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Cloud Solutions Architect

Company: GM Financial
Location: Arlington
Posted on: March 26, 2020

Job Description:

Overview The Cloud Solutions Architect is responsible for developing a rigorous technology architecture, leveraging cloud services and automation to enable business strategies and ensure public and private cloud solutions are optimized for cost and functionality. This person will also be responsible for developing and driving the GMF Financial cloud computing strategy along with the introduction of new emerging technologies and public cloud services, cloud adoption plans, cloud application design, and cloud management and monitoring strategies. This person will work with development teams and other stakeholders to drive and enable the migration and refactoring of on-premises applications to cloud native design and deployment methodologies. This person will mentor and work with both senior and junior developers and architects to bring them up to speed on cloud architectures including modern programming languages, microservices and container based deployments. An energetic, dynamic and innovative mindset, with drive, attention to detail and excellent communication skills will be needed for success in this position. This individual must be able to translate complex ideas, technology, and programs into language senior management can relate to and be a key influencer on technical decisions that affect the business on a long-term basis. This person will also be a mentor to lower level cloud architects. Responsibilities JOB DUTIES Manage the enterprise-wide cloud strategy, develop the architecture governance framework and define architecture foundations Serve as a trusted advisor to global technology leaders Stay abreast of new industry trends and provide subject matter expertise in cloud technologies, providing consultation to leadership Research, analyze, design, propose and support the delivery of solutions that are appropriate for business and technology strategies Understand, advocate and support IT enterprise strategies and act as a visionary to proactively assist in the direction for future strategies Recommend best-fit cloud solutions on the basis of need and risk appetite Lead the identification and analysis of enterprise business drivers to develop architecture requirements Participate in the development and ongoing management of enterprise architecture governance structure based on business and IT strategies Lead and facilitate the creation of governing principles to guide infrastructure decision-making Manage the budget for the teams that you are responsible for and the related infrastructure services Supervise day to day operations Guiding team to provide internal and external customers with excellent customer service while striving to provide world-class service Effectively communicate current status of all projects, problems, and issues to the IT senior management team Must have high attention to detail, be well organized and be a self-starter Must be able to work with limited direct supervision Regularly communicate project health and identifies risks to project and program stakeholders, sponsors, and management Resolve most conflicts between timeline, budget, and scope independently but intuitively escalate complex or consequential issues to management Identify and direct changes through appropriate review and approval mechanisms Define cloud standards, DevOps, Continuous Integration Continuous Delivery (CICD) tool chain and Standard Operating Environment (SOE) Define, implement and enforce the cloud standard operating environment, cloud standards, and associated toolsplatformsframeworks for the GMF application portfolio, in coordination with IT-wide efforts and Technology Architecture and Planning Drive Proof-of-Concepts and implementation, with hands-on involvement as SME, for new SOE items build deployment automation pipelines, build automated next gen CICD pipelines partnering with development teams, build and integrate new technologies like containers enabling multi-cloud and preventing cloud provider lock-in Contribute to, and influence IT-wide definition and enhancements of Azure and other public cloud platforms customization, standards and best practices for GM Financial Represent GM Financial externally in conferences and summits Build partnerships and network with other external vendors to understand tool offerings, how we can integrate and benefits to GM Financial Understand and build on emerging industry trends and how they work with GM Financial Define and execute the IT application portfolio strategy for public and private cloud migrations, data center consolidation and on-premises evolution, in alignment with overall IT strategy and directions Plan and drive public cloud migration Total cost of ownership including projections and budgets, application assessment, security concerns and resolution, network concerns and resolution, review checklists with application owners, operations teams, development and testing, DBA's, appropriate migration paths, etc Define and enforce Cloud architecture best practices availability redundancy schemes, performance, Disaster Recovery, DB and Interfacing Systems, etc Educate teams about Cloud standards, migrations and SOE Drive training sessions, curriculum and code labs in our Cloud Dojo with dev teams Be SME and expert across the business for all Cloud technical hands-on questions, with an initial focus on Azure and Cloud Native, 12 Factor Software development Coach and mentor lower level cloud architects This list is not exhaustive you will be expected to carry out any other duties that are deemed reasonable in relation to your position Perform other duties as assigned Qualifications Knowledge Deep understanding of cloud computing technologies, business drivers and emerging computing trends Advanced knowledge and understanding of industry trends and new technologies and ability to apply trends to architectural needs Advanced knowledge of enterprise platforms and operating systems as well as knowledge of key business functions and processes Working knowledge of Agile development, Scrum and Application Lifecycle Management Skills Demonstrated ability to provide leadership, management, and mentoring to team members Demonstrable experience leading software developers, systems or process analysts Demonstrated excellent communication (verbal and writing), influencing and negotiation skills Ability to interact with and provide architectural design guidance to project teams made up of employee andor supplier resources Ability to effectively communicate with other senior leaders of IT on program strategies and plans and negotiate quality solutions Ability to break down complex topics into simple to digest information and data points, adjusted to audiences at various levels Ability to create system and process flow diagrams, data flow diagrams, sequence and UML diagrams, inter and intra system dependencies within the functional domain and across them Ability to facilitate group meetingsdiscussions Ability to broker solutions for issues between functional domains, senior leaders Willingness to instruct and coach in a cloud training program as needed Demonstrated strong analytic and problem-solving abilities Education High School Diploma or equivalent required Bachelor's Degree in related field or equivalent work or military experience preferred Experience 7-10 years of systems design experience with at least 5 or more years of experience with cloud like technologies such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Google Cloud Platform (GCP) preferred Deep technical experience in one or more of the following areas software design or development, application design, systems operationsmanagement, database architecture, virtualization, IP networking, storage, IT security and Linux system administration preferred Experience with the following Azure Eventhub, Azure Virtual Machines, Azure Kubernetes Service, Blob Storage, Azure DNS, Virtual Networks, Redis Cache and Azure App Service, Containers preferred Experience in articulating the business drives and architectural approachtrade-offs during discussions for solution buy-in at various levels and gain consensus preferred Experience in driving new infrastructure technologies from proof-of-concepts to full production implementation preferred Experience in driving cloud migration and strategy initiatives preferred Leadership experience preferred LI-SB2

Keywords: GM Financial, Arlington , Cloud Solutions Architect, Other , Arlington, Texas

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