SDN ACI Architect

Job description

The SDN ACI Architect can articulate and present Cisco’s ACI Platform and automation around SDN that enables customers to automate and dynamically manage a modern network. The Architects serve as the lead technical role for delivery engagements and has responsibility for actively driving and managing the services delivery process.

In addition to outstanding technical acumen and good consulting skills, the SDN Architect excels in customer interactions and engagements. This role requires a self-motivated individual with a proven track record in a technical position such as a system engineer with the ability to translate this expertise into building credibility and trust with the customer.

Good presentation skills and the ability to communicate professionally verbally, write good documentation, and lead delivery presentations/sessions are imperative for the SDN ACI Architect role.


Primary Duty & Responsibilities

  • Overall responsibility and accountability of an engagement’s delivery success
  • Strong knowledge of Cisco ACI platforms working with clients.  Including Architecture, Design, Implementation, Testing, Documentation, Mentoring, and Handoffs.
  • Delivery of high-quality documentation
  • Strong design and implementation ability in one of the following automation techniques: Ansible, Terraform, Python, Salt, Chef, and/or Puppet
  • Understanding and experience of other SDN platforms within cloud environments within AWS, GCP, or Azure
  • Create and maintain trusted advisor relationship with clients via quality communications, high quality, listening, and composure during projects
  • Present and lead various technical workshop modules with potential and current clients
  • Responsible for the assignment and success of deliverable creation and presentation within the context of delivery engagements
  • Identify new sales opportunities within current projects and work with sales to drive to closure
  • Stay up to date on the ACI Platform within Cloud and DevOps market offerings

Job requirements

Project Skills

  • Must be familiar with ACI capabilities, value proposition, use cases, and ability to drive conversations around requirements and platform applications.
  • Must be well versed in the architectural best practices of implementing ACI while adapting to varying customer environments
  • Must understand and articulate design automation schemas and integrate them into IaC environments
  • Understand application and network intersection and connecting points such as L3-outs, service graphs, etc.
  • Must be able to demonstrate conceptually taking an application from initial onboarding, all the way through onboarding with ACI
  • Must be knowledgeable of API/3rd party integrations
  • Must be able to train partners and/or clients to enable them in architecture, implementation, and operational best practices
  • Technically and verbally demonstrate expert knowledge of the ACI platforms
  • Implement net-centric and App-centric deployments
  • Understand and implement leaf-spine setup, configuration, and architecture
  • Understand and articulate tenant setup and architecture
  • Routing topologies in and out of the fabric
  • Dual or multi-datacenter design with ACI
  • Automation of common tasks and MACD operations with Ansible, Python, or other
  • Service Graphs and integration with LB and FW devices
  • Outstanding customer focus by driving for results and problem solving
  • Great communication skills in both face to face and remote formats
  • Customer focus thru credibility, reliability, and interactions
  • Composure during challenging times
  • Ability to gain a trusted advisor status with every client
  • 3 years of network consulting practices
  • 1 year of architecting or deploying Cisco ACI and/or SDN
  • 3 years of API and scripting
  • Experience with cloud infrastructure and services
  • Experience in large enterprise environments
  • Experience in application and/or DevOps practices
  • Experience with automation

Technical Skills

  • Technically and verbally demonstrate expert knowledge of the ACI platforms
  • Implement net-centric and App-centric deployments
  • Understand and implement leaf-spine setup, configuration, and architecture
  • Understand and articulate tenant setup and architecture
  • Routing topologies in and out of the fabric
  • Dual or multi-datacenter design with ACI
  • Automation of common tasks and MACD operations with Ansible, Python, or other
  • Service Graphs and integration with LB and FW devices

Consultative Skills

  • Outstanding customer focus by driving for results and problem solving
  • Great communication skills in both face to face and remote formats
  • Customer focus thru credibility, reliability, and interactions
  • Composure during challenging times
  • Ability to gain a trusted advisor status with every client

Experience

  • 3 years of network consulting practices
  • 1 year of architecting or deploying Cisco ACI and/or SDN
  • 3 years of API and scripting

Other Preferred Skills

  • Experience with cloud infrastructure and services
  • Experience in large enterprise environments
  • Experience in application and/or DevOps practices
  • Experience with automation