We are seeking an energetic and collaborative Cloud & Infrastructure Architect who can help design our presence in the AWS cloud and spearhead our workload migrations from our on-premises data centers.
The Cloud Infrastructure Architect will proactively and holistically leads and supports Enterprise Architecture (EA) activities that guide the development and management of AWS technical and infrastructure solutions. These solutions enable the organization's future-state business capabilities and drive the organization's targeted business-outcomes. Technologies include data center, infrastructure, AWS cloud services, and immersive experiences technologies.
The Technical architect will demonstrate competencies across three key dimensions:
Derives Future State Technology Architecture
Works with EA peers (e.g., enterprise, business, information, solutions and security architects) to analyze enterprise business context (business strategy and trends), as well as change requirements in other enterprise architecture viewpoints (such as business, information and solution) to derive the future state technology architecture. This includes defining the requirements, principles and models that guide technology decisions for the enterprise.
Leads the analysis of the current technology environment to detect critical deficiencies, legacy and technical debt, and recommends solutions for improvement. In addition, leads the analysis of technology industry and market trends to determine their potential impact on the enterprise as well as on the enterprise technology architecture.
Defines high-level migration plans to address the gaps between the future and current state, typically in sync with the IT budgeting or other capital planning processes.
Analyzes and Evaluates Technology
Guides technology investment decisions based on analysis and evaluation to drive targeted business outcomes.
Assists with designing the governance, assurance and standards activities associated with ensuring enterprise technology architecture compliance of projects and products.
Identifies the organizational impact (for example, on skills, processes, structures and culture) and financial impact of the enterprise technology architecture.
Collaborates to Deliver Business Outcomes
Collaborates with a team of architects and engineers, while also leveraging subject matter experts from any other needed technical area.
Oversees, or consults on, technology implementation and modification activities (for example, projects and products), particularly for new or shared infrastructure solutions.
Creates and delivers working, production-ready reference implementations that can be leveraged easily by agile teams
Works closely with the product managers, product owners and EA peers (e.g., enterprise, business, information, security and solutions architects) to enable infrastructure agility, scalability and resilience to support required product needs throughout product lifecycle.
Credentials and Experience
Bachelor's degree in computer science, information-technology, system analysis or a related study, or equivalent experience
Minimum of five years of design and implementation experience in IT, with a deep knowledge in AWS technologies and a minimum of two of the following technical disciplines: infrastructure and network design, application development, application programming interfaces (APIs), middleware, servers and storage, database management and operations, clustering technologies, virtualization, Azure technologies and active directory and protocols
Exposure to multiple, diverse technical configurations, technologies and processing environments (such as inside-out, outside-in and outside-out)
Solid understanding of product management, agile principles and development methodologies and capability of supporting agile teams by providing advice and guidance on opportunities, impact and risks, taking account of technical and architectural debt
Excellent interpersonal skills in areas such as teamwork, facilitation and negotiation Strong leadership skills
Excellent analytical and technical skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Excellent planning and organizational skills
Knowledge of many, if not most, aspects of an enterprise technology architecture
Knowledge of information principles and processes
Knowledge of financial models and budgeting
Understanding of network and security architecture
Understanding and knowledge of system development life cycle methodologies (such as waterfall, spiral, agile software development, rapid prototyping, incremental, synchronize and stabilize, and DevOps)
Understanding and knowledge of IT service management (ITSM) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
Knowledge and understanding of different modeling languages (such as UML and ArchiMate)
Understanding and knowledge of IT standards and controls
Organizationally savvy, with understanding of the political climate of the enterprise and how to navigate obstacles and politics.
Ability to understand the long-term ("big picture") and short-term perspectives of situations and how they relate to achieving targeted business outcomes
Ability to estimate the financial impact of technology alternatives
Ability to apply multiple technical solutions to enable future-state business capabilities that, in turn, drive targeted business outcomes
Ability to quickly comprehend the functions and capabilities of existing, new and emerging technologies that enable and drive new business designs and models
Demonstrated ability to work well with others and be respected as a leader
Trusted and respected as a thought leader who can influence and persuade business and IT leaders and IT development teams.
Technology neutral: remains unbiased toward any specific technology or vendor choice, and is more interested in results than personal preferences
Displays intellectual curiosity and integrity
Motivated and driven by achieving long-term business outcomes
Ability to balance the long-term (big picture) and short-term implications of individual decisions
Ability to work effectively in a team environment and lead cross-functional teams
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