• Advanced Technical Support Specialist

    Job Locations US-WI-Madison | US-MN-Pequot Lakes
    TDS Telecom
  • Overview

    The Advanced Technical Support Specialist provides high level technical support to TDS’ high profile commercial, high revenue generating customers (Top 100, Platinum, MIP, Metro E, and Commercial Bulk) in a quality-oriented and professional manner. 


    This position uses its advanced access to the TDS network to troubleshoot issues, work with other teams from Network Operations, IS and NS and work with TDS’s vendors in the interest of restoring customers’ services in a timely fashion.


    Shift: 9am-6pm CST Monday through Friday


    About TDS Telecom

    TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs nearly 2,700 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, TDS Inc. employs 9,400 people and has approximately six million connections nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service. TDS Inc. has been named to several Forbes lists, including America's Best Employers for Diversity, Best Large Employers, and Best Employers for Women. Visit


    Troubleshoots, analyses, resolves, and escalates customer/network troubles.  This specifically includes the following:

    • Handle advisor support calls and chats – assist advisors on process and procedures for troubleshooting customer issues. Take over ownership of level 1 trouble tickets that cannot be resolved. Provides customers with ticket status updates, and completes customer callbacks when the trouble has been resolved.
    • Answer level 1 support calls from Business customers (MIP, SDI, MPLS, SIP Trunking, etc.)
    • Act as an escalation path from front line advisors. Assume the call from the advisor and follow the trouble through to resolution.
    • Act as an escalation path for the Sales team. Assume ownership of the escalation. Keep Sales and the customer updated through resolution of the trouble.
    • Remotely tests lines, trunks, and other facilities.
    • Makes device configuration changes for voice, data, and video troubles.
    • Provide troubleshooting support and technical guidance for Field Services technicians.
    • Provides ticket status updates (Commercial customers/Carriers), and completes customer callbacks when the trouble has been resolved.
    • Troubleshooting assistance with Advanced Technical Support
    • Familiarity with all switching platforms for advanced troubleshooting of LCR and Fraud issue.
    • 2 years VoIP troubleshooting or TDM switching experience.
    • Works with the HRA Training team and TCO Procedures team to document procedures and training on all new product/network element rollouts.
    • Provides advanced support for the Senior Team with less focus on support for front line advisors.
    • Advanced Voice/Data resolution capabilities
    • Participate on network upgrades
    • Team lead technical resource & leadership responsibilities within Team.
    • SME on most switching platforms (Nortel, EWSD, DCO, Lucent, Metaswitch, Broadsoft, etc)
    • Work directly with Level III teams within TDS to resolve customer’s troubles in a timely fashion.
    • Ownership of Contact Center Processes and Procedures.Ownership of all technical access and documentation of uses of the access.

    Assists and supports other TDS Customer Contact Centers, Marketing and Sales departments in duties such as resolving customer troubles, updating tickets, answering phone calls and responding to e-mails with updates within the established Service Level intervals.


    Proactively manage support relationship with premier customer accounts; reviewing account for any chronic or repeat issues and following up with the customer to ensure complete satisfaction with the restoration efforts.


    Required Qualifications:

    • Associate Degree (or higher) OR 2+ years’ professional work experience.
    • 3+ years’ computer application experience with a strong proficiency in MS office applications.
    • 2+ years’ customer service experience.
    • 2+ years' technical support OR call center experience
    • TDS attendance guidelines are applicable to this position to meet our customers’ needs.

    Other Qualifications:

    • 2+ years telecommunications OR 2+ years’ customer service experience in a trouble resolution environment is preferred.
    • One (or more) technical certifications on one of TDS’ currently deployed network platforms.
    • Thorough understanding of the Commercial order process.
    • Willingness to work and make decisions in a rapidly changing and uncertain environment.
    • Training in Data, Voice, or Video Network Technologies is a plus.
    • Good technical and analytical skills are necessary.
    • Ability to multitask in high tension situations.
    • Strong verbal and written communications skills.
    • Good client and vendor relations skills and interpersonal skills.
    • A professional attitude and courteous manner towards clients, partners and staff.
    • Able to adapt quickly to change and prioritize work activities in response to changes challenges or demands.


    As a part of your total compensation, #TDS provides a comprehensive, competitive benefit package. The benefit plans address both the immediate and long term needs that you and your family may have. For an overview of what we have to offer for full-time employees including vacation, health benefits and retirement options please click here.


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