Infrastructure Architect - Cloud

  • location: Gaithersburg, MD
  • type: Contract
  • salary: $70 - $80 per hour
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Infrastructure Architect - Cloud

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TITLE: Infrastructure Architect - Cloud

LOCATION: Gaithersburg, MD

DURATION: 6 months contract with possible extension or hire


Reporting directly to the Sr. Director of Infrastructure Architecture, the Infrastructure Architect will be accountable for translating solutions architectures into realized designs and deployments within the Company's Cloud Platform. This role will work directly with Software Development Leads and Enterprise Architects to create technical architectures which represent the diverse, modern application stacks which make up the IT Portfolio. The Infrastructure Architect will also be responsible for the research, analysis, design, and implementation of deliverables related to applications and their dependencies, across all environment types within the IT Enterprise.



  • 10+ years of experience in the software industry
  • 5+ years of experience in Cloud Infrastructure Architecture Design (consumer and/or creator of cloud services)
  • 5+ years as a technology leader focusing on influencing integration and deployment activities
  • 5+ years of experience running IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS cloud solutions
  • Excellent problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills
  • Strong analytical, problem solving skills, and technical troubleshooting
  • Strong object-oriented design and development experience
  • Expert knowledge of relational and non-relational databases and database designs (e.g. data design and database infrastructure design)
  • Expert knowledge of concurrency, scalability, and fault tolerant designs
  • Expert knowledge of Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Deployment (CD) standards and practices appropriate for Enterprise IT
  • Experience with infrastructure security and networking and global networking as they apply to large-scale application deployments
  • Experience and understanding of architectural principles and frameworks (e.g. MVC, Spring, and Hibernate)
  • Experience with using various distributed caching solutions
  • Experience with testing frameworks, continuous integration, and build tools
  • Keen eye for detail and stubborn resolve to drive to high quality deliverables
  • Ability to thrive in a cross-functional team on high profile, critical projects
  • Familiarity building enterprise class front-end applications
  • Familiarity building enterprise class back-end application services
  • Familiarity building messaging, queuing and integration platform
  • Familiarity with version control systems such as Git and/or Subversion
  • BS/BA degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering (or equivalent technical experience)
  • Experience with designing, deploying, and maintaining applications deployed on a global scale
  • Experience with contact centers
  • Experience managing partner relationships and development efforts across multiple teams and areas of responsibility
  • Experience managing and delivering upon functional and non-functional requirements as communicated through direct and indirect business and project development
  • Experience deploying applications to Cloud IaaS and Cloud PaaS environments with IaC integration
  • Experience using, implementing, and maintaining applications and platforms on cloud services such as:

    • OpenStack
    • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
    • Microsoft Azure
    • Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
  • Experience with designing, implementing, and maintaining applications at a global scale

  • Graduate Degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering
  • Experience working with Docker Containers and Container CaaS/PaaS (Pivotal Cloud Foundry, BlueMix, OpenShift Enterprise, Docker Enterprise, Google Kubernetes) solutions
  • Experience with Node.js and Java 8
  • Experience working in a Cloud First and/or Cloud Native software development environment
  • Experience deploying applications to OpenStack, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and/or Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
  • Experience in retail and/or hospitality industries

  • Provides focus on how hybrid cloud services will be leveraged in the solutions development and deployment
  • Work closely with the Enterprise Architecture team to facilitate alignment of plans with what is being delivered
  • Defines Technical Infrastructure Architectures as they relate to Software Solutions Architectures and Initiatives within EA and Software Delivery Lifecycles (SDLCs)
  • Institutes governance based on best practices and ensure proper alignment to projects and major initiatives
  • Implement security controls into technical architectures to accommodate appropriate data and workload security handling and requirements
  • Leads analysis of the current environment to detect critical deficiencies and recommends solutions for improvement
  • Leads analysis of technology industry and market trends to determine the potential impact on the overall Infrastructure Architecture
  • Supports Solution and Domain Architectures by providing architecture direction in terms of technology, software and infrastructure for projects in the SDLC
  • Consults with architecture teams to identify when it is necessary to modify the solution architecture(s) to accommodate technical infrastructure needs
  • Oversees the documentation of all architecture design and analysis work
  • Defines, designs, implements and promotes standard configuration and change management, processes, and practices.
  • Collaborates with Project Managers and Site Reliability Engineers on the execution of technical architectures
  • Acts as a leader and advocate of technology management, including coaching, training, and career development to staff
  • Develops Frameworks and Blueprints which represent product sets which are reusable and extensible within the Company's Cloud Platform
  • Contributes to Infrastructure Automation practices and design to promote IaC development alongside technical architecture execution
  • Delivers accurate and timely translations of solution architectures into deployment/technical architectures for Infrastructure Automation ingestion and execution
location: Gaithersburg, Maryland
job type: Contract
salary: $70 - 80 per hour
Equal Opportunity Employer: Race, Color, Religion, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, National Origin, Age, Genetic Information, Disability, Protected Veteran Status, or any other legally protected group status.

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