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Senior Infrastructure Architect – East Coast, USA (IAD)

AIRLINE: Develop infrastructure architectures, technical solutions, and operational requirements for large scale enterprise grade IT systems/solutions. Reporting to the Director of IT Operations, the Infrastructure Architect is responsible for ensuring that the organization’s tactical and strategic technology decisions are made in alignment with the company’s infrastructure standards, IT Operations support processes and capabilities, as well as the enterprise tactical and strategic business objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for analyzing and translating business, information and technical requirements into an infrastructure architectural blueprint that outlines solutions to achieve project objectives

  • Provide guidance to development and operations teams for operationalizing new products and services and ensuring reliability, scalability, and adequate monitoring are appropriately designed into all solutions

  • Ensure implementations are consistent with design intent

  • Responsible for ensuring that the company’s IT decisions are made in alignment with the company’s tactical and strategic goals and direction

  • Collaborate with the business and development teams to understand and communicate IT requirements generated by business strategies and operations

  • Provide guidance to the company to proactively position its IT resources to meet business strategy and objectives

  • Analyze current and new architectures to identify potential weaknesses and develop opportunities for improvement such as reducing risk, improving business processes, expanding capacity, reducing time and cost, and increasing effectiveness

  • Keep abreast of technology advances (technical scouting) and concerns across all enterprise domains and make recommendations on improvements to the organization’s technical capabilities and technical debt

  • Research, test and recommend tools and practices for potential implementation

  • Assist the IT Operations line managers with the development of management service levels, capacity plans, business continuity, disaster recovery, and continual service design for cost-effective service availability

  • Analyze enterprise business strategies to determine corresponding changes in infrastructure architectures to meet the on-going service demands of the business.

Job Requirements - General:

  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others and be respected as a leader

  • Track record for remaining unbiased toward any specific technology or vendor, and for being more interested in results than personal preferences

  • Track record of thinking beyond technology concerns, and integrating the technical with the business and information aspects for complete solutions

  • Capability for being thoughtful, extroverted and collaborative

  • Self-Motivational that is focused on long-term results

  • Developing and maintaining infrastructure standards and tools

  • Producing and maintaining Technical Architecture Design Documents for infrastructure implementations

  • Ensuring governance compliance for infrastructure architecture by reviewing the individual projects

  • Strategic direction / roadmap of technologies related to infrastructure

  • Evaluating new technologies for innovation and improvement of infrastructure (efficiency, cost effectiveness or adding capabilities)

  • Collaborating with different teams (Operations, Development, QM, CM, Architecture, R&D, Business, etc.) in project delivery to ensure the practicality of architecture implementation

  • Translating application architecture requirements and designs into complimentary infrastructure architecture designs and change requirements

  • A strong desire to establish standards of best practice

  • Development and implementation of reference architectures

  • Strong working knowledge of architecture development methodologies and modeling

  • Experience with process improvement and operational efficiency projects - both leading and supporting

  • Coordination and facilitation of inter-departmental committees, stakeholders and/or teams.

Technical Requirements:

  • 10+ years of designing, architecting, and engineering of large-scale enterprise infrastructure systems

  • Experience in developing Enterprise Class Data Center Architectures

  • Experience and knowledge of networking technologies such as WAN, LAN, Routing, Switching, Load Balancing, Mobile and Wireless technologies

  • Extensive experience with high availability, disaster recovery, and data replication architectures, ideally both cloud-based and internally-hosted

  • Experience and knowledge of SAN fabric architectures, management/replication software and implementation of enterprise storage products

  • Experience and knowledge of Server, Messaging, Virtualization, Operating Systems (Windows, Linux/Unix) and related technologies

  • Experience in developing highly available, fault-tolerance virtualization solutions

  • Experience in designing a virtualized, multi-site, multi-tenant network, driving resiliency and versatility at switch and load-balancing layers

  • At least 5 years hands-on experience in server and storage system with practical experience designing and building enterprise scalable systems

  • Experience in designing multi-tier enterprise storage fabrics and driving higher levels of storage utilization while safeguarding performance for tenant applications

  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written, sufficient to communicate effectively with various levels of management as well as technical and non-technical personnel

  • Broad knowledge of information security solutions with experience in the following areas: Firewalls, IDS/IPS, VPN, Authentication technologies, Web Filtering, Privileged Access Management, Single Sign-on, SAML Federation, Security Alert Management Systems (SIEM), ISO 27001, PCI, etc

  • The role will require the architect to be focused, goal driven, and possess an obsessive attention to detail

  • Architect must be a team player who can motivate as well as provide coaching as needed

  • Must be able to work under pressure, along with demonstrating solid time management skills and demonstrate a winning attitude.

Education/Experience: Bachelor's degree in computer science, system analysis or a related study, or equivalent experience. Minimum of ten years of hands-on design and implementation experience in IT, with hands on knowledge of the following technical disciplines:

  • Enterprise Distributed Servers (Linux, VMWare, Windows)

  • Enterprise SAN and NAS Storage

  • Network and Data Center Design

  • Capacity Planning and Performance Best Practices

  • IT Operations Management

  • Management & Monitoring Systems

  • ITSM.

Duration: 12 months + or full time.

Rate: Please quote your best hour/day rate or expected salary.

Client will consider freelance or full-time employees for this role.

Email: Emma@which-consulting.com

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/EmmaCrawford

Ref: A1-A-IA

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