Sr Consultant-Dark Fiber in Work From Home at Windstream

Date Posted: 10/8/2020

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Job ID:20003137

Windstream is considered an essential business and we are HIRING NOW. As our company responds to COVID-19, the safety and well being of our employees, customers, partners and communities is our top priority!

The Sr. Consultant – Dark Fiber is a senior level individual contributor who will focus on the management and expansion of Windstream’s dark fiber and related conduit and infrastructure assets.  The candidate must be a senior level individual with strong technical knowledge of fiber characteristic, deployment and maintenance of fiber and fiber related systems.  They will have broad knowledge of dark fiber providers and their associated footprints.  The candidate must also possess strong network transport equipment knowledge to validate acquired fiber meets the equipment specifications.  Candidate will manage all vendor engagements from acquisition and technical discussions through the end of the IRU/lease of the fiber cable.   Primary responsibilities will include the management of existing contracts, negotiation of new and renewal contracts and be able to discuss with a dark fiber provider the technical attributes of the acquired fiber to ensure the fiber will support the transport, IP and voice systems that will utilize the fiber.

The candidate must be able to engage with engineers to assess their equipment needs as they relate to fiber and translate the requirements to each fiber provider to create an actionable plan to acquire, install, test and accept new fiber.   They must be able to compare competitive vendor submissions to assess the financial impacts to Windstream and then create a business case which substantiates the findings and optimizes Windstream expenses.  Once fiber is acquired, the candidate will ensure all systems; GIS, LeaseNet, MSS etc. are updated with the new accurate data. 

The candidate will be tasked to drive a strategy which best accelerates expense reductions while improving the network infrastructure.  They will be tasked with a variety of projects that include but are not limited to the following:


  • Lead forward looking lease / IRU renewal evaluation efforts coordinating with peer groups for continued network / customer need, consolidation or termination.
  • Create and negotiate partnership business models for fiber/network swap opportunities.
  • Work across multiple lines of business and departments to assess technical inputs from Windstream engineering and financial teams to create plans to acquire, renew or replace fiber routes.
  • Develop project scope, budget and business cases for acquisition, renewal and replacement of dark fiber routes.
  • Provide status reporting regarding project milestones, deliverable, dependencies, risks and issues, communicating across leadership.
  • Interface with fiber providers to negotiate price and terms as well as conduct contract analysis, negotiation and execution.
  • Develop and manage vendor relationships.
  • Participate in establishing practices, templates, policies, tools and partnerships to expand and mature these capabilities for the organization.
  • Support contract analysis and negotiation as needed in support of the execution of new dark fiber agreements for income related contracts.
  • Track cost savings efforts for acquisition, renewals and terminations of dark fiber IRU/leases.
  • Create Purchase Orders in connection with new IRU’s and leases.
  • Support OSP construction teams for implementation of dark fiber sales.
  • Drive enhancements to standard contract templates.
  • Attend trade shows as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements


Minimum Requirements:

  • College degree in Engineering or a related fieldand 8 years professional level experience; or 12 years professional levelexperience.

  • Strong understanding of Telecom infrastructureincluding real estate facilities, ISP, OPS, optical/TDM transport networks andfiber architectures and how each component inter-links.

  • Strong understanding of interdependenciesbetween technology, operations and business needs.

  • Knowledge of construction options and fiberbuild materials.


  • Highly analytical with ability to manage large,complex data sets with broad technical acumen in the telecom discipline.

  • Excellent communication and negotiating skills.

  • Familiarity with mapping, database and billingsystems.


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, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and veteran status. 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.


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