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Senior Cloud Solutions Architect

Posted: 2 Sep 2020 Closes: 1 Nov 2020
Berkshire-Maidenhead, UK Competitive
Permanent & Full-time -1831916339

About Costain and your project.

Costain helps to improve people's lives by deploying technology-based engineering solutions to meet urgent national needs across the UK's energy, water and transportation infrastructures.

Working with Costain's Business Systems Group, you'll be at the leading edge of our cloud platform - architecting, buildingand improving our infrastructure and ensuring our service is always available, fast and secure.

Most importantly, your work will improve the IT experience for our internal users, clients and supporting projects, such as HS2 and Crossrail,embracing the latest cloud technologies from within our Azure platform and cloud-first partners.
What will I be doing?

The Infrastructure Solutions Architect role is wide and varied butthe main responsibilities include working collaboratively with business owners, clients, projects as well as Costain staff, utilising the latest Agile techniques and methodologies to aid the delivery of our project's infrastructure and platform solutions.

You will be working with leading edgecloud basedtools and technologies to design and build high quality, cloud Infrastructure and platforms to our client's and Costain's requirements, delivering solutions built within Azure (and on premise where required).

As well as creating new solutions, you will also be helping to support, monitor, migrate and improve our current infrastructure and the live running of our platforms and applications, creating automation solutionsand migrating to the cloud wherever we can.

Costain makes use of a very wide set of technologies that primarily centre around Microsoft, however where we feel that another technology (preferably a cloud first one) is more appropriate, then we will use that one instead.Major infrastructure vendors that we use are:• Mimecast• CloudFlare• SentinelOne• Zscaler• Digicert• PaloAlto
About you

Out-of-the-box thinking and the ability to elegantly combine and integrate technologies is a key \"must have\" for any potential candidate.

  • To stay up-to-date with current Microsoft (and wider) Infrastructure technologies and roadmaps
  • Create proof-of-concept environments that adhere to Costain's defined solution goals
  • Participate in infrastructure technology selection
  • Design of new and optimal infrastructure solutions, to meet business requirements, ensuring alignment to the architectural road map and IT strategy.
  • Produce high quality High- and Low-Level Design documentation describing technical systems solutions, providing overall design direction and recommendations for resolution of complex technical issues.
  • Support the Principal Infrastructure Architect in the development of infrastructure road maps from current to future state.
  • Provide effective support and expertise to the Principal Infrastructure Architect to ensure IT infrastructure design and best practises are adhered to by both DevOps and SecOps teams
  • Adhering to IT governance, controls, methodologies and compliance standards and expectations.
  • Providing support and guidance to the infrastructure function to ensure architectural processes and practises are up to date and aligned with recommended industry best practises.

  • At least 10 years experience working in multiple IT Infrastructure areas
  • In-depth technical knowledge across the Microsoft technology stack, in particular:
    • Microsoft Azure
    • Microsoft Office 365
    • Microsoft Security Stack
  • Would be advantageous to have working knowledge of other 'cloud-first' infrastructure technologies, such as Zscaler, CloudFlare, Mimecast.
  • Experience designing, documenting, integrating and managing complex infrastructure solutions
Experience in working alongside new business and account management teams to meet with clients and prospective clients, to scope and design IT solutions to meet their business objectives
  • Solid design capability and experience across multiple infrastructure domains such as:
    • Networks
    • Compute
    • Storage
    • Database
    • Backups
    • Virtualization
    • Cloud
    • Data Center
    • Collaboration and End User Technologies.

Personal Attributes
  • Proven ability to effectively communicate with both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Proven ability to influence and negotiate
  • Leadership, stakeholder management skills
  • Ability to work on complex projects with multiple teams and tight timelines
  • Proven ability to deliver results on time and to budget
  • Experience in effectively managing dynamic priorities
  • Self-Driven, Energetic and proactive personality
  • Proven ability to cultivate excellent work relationships
Final Statement

We listened to our employees so our Core Benefits are funded by us and include a Group Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Life Assurance, Income Protection and funded membership to a Professional Institute. In addition to this we also offer a Private Healthcare Scheme, Private Dental Scheme, Cycle to Work, Volunteering Days and Save as You Earn Scheme.

At Costain we aim to be an accessible, diverse and inclusive organisation to continue to meet our customers' needs. We will be industry leading in our approach and people from all backgrounds will be proud to work for Costain. Our goal is to have a workforce that is representative of society.

We actively encourage applications from candidates who have a relationship with the armed forces community whether as a currently serving member or reservist, ex-military or wounded personnel or as a member of a service family.

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