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Network Planning Architect

Ziply Fiber

Ziply Fiber

Posted on Saturday, March 9, 2024

This is a remote position.

Position Title: Network Planning Architect

$82,500 to $137,500 annually DOE

Comprehensive health benefits include - medical, dental, vision, 401k, flexible spending account, paid sick leave and paid time off, quarterly performance bonus, training, career growth and education reimbursement programs.

At Ziply Fiber, our mission is to elevate the connected lives of our communities everyday. We’re delivering the fastest home internet in the Northwest, with a focus on areas traditionally underserved by mainstream internet companies. And as our state-of-the-art fiber network expands in WA, OR, ID and MT, so does our need for team members who can help us grow and realize our goals.

We may be building internet, but we are reaching real people. We strive to build relationships and provide customers and communities with refreshingly great experiences.

We emphasize our values in all our interactions:

Genuinely Caring: Our customers and colleagues are people, and quite possibly our neighbors. We put ourselves in their shoes and give them our full attention.

Empowering You: We empower our customers to choose the products that best meet their needs, and we support our employees to implement solutions that elevate the experiences of our customers and coworkers.

Innovation and Improvement: We always look for ways to make the experiences of our customers – and each other – better.

Earning Your Trust: We earn trust by communicating simply and transparently as real people, not as a corporation.

Job Summary

As the Network Planning Architect, you drive corporate-level strategic modeling and planning. This involves crafting and validating modeling tool rules, along with managing essential PostgresSQL datasets for the wider planning team. Your dynamic role extends to empowering network modeling in GIS and database tools to inform expansion decisions. Leveraging diverse data inputs, you strategically determine optimal network solutions, architecture, and investment plans, injecting excitement into the evolution of our network infrastructure.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Essential Duties and Responsibilities listed below are a range of duties performed by the employee and not intended to reflect all duties performed.

  • Create, edit, modify network architecture models related to commercial and residential fiber expansion to be utilized personally as well as by the larger Planning team.
  • Determine optimal project architecture solutions/rule-sets while balancing the customer experience, cost, scalability, and reliability.
  • Maintain Postgres data sources to support the modeling tools for broader team application.
  • Guide partner organizations/suppliers to implement solutions successfully.
  • Drive network and process advancement.
  • Must be available to work regular business hours Pacific Standard Time.
  • Must also be available to work on-call, evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Hybrid work schedule highly preferred, however potentially open to a fully remote work schedule depending on the situation.
  • Performs other duties as required to support the business and evolving organization.


  • High school diploma or GED equivalence required.
  • An Associate degree or bachelor’s degree is highly desirable.
  • Minimum five (5) plus years of related data modeling experience or similar experience.
  • Demonstrated expert level proficiency in QGIS or ArcGIS.
  • The qualified candidate will need to have a broad network understanding:
  • Access networks
  • BBDLC network
  • Ethernet Services
  • Feeder/Distribution facilities
  • Customer Prem solutions
  • MDU/MTU solutions
  • Wireless
  • Transport/Data dependencies
  • Outside Plant (OSP) architectures consisting of underground, direct buried, aerial, and building applications.
  • In-depth understanding of PON architectures to include centralized and distributed split, greenfield MDU/SFU, and inside wiring solutions.
  • Network elements associated with FTTP, FTTN, xPON, BDLC, TDM, G.Hn, Broadband services, and Active Ethernet solutions
  • Understanding of CPE solutions.
  • Understanding of CAD-based drawing systems.
  • Proficiency in MS Office tools such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, PowerBI.
  • Experience with common analytics tools (i.e., Alteryx, Tableau).
  • Database skills which including creation, scripting, and programming (i.e., Microsoft SQL), preferred.
  • Experience utilizing Comsof is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work cross functionally to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Ability to work in a team environment driven by partnerships and collaborate with colleagues.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction.
  • Strong verbal and written communication, attention to detail, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to adjust to rapidly changing priorities and work within critical deadlines.
  • Ability to operate with a customer-focus mindset.

Work Authorization

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the US for any employer. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for bending, stooping, sitting, walking, or standing for prolonged periods of time; most of the time is spent sitting in a comfortable position with frequent opportunity to move about. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

Work is performed in an office setting with exposure to computer screens and requires extensive use of a computer, keyboard, mouse, and multi-line telephone system. The work is primarily a modern office setting.

At all times, Ziply Fiber must be your primary employer. Unless otherwise prohibited by law, employees may not hold outside employment nor be self-employed without obtaining approval in writing from Ziply Fiber. In holding outside employment or self-employment, employees should ensure that participation does not conflict with responsibilities to Ziply Fiber or its business interests.

Diverse Workforce / EEO:

Ziply Fiber is an equal opportunity employer. Ziply Fiber will consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, and the presence of a non-job-related handicap or disability or any other legally protected status.

Ziply Fiber requires a pre-employment background check as conditions of employment. Ziply Fiber may require a pre-employment drug screening.

Ziply Fiber is a drug free workplace.