Network Architect

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Brampton
  • 125 - 150
  • Salary: 125 - 150

Canadian Blood Services

Please note this role will work in a hybrid environment. The successful candidate must be located near a Canadian Blood Services site and will be working a mixture of on-site and off-site work based on the parameters for our operations to meet the needs of our donors, our staff and our communities. Currently, employees are expected to have an in-person presence for at least 40% of their work time. This requirement may vary depending upon circumstances.


Job category: Information technology
Job posting ID: 5625

Employment status: Regular full-time
Position’s anticipated start date: 2024-04-29

Classification: PTS/MGT/IT B
Salary/Rate of pay: $105,000 – $121,000

Application deadline: 2024-03-24
Application requirements:

  • Your up-to-date resume.
  • We recommend you save a copy of the job posting for reference throughout the recruitment process.

Do you currently work for Canadian Blood Services? All employees must apply via the .

Together, we can make all the difference in the lives of others.

Be part of a dynamic, collaborative and caring organization committed to saving and improving lives. Thousands of patients depend on us every day for reliable access to safe blood, plasma, stem cells and organs and tissues.

If you are looking for a rewarding experience with a values and mission-driven team, join Canada’s Lifeline and make a meaningful difference.

We acknowledge that the work of Canadian Blood Services spans many Territories and Treaty areas across the country, and we are grateful for the Traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who have guided us in this important work. We recognize the land and waters that have inspired our work and offer gratitude to those Indigenous peoples on whose territory we work, live and play.

About the role

Canadian Blood Services is looking for a Regular Full-Time Network Architect to join our dynamic IT Strategy & Governance team.

The IT Strategy & Governance team is responsible for ensuring that Canadian Blood Service’s technology resources are used effectively and align with its overall business goals.

Reporting to the Chief Architect, you will play a crucial role as the Network Architect in setting the strategy and technical direction applied to ensure that your enterprise network infrastructure remains reliable and resilient while enabling your business to continue to grow and transform. You will be responsible for working with your network Infrastructure teams to ensure your infrastructure conforms to industry best practices for high network availability and resiliency. In this role, you must possess a background in networking to support our core-to-edge infrastructure, spanning multiple technologies. This includes managing solutions on both traditional platforms and modern deployments on ‘open’ technology stacks as you work towards optimizing the utilization of cloud-based options.

Formula for success

  • Leveraging your skills in Cisco technologies (including ACI), LAN, WAN, WiFi, MPLS, Cloud, and edge connectivity, you will design, architect, and implement robust network solutions to meet business requirements.
  • Utilizing your ability to architect and implement secure network designs, integrating principles such as network segmentation, VLANs, DMZs, and secure remote access, you will mitigate unauthorized access and lateral movement within the network.
  • Harnessing your leadership capabilities, you will lead network transformation initiatives to enhance resiliency, high availability, performance, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.
  • Collaborating with cross-functional teams, you will gather requirements, assess technical feasibility, and provide expert guidance on network equipment refresh projects, ensuring seamless integration and optimal performance.
  • Capitalizing on your proficiency in Azure networking infrastructure, you will design and implement a robust network, incorporating a hub and spoke model, redundant connectivity, resilient multi-region networks, and Azure networking services.
  • Leveraging your expertise, you will guide thorough testing and validation of network designs to identify and mitigate risks, assess network capacity and availability requirements, plan for scalability, and contribute to the network resiliency lens in overall disaster recovery solutions.
  • Capitalizing on your commitment to detail, you will maintain comprehensive documentation of network configurations, diagrams, current state, and future state to support architectural activities.
  • Drawing on your analytical skills in evaluating networking and telecommunications innovations, you will offer senior leadership future enterprise connectivity recommendations. You will assess new technologies for network and security risks and benefits, advising on adoption to align with organizational security goals.

Desired education and skills

  • Post-secondary level education in Computer Science, Engineering or an equivalent technical degree in a relevant discipline from a recognized academic institution.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience as a Network Architect or in a similar role with strong background in network architecture design, implementation, and optimization.
  • Applicants must hold up-to-date professional certifications such as Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) or Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE).
  • Hands on experience with WAN, MPLS, edge connectivity solutions, Azure network architecture, express routes and data center connectivity with a focus on high availability and resilience.
  • Strong communication skills, capable of conveying complex technical concepts to both technical and non-technical stakeholders.
  • Experience in orchestrating incident response and recovery protocols.
  • Experience working in health care or in an environment with mission critical work loads would be considered an asset.
  • Excellent understanding of enterprise architecture principles and practices.

What we offer you

  • 4 weeks’ vacation.
  • Annual performance award up to 10%.
  • Comprehensive group health, dental and vision benefits for you and your family.
  • Defined benefit pension plan.
  • Employee discounts, wellness program, professional resources.

What you can expect

  • This role will work in a hybrid environment with requirements to be onsite at a Canadian Blood Services location 40% of the time/2 days of the week.
  • You will work Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours per week, 7.5 hours per day.
  • If you are located outside of Ottawa, you may be expected to travel to our office location in Ottawa – 2540 Lancaster Rd, Ottawa, Ontario, quarterly for in-person team meetings when required.

Diversity and inclusion play a vital role in ensuring health equity for patients across Canada. We are committed to reflecting Canada’s population in our organization and fostering an environment where all employees can be their authentic selves, with equal opportunities to succeed and contribute.

Canadian Blood Services requires that all employees be fully vaccinated (COVID 19 vaccine doses as approved by Health Canada), subject to any medical or other human rights considerations. Persons who have been vaccinated outside of Canada must contact their local Public Health Unit in order to obtain a vaccine equivalency certificate.

If this role resonates with you, we encourage you to apply by providing your up-to-date resume. This could be your first step towards a meaningful and inspiring career. Come to work each day knowing that you save lives.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those considered for an interview or those invited to participate in an assessment will be contacted. Applicants who require accommodation should discuss their needs with us.



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