Cloud Solutions Architect

Location: O'Fallon, IL
Date Posted: 08-28-2018
The Cloud Solutions Architect is responsible, with our established team of SMEs, change managers, integration engineers, system engineers and business analysts, for discovery and assessment of the current environment and for architecting business enabling solutions for our client and its sub-agencies to consume services from the cloud. This role will serve as a solution architect providing strategic and technical leadership for client teams migrating, developing, or enriching applications in the cloud. The Cloud Solutions Architect is responsible for evaluating current on-prem environments and lead the migration of those workloads to AWS using COTS and AWS native tools.
 
Required Skills:
  • Active Secret Clearance
  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 2 years of cloud engineering experience preferred.  
  • In depth knowledge and hands on experience with the full range of cloud service providers/solutions, inclusive of AWS - - - Amazon Web Services (AWS) Solutions Architect certification (or demonstrated ability and willingness to achieve certification shortly after hire)
  • Must have proven success in consulting to CTO-level clients.
  • Must have experience with at least one of the cloud migration COTS tools, and/or AWS native migration service - - - Proven experience in assessment, evaluation, and documentation of client environment, infrastructure, processes, and operations
  • Proven experience in communicating and demonstrating the value of cloud solutions to a variety of stakeholders to address complex and competing drivers in complex technical environments, with a track record of buy-in and successful implementation, migration, change management, and full adoption.
  • Proven ability to lead change across large platforms using innovative technology solutions
  • Demonstrated abilities in strategic thinking and leadership with strong relationship management ability
  • Demonstrated experience automating production cloud workloads
  • Demonstrated Hands on experience developing solutions with cloud orchestration tools
  • Strong scripting skills (Python, Ruby, Perl, Bash, Powershell, etc.)
  • Strong knowledge of IP Networking including VPC's, VPN's, VRF, DNS, load-balancing, and firewalls.
  • Demonstrated experience with the Software Development Lifecycle
  • Understanding of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA and REST)
  • Proven ability to lead change across large platforms / functional areas using innovative technology solutions
 
Desired Skills:
As part of the Cloud Solution Architects role, you will be focused on discovery and analysis, inclusive of:
  • You have migrated various types of workloads from on-prem environments to AWS.
  • You will  lead and facilitate information gathering sessions with multiple departmental and/or sub-agency heads and technical leaders to discover and assess the current state infrastructure, validate business cases, gather and document business and functional objectives
  • Through various communication vehicles and methods (e.g., meetings, application demos, emails, workshops, etc.) develop, innovate and implement a framework around migration of existing applications/capabilities and users, and/or provision of new applications/capabilities and users
  • Engage with the client to secure buy-in from agencies for the adoption of cloud-based solutions, through workshops and briefs as necessary
  • Recommend technology strategy by understanding key client objectives; diagnosing and mapping client requirements; articulating solution risks and barriers; recommending delivery approaches; preparing time estimates; planning full project life cycle
  • Provide expertise to construct the architecture and solutions to support current and future business needs, and to ensure the successful implementation and adoption of service
  • Begin to establish a migration plan that defines transition activities, such as but not limited to, sequencing, architecture, assumptions, dependencies and agency buy-in that shall include an end-to-end view of the overall implementation approach to migrate current and future systems and users to cloud platform services
  • Throughout the project you will participate in status meetings on progress, priorities, issues, performance issues, and future work
 
If you are interested in getting more information about this opportunity, please contact Irina Rozenberg irozenberg@arielpartners.com at your earliest convenience.

At Ariel Partners, we solve the most difficult problems that inhibit technology from enabling our customers to achieve their goals. Our vision is to be recognized by our stakeholders as an elite provider of IT solutions, so when they have their biggest challenges we’re on their short list. We’re looking for team members who share our values of: Integrity to do the right thing even when it hurts; Commitment to the long term success and happiness of our customers, our people, and our partners; Courage to take on difficult challenges, accept new ideas, and accept incremental failure; and the constant pursuit of Excellence

Ariel Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer in accordance with federal, state, and local laws.
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