Cloud Architect Lead

Job Summary

Client’s Information Technology department is currently on a journey to transform our current capabilities to become a digitally enabled organization. We are shifting from stand-alone systems to collaborative intelligent solutions that work together to deliver workflow management, customer engagement, data and innovation. Our cloud teams have the potential to shape the future by solving thought-provoking problems and using transformational technologies to further enhance our capabilities in this journey. You’ll have the chance to thrive in a culture of ownership and delivery as these efforts continue to expand. These opportunities can enable you to be at the center of a groundbreaking transformational success story. Fueling this transformation are our greatest assets, our people, who are key to the success of delivering on our promises when customers need us most. As a result, we remain committed to embracing the values of our associates while advancing goals of Growth, Strength, and Excellence.

The Enterprise Cloud Architect Lead will be responsible for driving migration from a traditional infrastructure environment to a cloud first infrastructure. The leader will lead development of the foundational elements needed to successfully deploy and manage cloud-based infrastructure and services. The leader will drive the definition and delivery of the future state direction for usage of cloud capabilities. The Enterprise Cloud Architect Lead stays abreast of the fast-moving cloud space and uses that knowledge to define and drive new cloud solutions enabling developers to utilize cloud technologies and capabilities to deliver value for our business.

Responsibilities include:

Lead the planning and execution of infrastructure migration to the cloud

Lead the strategic future direction for the usage of cloud services

Lead the definition of Standards, Policies and Procedures and best practices for the usage of cloud-based services and infrastructure

Identify solutions that represent opportunities to leverage cloud services and architectures by evaluating quality attributes, technology risk, capacity variability, and other factors where a cloud native architecture solution can add benefit to the overall solution.

Identifying the best technical solutions that can be rolled out efficiently and, in a cost-effective manner 

Lead and advise teams building solutions on cloud platforms including: design, planning, management, maintenance and assessing systems for potential weaknesses or issues.

Collaborate across organizational functions to identify communications, change management and training needs driven by the adoption of cloud technologies

Facilitate technical and design discussions with IT executives to help the enterprise improve outcomes thru new cloud technologies and practices 

Lead the evaluation of technology choices (network, compute, storage, and other service enabled capabilities) through the larger cloud team and collaboration with other part of the enterprise.

Ensures appropriate operational procedures, processes and tools are in place and appropriately managed.  

Understand the financial impacts of cloud based architectural decisions and lead cloud cost management solutions, forecasting and proactive cloud management practices.  

Effectively communicates across the enterprise cloud expenses and opportunities to manage cost

Job Requirements

10+ years’ experience with IT Infrastructure, Operations, or Applications support 

10+ years’ experience in designing and implementation of complex IT systems or consulting experience with distributed applications or systems architecture 

5+ years of experience in Enterprise architecture 

3-5 years’ experience in a Cloud Architecture or Solution Architecture role

Experience in implementing SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS Architectures

3-5 years of practical Architecture experience with Azure

3-5 years of cloud experience, focusing on networking, infrastructure management concepts and tools

Experience developing software using API calls, microservices, serverless compute

Experience using DevOps tools and processes; creation of CI/CD pipelines

Demonstrated Cloud development experience, deployment models and related experience (Private/Public/Hybrid cloud).

Possesses expert level understanding of cloud-based computing

Experience driving discussions with senior personnel regarding trade-offs, best practices, project management and risk mitigation 

An expert communicator up, down, and across reporting lines 

Organized and detail-oriented, able to work well under deadlines in a changing environment

Ability to coordinate between cross-functional teams

Well organized and possess outstanding follow-through and attention to detail. 

Strong interpersonal communication and diplomacy skills, as well as a passion for leading 

Professional Cloud Certifications such as AWS, and/or Azure.

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree in computer science or a related business discipline or equivalent work experience in addition to role specific certifications and education

Or any combination of education and experience which would provide an equivalent background

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