The Cloud Infrastructure Architect (CIA) role is responsible for creating, maintaining and optimizing the use of Cloud infrastructure to support multiple products and business lines. The CIA will gather and analyze requirements, make architectural and design recommendations, document and configure the Cloud environment to deliver the results needed. The CIA will be considered the subject matter expert on the Cloud environments (Azure and AWS). The CIA will directly work with the Infrastructure and Network engineers in a team-oriented environment.

  • Determine the Cloud solution that provides the best opportunity for network performance, reliability, cost, and quality for the business initiative.
  • Garner solid understanding of the business processes at Horace Mann and identify opportunities to perform certain processes more efficiently in the Cloud environment. CIA will produce documentation for leadership that can be consumed to make the appropriate directional decision.
  • Determine how the Cloud solutions will be managed. Determine rules for segregation of duties between the Infrastructure, Networking, and Security teams. Document expectations and processes for each group.
  • Cloud Architect will be responsible for creating virtual networks between Cloud and Horace Mann.


Senior-level role; operates autonomously, broad impact across multiple systems. Seen as a subject matter expert in design and maintenance of infrastructure and leads both Cloud and Internal infrastructure related initiatives. 

  • Provides consultation as technical and infrastructure expert on key business systems that are internal as well as Cloud specific.
  • Responsible for infrastructure analysis, tuning, and measurement to ensure appropriate performance, reliability, and quality SLAs. 
  • Collaborates with the user community to design and implement technology solutions across multiple business functions; leads other infrastructure technologists to accomplish large complex implementations.
  • Able to plan and lead large size projects including coordination with other necessary groups inside and outside of IT.
  • Real world experience with Docker, Kubernates and Terraform technologies.
  • Security mindset for all environments, especially the Azure and AWS environments.  CIA will provide guidance on how to properly configure storage buckets among other things.
  • Ability and willingness to create easily consumable documentation with the expectation that it can be leveraged to mentor/coach other team members.  This documentation includes current, future, and transitional state diagrams as well as high-level design documents.
  • Ability to communicate complex technical concepts to a wide range of audiences in simple, understandable terms.
  • Expert level experience in the Microsoft technology offerings:
      • Server OS’s, Active Directory, AD services, IIS, server level services, etc…
      • O365 Administration
  • Expert level experience in the VMware platform.
  • Expert level knowledge of infrastructure in applicable hardware, operating systems, and expert knowledge of configuring systems, appliances or software in support of critical infrastructure to support the business’s mission.
  • Expert level knowledge in applicable scripting languages for the key focus area technologies supported.
  • Identifies opportunities for new enterprise building blocks and patterns. Directs architects and technical leads to develop and consume defined building blocks and patterns.
  • Experience with Cohesity, Nimble, Rubrik and Zerto technologies is a plus.

Experience and Education Expectations: 

  • 4 year degree in Information Technology (preferred but not required).
  • 8+ years of on-premise support engineer experience.
  • 6+ years hands-on work experience in Cloud environments  (AWS or Azure) preferred
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate and/or Azure Administrator Associate certifications preferred
  • Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge preferred



Horace Mann was founded in 1945 by two Springfield, Illinois, teachers who saw a need for quality, affordable auto insurance for teachers. Since then, we’ve broadened our mission to helping all educators protect what they have today and prepare for a successful tomorrow.  And with our broadened mission has come corporate growth:  We serve more than 4,100 school districts nationwide, we’re publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: HMN) and we have more than $12 billion in assets.

We’re motivated by the fact that educators take care of our children’s future, and we believe they deserve someone to look after theirs.  We help educators identify their financial goals and develop plans to achieve them.  This includes insurance to protect what they have today and financial products to help them prepare for their future. Our tailored offerings include special rates and benefits for educators.

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