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Job Req #: 18-01293
Job Description: Public Cloud Technical Architect (Azure)
Location: Vernon Hills, IL OR Remote
Position Type: Contract (Contract to Hire Potential)
Responsibilities include developing reference architecture for Product Development of advanced Azure or AWS Services. Development of the Roadmap necessary to acquire new customers and gain wallet of existing customer. Ability to lead Engineering resources in development, support, automation, and technical enablement. Provide Sales engagement and business development support as a technical SME. Assist Product manager with building business cases and charters for new offerings. Provide market and competitive analysis of the market place relative to our offerings strategy. Evaluate partner product and services relative to our current offerings and market capabilities.
Key Areas of Responsibility
• RESPONSIBILITY FOR DELIGHTING CUSTOMERS - The Engagement Methodology and the Operations Framework define the standards to deliver projects and managed services that will delight our customers. Here are the roles that Technical Architects play in the Methodology and Framework:
o Product Definition – collaborate with Product/Service Development Managers and solution sales teams to identify and validate new Advanced Technology service solution opportunities, build standard operating procedures for solution implementation and support, help to validate economic viability of solutions and to help to build customer value propositions. Lead in development of cost and pricing models for business development teams
o Sales – provide deep and broad technical support to Solutions Specialists, review system designs and participate in bid assurance, as required by customers. Assist sales and business development team with creation of solutions as we migrate our customers to the new design.
o Planning – participate in kickoff meetings, build solution implementation roadmaps, collaborate with Project Manager and Managing Consultant or Senior Engineer to ensure successful execution of project plans, as required by customers
o Design – create and / or evaluate technical designs for customer systems, develop test plans, build proof of concepts and participate in design reviews to ensure alignment with customer's business requirements
o Implementation – lead first-to-market advanced technology pilots and engagements to help establish us as the first-choice provider of Advanced Technology solutions, conduct technology envisioning sessions, perform technology readiness assessments, health checks, and project milestone reviews and deliver technical training as required by customers. Technical Architects may also be called upon to resolve mission – critical customer issues
o Closure – participate in post-project debrief sessions, archive intellectual property and transfer knowledge to Engineers and Managed Services and Practice teams
o Operations –take practice business plans and create technical roadmaps and strategies for implementation and operations, drive updates to our Operations Framework and establish cross-technology designs and plans. Creation of tools is also part of the role.
o Responsibilities would include developing reference architecture for Product Development of advanced Azure Services
o Development of the Roadmap necessary to acquire new customers and gain wallet of existing customer
o Ability to lead Engineering resources in development, support, automation, and technical enablement
o Provide Sales engagement and business development support as a technical SME
o Assist Product manager with building business cases and charters for new offerings
o Provide market and competitive analysis of the market place relative to our offerings strategy
o Evaluate partner product and services relative to our current offerings and market capabilities
• ACCOUNTABILITY - Technical Architects are ultimately accountable for:
o Billing work on projects, individually and through our Engineers
o Working with product management to manage profitable hybrid DC solution offerings.
o Developing and implementing intellectual property, for the benefit of other Engineers
o Significant involvement in and leadership of managed/hosted/shared network designs and plans
Bachelor degree in business, computer science, a related technical degree or equivalent
Seven to ten years of large - scale, enterprise - class planning, design, implementation and support experience
At least five years of experience in developing complex Cloud Solutions on Azure
Professional level Certifications in Azure solutions MCSA
Other Required Qualifications
In depth knowledge of hybrid data center managed services, including compute, storage, and network and "IaaS” models.
Skilled at design, architecture, and technical leadership for cloud migrations
Deep Understanding of hypercloud providers including Azure and AWS is required
Effective verbal and written communication skills
Collaboration skills are particularly important for this role.
Professional level Certification in Azure solutions MCSE
Project oversight responsibilities, management and technical leadership
Familiarity with ScienceLogic monitoring tools
Familiarity with ServiceNow ITSM system
Familiarity with Public Cloud management tools (i.e. CloudHealth/CLOUDYN)
Other Required for Managed Service Customer Care
Ability to interact with inside and outside IT services infrastructure.
General knowledge of applications management processes and methodologies.
Self-starter with excellent organizational, administrative and interpersonal skills.
Ability to follow through with tasks, projects, troubleshooting with minimal supervision.
Outstanding oral, written, technical and business communication skills.
Ability to multi-task and work in fast paced environment.
**If this is not a fit for you or you are not interested, Ascent Services Group offers an excellent Referral Bonus! We look forward to hearing from you!
About Ascent: The Ascent Services Group (ASG) is a nationally recognized technology staffing and consulting firm whose fundamental business is providing staffing services to Small, Medium, and Large Enterprise clients in our core market verticals: Financial Services, Healthcare, Technology and Life Sciences. As consultants for ASG, you will have access to many of the top clients within the industries we serve. Our goal is to deliver innovative talent through proven best practices and effective resource optimization. Become one of ASG’s candidates and experience the difference!
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