Senior Solutions Architect - Cloud & Hosting
Zen Internet LTD
Leeds, UK
1d ago

Working within our growing Business division, as a Senior Solutions Architect you will provide a wide variety of technical solutions to new & existing clients using a range of leading edge technologies, with a particular emphasis on Cloud technologies.

This is a high profile role where you’ll actively drive and manage the requirements gathering and high-level design process.

Working with Direct customers and Partner clients, you will describe Zen’s technology and product portfolio positioning to both business and technical users.

Using your business process and analysis skills you will build a set of requirements in consultation with the customer. You’ll then work closely with engineers and operational teams to produce a high-

level design with enough hands on ability to articulate technical requirements to teams of engineers and technology specialists.

This is also a fantastic opportunity to become highly skilled in new and emerging technologies especially in the fields of Cloud Computing and Data Science, backed by a strong in-

house learning and development team. As a skilled Technologist enthusiasm and commitment to learning is key, together with the drive and enthusiasm to share your knowledge with other members of the team, clients and the technology community outside of Zen.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with clients to understand their requirements and design and document suitable solutions
  • Manage client encounters including interviews, conferences and workshops
  • Work with Sales team to articulate key benefits of Cloud technology to clients
  • Build relationships with key clients and partners, becoming a trusted advisor
  • Structure and produce compelling sales proposals, commercial and technical documentation
  • Collaborate with the implementation / project team, articulating customer requirements, to ensure smooth transition from Sale to Delivery
  • Provide technology advocacy and evangelism, supporting Zen at industry and client events
  • Candidate Profile

  • Significant previous experience of requirements gathering and solution design in a commercial setting
  • Able to show and discuss a range of previous customer solution designs and approaches
  • Confident presenting in a formal setting and be able to chair and take the lead in customer meetings when required
  • Able to build strong relationships with engineers, sales teams and a diverse portfolio of clients
  • Excited by technology and with a drive to do the right thing by the customer
  • An ability to get hands-on’ with technology when required
  • Full drivers licence and willingness to travel through sales territory
  • Technical skillset

    As a Senior Solutions Architect, you should have experience working in depth with at least one of the technologies described below.

    Where you have experience, you should be able to demonstrate professional level skills to specify and implement solutions using these technologies, drawing on practical experience from previous work.

    Amazon Web Services (AWS)

    Zen is an AWS Consulting Partner and so experience working with AWS technologies to assist clients is highly desirable. There is a particular emphasis on Web application hosting in AWS and so skills in this area are especially useful.

    Skills you can bring that help clients understand and embrace Cloud adoption are also welcome, including approaches to migration and an appreciation for the organizational impact of moving to Cloud.

    Microsoft Azure

    Zen is a Microsoft partner with a large installed base of Microsoft users as existing clients. An understanding of Microsoft core technologies is therefore extremely useful, including Windows Server OS and key line of business Microsoft applications such as MS SQL server, MS Exchange and Office 365.

    VMware

    Zen operates a dedicated cloud platform using VMware and we need Architects who are familiar working with VMware technologies to support application migration, performance management and availability design.

    You will use VMware to build new services with a right-sizing approach, support migration activities and understand how performance, security and availability principles are represented using VMware and other 3rd party tools.

    IP Networks

    A good understanding of IP networking in the WAN and LAN is essential in all Cloud engagements and the Architect should be able to articulate networking requirements to network specialists and engineers in a solutions design.

    Topics you should be comfortable with include IP theory in v4 and v6, Ethernet services, basic IP routing and network access technologies in the WAN.

    And this is what we'll offer you

  • 6 month salary reviews
  • Private Medical Healthcare Scheme
  • Pension Scheme
  • 25 days Annual Leave
  • Bonus (based on company performance)
  • Free Broadband up to the fastest speed available (inc Fibre)
  • Travel Loan and Ride2Work Schemes
  • Subsidised Onsite Nursery
  • Subsidised Onsite Restaurant
  • Summer & Christmas Parties
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