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AWS Solution Architect

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    IT Architecture & Strategy

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  • Job functions:

    AWS Amazon Web Services, Technical Architect

  • Salary:

    £90000 - £100000 per annum

  • Contact:

    Jordan Connery

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  • Published:

    about 2 months ago

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I'm looking for an AWS Solution Architect to come and own the cloud function at a leading educational institution. They're looking for an AWS SME to come and lead from the front.

Salary: Up to £100,000 p/a

Location: Remote

The Role

The role holder will be a senior member of a multi-disciplinary Team consisting of technical specialists and delivery experts. Reporting to the Head of IT Infrastructure, the role holder will be expected to perform as Subject Matter Expert for multiple domains, and have full responsibility for the strategy, design, development, management and delivery of platforms and services including (but not limited to) AWS and Azure cloud environments, VMWare, Windows Servers, Linux Servers, Office365 (SharePoint Online, OneDrive etc.), Active Directory, Azure Directory services and Identity Management. This is a mix of ensuring existing systems are operating securely, managing the application of relevant system updates in line with changes in the current threat landscape, and designing and deploying new services in line with modern industry best practices.

As Solutions Architect, the role holder will work with the other 2 Solutions Architects and in collaboration with Heads of Service from across the IT Services department to define strategy and propose, design, and implement modern and innovative solutions for IT provision.

Key Responsibilities

Strategy, Design and Development:

  • Responsible for the proposal, design, and implementation of new solutions to business led and technology driven IT Such solutions must meet the organisation's Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery needs while keeping us at the forefront of technology.

  • Define the strategy for IT solutions in conjunction with the Heads of Services and other Solutions Architects

Compliance and Improvement:

  • To identify functionality within our cloud services including AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Office 365 and to design, propose and implement these to enhance service.

  • To support the audit of their systems ensuring appropriate licensing, legislation and policies are implemented, complied with, and maintained.

  • To research the latest trends to keep knowledge current and to inform the Heads of Services of suggested changes to policy and practice.

  • Take responsibility of the integration of system design best practice into existing processes and procedures and facilitate updates to these as required.

  • To ensure IT Services and School colleagues manage compliance and that applications and licences are deployed and maintained to expert standards, according to users' requirements and departmental processes across development, pre-production, and production environments.

Communications, Influence & Reporting:

  • Develop and maintain relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, to both share service information, work collaboratively across Schools and Services, and influence decisions regarding their services.

  • Ensure all systems and services are fully documented to appropriate standards to enable effective and efficient support of the environments in all circumstances, including creation of documented processes for frontline staff.

  • Proactively support the resolution of complex incidents and problems escalated by IT teams using Industry standard ITIL processes, including managing escalations to 3rd party suppliers, which may have significant implications for their IT services.

  • May be required to take on one of the ITIL Process Owner or Process Manager roles within the IT Services department.

Process, Procedure, Standards and Best Practice:

  • Keeping up to date with industry developments, and the transfer of the knowledge of these developments to other IT Services staff

  • Ensure the existing Infrastructure, services and solutions across all domains are evaluated, tested, installed, operated, and maintained optimally, to agreed security, availability, performance, and cost pillars.

  • To analyse complex operational processes and services to mitigate risks, taking proactive action to resolve any issues identified, and to contribute to the production of the necessary policy, process, and procedural documentation minimising risk of reoccurrence.

  • Responsible for frequently developing, setting, and implementing the IT policies and standards, including information security processes, best practices and build standards.

  • Actively contribute to discussions with internal and external contacts on application design and development as well as process improvements, assisting the IT team in investigating and evaluating alternative approaches

Technical Design Authority (TDA):

  • Key adviser to the TDA representing all matters relating to infrastructure, cloud environments and solutions design.

  • Responsible for validating externally produced designs for service enhancements, products, and solutions.

  • Ensure all solutions meet the Business Continuity (BC) and Disaster Recovery (DR) needs.

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