Cloud Solution Architect - Azure

Last updated 24 days ago
Location:Remote - UK/EU only
Job Type:Full Time

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This is a customer facing role, supporting the overall technical relationship between the customer and Microsoft Azure Infrastructure and Applications Development team. You will manage the Cloud Infrastructure and 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 engaging on technical architecture discussions with senior customer executives, Enterprise Architects, IT Management and Developers.

Responsibilities

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).

  • 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 Infrastructure technologies (e.g. Windows and Linux IaaS, Security, Networking, etc.), and Application Development and DevOps technologies (e.g. App Service, containers, serverless, cloud native, etc.) as appropriate.
  • 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

Experiences Required - Education, Key Experiences, Knowledge and Skills:

  • Professional Experience – Experience of project deployment, architecture, design, implementation, and/or support of highly distributed applications.

  • Relationship Building. 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.

  • 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, Architects and Engineers).

Technical

  • Experience with On-Prem, cloud and hybrid infrastructures, architecture designs, migrations, and technology management.
  • Experience and understanding of large-scale application portfolios in enterprise-wide environments (including migration of on-premise workloads to the cloud).

Subject matter expertise in any of the following is preferred:

  • Cloud infrastructure solutions, design, best practices and/or cloud adoption frameworks (i.e. Windows and Linux IaaS, SAP, BC/DR, Security, Management, Storage, Networking, OSS, containers and Infra as a code technologies, data center migration, VDI solutions, virtual network appliances).
  • Cloud application design, software architecture and practices, development solutions, scalable solution architectures, container orchestration and/or application modernization for Public Cloud (e.g. PaaS, Serverless, API Management, Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry, Azure for DevOps, Jenkins, SCRUM, ALM, C#, Java, PHP, Python, Azure App Service, API Management, serverless technologies).
  • Competitive Landscape - Knowledge of cloud platforms.
  • Partners - Understanding of partner ecosystems and the ability to leverage partner solutions to solve customer needs.

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