Cloud Solution Architect - Applications Development

Last updated an hour ago
Location:Remote - UK/EU only
Job Type:Full Time

Microsoft aspires to help our customers achieve their own digital transformation, leveraging the power of Microsoft Cloud solutions and support offerings. To this end, Microsoft invests in a dedicated Customer Success team that will help Microsoft customers successfully realize their business outcomes.

As part of this continued growth, Microsoft have a Cloud Solution Architect to work on our Azure offering for our Worldwide Commercial Business, effectively working on EMEA projects for global customers. Azure is the most comprehensive, innovative and flexible cloud platform today and Microsoft is hiring professionals that will drive customer cloud adoption within the most important companies in the market.

This is a customer facing role, owning the overall technical relationship between the customer and Microsoft Applications Development Platform. You will own the Azure Applications Development technical customer engagements including architectural design sessions, specific implementation projects and/or pilots. The ideal candidate will have experience in customer-facing roles and success leading deep technical architecture discussions with senior customer executives, Enterprise Architects, IT Management and Developers.

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Responsibilities

This opportunity is to support global Microsoft customers who have a signficant presence in EMEA on European projects. As such, a similar profile of responsibility is sought in this Cloud Solution Architect Applications Development team:

Other Key responsibilities include:

  • Understand customers' overall applications portfolio, IT and business priorities and success measures to design implementation architectures and solutions (Microsoft and 3rd party solutions) using PaaS, DevOps & Advanced Application coding
  • Apply technical knowledge and customer insights to create a modernization roadmap. Architect solutions to meet business and IT needs, ensuring technical viability of new projects and successful deployments, while orchestrating key resources and infusing key
  • Application Development and DevOps technologies (e.g. App Service, containers, serverless, cloud native, etc.) as appropriat
  • Ensure all solutions exhibit high levels of performance, security, scalability, maintainability, and appropriate reusability and reliability upon deployment
  • Develop deep relationships with key customer IT decision makers, who drive long-term cloud adoption within their company to enable them to be cloud advocates
    • Be the Voice of the Customer; Share insights and best practices, and connect with Engineering teams to remove key blockers
  • Assess the Customers' knowledge of Azure platform and overall cloud readiness to support customers through a structured learning plan and ensure its delivery through partners
    • Collaborate with other Cloud Solution Architects in developing complex end-to-end Enterprise solutions on the Microsoft Azure platform
  • Maintain technical skills and knowledge of market trends and competitive insights; collaborate and share with the technical community
  • Be an Azure Platform evangelist with customers, partners and external communities

Qualifications

Experience:

  • Proven track record of success in consultative/complex technical sales and deployment projects, architecture, design, implementation, and/or support of highly distributed applications, with Cloud and applications development experience at the fore (required)
  • Relationship Building. Proven track record of building deep technical relationships with senior IT executives in large or highly strategic accounts. Experience in managing various stakeholder relationships to get consensus on solution/projects (required)
  • Problem Solving. Ability to solve customer problems through cloud technologies (required)
  • Collaboration and Communication. Acknowledged for driving decisions collaboratively, resolving conflicts and ensuring follow through with exceptional verbal and written communication skills. Ability to orchestrate, lead, and influence virtual teams, ensuring successful implementation of customer projects. Presentation skills with a high degree of comfort with both large and small audiences (Senior Executives, IT management, Database administrators and Data Scientist) (required)

Technical

  • Enterprise-scale technical experience with cloud and hybrid infrastructures, architecture designs, migrations, and technology management required
  • Experience and understanding of large-scale application portfolios in enterprise-wide environments (including migration of on-premise workloads to the cloud) (required)
  • Expertise within Azure is strongly preferred; a data background (application migrations/development) and exposure to Power platform would be of particular interest, along with core knowledge of Azure function, API mgt., DevOps, etc.

Subject matter expertise in one or more of the following:

  • Deep domain expertise of cloud infrastructure solutions (i.e. Windows and Linux IaaS, SAP, BCDR, Security, Management, Storage, Networking, OSS, containers and Infra as a code technologies) (required)
  • Cloud application development solutions (e.g. PaaS, Serverless, API Management) (Preferred);
    Container orchestration (e.g. Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry);
  • Continuous integration technologies (e.g. Jenkins, Spinnaker, Azure for DevOps, Chef, Puppet);
  • Web application server technologies, cloud application design, software architecture and practices; (design/development/deployment, Agile, SCRUM, ALM)
    • one or more of the following programming languages: C++, C#, Java, Node.js, JSON, PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby on Rails, Pig/Hive
  • Experience using integrated development environments (e.g. Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, Eclipse, XCode, WebSphere) targeting Android, iOS, Linux, Windows, public clouds (i.e. Azure, AWS) (required)
  • Experience with scalable architectures using Azure App Service, API management, serverless technologies, container orchestration (e.g. Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry etc.), API management, microservice frameworks etc.
  • Software development practices like DevOps and CI/CD tool chains (i.e. Jenkins, Spinnaker, Azure DevOps, GitHub). preferred
    Competitive Landscape. Knowledge of cloud development platforms (preferred)
  • Understanding of partner ecosystems and the ability to leverage partner solutions to solve customer needs (preferred)
  • Any particular experience gained within big 4 consulting firms specifically of interest

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

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