Solution Architect (Senior Communications Engineer)

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Western Australia

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Full Time

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Date published

26 November 2019

Date closing

12 December 2019 at 00:00 GMT

About BHP

At BHP we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential. With a global portfolio of operations, we offer a diverse and inclusive environment with extraordinary career opportunities.  Our strategy is to focus on creating a safe work environment where our employees feel strongly connected to our values and objectives, and where the capability of our people is key to our success. Come and be a part of this success.

About the role

As the Industrial Communications – Solution Architect you will be considered a Subject Matter Expert in all aspects of the industrial communications domain including WAN, LAN, Routing, Switching, Firewall and Telecommunications Technologies.You will be responsible for Designing and delivering technical solutions that adhere to Operational Technology standards, reference architecture and to blueprint in order to address BHP’s business requirements and implement them through IT change management processes and tools.

As a Solution Architect within the team you will be responsible for engaging with key staff both Senior and Junior to develop maintenance strategies to assist operational teams for wired networking systems. This includes managing, maintaining and enforcing documents, specifications and design documents within the system blueprint.

The opportunity for further learning and development will see you assisting the principal and the manager to develop and maintain the life cycle of various network components of a wired network. Assist the principal to review and renew support contracts and engagement with various industry vendors.

You are a mentor and leader and as such will provide mentorship and guidance to other wired engineers, wireless engineer and Digital Radio Systems engineers within the team to promote a cross skilling and depth of knowledge across all disciplines.

Key duties to include;
  • Prepare and deliver in-depth audits for wired communications networks to ensure that relevant technical strategies, policies, standards and practices (including security) are in place and applied
  • Develop and evaluate network performance criteria and measurement methods
  • Identify and resolve systemic quality-related network design flaws and bugs
  • Develop and roll out standards and guidelines for network design and operation
  • Evaluate vendor products and services to insure quality and cost meet company’s needs
  • Develop technical network requirements based on feedback from internal customers, and coordinate with network functional teams to design and implement
  • Support development of engineering solutions for enterprise business opportunities including technical and financial analysis
  • Act as a technical SME for project related issues and drive resolutions to meet SLAs when delegated by the principal
  • Actively engage in identifying and creating corrective / non strategy task lists for reoccurring work to support efficient and effective planning and safe work execution
  • Provide coaching to other team members to ensure knowledge transfer and cross skilled training is embedded within the team
  • Supports the testing and transition of new or enhanced Technology services as assigned by the principal  or superintendent 
  • Actively participate in the development and maintenance of BHP OT communications standards
  • Provides subject matter expertise to operational support teams to resolve priority issues as required

About You

You will need to be flexible and able to travel internationally for projects as required. Experience working within a matrix organization environment will be beneficial as will exposure to heavy industry such as mining, manufacturing, utilities etc.

Criteria to include; 
  • Multi Skilled across IP Network Engineering, Communications and Electronic systems including: WAN, LAN, IEEE 802.3 protocols, TCP/IP, Security, Industrial Ethernet, PoE, VoIP etc.
  • Hands on experience with Cisco WAN, LAN and industrial switching products including IE and Catalyst switches.
  • Experience in optimizing WAN/LAN and other capacity management practices to maximize return on investment.
  • Proven track record in delivery of support services.
  • Make positive work relationships a priority and display a genuine passion and commitment toward the team 
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and decision making skills 
  • Attention to detail, testing and documentation
  • All required site statutory competencies as referenced in the site health and safety management system and/or BHP policy 
  • A proven track record of safety management
  • Excellent oral and written, sound communication and interpersonal skills

  • STEM Qualification is ideal
  • Trade certificate in various transmission and communications technologies, electronic communications / Network Technologies including wired and wireless / safety and critical communication systems 
  • ITIL or similar industry best practice tool certification, preferred but not essential
  • IT network certifications (CCNA,CCNP,CCIE – or industry recognised equivalent) 

Supporting a diverse workforce

At BHP, we recognise that we are strengthened by diversity. We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we encourage applications from women and Indigenous people. We know there are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are important, and work is only one of these, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life.  These benefits include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, other extended leave entitlements and parent rooms.  
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