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Principal IT Network Architect at NextEra Energy, Inc

Principal IT Network Architect

NextEra Energy, Inc Houston, TX Full-Time
Requisition ID: 68347

NextEra Energy Resources is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun, and a world leader in battery storage. We provide energy-related products and services that grow our economy, protect the environment, support our communities and help customers meet their energy needs. We are leading the decarbonization of the U.S. economy with our goal to reach Real Zero carbon emissions from our operations by 2045 while improving customer affordability and reliability. Are you interested in creating a cleaner environment for future generations? Join our world-class, innovative team today.

Position Specific Description

This position will be an integral part of our Network Engineering team, which designs, implements and maintains the enterprise network infrastructure that supports NextEra Energy and its subsidiaries - Florida Power & Light (FPL) and/or Nextera Entergy Resources (NEER). If you can read a packet capture, enjoy being technically involved and have experience using products from Cisco, Checkpoint, Arista Networks, Palo Alto, NetScout and a deep understanding of wired and wireless networks and protocols (OSPF, BGP) you may be the perfect fit for our team. In this position you will work with some of the brightest minds in the clean energy and utility industry as they work to ensure NextEra is the largest and most capable clean energy provider in North America and the best electric utility in the world.


This role is responsible for assisting with the design, leading the implementation and supporting the maintenance of our enterprise network infrastructure and network security infrastructure. Additionally, employees in this role work directly with management, project managers, and business leaders to ensure that projects are successfully delivered on-time and within budget. In addition, they act as an escalation point for issues that are encountered in our 24x7 environment to ensure the availability and performance of our systems is maintained. Employees also ensure that all documentation is accurate and up to date and our infrastructure remains secure at all times. Leaders in this job serve as top-level experts and visionaries in the development of roadmaps, strategy, and design for assigned technology areas.

* Understand advances and changes in the technology industry and work directly with equipment manufactures to assess new technologies and recognize how these changes can be applied to provide solutions to our business environment, to increase availability, reliability, business agility or reduce operating costs
* Analyze the business requirements of new projects requested by the FPL or NEER subsidiaries and help design network solutions that will support their implementation. Projects include infrastructure to support our back office functions, wind, solar, nuclear and fossil plants, energy trading and SCADA IoT systems
* Under limited supervision, contribute in a hands-on manner with the implementation of network infrastructure
* Create as-built design documentation for all new projects and network engineering efforts and ensure they remain up to date as the network evolves
* Maintain the availability and integrity of our enterprise network infrastructure and network security infrastructure
* Maintain the security of network infrastructure and compliance with all applicable industry and security standards (NERC CIP, PCI, SOX etc.)
* Act as the highest level of engineering escalation for issues encountered within the network environment and security environments
* Experience with network management operational tools such as Cisco Prime, Netscout and IBM Tivoli
* Excellent oral, written and organizational skills and the ability to multi-task projects with exceptional interpersonal skills and strong analytical skills
* Performs other job-related duties as assigned
* Communicates and enforces technology standards with business partners
* Drives digital innovation and develops roadmaps through new technologies and approaches to fulfill strategic business plans
* Defines high-level migration plans to address gaps in current state
* Coaches, mentors, and leads technical subject matters experts to enable and drive consistency across technology architectures
* Designs and owns governance, assurance, and standards activities for enterprise technology architecture compliance
* Oversees and facilitates the evaluation, risk assessment, selection, and design of hardware and software technology and product standards
* Delivers technology architecture artifacts, possibly including reference architectures or concepts of operation • Performs other job-related duties as assigned

Preferred Qualifications

* Experience - 7+ years of relevant industry experience with large enterprise networking, diverse security infrastructure and in-depth knowledge of current network hardware and protocols
* Education - Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology or other advanced science or engineering field
* Certification - Cisco CCNP, CCDP or CCIE
* Technical - Experience with Data Center Network Overlay technogies as well as SD-WAN
* Other - Experience with Agile methodologies and Kanban systems

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