Do you have a passion for solving the biggest, most complex data challenges for customers? Are you experienced with Microsoft Azure services and technologies?
Do you have a passion for areas such application, web, mobile, DevOps and IoT services and love the process of leading deep technical architectural and design discussions with senior executives? Then come join our team!
The Solutions Architect is a technical, customer-facing role, accountable for end-to-end deployment and usage experience for Azure application services.
The Applications Architect owns the Azure technical customer engagement including : architectural design sessions, implementation projects and / or Proofs of Concepts.
Drive deployment of customer workloads into Azure and increase consumption of Azure application services, including Web, Mobile, Developer services, Service Fabric, Cloud applications and IoT services
Architect scalable cloud applications, including technical feasibility and proposal development
Design, coordinate and execute pilots, prototypes or proof of concepts, provide validation on specific scenarios
Drive the quality of the onboarding plan (with Northwind Consulting Services or partners)
Report on progress of customer as business objectives; Ensure plan execution by partners
Document and share technical best practices / insights with Engineering teams and the solution architect community
Coordinate with and drive production workloads with Northwind Consulting Services and partners
Understanding Customer / Partner Technical Environment
Gathers customer / partner insights from a broad range of stakeholders as well as the main business sponsor to shape and form both the definition and ongoing execution of projects.
Identifies and evaluates industry trends (customer industry verticals, information technology IT industry). Adapts business models, plans, and solutions to insights.
Works with customer / partner stakeholders (e.g., Enterprise Architects, Security Team, Development Team, Operations Team) and business sponsors to socialize both the business solution and the project approach to determine if changes are needed to the business solution.
Where the cost of change is accepted by the customer, it shares this feedback with the project team and the broader account team to make the necessary adjustments using mechanisms such as updating the solution approach and projected costs in presales and change requests in delivery.
Contributes to Northwind-centric operations and cadences to align with customer feedback.
Uses evidence-based approach to represent the customer / partner as a customer advocate and share insights with Product Engineering teams and the business with a view to improving Northwind technologies, products, services and offerings such that they can better meet customer / partner needs across a territory.
Architecture Design and Deployment
Leverages a structured approach to Architecture Projects using existing methodologies (e.g., Waterfall, Agile, Iterative) that make use of existing reference architecture and established architectural styles and design patterns.
Proposes and develops new solutions to scale across multiple customers / partners. Builds and maintains an architecture description document, an architecture decisions log, and a requirements / constraints traceability matrix to ensure the rationale for the business solutions architecture is known and understood.
Defines and documents the architecture through an architecture description document, an architecture decisions log, and a requirements / constraints traceability matrix to communicate the value proposition of the business solution along with the project approach.
Leads complex cost-based and technology-based discussions to explain the Architecture in terms of its build, deployment, and ongoing operational use to determine customer appetite for the business solution.
Uses a business-value approach that values return on investment (ROI) and customer costs-savings over technical ease of execution.
Collaborates with the Project Manager to jointly drive project / technical governance of the design, build, and deployment into use of proof of concepts (POCs) and pilots, using enterprise architecture processes and ensuring quality control through peer review.
Works with customers to understand and demonstrate business value (e.g., release of revenue, cost savings) that the business solution realize.
Works with the business sponsor and customer / partner stakeholders (e.g., Business users, Enterprise Architects, Security Team, Operations Team) to gather and ratify requirements and constraints.
Manages and resolves complex ambiguity in the requirements and constraints and documents assumptions and implications where it cannot be resolved.
Maintains the requirements / constraints traceability matrix to prove that solution components have a rationale / justification for inclusion in the architecture of the business solution.
Drives development and execution of test plans to prove that each requirement / constraint has been implemented as expected by the customer.
Where there are defects, works in close collaboration with the Project Manager and Customer to redress or accept and document the status of the test results.
