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Principal Cloud Architect

  • Location: Durham, 27707
  • Salary: $70 - $80 / hour
  • Job Type:Contract

Posted 12 days ago

Our Healthcare Insurance client is seeking a Principal AWS Cloud Architect to join their team for a contract to hire role!

Our client has over 5,000 employees and is the number 1 health insurer in the state of North Carolina, serving more than 3.89 million customers. Health care is changing, and our client is leading the way by providing innovative solutions that simplify the health care system, improve efficiency and outcomes, and help rein in costs. Our client is a not-for-profit with headquarters in Durham, NC.

Position:  Principal AWS Cloud Architect
Term: 6 Months, Contract to Hire
Location: ** While the position is Remote, work from home, to be eligible to convert to an employee of this company, you must reside in North Carolina or one of the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

Required Skills 

  • Bachelors Degree and 10 years of progressive experience in a combination of development, design in areas of cloud computing. If no degree, 12 years of progressive experience as stated above
  • Must have served for at least 5 years as a thought leader in cloud practice in Cloud Service Providers like AWS (preferred) and/or other cloud providers
  • Must have 5 years of experience in leading migration to the cloud, cloud practice, and cloud native architectures in AWS (preferred) and/or other cloud providers
  • Must have at least 7 years of direct infrastructure, system, application and cloud architecture experience driving comprehensive end-to-end solutions involving AWS (preferred) and/or other cloud providers
  • Must be proficient in designing and maintaining cloud-based infrastructures in AWS or Azure to deliver the required performance, security, and availability requirements
  • At least 5-7 years experience in AWS or Azure Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Must haven solid hands-on experience in technologies like EC2, Lambda, S3, RDS, VPC, IAM, Cloud Watch
  • Must have certifications in popular cloud providers like AWS and/or Azure

Desired Skills 

  • Certifications in popular cloud providers like AWS
  • Experience in multiple architecture disciplines is preferred.
  • Some experience formally leading technical teams is preferred.
  • Prefer candidates with knowledge and understanding of: Regulatory and legislative impact on health plans, specifically security requirements driven by HIPAA; Health insurance and plan administration.
  • Experience in middleware technologies like Kafka, JBOSS and WebSphere
  • Experience and knowledge of cloud native architectures such as Kubernetes, OpenShift, and DevSecOps.
  • Strong leadership and mentoring skills, including team leadership and work organization/coordination.
  • Excellent influencing and consultative skills; and the ability to proactively identify and resolve issues and opportunities.
  • Experience working closely with the business, IT personnel and other architectural areas to provide research and development around application trends, integration patterns, vendor direction and development methodologies.
  • Understand business behavior patterns and patterns of information and technology and how they work together to enable the business to achieve their strategic and tactical goals.
  • Prefer a certification in at least one facet of IT architecture.

Lead the design, maintenance, enhancement, communication, and governance for Cloud architectures. Responsible for developing and reviewing key cloud architecture deliverables, technical roadmaps, preliminary and high-level architecture models for cloud solutions. Develop and review architecture deliverables. Manage adherence to architecture standards. Provide cloud architecture leadership and expose and communicate enterprise opportunities across multiple corporate initiatives. Provide leadership to the broader architecture community and to vendors. Communicate at all levels of the organization and be a trusted advisor for the senior leadership levels of the company.

A Principal Cloud Architect is expected to perform the following duties:

  • Serve as the lead architect on cloud initiatives. This involves planning developing, maintaining, and reviewing cloud architecture throughout the project.
  • Collaborate with project teams (business stakeholders, peer architecture disciplines, development/delivery teams, vendors, test/QA).
  • Lead the cloud migration efforts
  • Develop and maintain Cloud Architecture models, specifications, and other documentation (key written project deliverable) and/or oversee and approve such architecture documentation.
  • Lead Proofs Of Concepts (POCs) leading to deployment of applications and infrastructures in the cloud.
  • Depending on the specific role, design infrastructure solutions involving cloud infrastructure.
  • Ensure solution deliveries are accurately and thoroughly reviewed as per applicable standards.
  • Participate in and/or lead cross-functional IT Architecture groups that review designs from an enterprise perspective.
  • Drive adherence to existing and evolving security requirements to ensure a robust and secure cloud environment.
  • Drive adherence to application and technology standards and patterns, application portfolio strategy, and service level agreements.
  • Partner with other project leaderships to identify and mitigate technical risks, assumptions, issues, and dependencies related to cloud architecture
  • Influence and drive improvements to cloud architecture processes, strategies, and standards.
  • Support pre-project efforts in terms of working with the user, IT delivery, and vendor teams, crafting conceptual solutions, and assisting with delivery time estimates.
  • Provide technical expertise/coaching for others.
  • Monitor architecture related to other areas of IT, business communities, and vendors to ensure the relevance of architecture to meet business needs.
  • Provide cloud architectural leadership that supports insightful decision making, drives efficiencies in the development process, and maximizes the quality of technical deliverables.
  • Create or review IT plans that manage clear and realistic expectations of what technology can offer in terms of products, services, and delivery mechanisms.
  • Establish, maintain, and review enterprise models of the cloud architecture to enable applications development and decision-supporting activities, consistent with IT plans.
  • Provide technical expertise/coaching for others. Support and mentor less experienced staff.

****To be eligible to contract at this client you must be able to pass a drug test and criminal background check.

Candidates will be responsible for following the client's COVID-19 protocols. Please refer to your MATRIX representative for specifics.

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