Sr. Core Network OSP Architect in Greenville, SC at Windstream

Date Posted: 8/7/2022

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
  • Location:
    301 North Main Street
    Greenville, SC
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    3 to 5 years
  • Date Posted:

Job Description

Job ID:22004226

Sr. Core Network OSP Architect

Windstream’s Network Infrastructure Architecture team continues building upon award-winning innovation momentum in new, disaggregated, intelligent optical network technology and service innovations in the optical network domain. Windstream is seeking to expand the team with a Sr. Consultant position in core network outside plant architecture. The desired candidate would have 3-5 years working in the development, engineering, analysis, and construction of telecom outside plant products and facilities in support of mass-scale communication service provider regional and core network infrastructure and services.

Windstream seeks the Sr. Consultant to lead the evolution of Windstream’s network expansion plans by analyzing and onboarding the latest outside plant infrastructure solutions with the lowest cost profiles and best constructability innovations.

Key responsibilities:

  • Consult internally and externally on strategies for new construction on Windstream fiber routes
  • Evaluate and select new systems and methods for boring and coring for fiber deployments
  • Evaluate and develop fiber duct solutions to optimize speed of deployment and fiber density on long haul and regional routes
  • Specify fiber types used for builds to maximize optical system performance
  • Analyze builds around amplifier spacing and OSP shelter solutions
  • Model proposed core network fiber builds using analysis of construction techniques, fiber duct, and fiber types
  • Work with Windstream network engineering and construction teams and external construction contractors on using the newest solutions for mass-scale network builds
  • Specify software and systems to enable network inventory, operations, and maximizing value of the assets
    • Digitize the constructed infrastructure
    • Ensure quality and speed of fiber activations
    • Maximize operations and maintenance
  • Evaluate and recommend fiber optic network monitoring solutions enabling:
    • CSP network operations
    • Fiber maintenance and repairs
    • Smart city applications
    • Seismic and public safety applications
  • Work with peers in partner organizations to select and integrate hardware and software for core network deployment and growth
  • Document outside plant platform, construction techniques, and network standards for engineering teams.
  • Possess excellent attention to detail with written, verbal, and presentation skills
  • Stand committed to the Windstream Engineering Values of Accountability, Collaboration, Agility, and Respect.


Position is remote office/WFH-compatible and travel-enabled. Ability to support company travel as required/available is essential to visit technology suppliers, attend/present at conferences, support hands-on initiatives, and access testbeds in the network lab in Little Rock, AR and supplier facilities.


Develop requirements for new core optical builds. Analyze construction and constructability requirements and select fiber, duct, shelter solutions, and construction techniques to maximize fiber pairs, minimize time to construct, optimize lifespan maintenance, and optimize project costs. Own RFx processes through feature, cost, and network analysis. Candidate must anticipate and understand new OSP technologies and approaches to network construction for core network builds. Cost model new network routes and alternative technologies in comparison to each other and to existing network designs. Position is responsible for day-to-day work priority and progress against corporate goals.

Our Benefits:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance Plans
  • 401K Plan
  • Health & Flexible Savings Account
  • Life and AD&D, Spousal Life, Child Life Insurance Plans
  • Educational Assistance Plan
  • Identity Theft, Legal, Auto & Home and Pet Insurance

About US:

Windstream Holdings, is a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions for consumers, small businesses, enterprise organizations and carrier partners across the U.S.

Job Requirements

Minimum Requirements:

In depth understanding of communications service provider industry and core network construction; knowledge of network power and space management is a bonus. Additionally, knowledge of optical and IP network engineering disciplines and vendor equipment evolution is key. Proven ability to build economic cost models for core network fiber builds, new outside plant construction technology. In depth knowledge of accepted communications service provider engineering and operations practices. Computer software knowledge to include Microsoft Office, Custom Planning Tools, Databases, computer and network operating systems and EMS applications. Good analytical skills; the ability to prioritize projects; great oral and written communication skills; and great interpersonal skills. Good project management skills required to balance timelines and priorities of network construction and analysis projects.

Education and Experience:

College degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology; including mechanical, civil, or electrical engineering. 7 years of experience in telecom OSP Engineering or combination OSP Engineering and Network Construction.  Background in fiber construction and planning would be highly valuable.

Desired Qualifications:

Demonstrated ability to stay ahead of the economic and technological developments in the communications service provider industry and the pace of change in data networking technologies.


EEO Statement: Windstream is an equal opportunity employer. At Windstream, we celebrate the authenticity and uniqueness of our people and their ideas. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, protected veteran status, current military status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law, and to give full consideration to qualified disabled individuals and protected veterans. The diverse voices of our employees fuel our innovation and our inclusive culture. Employment at Windstream is subject to post offer, pre-employment drug testing.