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Lead Network Engineer

Omaha Public Power District Omaha, NE

Job Description



***OPPD is very aware of the potential risks of COVID-19 and are evaluating all necessary precautions. With that, we are limiting travel and face to face interviews until further notice, so please expect some delays in processing of your application of interest***

This position provides technical designs and systems engineering for network engineering. The Lead Engineer, in partnership with architecture, sets the direction and plans the roadmap for network engineer. This position also provides mentoring and technical direction for personnel that plan, design, implement and support the network engineering practice.  As a Lead Engineer, the incumbent need to be able to combine technical design skills and strong engineering expertise with broad business knowledge to successfully develop and implement network solutions that enable Business Technology objectives and OPPD Business Partner initiatives in full compliance with NRC, FERC/NERC, PCI, FCC and other regulatory entities.

Solution Design and Engineering: Collaborate with stakeholders to analyze current state environments, identify solutions to existing issues and/or design new technology solutions

  • Assignments would typically require operating with independent discretion for periods ranging from 6-12 months
  • Engineers and/or approves technical solution designs of the highest domain complexity to ensure alignment across the department and Enterprise Architecture
  • Responsible for the development and ongoing management of technology roadmaps across network engineering. Provide thought leadership and assist the department manager in the creating of technical roadmaps and BU strategic plans
  • Develop and/or approve design principles, frameworks, models, standards, procedures and processes based on industry best practices and solution requirements
  • Identify network engineering best-practices both internal and external to OPPD. Support key stakeholders to ensure that those best practices are implemented into the Districts technology environment
  • Provide SME and coordination of technology selections and design approval for network engineering to support evolving business needs
  • Analyze technical needs, requirements, and state of the network infrastructure design, integration, and operations which include procurement activities, engineering analysis, quality evaluations and consideration of outsourcing or vended solutions

Systems Management: Guides the execution and performance of technology solutions within network engineering, ensuring functionality and effectiveness of systems, applications, programs and/or infrastructure.

  • Guides the establishment  and execution of lifecycle management and maintenance programs within network engineering, including preventative and reactive maintenance
  • Ensure configuration standards, procedures and operational system parameters are developed, documented and implemented

Operations Support: Provides key insights in the development of service level agreements, acts as the consultative role for non-standard requests and supports incident management troubleshooting efforts as an escalation point for incidents of the highest complexity.

  • Perform the role of SME for the high-risk and/or high complexity system changes in alignment with Change Management
  • Lead complex support and troubleshooting efforts as needed

Technical leadership: Ensure execution of work regarding scope, and quality is properly aligned with the strategic and architectural directions. 

  • Communicate all concepts and guidelines successfully to the network engineering team
  • Consult on projects to ensure alignment with technical direction, network standards and solutions
  • Provide technical guidance and coaching to members of the network engineering team
  • Collaborate across the organization towards OPPD goals and objectives
  • Approve final product before launch by ensuring all requirements of quality, security, modifiability, extensibility, etc. are met




    • A bachelors degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Engineering, Mathematics, or related field, and a minimum of six (6) years of experience in an equivalent role, OR 10+ years of experience with design, configuration and operation of an Enterprise class network environment  
    • A minimum of three (3) years of experience in an equivalent technical lead role
    • Demonstrate the ability to perform research and evaluate the ongoing changes in technology and continued evaluation of best practices in support of the network engineering discipline   
    • Above average oral and written communications skills that enable the incumbent to communicate with both the technical and management staff 
    • Expert-level knowledge and implementation of complex, enterprise-scale Layer 2 and Layer 3 IP Networks, 802.11 wireless, Unified Communications, Data Center Unified Fabric, network security appliances or telecommunication systems comprising the Business Technology infrastructure platforms
    • Must qualify to obtain unescorted Fort Calhoun Access Authorization and NERC Access
    • Must have or obtain professional certification and/or license, such as CCNA, CCDA, CCNP, CCDP, CISSP or PE.


    • Experience, education or certification in service management (ITSM and ITIL)
    • In-depth knowledge of and design experience supporting, communication platforms that enable energy utility objectives such as Demand Management, Distribution Automation, Distributed Energy Resources and Advance Metering Infrastructure (AMI)
    • Project Management overseeing multiple, concurrent projects. PMP Certification

Closing Statement


Salary Grade: S6

Minimum: $94,808

Midpoint: $118,510


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EOE: Protected Veterans/Disability

How To Apply


Apply online at on or before July 1, 2020.

Recruiter: Laura Fritson -

**PLEASE NOTE** - Your application has not been submitted unless you have applied for a specific requisition.  If you have not chosen a specific opening, your application will remain in DRAFT form and will not be viewed by our Human Capital staff.

***OPPD is very aware of the potential risks of COVID-19 and are evaluating all necessary precautions. With that, we are limiting travel and face to face interviews until further notice, so please expect some delays in processing of your application of interest***

Job Details

Date Posted June 11, 2020
Date Closes August 10, 2020
Requisition 296043
Located In Omaha, NE
SOC Category 00-0000.00