AWS Cloud Solution Architect

TEKsystems, Inc
September 25, 2020
Seattle, WA
Job Type


TEKsystems Global Services is part of TEKsystems, the leading IT services and staffing company in North America. TEKsystems Global Services provides a continuum of services ranging from engagement management to full outsourcing for applications, infrastructure and learning solutions. As a services provider, we leverage our talent management strengths to extend the business value of our client partnerships and deliver measurable business and IT outcomes.
TEKsystems Global Services is a fast-paced, growing organization with a dynamic and diverse work environment. Our strong culture is embodied by our core values- relationships, commitment, serving others and open communication. Our values guide our hiring decisions and shape how we make a meaningful impact in the IT market.

The Solution Architect (SA) is a Quality Assurance and Software Testing professional fulfilling a practice service leadership, design, and implementation function. This role will be responsible for solution development for Continuous Testing Practice engagements in collaboration with TEKsystems sales partners.

Delivery Focus:
The AWS Solution Architect (SA) is technical Cloud professional fulfilling a practice service leadership, design, and implementation function. This role will be responsible for solution development in collaboration with TEKsystems sales partners, around our client's end to end cloud implementation journey spanning the areas of cloud strategy, cloud infrastructure and enablement, migration and Cloud native development and Cloud Managed Services.

Delivery Focus:
The SA will be the primary driver for identifying, scoping, and creating practice solutions. The solutions include, but not limited to, following and promoting a consistent and comprehensive approach of delivering solutions through People, Process and Technology practice standards. The SA will also be responsible for establishing and maintaining internal (TEK) and client stakeholder communications, relationship management and expectations management as part of solution development and presentation.

Practice Focus:
The SA will actively contribute and undertake initiatives for Cloud Enablement Practice IP development. The SA will bring thought leadership, current industry know-how and applied solutions to improve existing service capabilities, engagement and delivery challenges and any research and development activities that will focus on continuous maturity of the Cloud Practice toward operational optimization as well as align with contemporary trends.


* Provide Pre-Sales support through activities and discussions based on solutions within our Service Catalog to meet the needs of customer with any delivery-capable customizations as appropriate. This would encompass cloud enablement practice solutions or an integrated multi-practice solution when necessary.

o Architect and deliver high quality solutions through effective design, development, deliverables and implementation

o Provide Proof of Concept, Capabilities Demos, White-Board Workshops, Strategy Sessions (Enterprise and Department Goals, etc.)

* Ensure successful transition of Sales to Delivery initiation based on engagement directives from Statement of Work

* Manage solution roadmap, planning, estimation and initial delivery efforts through assessment
and recommendations for successful delivery

* Provide collaboration and engagement to delivery and sales Partners on a client engagement with an operating rhythm toward successful delivery to achieve high customer satisfaction

* Develop trusted advisor relationship with recurring touchpoints with key client stakeholders facilitating open and collaborative consulting support toward business and reputational growth.

* Provide thought leadership and critical problem solving as well as tactical and strategic planning to the project/engagement leadership

* Alignment with delivery partners, compliance to client's requirements (industry and IT process) and TEK service methodology as part of solution development

* Provide hiring support, onboarding, mentoring/coaching and performance management for appropriate team resources

* Provide practice status reporting covering various items including Delivery and Practice activities

* Contribute to sales collateral such as case study support, account profiling, client presentations design etc.

Key Skills and Experience

 Cloud Enablement and Architecture
o Experience architecting application designs using AWS Services or other leading cloud providers
o Building, migrating and testing solution within cloud environments
o Designing end to end application and data security
o Integration with on-premise applications, cloud providers or other platforms
o Implementing cost optimized solutions (based on usage, business requirements and budget)
o Deep expertise in various architecture design patterns
o Strong application architecture skills with focus on performance coupled with cloud native technologies.
o Architectural knowledge of data center infrastructure including networking, servers, storage infrastructure and virtualization.
o Understanding of software quality assurance, CI/CD principles
o Exposure to Azure, or Google public cloud experience in a production environment (e.g. network, security, deployment, automation, serverless technologies)
o Experience collaborating across multiple functional/technical teams/ Resource mentoring and coaching
o Experience in migrating applications by refactoring code from legacy environment, including practical experience design of micro services
o Experience defining scope and sizing of work; anchor Proof of Concept developments and support opportunity identification and pursuit processes.

