What you’ll be doing...

We’re looking for an amazing Principal Engineer to join our close-knit airborne connectivity team. You’ll be working in an exciting startup environment within the foundation of a large company (Verizon). You will have the freedom and autonomy to do your best work, with the support and camaraderie you need to enjoy your job. In this role you will be contributing to the future of connected aviation.

As the Principal Engineer for aviation network operations, you will work collaboratively with Skyward’s aviation network technology engineering team to design, develop, and implement product offerings that securely connect manufacturers’ cellular devices with cloud services and other devices via Verizon’s wireless network. You will participate in a collaborative Agile team environment and build features that not only meet customer requirements, but help Skyward encourage best practices in an incredibly innovative industry.

  • Design and build aviation network solutions based on business requirements involving advanced networks, data center, security, and virtualization technologies; as well as development of fault and performance management policies and automation rules
  • Develop and maintain proficient technical understanding in strategic and system-level aeronautical telecommunications technologies and capabilities as well as specific technical expertise in critical components or systems
  • Contribute to technical standards in bodies such as 3GPP and ASTM.
  • Share expertise with teammates and provide mentorship and guidance
  • Work with Verizon product groups and engineers to adapt existing Verizon solutions for aviation uses
  • Build expertise to become Verizon’s subject matter expert on connecting aviation with cellular networks
  • Interface with Verizon network organizations to scope network enhancements to further optimize the network for support of airborne devices
  • Participate in agile practices such as standups, estimating, prioritization and retrospectives
  • Create testable, well documented solutions; participate in peer reviews; troubleshoot and optimize network performance
  • Keep abreast of technology trends and best practices

What we’re looking for...

You will need to have:

  • Bachelor’s degree or 12 or more years of work experience.
  • 10 or more years of relevant work experience
  • Knowledge of all major routing protocols (For example : BGP, EIGRP, OSPF, GLBP, VRF), Traffic engineering, L2/L3 VPN, multicast & class of service

Even better if you have:

  • Willingness to accept new challenges, assist in troubleshooting issues, and possess the ability to jump into areas that go beyond the job description
  • Strong understanding of local, remote, and mixed network topologies including wired, wireless and mixed network technologies, and more.
  • A deep understanding of new technology development and software/communications systems in regulated and or standardized markets
  • Ability to embrace change and work in a fast paced, iterative environment
  • Ability to develop an understanding of the commercial UAS marketplace and customers’ needs
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative Agile team
  • Demonstrated aptitude and desire to learn new skills
  • Master's Degree preferred
  • Cisco CCNP/CCDP/CCDA certification or equivalent practical knowledge, and/or Juniper JNCIS with a higher level certification preferred (example – CCIE or JNCIE).
  • Possess in-depth Juniper & Cisco knowledge with MPLS network architecture and design disciplines, operational support familiarity, previous and implementation and thorough configuration knowledge and capabilities for all platform levels.
  • A deep understanding of aviation communications technologies
  • Experience flying drones for business or pleasure (FAA Part 107 certification preferred)
  • Demonstrated leadership examples such as Technical Lead
  • Technical writing skills
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Capability to work on complex problems where analysis of situations or data requires evaluation of various factors.
  • Ability to exercise judgment within broadly defined practices and policies in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.
  • A strong sense of urgency and bias to action - able to think on your feet.
  • A great sense of humor and drive to have fun!


When you join Verizon...

You’ll be doing work that matters alongside other talented people, transforming the way people, businesses and things connect with each other. Beyond powering America’s fastest and most reliable network, we’re leading the way in broadband, cloud and security solutions, Internet of Things and innovating in areas such as, video entertainment. Of course, we will offer you great pay and benefits, but we’re about more than that. Verizon is a place where you can craft your own path to greatness. Whether you think in code, words, pictures or numbers, find your future at Verizon.

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