Network Engineer, Data Center Optical and Physical Infrastructure for Google (Mountain View, CA)

Location: Mountain View (Global HQ)

Team: Network

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This position is based in Mountain View, CA.

The area: Operations and IT, Global Infrastructure

When we’re not planning and designing our next secret data center, we focus on selecting, negotiating for and acquiring the space, power and networks to expand Google’s global reach. Our team works closely with strategic vendors worldwide to support the growth of Google’s products and services and to provide the infrastructure that will take the company to the next level.

The role: Network Engineer, Data Center Optical and Physical Infrastructure

In this role your responsible for the optical and physical networking infrastructure from design, to specifying implementation. This includes the continuing evolution of the physical networking plant within data center and Co-location facilities. The work requires a strong understanding of all options for physical plant design and an ability to apply your knowledge to creative solutions. Our goal is enabling scalability and efficient deployment, ultimately delivering a scalable and flexible design in the most cost effective way possible. You will be responsible for effectively documenting and communicating these designs via Statements of Work and Standards for construction and deployment. You’ll work closely with Data Center Engineering, Network Architecture, Network Design, and Deployment to carefully consider and incorporate the future scalability and technology needs. You will be expected to think critically and strategically about Google, absorb and process insane amounts of technical information is a continuously evolving environment. If you thrive in a dynamic environment, question assumptions, and have an ability to drive creative and innovative ways of solving challenging problems while grounded in strong analysis and critical thinking skills… this job is for you.


  • Own the designs and specifications for optical and physical networking infrastructure in Google data center/co-location facilities. Critically analyze Google’s unique needs and adapt current infrastructure solutions to meet them.
  • Specify via SOWs and design documents, then review and critically evaluate bids and options for physical network infrastructure and optical cabling including both ISP and OSP. Consider in all cases the operational impacts, deployment, and implementation challenges associated with design implementation.
  • Partner with data center RD, DC Engineering, and Network Architecture to ensure all designs and implementations balance the current requirements and potential future generations of networking technology.
  • Partner with the Deployment and Operations teams ensuring your solutions accommodate and enable effective deployment and ongoing operations if the infrastructure. Include these considerations in your reference design and solutions work, including financial impact analysis.
  • Lead kickoff and drive cross-functional meetings. Manage exceptions and communicate issues and risks to the rest of the organization. Identify cost and delivery metrics then drive initiatives to improve the efficiency, quality and to scale with the growth of Google.


  • B.S. or M.S. strongly preferred in engineering or technical field.
  • At least 5 years experience in large scale optical networking infrastructure projects.
  • Proven capability to design and facilitate implementation of large scale networking data-center and/or co-location facilities.
  • Strong analytical, negotiation, and organizational skills. Clear focus under pressure. Creative approach to problem solving and ability to think out of the box.
  • Strong customer service focus, with the ability to communicate with highly technical management teams.
  • Demonstrated strong performance in prior roles, with increasing levels of responsibility and independence.

The Big Picture

Mountain View (Global HQ) office

Want to stop talking about changing the world and actually do it? At Google Mountain View, our global headquarters, we make products for hundreds of millions of users around the world that change the ways they create, share, communicate, collaborate and do business.

Location: Mountain View (Global HQ)


Build infrastructure that scales beyond Google’s ambitions.

Team: Network

Network Engineer, Data Center Optical and Physical Infrastructure

Location: Mountain View (Global HQ)

Team: Network

Apply now

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