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Solution Architect - Data Center

Solution Architect - Data Center

Job Description

Solution Architect - Data Center

NWN is looking for a Solution Architect - Data Center to join our team in Sacramento, CA.  This is a full time direct position with full benefits.

The Solution Architect provides the leadership to identify design and propose solutions for client needs that are highly technical or specialized in nature. The candidate provides technical consulting support to clients and sales partners for complex network design, product recommendations and solution proposals, and provides a high level of communication to clients and internal corporate resources. The candidate also provides sales support focused on the advance and complex technical design, specification, planning processes, and proposals of NWN Corporation’s offerings. This may include, but is not necessarily limited to: Data Center Infrastructure and Cloud Architecture, Virtualization Services, Backup and Recovery, and Disaster Recovery solutions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

*Analyzes client business needs and recommends appropriate business solution/strategy. Participates in the planning and design process by assessing current state and desired outcome.
*Develops business assured solutions based on current market needs
*Develops business assured solutions and strategy that integrates client’s business requirements, information technology, and NWN Corporation’s processes and/or resources.
*Identifies, provides leadership to, and coordinates technical solution development activities in pursuit of formal proposal/SOW development. 
*Monitors the engagement process and obtains additional resources as needed.
*Identifies and engages subject matter experts for discreet service offerings identified in the technical solution.
*Participates in the proposal development process with pursuit-team members. 
*Assists Account Executive in the development and negotiation of the Statement of Work and client contract vehicles.
*Prepares and delivers solution related presentations to NWN Corporation and client as needed.
*Prepares and/or validates solution pricing.  Escalates solution pricing for management approval when outside of established margin limits.
*Monitors and ensures business and financial success of proposed client solutions. 
*Ensures timely communication (e.g. status updates, raising issues, etc.) that could affect the feasibility of proposed solution or NWN Corporation’s financial position 
*Provided technical support to all regional demand generation activities
*Develop customer relationships at all levels to ensure that NWN is viewed as a trusted advisor
*Work directly with partners to develop and deliver solutions
*Mentor co-workers and share best practices

Secondary Responsibilities
*Position requires on-going self-study to continuously improve skills relative to strategic technology direction and service offerings
*Recurring report requirements may include but are not limited to: Time sheets, Expense reports, Billable Time sheets, Task Completion Documentation
*Perform other duties as assigned

Job Requirements

Technical Certification and Training
*Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Information Systems or related experience 
*2-4 years experience in a technical leadership role on small to medium size projects in the areas of integration or support services
*5+ Years Minimum hands on experience Designing and Deploying complex Data Center and Virtualization Solutions.
*EMC, VMWare, Citrix, NetApp, Cisco or HP written Certification (i.e. EMC Proven Professional, VSTP )
*Defined area of Specialization supported by certification or equivalent experience (i.e. Server, Storage, Virtualization, Backup and Recovery, VDI)
*Thorough knowledge of Virtualization and Data Center Industry and Solutions
*Involvement in Industry Councils, User Groups, as appropriate.
*Experience with structured project management methodologies
*Experience working with solution design, job costing and quality planning
*Experience developing/writing technical sales documents
*Experience working in a project/team environment

Desired Experience
•Must possess excellent time management skills
•Must possess good organizational skills
•Must possess excellent client/customer interface skills
•Must possess working knowledge of Visio
•Ability to develop/ deliver management presentations
•Proficient in MS-Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Professional Skills
•Able to architect and design detailed configurations for complex Communications Systems.
•Excellent verbal written communication skills are required 
•Excellent high-level problem solving skills

Job Snapshot

Other Pay Base Salary plus Bonus
Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Information Technology
Education Not Specified
Experience Not Specified
Manages Others Not Specified
Industry Computer Hardware, Computer Software
Required Travel Not Specified
Job ID 2510
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Solution Architect - Data Center

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