 Consulting and Process Improvement Experience
o Improve the frameworks, techniques, and tooling to provide increased quality and agility Measurable innovation and process improvement experience (Quality, Cost and Risk)
o Proven track record of advisory consulting services

 DevOps Practice and Thought Leadership
o Business Case development
o RFx development
o White Paper development
o Presentations and Visual Design
o Intellectual Property Development (Methodology, Job Aids, etc.)
o Service Creation and/or Service Maintenance
o Resource mentoring and training

 Infrastructure, Methodologies and Implementation Experience/Knowledge
o Cloud - AWS
o Azure/GCP

* Methodologies
o Agile/Scrum, SAFe
o Waterfall
o Hybrid
o Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery

* Implementation Model
o Transformation and Adoption Model
o Value Stream Delivery

 Business Verticals
o Healthcare
o ERP (SCM, HRM, FDM, etc)
o E-Commerce
o Finance
o Insurance
o Telecommunications/Media

 Tool and Technologies
o Expertise in AWS cloud, including professional experience architecting and operating solutions built on AWS
o Depth of experience in AWS services stack including but not limited to EC2, RDS ELB/ALB/NLB, CloudWatch
o Experience with modern software engineering practices using CI/CD and associated toolsets such as git, AWS Code Commit, Jenkins, Bamboo, AWS Code Deploy, AWS Code Pipeline, etc.
o Experience with event driven and real-time architectures, patterns, messaging and streaming technologies such as using Apache Kafka, AWS Kinesis, Amazon SQS/SNS, Amazon MQ, AWS Managed Services for Kafka etc.
o Understanding of cloud native/12-factor application architecture and microservices
o Experience assessing, planning, designing, and migrating/transforming legacy applications to AWS Cloud
o Experience with hybrid Cloud environments
o Experience working with the following Agile tools: IBM Rational (RM, CM, QM), CA Rally, JIRA or TFS, ALM, or VersionOne

 Leadership
o Adaptability -Dynamic, Fast-paced and complex environment
o Lead/Participate in stakeholder Steering Committee
o Strong technologist, with both software engineering and technical operations backgrounds
o Train, guide and mentor resources
o Delivery and industry compliance (TEK, Client)
o Stakeholder alignment - delivery partners, client stakeholders
o Critical reasoning and effective problem solving
o Risk and Issues Management
o Team Player and breaking silos
o Escalation management (gap analysis, action plan development, recovery, stabilization, process improvement)

 Resource Development
o Calibration, competency assessment and improvement
o Performance Management
o Conflict Resolution

 Communication Skills
o Strong customer facing, customer engagement and expectation management skills
o Comfortable with ambiguity and facilitating discussions to explore best possible solutions
o Ability to lead with imagination, courage, and curiosity
o Strong presentation and group discussion leading skills
o Driving accountability and collaboration with delivery partners (Sales, Delivery, Practices, Operations, etc.)
o Ability to communicate and/or present ideas and solutions with absolute clarity, visualization and substance

 Self-Managed
o Pro-active
o Problem Solver
o Change Agent

Qualification & Education
 Bachelor's degree /4-year college degree in Computer Science, or equivalent work experience
 At least 3+ years of experience in leading large-scale AWS cloud operations or equivalent role
 Strong practical design and development of solutions, technical design and implementation of the architecture
 Ability to travel to client locations to deliver professional services, as needed Ideally 5+ years of architect level experience

 Preferred Experience & Certifications
o Solution Architect level certification in AWS
 Experience as:
o Enterprise Architects/ Principal Architect
o Solution Architect and Solution development 5+ years

About TEKsystems:

We're partners in transformation. We help clients activate ideas and solutions to take advantage of a new world of opportunity. We are a team of 80,000 strong, working with over 6,000 clients, including 80% of the Fortune 500, across North America, Europe and Asia. As an industry leader in Full-Stack Technology Services, Talent Services, and real-world application, we work with progressive leaders to drive change. That's the power of true partnership. TEKsystems is an Allegis Group company.

The company is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all applications without regards to race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any characteristic protected by law.

If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation, such as the modification or adjustment of the job application process or interviewing process due to a disability, please call 888 472-3411 or email accommodation@teksystems .com for other accommodation options.

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