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Cloud Solution Architect

Reference  
RS 969052
Location  
Category  
Type  
Permanent
Salary  
£80000 - £95000
Salary Frequency  
Annum

Cloud Computing is the next step toward ubiquitous and pervasive computing. The Azure platform is a central pillar of Microsoft’s cloud offerings. Azure is Microsoft’s world-class cloud platform: a growing collection of integrated services – compute, storage, data, networking and application services – that help you move faster, do more and save money. Azure is an open platform enabling hosting of both Windows and Linux based applications, languages and databases and is currently in use by over 57% of the global fortune 500 enterprises and is currently experiencing rapid growth and adoption. We have exciting opportunities to join a growing team at the heart of Microsoft’s hugely successful Cloud Business. This role will put you at the front and centre of our customer’s transformation to cloud-based architectures. As a Cloud Solution Architect (SA) your primary responsibility will be to move customer workloads to Azure and ensure that the customer derives value from Microsoft’s cloud solution. The SA is a senior technical customer facing role that will be accountable for driving the adoption and consumption of Azure platform services. The SA will engage with a client’s senior business and technical stakeholders to show how Azure platform services can address business challenges and accelerate the delivery of business value. The SA will work with the client to ensure the success of Cloud projects. The ideal candidate will have experience in customer facing roles and had success leading technical and economic value discussions with senior customer executives that drive key decisions and implementation. The success of this role depends on collaboration across Microsoft field and delivery teams (including Partners, Microsoft Services and Product Engineering). In this role, you will be responsible for: • Interfacing with both the generalists and specialists in the Microsoft sales and service organizations focused on consumption of the Azure platform in high potential accounts • Executing quick technical feasibility and proposal development for moving identified workloads to Azure. • Building a technical and security architecture in Azure for the selected applications and workloads • Lead compliance assessments with the customer on Azure architecture • Leading a migration approach to lift and shift the workloads to Azure or architecting a green field development and/or production platform for new applications • Executing limited POCs, where necessary, or supporting those done by the customer. • Driving the quality of the onboarding plan (with Microsoft Services or Partners) • Reporting to the customer as business objectives / business value conditions are met • Ensuring plan execution and Azure consumption targets are met • Documenting and sharing technical best practices and insights with product engineering and the global cloud architect community Key Qualifications: • Understanding of cloud computing technologies, business drivers, and emerging computing trends • Proven track record of building technical and business relationships with senior executives and growing wallet share in large or highly strategic accounts • Proven track record of driving decisions collaboratively, resolving conflicts and ensuring follow through • Problem-solving mentality, leveraging internal and/or external resources where and when needed, to do what’s right for the customer and for the organization by formulating inventive workarounds and evaluating the risk of various deployment options. • Exceptional verbal and written communication • Ability to connect technology with measurable business value • Demonstrated technical thought leadership in customer facing situations Experience and Skill Requirements: • Proven experience of management and success in consultative / complex sales processes (where necessary, managing various stakeholders (Primary: Technical Decision Makers, Secondary: Business Decision Makers) relationships to get consensus on solution / projects • Proven experience of design and/or implementation and/or support of highly distributed applications (i.e. having an architectural sense for ensuring availability, reliability, etc.) • Proven experience in “migrating” on premise workloads to the cloud. • Deep technical experience in one or more of the following areas:  Software design or development  Systems Operations / Management  Enterprise Strategy  Database architecture  Big Data Analytics technologies  Machine Learning  Internet of Things  Media Services  Consumer scale web  Virtualization  IP Networking  Storage architecture  Security & Compliance  Linux/ OSS technologies  SAP/Oracle/IBM software technologies • Working knowledge with AGILE development, SCRUM and Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) with one or more of the following programming languages:  .NET  C++  Java  PHP  Perl  Python  Ruby on Rails  Pig/Hive • Oversight experience on major transformation projects and successful transitions to implementation support teams • Presentation skills with a high degree of comfort with both large and small audiences • Technical Bachelors degree in Computer Science or Math background is highly desired, MBA desirable but not essential. Flexibility on UK travel will be required as this is a UK customer facing role but Microsoft has a flexible working culture and on an average week your time could be split between our offices, customer locations and your home. Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer and supports workforce diversity. Microsoft’s privacy statement can be viewed on the following web page: https://www.microsoft.com/EN-US/privacystatement/GlobalCareers/Default.aspx