-users, peers, managers and vendors.
  • Ability to pull and analyze data for helping drive continual operational improvement.
  • Experience designing, configuring, installing, maintaining and supporting corporate data center and site network environments to meet the company's requirements for availability, performance, security and scalability.
  • Design and implement appropriate levels of capabilities and redundancy to support HA and DR requirements.
  • Experience with designing and implementing large-scale networks, network routing, switches, and internet-related networking and security technologies.
  • Experience designing, ordering, installing and maintaining public cloud connectivity.
  • Routing – BGP, OSPF, EIGRP, Redistribution and Route Selection.
  • Experience in complex MPLS/BGP WAN design and implementation.

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About Great-West Financial

At Great-West Financial® and Empower Retirement, our more than 5,000 associates are dedicated to helping customers secure their financial futures. We offer a range of retirement savings products, life insurance, annuities and investment services from offices across the country. If you’re interested in joining a company that enjoys a record of strong performance and is rich in history yet innovative, bold and transformative, then our organization is an outstanding place for you to grow and succeed. We’re an equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. We’re also committed to providing a drug-free workplace.

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