Senior Software Developer


USD 125,000.00 - 150,000.00 per year
Full Time


Training and development
Use cases
Professional services
Computer networking
System requirements
Technical drafting
Project documentation
Customer acquisition
Acceptance testing
Customer satisfaction
Apache Flex
Problem solving
Team leadership
Intellectual property
Business support systems
Network design
Software development
System integration
Operations support systems

Job Details

Ciena is committed to our people-first philosophy. Our teams enjoy a culture focused on prioritizing a personalized and flexible work environment that empowers an individual's passions, growth, wellbeing and belonging. We're a technology company that leads with our humanity-driving our business priorities alongside meaningful social, community, and societal impact.

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Why Ciena:

  • We are big proponents of life-work integration and provide the flexibility and tools to make it a reality with remote work and potentially, part-time work.
  • We believe an inclusive, diverse, and barrier-free work environment makes for empowered and committed employees.
  • We recognize the importance of well-being and offer programs and benefits to support and sustain the mental and physical health of our employees and their families and also offer a variety of paid family leave programs.
  • We are committed to employee development, offering tuition reimbursement and a variety of in-house learning and mentorship opportunities.
  • We know that financial security is important. We offer competitive salaries and incentive programs, RSU's (job level specific) and an employee share option purchase program.
  • We realize time away to recharge is important. We offer flexible paid time off!
  • Great work deserves recognition. We have a robust recognition program, with ongoing and enhanced awards for exemplary performance.

How You Will Contribute:

Reporting to delivery practice lead Director , Solutions Engineering, as the Senior Software Developer you will be responsible for implementing customer specific use cases to address business problems. You will be working closely with Delivery Architects, Practice Leads and teams, Program Managers, the Delivery organization and with your engineering peers. You will generate solutions, lead scrum teams and provide continuity into professional services engagements upon successful closure of a sale.

  • Work closely with the client's IT, Network Operations, Planning and Engineering teams to understand existing business and system processes and to define new OSS system requirements
  • Lead, assist and/or creates technical design specifications to align with client needs as well as contribute other project documentation to ensure the accurate and timely delivery of solutions
  • Work closely with BluePlanet and the clients development teams to ensure alignment between customer expectations and solution being developed throughout the project life-cycle
  • Work independently and in a hands-on manner
  • Facilitate and/or participate in user acceptance testing, project workshops and other activities to ensure client teams are well-informed and engaged and projects are delivered to customer satisfaction.
  • Facilitate and participate in workshops and design session both internally and externally to drive towards an optimal solution for a desired requirement while maintain pragmatism and meeting cost objectives

What Does Ciena Expect of You?

  • Initiative - you're a self-starter who works with limited direction and is committed to delivering against aggressive deadlines.
  • A customer first mentality - what's important to the customer is also important to you.
  • Agility - with an ability to flex between the strategic and tactical, you manage competing and ever-changing priorities and maintain a balanced and methodical approach to problem solving.
  • Communication expertise - you possess the ability to tailor your message and ideas to the audience to ensure understanding and consensus.
  • The flexibility to work independently and as part of a broader team - you thrive in a team environment, are comfortable working independently, and know how to get things done in a virtual environment.
  • Relationship builder - with a proven ability to influence at all levels, you're able to quickly develop trusted connections and get work done through others.
  • A commitment to innovation - you keep abreast of competitive developments and are always keen to formulate new ideas and problem solve.

The Must Haves:

  • Demonstrated expert knowledge of the software development life cycle and practices
  • Understanding of Telecom Network design and software that supports providers
  • Team leadership experience of software development teams
  • Understanding of the Telco OSS ecosystem and ideally knowledge of one or more of the following inventory systems - Amdocs ARM (Cramer), Ericsson Granite, Netcracker, Oracle MetaSolv, etc.
  • Configuration processes from a functional and technical perspective.
  • Domain knowledge in multiple telecom technologies (DWDM, Ethernet, IP, etc)
  • Minimum of 5 years in the role of hands-on Software Developer in the telco OSS and/or BSS areas
  • 5+ years' experience in the OSS domain
  • Technical knowledge of the OSS domain with specific focus on Inventory and Network Design and Management, a thorough understanding of a broad range of telecommunications technologies, as well as good understanding of software development and system integration patterns.
  • Experience in designing and implementing software solutions that follow a customized off the shelf product pattern.
  • Extensive experience working directly with Telco customers, understanding their requirements around OSS software and possess the ability to translate those requirements software solutions across the Blue Planet Portfolio or similar applications.


Open to Domestic and international travel.

Agile implementation methodology experiences a benefit in the capacity of scrum lead.


Compensation and Benefits

The annual pay range for this position is 125,000 - 150,000 USD

Pay ranges at Ciena are designed to accommodate variations in knowledge, skills, experience, market conditions, and locations, reflecting our diverse products, industries, and lines of business. Please note that the pay range information provided in this posting pertains specifically to the primary location, which is the top location listed in case multiple locations are available.

Non-Sales employees may be eligible for a discretionary incentive bonus, while Sales employees may be eligible for a sales commission. In addition to competitive compensation, Ciena offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, participation in 401(K) (USA) & DCPP (Canada) with company matching, Employee Stock Purchase Program (ESPP), Employee Assistance Program (EAP), company-paid holidays, paid sick leave, and vacation time. We also comply with all applicable laws regarding Paid Family Leave and other leaves of absence.

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At Ciena, we are committed to building and fostering an environment in which our employees feel respected, valued, and heard. Ciena values the diversity of its workforce and respects its employees as individuals. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination.

Ciena is anEqual Opportunity Employer, including disability and protected veteran status.

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