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Storage Architect

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

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, Core Systems Architecture, we need a Storage Architect to plan, deploy and support CBC/Radio-Canada IT infrastructure. It’s an opportunity to help shape the way the corporation works internally and make a contribution towards our “Space for us all” strategic plan.

As a part of the enterprise infrastructure architecture team - working out of Montreal or Toronto - you will be mandated to design IT infrastructure systems, with a specific eye toward Storage infrastructure. Working in collaboration with the corporation different stakeholders, you will help translate the needs and requirements into a robust infrastructure plan.

Who are you and where are you now

You are a Storage Administrator or a Pre-Sales Engineer who wants to step up to an Architect role. You want to work closely with internal teams, making presentations and providing training. You want to design and develop innovative solutions, on a bigger scale, that span the country; the amount of data you will work with here is second only to the most prominent financial institutions and government bodies.

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 to:

  • Plan, develop and design CBC/Radio-Canada data centre infrastructure, storage and backup solutions.
  • Define solutions for heterogeneous environments that span across functional, technical and business domains.
  • Design and develop innovative solutions, documents technical specifications, with an eye towards simplicity, reliability, manageability, scalability, extensibility, performance and reuse
  • Act as a technology expert by consulting and mentoring junior staff. 
  • Conduct specialized studies and technical assessments of the latest digital and broadcast technologies.
  • Identify and propose innovative ideas for optimizing our infrastructure for media production and distribution.
  • Synthesize and explain to non-experts technological innovations to make them understandable and accessible across the Corporation.
  • Collaborate with the other enterprise architects (computing, networking, media, and digital production) in order to align all aspects of our media and IT 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.

Cutting-edge tech. CBC/Radio-Canada has a leading-edge tech environment where the 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 of experience working with server, virtualization, networking, storage and security technologies. You have hands-on exposure:
    • Designing, planning and deploying solutions in a highly available and scalable 24/7 environment.
    • Applying architecture style and integration patterns, including service-oriented architecture (SOA), middleware.
    • Monitoring systems, such as SolarWinds, HP Openview or Nagios.
  • The knowledge. You have a direct understanding of data centre standards, technologies and storage systems including vendors such as Dell, EMC, NetApp, and Pure.
  • The strategic approach. You are 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 nontechnical 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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