Enterprise Cloud Architect

Grant Thornton 11/18/2019 7:56:20 AM
JOB ID: 045400 Specialty:
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois




Grant Thornton is collaborative, entrepreneurial and on the move. As part of a dynamic global organization of 42,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, we have the agility and focus it takes to be a leader.

Enterprise Architect – Cloud Apps


The Enterprise Cloud Architect will play a strategic role in shaping the company’s cloud architecture and cloud apps portfolio in order to meet business strategy and goals.

The Enterprise Cloud Architect will collaborate with application portfolio leads/analyst and business stakeholders to help determine solutions based on business requirements and consult on their implementation.

This position is a member of Enterprise Architecture team within the Technology and Transformation organization.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Develop, maintain and evangelize cloud architecture strategy to include reference architecture and standards and assist business with best practices for cloud computing
Create, maintain, and govern technical architecture depicting the Business and IT landscape in its current, transitional, and future state.
Provide technical consultation for technology and data solutions based on business needs; oversee architectural aspects of business solution development/deployment.
Works with business leaders, external vendors, consulting partners, etc. to research emerging technologies and industry trends to define strategy for their applicability in alignment with strategic business direction.
Interact and communicate effectively with Security, Operations, Information Governance, RRLA, Finance, P&C and technology senior and middle management executives as well as end user and business subject matter experts
Develop and present documents, diagrams, presentations, and visualizations that clearly convey the Team’s position on technologies, architectures, strategies, and approaches in a strategic and consultative technical role


Qualifications & Requirements

Bachelor of Science (BS) in computer science or information systems (or equivalent work experience).
7+ years of overall experience in business IT technology
Demonstrated ability to acquire new skills and apply knowledge across technical disciplines
Significant experience working with application teams, vendors or service providers
Significant experience with SDLC methodologies (Agile, SCRUM, SAFe), and design/architecture aspects of project delivery
Strong knowledge, experience and hands on capabilities with Microsoft Azure.
Strong knowledge, experience and hands on capabilities with container engines such as Azure Kubernetes, Azure App Service Containers, Docker, AWS Elastic Container Service, etc.)
Experience with one or more of the following programming languages: C#, Node.js, JSON, C++, Java, PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby on Rails, Pig/Hive
Experience with scalable architectures using Azure App Service, API management, serverless technologies (Azure Functions), container orchestration (e.g. Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry etc.), API management, microservice frameworks etc.
Experience with software development practices including DevOps and Continuous Integration (CI)/Continuous Deployment (CD) tool chains (e.g. Azure for DevOps, Jenkins, Spinnaker, Chef, Puppet)
Effective communication skills (written and verbal) to properly articulate cloud concepts and technologies to management and other IT development partners and a desire to share knowledge with the team.
Ability to maintain strategic perspective, understanding the big picture and maintaining patience and persistence to achieve long-term goals and objectives.
Strong organizational and presentation skills; must show experience with documenting and presenting technology strategy and experience in a strategic and consultative technical role

Desirable Characteristics

Thirst for knowledge and a passion for technology
Experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform
Experience working within an IT organization supported by a managed IT services provider
Experience with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) cloud services
Experience with data engineering: data warehouse modernization (including technical architectures, star/snowflake schema designs, infrastructure components, ETL/ELT pipelines and reporting/analytic tools), OLTP/OLAP data migrations
Experience in the design and implementation of data architecture solutions on Business Intelligence projects; Familiarity with BI tools such as Tableau and Microsoft Power BI (experience with Microsoft Power BI a plus)
Experience with data integration tools such as SSIS and hand-coded SQL
Experience with professional services firms.

Reporting Relationship

This position reports to the Enterprise Architecture – Cloud lead.


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Founded in Chicago in 1924, Grant Thornton LLP (Grant Thornton) is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd., one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms. Grant Thornton has revenues in excess of $1.3 billion and operates 58 offices across the U.S., with more than 565 partners and 8,000+ employees.

Grant Thornton works with a broad range of publicly- and privately-held companies, government agencies, financial institutions, and civic and religious organizations. Core industries served include consumer and industrial products, financial services, not-for-profit, private equity, and technology. Grant Thornton focuses on serving dynamic organizations that pursue growth holistically — whether through revenue improvement, leadership, mission fulfillment or innovation.

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Requisition ID: 045400

Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois