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Cloud Architect

Company: System One
Location: Washington
Posted on: June 25, 2022

Job Description:

LEAD CLOUD FINOPS ARCHITECTALTA IT Services has a 12 month + contract opening for a Lead FinOps Architect to support a leading, Washington DC - based health insurance customer. Work remains COVID remote. The Lead Cloud FinOps Architect should have 10 + years of experience and will be responsible for developing, maintaining, and supporting the cost management practices of corporate cloud services. This role will lead, develop, and implement the processes and capabilities required that ensure costs optimization. The Lead Cloud FinOps Architect is expected to possess excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills necessary to effectively collaborate with key stakeholders across the organization. PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide subject matter expertise in all FinOps aspects of public cloud services, as well as review and approve deployment of new instances & systems within corporate Cloud environments
  • Collaborate with technology teams to incorporate cost management best practices into cloud platforms via tagging, alerting and configurations that supports financial monitoring of cloud platforms
  • Create and oversee a cloud billing dashboard to track, manage and optimize cloud costs and Reserved Instance purchases
  • Build a dashboard that provides secure self-service capabilities to all teams on cloud spend
  • Establish KPIs to track progress and success of transformation and optimization opportunities
  • Lead regular cadence with Finance, Sr. leaders and technical peers providing expert advice on cloud financial management activities
  • Also responsible for reporting, escalating, and remediating system alerts based on the established processes
  • Provide summaries and detailed usage statistics on costs for resources across public clouds environments, offering actionable intelligence to right-size and scale services efficiently
  • Creating operational metrics to demonstrate costs and usage and assist with tracking for key stakeholders
  • Participate in integrated and new systems planning and provide cost forecasts for implementation details for cloud governance processes
  • Serve as expert on Cloud costing
  • Engineer and advance observability and cloud financial management capabilities in alignment with our cloud strategy, including utilization reports, dashboard, monitoring, cost usage alerting, and forecasting
  • Partner with Architecture, Engineering, and Finance to advise on workload and resource optimization, waste management, capacity management, KPI development and maintenance, tagging and alerts
  • Drive savings opportunities related to cloud commitment purchases (reserved instances, savings plans, spot, committed/sustained use, etc.) and partner with Finance to track utilization of these commitments
  • Identify usage patterns and contextualize them with budgeted assumptions and business needs to inform forecasts and decisioning
  • Leverage discount vehicles to optimize our cloud infrastructure costs and drive efficiency
  • Proactive identification of opportunities to drive business value and lead the engineering and implementation of innovative technology solutions
  • Proactively generates management information for each responsible area's technologies
  • Optimization strategies, Operating Guidelines/Principles, and Services/Solutions
  • Develop self-service tools and processes to enable service owners to understand and self-manage their capacity, efficiency, and costs
  • Manage areas of spend at the company by balancing high utilization and cost efficiency of our infrastructure with risk and developer velocity.
  • Strategic planning for organic growth and infrastructure impact of new project and architecture changes
  • Perform other job-related duties as requestedMINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
    • 10+ years of industry experience with 5+ years developing and operating infrastructure, public cloud environments, finance or IT infrastructure / platforms role or related experienceBachelor's degree in Information Systems, Business or a related field, or equivalent experience
      • Preferred
      • Previous experience working with vendors and performing contract analysis
      • Strong understanding of technical software engineering concepts
      • Experience with AWS cloud environments preferred
      • Experience with cloud telemetry tools preferred (CloudWatch, Datadog etc.)
      • Prior working knowledge of the pricing and consumption models in at least one of the major public cloud providers and experience with market leading cloud cost products (e.g., Flexera RightScale, ServiceNow, CloudHealth or CloudCheckr) preferredKNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
        • Proficient knowledge of AWS dashboards
        • Knowledge of financial reporting and product roadmap processes
        • Ability to learn various computer systems quickly
        • Able to make decisions and work independently
        • Must be able to manage numerous projects simultaneously at various stages of development
        • Establish and maintain an effective working relationship with leadership and peers
        • Must have strong interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with business partners
        • Effective communication skills, including the ability to articulate complex technical topics to a non-technical audience (including senior leadership)
        • Experience working with AWS cloud platform
        • Experience with Windows and/or Linux Server AdministrationHOURLY RATE: $100/hr. range. C2C OK (Benefits available for W2)For consideration, please contact Melissa McNally via mmcnally@altaits.com ALTA IT Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of System One, a leading provider of specialized workforce solutions and integrated services. ALTA is an established leader in IT Staffing and Services, for both government and commercial enterprises across the United States, specializing in Program & Project Management, Application Development, Cybersecurity, Data & Advanced Analytics, and Agile Transformation Services. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other factor.

Keywords: System One, Washington DC , Cloud Architect, Professions , Washington, DC

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