Collaborates with the Account Team and / or Bid Team to understand the business solution / problem. Drives agreement, based on the customer’s priorities, requirements / constraints, approach, principles, concepts, and expectations.
Builds and documents a realistically costed, advanced / complex Solution Approach with traceability of requirements, constraints, decisions, and trade offs that balances risk, technical credibility, and technical innovation to meet customer need, predominantly based on existing solution offerings and / or reference architecture.
Jointly leads the implementation in close partnership with the Project Manager. Leads oversight and governance and establishment of quality practices and standards to realize the business solution.
Uses a cohesive build methodology with an agreed release schedule and timeline so the solution can be transitioned to live operations, leveraging solution expertise.
Ensures communication of and adherence to the pre-sales value proposition. Works with the Project Manager to highlight where assumptions have proven false.
Uses change requests to modify the Solution / project approach when needed. As needed, collaborates with subject matter experts to receive specialized advice that can help define the Solution and project approach and increase the time to value for the customer.
Anticipates and identifies scenarios that could slow or impede pre-sales / delivery. Orchestrates the broader Northwind team to address technical blockers and works with account / project team to resolve non-technical issues.
Reports significant problems to Northwind management and resolves escalations when needed. Plans a way forward in complex and ambiguous situations with an innovative approach and durable design.
Delegates and leverages specialist skills of others to drive technical alignment across internal / external teams. Coordinates disparate approaches into a single plan of action for complex scenarios.
Works in close collaboration with the Project Manager and Account Team to identify, categorize, and communicate business and technical risks.
Defines risk mitigation activities that are foundational to the project plan. Defines risk contingency plans for invocation should the risk occur.
Generates new and / or improvements to existing intellectual property. Connects gaps and patterns across business and technology areas to drive changes.
Identifies which ideas should be culled, with consideration for scale across customers. Drives the re-use of intellectual property and recommends practices in both pre-sales and delivery.
Participates and contributes to internal / external communities.
Develops a network of internal / external relationships with senior-level decision makers to build influence in addressing problems / blockers and facilitating additional views on the matter of interest.
Acts as an advisor to external stakeholders. Provides direction to facilitate relationships between others. Stays up to date on Northwind’s technologies, products, and services in order to communicate Northwinds mission, strategy, and capabilities.
Uses evidence-based arguments that articulate complex concepts in a simple manner to respectfully challenge Northwind and customers / partners when a decision or course of action will not produce optimal results.
Leverages strategic expertise to encourage alternative approaches where applicable. Serves as the "technical conscience" to challenge the status quo and unrealistic expectations.
Proactively resolves conflicts and seeks resolution to balance the overall outcome. Drives consensus where possible and leads decisions to resolve conflict when needed.
Leads the adoption of Northwind solutions technologies based on understanding of competitor solutions and how customer business value can be driven through Northwinds offerings.
Differentiates Northwinds solutions in customer / partner conversations to influence the industry-wide direction for specific architecture(s).
Leads virtual teams around technologies and customer / partner challenges by sharing ideas, insight, and strategic, technical input with technical teams, internal communities across the field, and the larger virtual team across Northwind using knowledge of Northwind architectures and their context in the competitive landscape.
Participates in external architect community events (e.g., conferences, seminars, technical meetups, Webcasts, blogs, hackathons) and shares learnings with internal team.
Acts a mentor to junior colleagues by educating them on technical and non-technical concepts and sharing best practices.
Demonstrates deep industry knowledge and drives recognition for Northwind solutions through presentations and engagements with external audiences.
Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering, or related field AND 8+ years’ experience in technology solutions, practice development, architecture, consulting, and / or technology domain around solutions development.
OR Masters Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering, or related field AND 6+ years’ experience in technology solutions, practice development, architecture, consulting, and / or technology domain around solutions development.
OR equivalent experience.
Key Competencies verbal and written communication skills professional personal presentation customer service orientation information management organizing and planning attention to detail initiative reliability stress tolerance