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IBM Cloud Network Architect in Chicago, Illinois


At IBM, work is more than a job - it's a calling: To build. To design. To code. To consult. To think along with clients and sell. To make markets. To invent. To collaborate. Not just to do something better, but to attempt things you've never thought possible. Are you ready to lead in this new era of technology and solve some of the world's most challenging problems? If so, lets talk.

Your Role and Responsibilities

The IBM Public Cloud team is looking for a talented, innovative and enthusiastic Software Engineering leader that will build the next generation virtualized routing and security services to make our customers succeed. The IBM Public Cloud has a global cloud presence that continues to grow and expand its reach along with our differentiated IBM Cloud for Financial Services. The Network Services engineering team in IBM Public Cloud is responsible for delivering virtual network services with top-notch performance, first-rate security, fail-safe reliability and exceptional quality.

As a Software Engineering leader, you will be the key individual responsible for leading technical architecture and delivering end to end feature enablement across the orchestration layer across your team. In addition, you will interface with senior architects across several locations to ensure that the overall strategy is communicated and understood.

We are a global team, so communication skills (both verbal and written) are critical as well as flexibility to work with team members in other time zones.


  • Architectural stakeholder for overlay networking infrastructure

  • Engage with networking product management, design engineering to lead scaleable cloud native architecture and design for networking services

  • Understand Enterprise customers networking use cases, propose efficient and feasible engineering solutions, lead and drive implementation of the features in timely manner

  • Implement REST/HTTP/RAML/Swagger

  • Develop according to API standards and properly version and document

  • Design and manage the data modeling

  • Implement an asynchronous and event-driven micro-services

  • Perform daily system monitoring, verifying the integrity and availability of all hardware, server resources, systems and key processes.

  • Knowledge of all layers of the OSI model, most importantly the network (layer 3) and application (layer 7).

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Expert knowledge of 1 or more OOP language

  • 3 years Programming skills (Python, GoLang, C/C++, Java, Bash, PHP, Awk)

  • 3 years Source Control (like Git, Bitbucket, Svn)

  • 2 years Infrastructure automation (like Puppet, Chef, Ansible)

  • 3 years Working knowledge of cloud network infrastructure technologies

  • 1 years Developing domain-driven design

  • 1 years Designing and coding shared-nothing architectures, stateless systems, log aggregation, monitoring and other operational concerns.

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

  • 1 years Asynchronous and event-driven programming.

  • 1 years Container Concepts (LXD, Docker)

  • 1 years Orchestration (Kubernetes, Mesos, Swarm, Rancher)

  • 1 year gRPC for high-speed internal communication

About Business Unit

Digitization is accelerating the ongoing evolution of business, and clouds - public, private, and hybrid - enable companies to extend their existing infrastructure and integrate across systems. IBM Cloud provides the security, control, and visibility that our clients have come to expect. We are working to provide the right tools and environment to combine all of our client’s data, no matter where it resides, to respond to changing market dynamics.

Your Life @ IBM

What matters to you when you’re looking for your next career challenge?

Maybe you want to get involved in work that really changes the world? What about somewhere with incredible and diverse career and development opportunities – where you can truly discover your passion? Are you looking for a culture of openness, collaboration and trust – where everyone has a voice? What about all of these? If so, then IBM could be your next career challenge. Join us, not to do something better, but to attempt things you never thought possible.

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About IBM

IBM’s greatest invention is the IBMer. We believe that progress is made through progressive thinking, progressive leadership, progressive policy and progressive action. IBMers believe that the application of intelligence, reason and science can improve business, society and the human condition. Restlessly reinventing since 1911, we are the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with more than 380,000 IBMers serving clients in 170 countries.

Location Statement

IBM will not be providing visa sponsorship for this position now or in the future. Therefore, in order to be considered for this position, you must have the ability to work without a need for current or future visa sponsorship.

IBM intends this job to be performed entirely outside of Colorado.

Being You @ IBM

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, or other characteristics. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.