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Solutions Architect - Cloud Platform

  • Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire
  • Sector: Technology + Project Management
  • Salary: £70000 - £80000 per annum
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Date posted: 30/11/2018
  • Job reference: SCB/
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My client are currently recruiting for a Solution Architect around Cloud based in the South West.

This is the job

The IT Platforms Technical Design Lead will ensure that all designs for IT platforms and infrastructure are completed to industry best standard and those set out by Enterprise Architecture (EA). They will also be responsible for developing the functionality of the infrastructure and platforms environments (including datacentre\cloud) to meet the functional and non-functional requirements of the business, leveraging the significant investment in Cloud services and other DevOps centric technologies.

What will I be doing?

Role Specific Responsibilities & Accountabilities

  • Translate an existing high-level design (HLD) or other provided documentation from Solution Architecture, to produce a corresponding IT platforms design (which may be a physical implementation or configuring services from a 3rd party provider)
  • Devise and apply infrastructure principles to designs, appropriate to target platform and requirement service level, while advising on implementation and operational implications.
  • Produce infrastructure designs that align to EA standards, and meet agreed quality review standards, ensuring that all designs take account of currently available / reusable capacity as well as specifying new infrastructure or cloud services
  • Collaborative engagement with Solution Architects & PM's to identify the right infrastructure & services at the right cost / ROI for the project being designed
  • Review and feedback on architectural objectives for solutions proposed
  • Review new technologies and how these would interact with existing support processes and infrastructure
  • Ensure presented documentation conforms to operations requirements for successful implementation and support including functionality, user experience, resilience, supportability & scalability
  • Liaise with approved suppliers to provide resourcing and infrastructure costs
  • Keep up to date with current technologies and solutions within the IT market place
  • Work with the Platform Project delivery manager to advise on the potential resource (internal or 3rd party) that may be required to implement the target solution
  • Act as an escalation point for the outsourced L2-4 support providers, technical teams and Service Management
  • Design and develop a constant technology design roadmap for IT Platforms
  • Support the development of the IT Platforms monitoring strategy & tools
What do I need?

Capability, Knowledge and Experience:

5 years experiencing working as a senior technical expert in the following fields:

  • VMware and virtualization
  • Active Directory & SCCM
  • SAN and NAS Storage
  • Azure and Cloud deployments
  • Server, Operating System and Network Security
  • Other areas beneficial areas of experience include:
    • DevOPs and other collaboration technologies
    • Automation
    • Good understanding of architectural tooling
    • Estate Management and infrastructure lifecycle in relation to application lifecycle
    • Change and Release Management
  • Demonstrate effective communication, both orally and in writing, with subordinates, colleagues, clients and customers at all levels, both formally and informally - a strong communicator who develops relationships for mutual gain.
  • Take initiative to keep own skills up to date and maintain awareness of developments in the IT industry.
  • Extensive knowledge of analytic techniques and methods and problem-solving skills
  • Experience of the regulatory and audit requirements within an operational environment
  • Sound server platform design experience in a technology organisation with history of delivering scalable, resilient data & infrastructure networks
  • Experience of working with outsource partners and delivering solutions into support
  • Awareness of project management methodologies, e.g. RUP, CMMi, Prince II, PMI

Education and Qualifications:

  • Educated to HNC level in IT communications or a related technical subject.
  • Related professional qualifications are beneficial, but not essential.
  • ITIL version 3 Foundation (minimum). Preferable ITIL v3 Service Lifecycle Certification Service Design

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