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WAN and Telecommunication Infrastructure Architect

Behind the scenes, but ahead of the curve: help us develop the next-generation public broadcaster.

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Created in 2015 to align, lighten and modernize infrastructure, Media Technology & Infrastructure Services (MTIS) is the backbone and the future forward arm of CBC/Radio-Canada. We are the people that make stuff work. We make connections; between media content, systems, people and places. We are the space in between.

A place with purpose. CBC/Radio-Canada has always been a highly-regarded pioneer of media technology. Not just in Canada, but around the world. Today, we’re transforming ourselves from conventional radio and television broadcaster into a modern digital media company. Technology is the driving force. MTIS is the team making it happen.

The opportunity

Reporting to the Director of Architecture and Strategic Development, we are looking for a WAN and Telecommunication Infrastructure Architect; someone who enjoys collaborating with teams; documenting solutions and planning for the future. We need a WAN and Telecommunication Infrastructure Architect to help plan, deploy and support CBC/Radio-Canada telecommunication systems and its infrastructure with a specific eye toward our wide area networks and contribution systems. This is a rare chance to be part of Canada’s most respected broadcaster in a strategic and hands-on role as you step up to influence technology choices and innovative approaches for long-term projects.

Who you are and where are you now?

You are a Telecommunication and Infrastructure Architect with transport packet technology expertise and you are looking for an opportunity to learn new technologies. You want to design and develop innovative solutions, on a bigger scale, that span the country. You want to join - or stay within - the media sector and play a strategic role as a technology expert, consulting and coaching with the various media lines (TV, radio, Web) and IT staff. 

What’s in it for you?

Challenges. We spend our days solving problems on an unbelievable scale. Media files are highly nuanced and incredibly complicated; moving our broadcasting content from on-prem servers to the cloud is a complex technical feat. And that’s just the beginning. In this role, you will continuously be challenged to apply your judgment, knowledge, experience and analytical skills in order to:

  • Plan, develop and design CBC/Radio-Canada WAN and telecommunication systems’ like the Next Generation Converged Network(NGCN) and media contribution systems.
  • Define solutions for heterogeneous environments that span across functional, technical, and business domains.
  • Document technical specifications, with an eye towards simplicity, reliability, manageability, scalability, extensibility, performance and optimization.
  • Conduct specialized studies and technical assessments of the latest telecommunication technologies.
  • Identify and propose innovative ideas for optimizing our infrastructure related to media production and distribution.
  • Synthesize and demystify technological innovations to make them understandable and accessible across the Corporation.
  • Collaborate with the enterprise architects (Computing, Networking, Media and Digital Production) to align all aspects of our media infrastructure and the business requirements.

Be part of the change. Right now we are looking for people who can execute our strategy. Innovators who want to be respected by their international broadcasting peers for pushing future forward thinking. Builders who want to be hands-on, who take pride in knowing they are building the next generation of media technology for Canadians. Operators with the skills to keep the network running smoothly. As the new WAN and Telecommunication Infrastructure Architect you will:

  • Request proposals and gather information for our next generation network.
  • Lead the assessment of and influence the choices of vendors and technologies.
  • Explore a single platform to manage and reduce signal costs for the corporation.
  • Ensure the results of our work with standardized bodies is reflected in our choices.

Cutting-edge tech. CBC/Radio-Canada has a leading-edge tech environment where the Telecommunications team has access to the latest tools and training. This is a rare opportunity to work on a national scale where knowledge acquisition and sharing is part of our culture. It is a versatile, varied and complex infrastructure where you will work with audio, video, French and English languages, corporate infrastructure and internet networking all built into a single ecosystem.

Why join us?

CBC/Radio-Canada reflects the Canadian identity and promotes democracy. We strive to represent the diverse voices and regions of the country. We support social and economic innovation. We offer a rare-in-tech work-life balance with an excellent benefits package and a pension plan noted as one of the best in the country; we want to ensure you are happy in and out of the office.

We are a dynamic, in-flux team brimming with potential. We are less than 3 years old and learning to be a new organization within CBC. We want to be a language independent technology team. There’s a lot of exciting work ahead of us and while we aren’t there yet, we have a plan. We’re a large corporation so sometimes there is red tape; we are looking for people to understand the process and suggest improvements. We’re also a funded organization, which enables us to take actions that contribute to fulfilling our mandate to exceed audience expectations. We weigh our options, research and explore. We take our time evaluating plans when it comes to replacing systems or building critical infrastructure. When those decisions are made, we follow through with purpose. We don’t have one static future ahead of us, but a dynamic, fluid set of options. This means a chance to be part of that change whether you are an idea generator or an executor.

What you bring:

  • The education. You have a post-secondary degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or a related IT degree, P.Eng qualification is a definite asset.
  • The language. Bilingualism, or a desire to achieve it, in French and English is highly beneficial.
  • The expertise. You have 5+ years working with WAN and network services resulting in advanced knowledge of the design and planning of Ethernet, Internet and packet transport technologies(MPLS) along with WAN and LAN environments. You have experience implementing best practices and a proven track record in designing, planning and deploying solutions in a highly available and scalable 24/7 environment. Direct experience as part of a media company is an asset. You have hands-on knowledge of a range of tools, technologies and systems which may include:
    • Sonet/DWDM optical network services.
    • Fiber and Copper Infrastructure and methodologies.
    • IP-based services including SIP & IP Telephony with Media-over-IP technologies such as MPEG-TS, RTP streaming, SMPTE-2110, audio and video encoding methods would be a benefit.
    • A Media distribution platform - Evertz, Nevion, Net Insight, etc. would be an asset.
    • Cloud technologies, virtualization, networking, storage and security technologies.
  • The knowledge. You are a strategic thinker and highly aware of the importance of simplicity and scalability. You have the patience to consider all options before jumping into a decision. You are motivated by building robust, reliable processes and solutions that are replicable. You can balance multiple projects simultaneously and execute decisions independently.
  • The relationship building finesse. You can nurture strong two-way relationships with peers, partners, clients, staff, senior managers and external technological vendors. You have outstanding communication skills. You are comfortable presenting technical concepts and solutions to a non technical audience. You know how to listen and you understand perspectives.
  • The flexibility. You are able and willing to work outside of regular working hours. You can travel between Montreal and Toronto when required.

To apply:

Think this job is meant for you but worried you don’t have it all? At CBC/Radio-Canada we know that not everyone takes the same path when it comes to building their skills. Hands-on experience, intelligence, innovation, a passion for learning and a team-focused approach can combine to form the best set of qualifications. If you feel you meet 70% of the requirements we are seeking and you are excited by the possibility of growing our company, take a chance and express your interest here.

As a leader in expressing Canadian culture and enriching democratic life, we need to be as diverse in every way as the country we serve, both within our workforce and on air. As an employer, we value equal opportunity and nurture an inclusive workplace where our individual differences are not only recognized and valued, but also extend to and pervade all the services we provide as Canada's public broadcaster.
 

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