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Facebook Solutions Engineer - Urban Connectivity in Des Moines, Iowa


Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we're creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities - we're just getting started.


Connectivity is at the heart of Facebook's mission of giving people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. High-quality internet connectivity creates opportunities to share knowledge that can strengthen both local communities and global economies. In Facebook Connectivity, we believe connecting the world is one of the greatest challenges of our generation and there is no silver bullet to solving this problem. That's why we take a multi-faceted approach to connectivity.We're looking for a Solutions Engineer to help us develop end-to-end urban connectivity solutions, specifically someone who is passionate about improving connectivity in cities to multiple dwelling units (MDUs) and other residences & buildings, especially in emerging areas. In this role, you will help us work in urban environments to improve connectivity through novel uses of products, tools, & technologies, deployment best practices, and business model innovation. You will be working externally with internet service providers (ISPs), operators, and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and internally with product and technology teams.

Required Skills:

  1. Define end-to-end solution use cases and technical requirements, working closely with ISPs and internal product & technology teams.

  2. Architect, design, develop, and test end-to-end solutions working closely with OEMs, System Integrators, and internal cross-functional teams, leading to technology pilots and deployments.

  3. Perform Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analyses and collaborate across teams to develop financial models by providing technical and operational inputs, analyzing network and technology coverage, and validating model outputs.

  4. Work closely with network operators and infrastructure providers to plan and execute greenfield & brownfield deployment projects from field and market trials to scale deployments.

  5. Work with cross-functional teams to ensure solutions are delivered and connectivity goals are realized against aggressive timelines.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. 7+ years of experience developing and executing wireless network infrastructure strategies, architecting end-to-end solutions, and deploying in urban environments.

  2. Knowledge of access, last-mile, and backhaul technologies (Wi-Fi, Cellular, microwave, fiber, mmWave, satellite), architectures, industry and deployment challenges & opportunities in urban markets.

  3. Knowledge of network and operational cost modeling and metrics for wireless network deployment activities (Wi-Fi, Cellular, microwave, fiber, mmWave), services, and equipment/materials (street furniture, wireless equipment, backhaul, and power).

  4. Knowledge of outside plant planning considerations such as right of way, attachment rights, transport alternatives, power and conduit access.

  5. Knowledge of indoor planning considerations such as riser access, copper/fiber/coax trade-offs, PoE switching, neutral host architectures, power, roof access.

  6. Knowledge with network operations, operational support systems, and network engineering processes.

  7. Experience performing architecture analyses, modeling, and techno-economic trade studies for coverage, capacity, availability, and other SLA metrics.

  8. Demonstrated communication, interpersonal, and collaboration experience with both external partners and internal cross-functional teams.

  9. BA/BS or higher in related technical field or equivalent degree/experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience in ISP field operations/logistics and/or hands-on field experience, especially in emerging urban markets and multi-tenant buildings.

  2. Experience integrating open source components into ISP networks and/or participating in open source network communities.

  3. Experience in planning and executing network technology and infrastructure deployment programs with wide-range of stakeholder partners including cities, service providers, OEMs, suppliers, etc.

  4. Advanced degrees, including Masters in Engineering or MBA.

Industry: Internet

Equal Opportunity: Facebook is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Facebook is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at