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Sr. Network Designer - Minneapolis, MN

  • Req ID: 96086
  • Department: Information Services
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Non-Union
  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Country: United States
  • % of Travel: 0-10%
  • # of Positions: 1
  • Job Grade: 3
  • Job Available to: Internal & External
  • Deadline to apply: 06/30/2022


Canadian Pacific is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to major ports on the west and east coasts. CP provides North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit to see the rail advantages of CP. For more on our purpose, culture, and strategy, visit



The Network Designer – LAN/WAN will be a leader/service owner in a team responsible for the Architecture, Design, Implementation, Support, Monitoring and Configuration of CP’s Local Area (LAN), Wide Area Networks (WAN), WiFi Network and Internet Services.  



  • Lead and / or participate in new service implementations;
  • Produce and maintain consistent technical documentation and processes to ensure proper functioning and maintenance of all network devices and associated infrastructure (network diagrams, implementation plans, operational guidelines, etc.);
  • Knowledge of the OSI model and in-depth experience / understanding of the main network protocols and services (TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP, BGP, OSPF, EIGRP, RIP1&2, VLAN, VTP, Trunking, Port-Channeling, Spanning tree, etc.);
  • Familiarity with access control models and network security;
  • Resolving network related issues that tiers of support have escalated;  Which includes leading / managing the triage of complex LAN/WAN/WiFi /Internet related incidents:
  • Monitor network performance and integrity, bring forward operational improvements, capacity and scalability enhancements;
  • Automate tasks and monitor their effectiveness;
  • Thorough knowledge of network administration and architecture;
  • Configure and install software on; routers, switches, WiFi controllers and other network devices;
  • Guide / engage selected telecommunications vendors to design and restore LAN/WAN/Internet services;
  • Aid in the development of operational models, processes, and documentation to oversee / manage all aspects of CP’s LAN/WAN/Internet services;
  • Ensure network solutions are aligned with defined architecture and associated standards;
  • Develop proof-of-concept models to demonstrate proposed architecture/design changes;
  • Cross functional knowledge of how LAN, WAN, and Internet services interact/relate to VoIP, and Voice Networks infrastructure;
  • Thorough knowledge of the management and support of routers and switches (Cisco IOS and NX-OS);
  • Knowledge of authentication mechanisms (Radius, Tacacs, etc.);
  • Cisco experience, knowledge is required;
  • Aruba, Ubiquiti, Digi, Nokia, experience, knowledge would be an asset;
  • Ability to utilize; network diagnostic, monitoring and automation tools (SolarWinds, NetBrain, BMC).



  • Degree / Diploma in Computer Science, Engineering, Networking or equivalent work experience;
  • Minimum; 8 to 10 years’ in network; Architecture, Design; at least 15 years' of experience preferred, CCIE certification preferred; 
  • Minimum; 5 years managing and or operating large enterprise networks;
  • Strong background in designing, implementing, sizing, scaling; LAN, WAN, WiFi and Data Center networks (conceptual, logical and physical);
  • Proven abilities to translate needs / requirements to architectural compliant network solutions;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to interact with various levels of management, technical and business stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated multitasking, documentation and organizational skills;
  • Strong understanding of Incident Management, Change Management, Problem Management, Knowledge Management;
  • Industry recognized certifications and or equivalent work experience (e.g. Cisco, Aruba, etc.) would be an asset;
  • Rigor and worries to produce quality work;
  • Excellent problem-solving skills;
  • Facilitate, negotiate, resolve conflicts in sensitive business contexts;
  • Attention to detail in respect of production;
  • Make informed decisions based on the elements in place;
  • Efficient under pressure;
  • Ability to;
    • Adapt and overcome challenges
    • Influence and persuade
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with various levels of management, staff, and customers
    • Implement complex business solutions, taking into account both technical and business aspects
    • Mentor junior staff
    • Work independently and or within a team
      • Produce technical documentation in a clear and concise manner (Microsoft Word, Visio)
      • Read, analyze, and interpret detailed technical manuals, diagrams and engineering documents.



  • Flexible and competitive benefits package
  • Competitive company pension plan
  • Employee Share Purchase Plan
  • Performance Incentive Program 
  • Annual Fitness Subsidy



As an employer with national presence, the possibility does exist that the location of your position may be changed based on organizational requirements.


Drug Test Elements:

CP is committed to the safety and health of its employees and the general public.  All new hires are required to undergo a drug screen.  We appreciate your cooperation in keeping CP safe and drug free. 


Background Investigation:

The successful candidate will need to successfully complete the following clearances:     

  • Criminal history check 
  • Reference check 
  • Last 3 years of driving history 
  • Last 7 years of employment history 
  • Social Security number verification 


Management Conductor Program:

Becoming a qualified conductor or locomotive engineer is the single best way for a management employee to learn the business at CP. You may be required to obtain a certification or to maintain your current certification/qualification as a conductor or locomotive engineer.


CP is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, inclusive of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.


Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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