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Lead Infrastructure Architect

Greater London Permanent £80000 - £800000 per annum

Job Title: Infrastructure Lead Architect

Job Description and Summary:
The Infrastructure Lead Architect unites IT Infrastructure Technology and project management. As a Lead Architect, you need to be well versed with the latest and upcoming technologies in the IT infrastructure services area. The Architect will:
* Lead the large-scale Transformation programs both from the IT architecture and solution design execution activities
* Act as design authority and provide a single point of technical solution ownership for all the transformation projects in scope
* Work closely with the Transformation Directors, Solution Architects, Technical Architects, project managers and client side. Along with the application development team, infrastructure support, suppliers and other domains as required
* Establish relationships with the client architect community and other client senior stakeholders within the client organisation and become a trusted advisor on architectural matters.

The Lead Architect will have a line reporting to Head of IT Architecture and functional reporting to the respective client engagement stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities
* Lead the Design Team in developing and implementing the solutions required to meet contracted services
* Implement and run internal architectural governance to ensure the solution integrity of the services during the transformation programs
* Define Solution blueprints, lead the development of high-level design (HLD) and low-level design (LLD) documents by working jointly with Technical architects and Subject matter experts.
* Review and approve Solution Architecture Solution Design for complete infrastructure solutions that meet customer and application requirements (including HLD & LLD)
* The solution will be based on next-generation IT solutions spanning one or more of the following areas: Digital Workplace, Software Defined Datacentre, Converged Networks, CyberSecurity, Unified Communications, Future Mode Operations including Tooling and Infrastructure Services
* Ensure that infrastructure solutions make the most efficient use of resources, technical and people, to provide the best value to both the client
* Provide comprehensive technical and procedural advice and guidance to team members, other domains and customers as required
* Attendance at the design and other client forums representing
* Help foster an environment that welcomes new ideas and supports the development of these ideas into fully fledged solution design
* Adhere to client technology governance and project framework
* Be seen as an agent of change within the transformation program organisation. Engage with support teams to create energy for change.
* Help achieve best practice for client infrastructure to ensure infrastructure, support deliverables and components are consistent with agreed designs and address applicable risk and security considerations.
* Provide business context and contract requirement support to colleagues. * Provide training and coaching of individuals, where necessary in developing solutions and services

Job Requirement (Work Experience – Minimum 12+ years)
* Ability to identify, analyse and solve problems logically and effectively, including root-cause analysis and actions to solve the problem
* Ability to communicate effectively at all levels, including oral, written, presentation and the ability to successfully influence others;
o Excellent verbal communication including clarifying scope, o requirements and deliverables
o Excellent written communication skills including evidence of concise
o Infrastructure design documentation
o Good stakeholder management skills. Able to effectively listen, communicate, challenge and influence team members peer group, suppliers and management
o Proven skills in dealing with suppliers (internal and external)
* Ability to prioritise and manage your workload effectively and that of a medium sized team
* Enthusiastic, energetic and self-motivated with excellent time management skills
* Evidence of tenacity and ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
* Good high-level knowledge of IT infrastructures and architectures
* Knowledge of industry standards and current technology trends.
* Ability to investigate and learn (to support the design and implementation of new technical solutions)
* Understand accountabilities across large projects/programmes and tasks
* Proven skills in recognising dependencies and project planning activities
* Must gain knowledge of the Client Sector and any regulatory processes affecting preferred Must show a willingness to learn if not motivation and ability to gain an understanding of client business units, systems and all processes
* Experience in leading design and implementation of significant infrastructure transformation projects involving multiple technical disciplines across various geographies
* Good interpersonal skills and the ability to relate well to colleagues and customers
* A positive approach to customer care
* Ability to deal with ambiguity and uncertainty.

Primary Technical Expertise
* Datacentre compute technologies – HP, VCE, Dell, Cisco and IBM Servers, with x86 experience. Non x86 would be added advantage
* Server virtualisation – one or more virtualisation products using Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESX, RHVL
* Operating System – Windows 2008/2012/2016, Win 7/10, Redhat 6/7/x and Ubuntu/CentOS
* Hybrid Cloud management platform – using VMware vRealise Suite or Azure pack, System Centre Suite – SCVMM/SCOM/SCCM/SCO integration with SNOW ITSM, CMDB and Active Directory
* Cloud application assessment and migration to public cloud using various tools
* Storage & Backup – EMC, Symantec, Hitachi, HP, IBM, NetApp
* Database – Oracle, Microsoft SQL, MySQL and NoSQL
* Network and Security – L3 and L2 networking, WAN/LAN/WLAN, NAC/.1x, Load-balancer, Firewall / IDS/IDP, Forward and Reverse Proxy, 2FA, S2S VPN
* Core Infrastructure services – Active Directory, DNS/DHCP, RAS, File and Print services
* Terminal Services – MS RDS Gateway, RDP, Citrix XenDesktop/VDI
* High availability cluster features in Wintel, storage and databases within datacentre and datacentres distributed geographically
* Experience in design and implementation of near zero RPO/RTO DR/BCP solutions

The Infrastructure Lead Architect will be responsible for the following deliverables in addition to the Transformation execution activity
Transformation Phase
1. Develop architecture blueprint describing the High-level overview of the solution architecture and services being delivered by to the client through Transformation scope
2. Plan, organise and lead the architecture and design workshops between client and internal architect community to achieve the desired project outcomes
3. Create High-level design document and implementation roadmaps
4. Migration and implementation approach for the contracted transformation scope
5. Identify technical risks and develop mitigation plans
6. Create and maintain the Architecture Decision log and Artefact approvals, as it relates to the solutions and services
7. Review and approve Low-level design documents and run books
8. Represent various design teams and facilitate the necessary artefact approvals from customer’s Architecture Review Board

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Job Information

Job Reference: JO-1810-141822
Salary: £80000 - £800000 per annum
Salary per: annum
Job Duration:
Job Start Date: ASAP
Job Locations: Greater London
Job Types: Permanent

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