Principal Architect, Network Engineering

| Dallas, TX, USA
Employer Provided Salary: 148,000-185,000 Annually
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The Principal Architect - Network focuses on understanding the enterprise architecture vision and ensuring that various cross-functional teams are aligning their initiatives to this overall vision. This translates into a network strategy that the Principal Architect - Network owns and implements. Additionally, the role has responsibility for the Network design framework and the key elements associated with it including quality, security, privacy, and data life cycle management.


Essential Responsibilities:

  • Articulate the current enterprise architectural network vision, conceptualizing and experimenting with alternative architectural approaches and creating models to communicate the strategic direction.
  • A technologist that has a hands-on approach to understanding various network integration methods and performs research to remain current with the latest industry technologies, trends, and best practices.
  • Develop WAN and public cloud connectivity designs that ensure seamless integration and optimal performance.
  • Provides leadership & guidance on how to structure and where to store data to meet analytical & business needs.
  • Sets standards for the network automation framework and software defined networks (SDN) to improve agility, scalability, and flexibility.
  • Provides guidance, leadership, and expertise to define solution architecture and strategies across various departments throughout the enterprise.
  • Work closely with various departments across the enterprise in maintaining architectural standards and in implementing business rules they will support the overall data strategy.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams and business stakeholders to identify requirements, evaluate options, perform risk analysis, perform prototyping/POCs, complete cost-benefit analysis, evaluate vendors, publish tech decision, and assist in implementation strategies.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

The Principal Architect - Network will assist Network Leadership team by providing support and mentoring to the engineering team in the absence of and in addition to the efforts of Management. By doing so, he/she will also help to foster accountability throughout the team.


  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field.
  • Minimum 12 years' cumulative experience of network engineering work that includes Data Center, WAN Edge, SDN, CDN, and multi-cloud connectivity.
  • Strong understanding of end-to-end application flow management and Out-Of-and network.
  • Experience in various network management tools, application-to-network integration/dependencies, and business processes.
  • Strong conceptual, logical, and physical network architecture design experience in LAN, WAN, Data Center, and Firewall.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with great interpersonal dispositions and communication skills.
  • Expert-level knowledge of various Network protocols including OSPF, BGP, EVPN, EIGRP.
  • CCNP and PCNSE Certification
  • Cloud Certification (AWS Certified Solutions Architect, Microsoft Certified: Azure Network Engineer Associate , or Google Professional Cloud Network Engineer)

Preferred Certifications:

  • CCIE


The annual base salary range is $148,000 -$185,000. This range represents the anticipated low and high end of the salary for this position. This role is also eligible to receive short term incentives that align with individual and company performance. Salary will be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data. Salary is one component of the Foot Locker, Inc. total compensation package, which includes the below.

Foot Locker Benefits:

• Employee Discount

• Paid Time Off

• Medical | Dental | Vision Coverage

• 401(k) | Roth 401(k)

• Stock Purchase Plan

• Life Insurance

• Flexible Spending Account

• Opportunities for Advancement

• Tuition Reimbursement for Qualified Courses

• Strong Company Culture

• Employee Resource Groups

More Information on Foot Locker
Foot Locker operates in the Retail industry. The company is located in New York City, NY. It has 10025 total employees. To see all 25 open jobs at Foot Locker, click here.
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