*Preferred position location: Federal Way, WA. Other locations to be determined by home state of selected candidate within the United States of America or other countries where WVI is registered to operate.
*Please submit your CV in English.
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
The Cloud Architect role is responsible for the design and development of the organization’s cloud architecture. This position will be part of the Architecture Working Group to develop and maintain the cloud strategy to support the digital transformation of the business. The architect will take requirements and design solutions to be implemented in production.
Lead Architects facilitate the development of the right future-state architecture and ensures its effective adoption. They provide overall direction, guidance and definition of architecture programs that effectively supports business strategies. Lead Architects advocate and support the enterprise’s IT strategies, identify and analyze enterprise business drivers, analyze the current IT environment to detect critical deficiencies, recommend solutions for improvement and develop strategies aligning IT to the business. They must have significant business knowledge and have one or more areas of technical expertise in which they concentrate. These technical areas may include network, security,
applications and systems software, data and Internet.
Individuals in this role lead, consult or oversee multiple architectural engagements. They work on highly complex projects that require in-depth knowledge within a domain: technical, solutions, business or information. They are viewed as an expert and provide knowledge/ counsel to others. They also lead a domain specific architecture board Individuals in the Architect job family interface across all business areas, acting as visionaries to proactively assist in defining the direction for future projects. They conceive strategies, solutions, build consensus, and sell/execute solutions. They are involved in all aspects of the project life cycle, from the initial kickoff through the requirements analysis, design and implementation. Additional responsibilities may include the establishment of the overall architectural viewpoints and the establishment and oversight of organization standards and policies. Architects identify major system interfaces, build e-business capabilities, and identify existing architecture weaknesses and opportunities for systems.
Business and IT Strategy:
Implements the tactical components of the IT strategy at an Enterprise level.
Works with business partners to understand business needs.
Manages the development and implementation of IT initiatives to support business strategy.
Embraces and executes change through frequent, communication to staff and clients about the change and the impact of the change (individual and business).
Consistently advocates for the change.
Coaches staff through the change.
Identifies and removes obstacles to change.
Provides input into demand management process and executes on plan.
Provides input to technology planning within a functional area.
Implements solutions consistent within current context of overall architecture.
Implements defined process improvements.
Participates in the development of IT budgets.
Tracks and takes appropriate steps to stay within budget.
Provides high-quality services at optimal cost to customers.
Measures service performance and implements improvements.
IT Technology Development:
Develops and implements technologies to improve the performance of a business efficiency and effectiveness.
Service Level Agreements (SLAs):
Participates and provides input to the SLA development process.
Ensures internal SLAs are met.
Provides advice and counsel to the vendor relationship decision-making and contract development processes.
Reviews service provider performance.
Identifies and confirms performance problems and notifies contract managers.
Meets regularly with team to gather work statuses.
Discusses work progress and obstacles.
Provides advice, guidance, encouragement and constructive feedback.
Ensures work, information, ideas, and technology flow freely across teams.
Establishes measurable individual and team objectives that are aligned with business and organizational goals.
Documents and presents performance assessments.
Recognizes and rewards associates commensurate with performance.
Implements organizational practices for staffing, EEO, diversity, performance management, development, reward and recognition, and retention.
Identifies the roles, skills and knowledge required to achieve goals.
Ensures staff has the resources and skills needed to support all work initiatives within the assigned function or Center of Competency (COC).
Participates in IT workforce deployment activities.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or other related field. Or equivalent work experience.
Requires experience in supervising and building relationships with people at a variety of levels.
Strong leadership and interpersonal skills.
Typically have 10 or more years of experience in multiple IT areas with 5 - 7 years of relevant architecture (information, solutions, technology).
Technical experience with digital identity, global directory.
Technical experience working with AWS designing and building systems (having expertise with Microsoft Azure is a bonus).
Expertise in designing best practices and core principles in security and/or technical architecture.
Effective in written and verbal communication in English.
Strong technical background with experience in designing architecture / solutions.
AWS certifications (Azure certifications in addition is a bonus).
Strong analytical and problem solving skills to help guide the team in complex situations.
Requires advanced or expert level knowledge and understanding of architecture, systems engineering and integration.
Requires exposure to multiple, diverse technologies and processing environments.
Strong team oriented focus for building highly effective teams.
The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally. Likely only once a year at most.