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Senior Manager, Network Architecture Job

Date: Mar 8, 2019

Location: MN - Minneapolis, US, 55401

Company: Xcel Energy

Location(s): MN - Minneapolis


Are you looking for an exciting job where you can put your skills, talents and education to work at a company you can feel proud to be a part of? Do you want a workplace that will challenge you and offer you opportunities to learn and grow?  A professional position at Xcel Energy could be just what you’re looking for.




Within Network Strategy and Planning team, lead a staff of architects spanning voice, wireless and LAN/WAN networking; also leads Network Standards and Procedures staff. Provides leadership and direction to the network architecture and standards team.  Directs the identification and technical evaluation of new and emerging technologies to meet existing and expanding enterprise business requirements consistent with enterprise standards, guiding principles, and reference architectures. Responsible for the evolution of all aspects of enterprise-wide networks including on-going support, proof-of-concept development projects, field trials, etc.


Essential Responsibilities           

  • Provides leadership and direction to the Network Architecture team; responsible for the design, planning, and first office implementation of new enterprise network technologies, spanning minor network improvements to completely new networks including microwave, cellular, satellite and IP/MPLS/Ethernet networks.        
  • Directs and facilitates the identification, technical evaluation, testing, strategic planning and first office implementation of new and existing network products and emerging technologies to meet existing and anticipated enterprise-wide business requirements.       
  • Works closely with the Network Demand team and all relevant delivery teams, including the broader Business Systems organization and other key stakeholders to leverage the use of network infrastructure across the enterprise.           
  • Keeps abreast of current and emerging technologies in the voice and data networking space to ensure that appropriate technologies are being utilized throughout the enterprise. Identify candidate network technologies and prepare supporting justification including cost/benefit analysis in order to secure funding for deployment. Present to and influence senior leaders to explain benefits of proposed network projects.
  • Lead the creation of network design templates and standards to allow and enforce the use of repeatable network designs and related activities to be used at every opportunity, ultimately eliminating unnecessary invention of network designs.      



  • Bachelor's degree in MIS, computer science or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience is required
  • 8 years of experience with enterprise infrastructure technology design, deployment and support
  • 5 years of technology management experience or demonstrated leadership experience including management of external service providers
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current industry trends and services in infrastructure technologies



  • Substantial experience with two or more of the following technologies:  with enterprise carrier MPLS networking, multisite voice networks/unified communications, large enterprise LAN/WAN networking, carrier cellular networking (WCDMA, LTE, 5G), microwave transport, satellite-based data services, land mobile radio/trunked radio, ISP or data center networking
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current industry trends in several of the previously mentioned technologies.





As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.


Posting Notes:  MN - Minneapolis || MN - Minneapolis || United States (US) || Utilities and Corporate Servic || 56112:Network Strategy Planning || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

Requisition Number: 16731

Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

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Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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