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Argonne National Laboratory Senior Communications Engineer in Lemont, Illinois

Are you a strong, result-oriented senior communications engineer with a passion for telecommunications solutions? Do you prioritize the end-user experience while planning projects? Are you comfortable in a distributed, de-centralized IT campus environment?

Argonne National Laboratory is looking for a skilled communications engineer who is comfortable adapting to a dynamic environment with a need for both short-term and long-term results. You will be part of a small engineering team looking to grow its influence and leadership ability. You will be working at the Argonne campus supporting many communication systems like the radio infrastructure, cellular Distributive Antenna System (DAS), public address system, pager system, cable plant, telephone management software, and phone systems.

You should be comfortable with telecommunication principles and design. You will install, test, maintain and upgrade communications equipment. You will be expected to recommend new technologies, approaches, and techniques. You will manage requirements, specifications, and understand regulatory restrictions. You are expected to help transform the organization from a reactive management approach to anticipating needs, issues, and addressing them early.

Ultimately, you and the team will be responsible for the architecture, design, implementation, and strategies surrounding communications systems with a strong focus on growing into a strong end-user experience-based organization. We are a diverse, science-heavy environment balancing standardization versus flexibility, and reasonable trade-offs will need to be made to maintain a high level of user satisfaction. Over time, this group is expected to grow in size – both in personnel as well as system responsibility.

This role combines technical expertise, leadership and strategic skills, and a collaborative mindset while working with business and IT leaders across the Laboratory.

Leads the implementation, enhancement, and maintenance of enterprise-wide communications technologies and services for internal telecommunications systems, cellular, in-building and outside structured cabling plant, emergency communications hardware and software. Assists with spectrum management duties. Responsible for the development of strategic roadmaps for key services and technologies, providing leadership and holding accountability throughout their lifecycle – from inception to retirement; establishes and maintains multi-year roadmaps while gaining alignment across the organization; acts as an IT and business partner with the user community to determine solutions and strategies.

The senior communications engineer establishes and maintains regular written and in-person communications with IT leaders, service desk, cyber security, and individual team members regarding technical issues and planned changes. Acts as a project leader on significant enterprise-scale projects and initiatives to translate roadmaps into class-leading IT solutions. Provides technical and leadership mentoring to other team members across communication technologies and user experiences. May participate in the selection of external vendors and the coordination of maintenance and support of the communications systems.

Position Requirements

Required skills and experience:

  • Analysis, design, implementation, and maintenance of communications systems in an enterprise information technology environment.

  • Managing radio communications systems including troubleshooting, configuration, maintenance, and best practices at a large scale.

  • Cellular Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) including design, implementation, configuration, testing, and troubleshooting.

  • Knowledge of systems analysis and design, including troubleshooting complex or multiple integrated systems and services.

  • Ability to learn and adapt to new technologies and techniques from the rapidly changing telecommunications management market.

  • Knowledge of voice and data networking principles.

  • Ability to keep and update detailed documentation and drawings.

  • Ability to inspect and maintain communications system throughout the lifecycle.

  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with rapidly changing priorities.

  • Effective oral, written, and interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively communicate with peers, subordinates, and all levels of management.

  • Project management and time management skills with independent work capabilities.

  • Ability to learn and follow Laboratory and Department of Energy policies and procedures.

  • To perform the essential functions of this position successful applicants must provide proof of U.S. citizenship, which is required to comply with federal regulations and contract.

  • PT4: Bachelor’s degree and 6+ years of experience, or equivalent

Preferred skills and experience:

  • Knowledge of copper and fiber structured cable plant design and implementation.

  • Ability to provide leadership and guidance to individuals, teams, and managed service partners.

  • Strong mechanical skills consistent with install, upgrade, and troubleshooting communications equipment.

  • Detail-oriented requirements, designs, and deployments.

This position description documents the general nature and level of work but is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all activities, duties and responsibilities required of job incumbent. Consequently, job incumbent may be required to perform other duties as assigned.

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Professional Technical (PT)

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Full time

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