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Cloud Solution Architect

Employer
Proact IT UK
Location
UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
23 Feb 2021

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Sector
Technology & New Media
Contract Type
Permanent
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Job Details

Job Title: Cloud Solution Architect

Job Type: Sales, Technical Consultancy, Design and Architecture

Direct Line Manager Solutions Director

Location: South or Central England ideally

1.1 Opportunity

Proact is looking for a Cloud Architect who can expertly consult on cloud and hybrid cloud projects on multiple cloud platforms such as AWS, Microsoft, Office 365 and Google Cloud Platform. Proact is working with our customers to develop solutions that allow on-premise architectures to be migrated to dedicated cloud (or more frequently) a hybrid cloud using Proact's Managed Services platform for IaaS, BaaS, DRaaS, WANaaS and a public cloud provider. These solutions allow our customers to select the most appropriate resource location based on cost, performance and service SLA, as well as a "safe" migration approach which allows applications to reside on traditional architectures where required.

Candidates will have a balance of technical and consulting skills and experience, enabling them to work with business as well as IT leaders, software developers and architects to shape cloud and hybrid cloud solutions. You will be passionate about leveraging the richness of the cloud and IaaS platforms to position and deliver the right technology solutions and address changing industry needs. Our consultants deliver proof-of-concept projects, workshops and architecture assessments, provide advisory services and lead projects working with customers and partners.

You will enjoy building and expanding your technical skills and using these to help customers understand how to architect and implement systems and applications in the cloud. You will be comfortable working alongside partners, including systems integrators and ISVs, to deliver the best possible customer outcomes. You will be happy to roll up your sleeves, get stuck into the detail of systems, create demos and proof-of-concepts, and generally do what it takes to achieve success for customers on the platform.

1.2 Role

1.2.1 Essential Functions and Responsibilities

· Scoping and delivering on-site technical engagements with customers, including participating in pre-sales meetings, understanding customer requirements, proposing and presenting packaged offerings, and scoping custom solution engagements. You will contribute to documentation such as statements of work and professional services estimates

· Delivering on-site projects proving the use of services to support new data and computing solutions that often span private, hybrid and cloud services. Engagements will include analysis of existing applications as well as the development of integrations for authentication, data replication, logging and monitoring using existing services or new native cloud products.

· Collaborating with account managers, consultancy and support teams to inspire customers to learn about and use the wide range of cloud services and to evolve their systems to take advantage of new functionality

· Working with Proact presales, consultants and support teams to convey customer needs and feedback as input to technology roadmaps. Share real world challenges and recommend new capabilities that would simplify adoption and drive greater value from use of services

· Exert technical influence over multiple teams, increasing their productivity and effectiveness by sharing deep knowledge and experience

· Lead technical and design discussions with IT executives to help enterprises speed their adoption of new technologies and practices

· Leverage new technology paradigms (e.g., serverless, containers, microservices)

· Present our cloud portfolio to customers and at industry events

· Work with account teams to size, quote and design cloud services from our standard portfolio

· Work with customers and operations teams to deliver successful POCs and deploy assessment, optimisation or migration tools.

1.3 Other duties and responsibilities

· Communicate positive product, customer and industry trends using yammer and other approved communication channels

· Familiarisation of public sector procurement practises, & experience in responding to tenders and RFI's

· Work with product managers, vendors and distribution to position products from the Proact Cloud and Services Portfolio to customers

· Create and maintain documentation such as presentations, boilerplate proposals and product overviews to support the sale of cloud solutions and services

· Provide training to the presales team of a regular basis and support the position of cloud solutions and services through attending meetings where necessary and contributing to sizing, designs and proposals

· Attend vendor and industry events, and keep up to date with new products, and vendor landscape

· Work along side the professional services team to support the presales handover and delivery of solutions and services that have been sold. Where services have been sold support the handover to MCS and CS business units

· Assume responsibility as a product specialist/SME
  • Responsible for maintaining vendor peer relationships & certifications for key vendors
  • Share areas of innovation we can use across business departments
  • Providing Internal and External technology updates and enablement
  • Supporting the sales and marketing functions with campaigns and initiatives


1.4 Supervisory responsibilities
  • Attend and participate in the Proact Group Cloud Working Group
  • No direct reports
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders across the organisation to communicate feature releases, updates, training and other vendor announcements

1.5 Essential Skills
  • Excellent Communication Skills (Verbal/Written)
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and Visio
  • In-depth understanding of the hyperscaler cloud and service industry
  • Experience in positioning and designing IaaS, PaaS and SaaS solutions using cloud and on-premise platforms
  • Understanding of cloud security architectures
  • Desire to have technical solutions well documented and designed to standards
  • Desire to impart knowledge to others and promote a best-practice ethos
  • A willingness to define and champion deployment and operational best practices of services using technology without previous experience
  • Previous experience of designing and operating infrastructure platforms in adherence to SLAs
  • Be able to manage and prioritise multiple activities

1.6 Desirable Skills
  • Cloud Platform Certifications :eg AWS Certified Solutions Architect
  • Experience of other cloud platforms such as Alibaba, IBM, SAP, or Oracle
  • In-depth understanding of traditional data centre infrastructure
  • An understanding of emerging technologies (BigData, IoT, public cloud etc)
  • Experience & knowledge of ISO27K, CyberEssentials, PCI-DSS & Privacy Guidelines
  • Experience in working in a Multi-Tenant, Managed Services or Cloud environments
  • Experience in working as an end user, not just a reseller or vendor
  • Previous hands-on configuration or implementation role
  • Knowledge of PowerShell, other scripting methods or Rest API usage
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