FASTTEK GLOBALpowered by Fast Switch - Great Lakes
(734) 744-9373
Lansing, Michigan
Cloud Architect #905882
Job Description:
This role develops computing strategies, which incorporates cloud adoption plans, application design, management, and monitoring. Additional responsibilities include support for application architecture and deployment in cloud environments. ensures security requirements necessary to protect the organization’s business processes are adequately addressed in all aspects including segment and solution architectures, and the resulting systems supporting those missions and business processes. This cloud architect will assist with cloud environments such as the public, private, and hybrid clouds. This professional draws on solid knowledge of the company’s cloud architecture and platform when designing and developing dynamic cloud solutions.
A cloud architect should have solid knowledge about the concepts and moving parts involved in
continuous integration and delivery. They must offer expert guidance to development teams regarding infrastructure and recommend the types of systems that organizations may need for their business goals.
Desired Experience:
  • 3 – 5 years’ experience as a Cloud Infrastructure Architect
  • Certifications (Desired):
  • Google – Professional Cloud Architect
  • AWS – Solution Architect – Professional
  • Azure – MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure
  • Knowledge of EA principles and methodologies
  • Experience with Servers, Infrastructure, Platform Sizing, Infrastructure Cost Reduction
Core Competencies:
  • Assists with cloud environments such as the public, private and hybrid clouds.
  • Solid knowledge of concepts of designing and developing dynamic cloud solutions
  • Solid knowledge of concepts and moving parts involved in continuous integration and delivery
  • Expert guidance to development teams regarding infrastructure
  • Business Continuity
  • Computer Network Defense
  • Enterprise Architecture, including cloud services
  • Information Technology Assessment
  • Risk Management
  • Systems Integration
  • Emerging Technology Awareness
  • Telecommunications
Core Tasks:
  • Identify and prioritize critical business functions in collaboration with organizational
  • Consults with vendor product specialists/sales, independent research organizations, on-site support engineers and fellow architects and administrators on best-fit technologies to ensure compliance to department policies & standards and technology roadmap.
  • Coordinate with Enterprise Architecture team for technology validation or suggestions for alternative solutions. If necessary, initiate Solution Assessments, Infrastructure Service Requests, and any applicable required documentation to implement the new technology.
  • Experience equivalent to site reliability engineering, DevOps, and/or DevSecOps
  • Advocates the use of emerging cyber security best practices, technologies, developing standards and procedures, promoting the usage of automated tools, developing strategies, and aligning practices with enterprise strategic initiatives.
  • Authors requirements, including definition of dependencies on infrastructure consolidation efforts.
  • Authors design related artifacts (Functional Design, System Design, Security Architecture) Lead the development of technical artifacts including Requirements Traceability Matrix (RTM), Detailed Technical Design, Security Architecture Plan, Services Description Document, etc.
  • Produce architectural framework documents (i.e., white papers, guidance documents, best practices, technical reports, etc.).
  • Project contributor representing architecture and participates in project plan development.
  • Provides project estimates based on experience with cloud implementation-based projects and programs.
  • Leverage broad-based understanding of technology areas and end-to-end knowledge of current installations to craft architectural solutions or standards that can be applied across the enterprise.
  • Operate within the context of our – State Unified IT Environment (SUITE) process methodology.
  • Provide strategic and architectural support representing Design Serivces and the our Cloud Strategy as a Subject Matter Expert.
  • Provide support and subject matter expertise with respect to adherence to best practice security framework controls and other industry-based regulatory compliance requirements (e.g., NIST 800-37, 800-53, 800-171, 800-204, 800-207, CIS, PCI, IRS-Pub 1075, CJIS, and related).
  • Provide support and subject matter expertise with respect to adherence to Enterprise
  • Architecture Frameworks (e.g., TOGAF or related).
  • Oversee cloud infrastructure design and develop detailed architecture models for the client to host test, development, and production environments
  • Determine types of systems that organizations may need for their business goals
  • Build and maintain relationships across organizational teams
  • Plan and develop support processes that adhere to best practices (ITIL)
  • Scope technical solutions required to address organizational requirements and needs, and provide solutions that optimize business value
  • Develop and document technical designs for integration and implementation of new cloud applications and systems
  • Communicate complex technical concepts to individuals of various technical ability
  • Design and develop cloud cost management solutions
  • Provide performance analysis & troubleshooting
  • Design and test large-scale workload and data migrations
  • Provide direct support to technical and non-technical entities to define requirements and deliver solutions to meet organizational needs including new environment deployment, upgrades, performance tuning, testing and disaster recovery
  • Provide solutions design and implementation services for backup and recovery, high availability storage architecture, and data replication for disaster recovery
  • Plan for system and application migration(s) to the cloud, adhering to the technical and business requirements.
  • Integrate with non-cloud technologies and third-party vendor products/services
  • Assess emerging technologies, stay abreast of industry trends, and give advice on investments prices versus performance
  • Integrate cloud services with on-premises technologies from Microsoft, Dell, EMC, HP, Nutanix, Cohesity, Pure Storage, VMware, Cisco, and Rubrick
  • Design, manage, architect, and lifecycle the following solutions:
  1. Application Virtualization
  2. Server Virtualization
  3. Networking, Storage and Platform Performance/Sizing
  4. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
  5. Automation
  6. Hybrid Cloud Architecture
  7. Public Cloud
  8. Colocation datacenters
  9. Networking across multi-cloud environments
  10. Security
Additional Info:
At FastTek Global, Our Purpose is Our People and Our Planet. We come to work each day and are reminded we are helping people find their success stories. Also, Doing the right thing is our mantra.  We act responsibly, give back to the communities we serve and have a little fun along the way.
We have been doing this with pride, dedication and plain, old-fashioned hard work for 24 years!
FastTek Global is financially strong, privately held company that is 100% consultant and client focused.
We've differentiated ourselves by being fast, flexible, creative and honest. Throw out everything you've heard, seen, or felt about every other IT Consulting company. We do unique things and we do them for Fortune 10, Fortune 500, and technology start-up companies.
Our benefits are second to none and thanks to our flexible benefit options you can choose the benefits you need or want, options include:
  • Medical and Dental (FastTek pays majority of the medical program)
  • Vision
  • Personal Time Off (PTO) Program
  • Long Term Disability (100% paid)
  • Life Insurance (100% paid)
  • 401(k) with immediate vesting and 3% (of salary) dollar-for-dollar match
Plus, we have a lucrative employee referral program and an employee recognition culture.
FastTek Global was named one of the Top Work Places in Michigan by the Detroit Free Press in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020!
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