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Senior Cloud Architect

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Main Responsibilities

Cloud Governance and Engineering

  • Development of organisational policies, standards, guidelines, and methods for cloud-based service design
  • Development of cloud-based service solutions requiring introduction of modern technologies or new uses for existing technologies.
  • Evaluation of the suitability of cloud computing-based solutions for IT services considering policies, standards, cost-effectiveness, performance, and corporate strategy.

Solution Design

  • defining the planned operation and maintenance of the solution within a production environment - include changes to services, process, organisation, and operating models as well as technology
  • ensuring that existing and planned solution components are compatible with relevant architectures, strategies, policies, standards, and practices
  • considering requirements for security, privacy and testing of solutions taking account of relevant architectures, strategies, policies, standards, and practices
  • identifying appropriate cloud services
  • developing roadmaps to migrate components to cloud services
  • developing and communicating an implementation roadmap
  • providing guidance and risk-based governance to support solution implementation including managing requests for changes and deviations from specifications.


  • Leads and embeds a culture with high levels of psychological safety, openness, and emotional inclusivity, where people speak without fear or embarrassment about their own wellbeing or the wellbeing of a colleague.
  • Challenges behaviour that is inconsistent with our values or desirable workplace behaviours and practice.
  • Remains calm in the face of pressure and shows respect for the wellbeing of others.
  • Contributes to the creation of a culture of open and honest communication.
  • Acts as a role model regarding continuous and timely feedback to teams on a regular basis.
  • Reflects on lessons learnt and implements process improvements.
  • Delivers effective communication in times of ambiguity and change.
  • Actively monitors the wellbeing of team members and raises any concerns in an appropriate manner.
  • Leads in effective personal and team time management to deliver outcomes and enables others to do the same.
  • Provides opportunity for team collaboration and delegates effectively.
  • Encourages a flexible approach on hours of work where required and enable and empowers team members to do the same.
  • Acts as a role model to promote and encourage new ways of working and challenges the status quo.
  • Thinks strategically about applying innovative ideas and understands the associated business impact.
  • Thinks differently about the best ways of achieving goals and understands the strengths and development of the team.

Client & Stakeholder Experience

  • Leads and empowers team members to develop knowledge and understanding to deliver exceptional service.
  • Proactively builds effective working relationships across business services, the firm and external clients.
  • Applies strong knowledge and insight as a trusted advisor.
  • Drives and builds strong and collaborative relationships and empowers teams to do the same.

Enables effective networking across teams and projects to help deliver extraordinary outcomes.


Essential Skills And Experience

  • Extensive in a technical leadership role working with Azure cloud platforms including an ability to demonstrate
  • Planning strategically for current and future business environments and technology needs
  • Expert knowledge of cloud methodologies (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) and concepts such as; automation, orchestration, API management, Infrastructure as Code, DevOps
  • Extensive experience working with and in depth knowledge of Azure technologies
  • Develops organisational policies, standards, guidelines, and methods for cloud based service design.
  • Champions the importance and value of cloud-based design principles and the selection of appropriate service design lifecycle models; whether predictive (plan-driven) approaches or more adaptive (iterative/agile) approaches.
  • Drives adoption of and adherence to relevant policies, standards, strategies and architectures.
  • Leads cloud-based service design activities for strategic, large and complex solution development programmes.
  • Develops effective implementation and procurement strategies, consistent with specified requirements, architectures and constraints of performance and feasibility.
  • Develops cloud-based service solutions requiring introduction of new technologies or new uses for existing technologies.
  • Evaluates the suitability of cloud computing based solutions for IT services considering policies, standards, cost-effectiveness, performance and corporate strategy.
  • Microsoft Azure and its relevant build, deployment, automation, networking and security technologies in cloud and hybrid environments.
  • Understanding of Microsoft Identity and Access Management products such including Azure AD and AD B2C
  • Microsoft Azure Operational and Monitoring tools, including Azure Monitor, App Insights and Log Analytics
  • Knowledge of PowerShell, Git, Bicep, ARM templates and deployment automation. Recent hands-on experience with DevOps toolset
  • Experienced in the design and delivery of enterprise level Highly Available solutions.
  • Experience of setting up, deploying, and managing multiple environments to support agile development approaches.
  • Understanding of coding best practices and modern architectural patterns, including micro services and message-driven architectures
  • Design cloud security architectures and perform architecture design reviews
  • Building, Supporting and Maintaining Azure Environments
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills, with the ability to communicate technical concepts simply and clearly to a non-technical audience
  • Able to work in teams remotely in a global context
  • Excellent prioritisation and time management skills, with the ability to work across a number of major projects simultaneously.
  • Achieved or working towards Microsoft Advanced/Expert-level certifications e.g. Solutions Architect Expert, Devops Engineer Expert
  • Strong stakeholder management

Senior Cloud Architect

Belmont Lavan Ltd
Glasgow, UK

Published on 28/01/2024

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