Specialist Software Engineer
BT Group
Ipswich, Suffolk, Great Britain
5d ago

Why this role matters

Programmable platforms are the future. Through the use of automation, streaming telemetry and machine learning the SDN team are turning BT’s platforms into programmable platforms.

Predominantly focussed on Cisco, Juniper and Nokia hardware and software the team use Python, Flask and Jinja2 templating along with Apache tools such as Kafka and Flink to automate configuration and stream telemetry data out of these platforms.

The team are also responsible for exposing these capabilities through an API layer to the rest of BT. We use test driven development and behaviour driven testing to allow us to deploy to live through continuous integration.

What you'll be doing

  • Developing to be the perfect mix of Network and Software skills to help the team achieve their goals.
  • Owning, delivering and leading the overall network design authority for the machine learning platform capabilities and solutions.
  • Deciding on design scope, analysis and high level designs, as well as estimating the time and type of resource needed to support the deliverables with cost impact and duration.
  • Deciding on network component choices, technology and / or vendor selection for machine learning / AI.
  • Driving and leading the design testing of new concepts and uses of streaming telemetry. Owning design improvements for resolving complex customer experience impacting network design issues in-
  • life through the use of streaming telemetry.

  • Working directly with wider platform managers, designers, delivery and operations managers on platform transformation.
  • Leading the role out of streaming telemetry across Dynamic Networks internet, VPN, Ethernet and converged core platforms.
  • Typically leading a matrix (virtual) team of technical experts to deliver network design solutions and provide technical thought leadership to a larger matrix team.
  • The sphere of influence for the matrix team will be from a technical perspective regarding streaming telemetry.

  • Acting as a technical ambassador for the company through presenting at external forums about BT’s plans for and implementations of streaming telemetry.
  • Providing thought leadership to senior internal stakeholders and customers regarding streaming telemetry.Point of contact for technical expertise to project
  • Strong influence on senior stakeholders in terms of the technical direction of the platform which will influence the commercial direction.
  • Likely to influence the sourcing and selection of bespoke technology and / or components within a major part of the platform and / or customer solution.

    We'll also need to see these on your CV

    Minimum : Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, or a related field, or equivalent practical experience. Relevant work experience, including development and / or test automation experience.

    Experience with coding, web frameworks and network tools i.e. Python, Flask, Jinja2 Preferred : Master's degree or PhD in Computer Science or a related field.

    Highly proficient in a Unix / Linux environment. Excellent coding skills in Python. Knowledge and experience of Machine learning / AI technologies.

    Why choose us?

    We are in an incredibly competitive industry and it’s not just the technology that’s important, but the world of promise it creates for our customers.

    We live and work in a connected world where people want seamless service, great products and the best connectivity there is, as well as continually expecting more and more from us, and rightly so.

    Technology is BT’s powerhouse, with our expert technologists, we have a unique position in BT. By bringing together our technical and commercial expertise, and our insight and passion for customer experience, we help BT stand out from the competition.

    With the best networks and smart innovative products, combined with a personal experience, it sets us apart from the pack.

    Innovation drives everything we’ve done since BT started in 1846. Coming up with new ideas and developing new technologies is central to our future.

    We want to improve people’s lives for the better in welcome, relevant and affordable ways and we’ll be fast to market with an effortless experience to match.

    We will continue to focus on developing our converged network capabilities which will give customers seamless connectivity.

    Our skilled people will lead this technological revolution, not only for our customers but for the industry across the Globe, truly making customers our heartbeat.

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