Cloud Architect – Role Description

 

 

Location:

United Kingdom

Division:

Digital Transformation

 

Reports into:

Head of Delivery MC

Grade:

Senior Consultant/Principal Consultant*

*refer to candidate attributes table


 

The way we work reflects the values at the heart of our business:

 

Partnership, we become one team and family with organisations, helping them to navigate change and stay agile.

Integrity, our people really care, going beyond the brief to make change happen for organisations and citizens.

Innovation, we bring together the right technologies and services to design solutions that work.

Passion, we are passionate about — and dedicated to — public services and improving people’s lives.

 

 

Role Description

The Cloud Architect is an important role that will provide architectural and engineering delivery across the practice’s cloud transformation programmes and engagements.

As a recognised expert within their field, the role holder will be actively engaged within cloud programmes providing high level technical and low-level technical designs for cloud transformation projects. The role will use existing discovery artefacts to aid with the future state architecture as well as being involved in the application migration project workstreams, using tools such as ASR, River Meadow, Carbonite.

This role is involved in all aspects of cloud technologies such as, but not limited to, compute, storage, security, DR, PaaS, migration tooling, networking. The role holder will be experienced in Hybrid cloud solutions as well as native, ideally with both Azure and AWS certification.

The role will require presentations to the Agilisys Technical Design Authority procedures, and client presentations/workshops. In addition, the role holder will play a key role in collating lessons learned, and applying these to the practices processes, standards and artefacts to ensure Continual Service Improvement.

 

 

 

Key Responsibilities

The key responsibilities are:

  • Supporting and encouraging Diversity and Inclusion within the team and the wider organisation
  • Manage a team of cloud engineers with a diverse array of talents and responsibilities.
  • Lead architect for cloud project workstreams, designing the appropriate cloud environments for clients, including health and other public sector organisations, to an Official Sensitive compliant standard
  • Draft and completion of High-Level Design and Low-Level Design documentation
  • Synchronisation of data and systems to migrate servers and applications to the cloud
  • Building public cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud services and configuration using Infrastructure as Code and/or manual processes.
  • Lead infrastructure and cloud consultancy engagements as an individual or leading a team for clients
  • Conduct system validation and performance testing and compile runbooks and reports
  • Analysis of applications and systems based on cloud and on-premises infrastructure and servers to define and execute migration run-books
  • Remediation of infrastructure issues and support of testing prior to, and during, migrations and early life support for applications
  • Root cause analysis of faults and identification and remediation of incidents
  • Leading a delivery unit including engineers and other architects to deliver a migration programme deliverable

 

Role Objectives

The role holder will have ongoing objectives alongside other specific objectives that will be set from time to time.

  • Support and assist in winning new cloud clients.
  • Responsible for managing the relationships with client architectural and engineering teams across a project or workstream.
  • Ensure personal billability/business development utilisation is maintained at or above the agreed level with proactive intervention to reduce bench time.
  • Support the ongoing skills improvement of the Cloud Architects and Engineers within the practice

 

What we are looking for

The Agilisys Cloud Practice is growing rapidly and sits at the heart of how Agilisys is seeking to become the “Technology Partner of Choice for the UK Public Sector.”  We are looking for an individual that can lead and build an effective discovery, licensing and optimisation capability for our clients whilst embodying the core Agilisys values of Partnership, Integrity, Innovation and Passion.

You will have an established track record of cloud architecture experience within the IT infrastructure sector, defining methodologies for build and application migration, standard artefacts and preferably, delivering to enterprise scale clients.

In addition, at least 3 years of experience designing solutions deployed using cloud technologies is key, you will hold both appropriate AWS and/or Azure professional certification.

Ideally, you will also have experience of working within or with the UK public sector and will have contributed to responding to a technical opportunity through an OJEU or framework process. Where public sector experience is not in place, you should have played a similar role responding to a formal procurement process to an organisation of at least 3,000 staff in size.

A self-starter, used to acting on your own initiative, you must be comfortable as a thought leader in cloud services, driving the continual improvement of the practice.

 

Candidate Attributes

Attribute

Minimum requirement

(Senior Consultant)

Very good looks like

(Principal Consultant)

Management Experience

1 years’ experience of managing a team of 2-3 ICT engineers delivering ICT programmes

3 years’ experience of managing a team of >5 ICT engineers delivering infrastructure or cloud-based programmes.

Delivery experience

3 years of delivering engineering and architecture within the IT infrastructure sector, defining methodologies, standard artefacts and preferably, delivering to enterprise scale clients

5 years – managing a programme delivery workstream in a major cloud infrastructure migration programme or cloud service delivery managed service

Skills, qualifications, certificates

AWS or Azure Professional qualification, ITIL Foundation

AWS and Azure Professional Certification, ITIL Foundation, TOGAF

Emotional Intelligence

Role model for company values, manage their emotions and respond rather than react

Role model for company values, good understanding and engagement with others, whilst managing their emotions, able put themselves in other’s shoes and respond rather than react

Passion, Ambition, Aspiration

Self-starter, passionate about improvement of delivery and able to set direction for the team

Demonstrably self-motivated, able to guide and direct others to achieve complex goals and objectives

Communication Style

Good written skills, able to draft and refine technical written responses, documents, and reports (1,000 to 5,000 words).

Awareness of others communication styles and needs and adapts own style to suit, comfortable and confident in communicating with senior client and internal technical stakeholders

A good communicator with demonstrable experience of delivering successful proposals (including preparation of bid documents and delivery of presentations)

Engagement with delivery teams and ability to direct and or influence approach to achieve goals and objectives; ability to produce and then deliver supporting communications

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