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IT Security Cloud Architect in Southfield, MI at AF Group

Date Posted: 1/9/2019

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Job Description


IT Cloud Architect serves the company as an advisor on best practices and is responsible for designing and effectively implementing strategies and solutions in alignment with IT strategy and guidelines. The IT Cloud Architect develops actionable blueprints, principles, models, designs, standards and guidelines for assigned projects/initiatives to ensure information technology architecture is consistent, usable, secure and adds value to the business. The position facilitates design and implementation of flexible, scalable and cost-effective solutions and provides technical guidance to subordinate group. The IT Cloud Architect is assigned to projects/initiatives of large size, complexity and risk and is relied upon to consult, negotiate and build consensus with external vendors and internal partners.


  • Accountable for adhering to corporate architecture standards, ensuring technology standards and best practices are maintained across the organization and contributing to corporate architecture strategy-setting.
  • Leads governance processes of new technologies and solutions to ensure consistent technology life cycle management.
  • Participates in formulating solution estimates and work planning including determining appropriate task sequencing and identification of technical skill sets required.
  • Builds consensus around principles of cloud architecture and interprets and clarifies these principles.
  • Serves as cloud design subject matter expert to business areas, project teams and vendors to apply and execute appropriate use of technology solutions and lead efforts to examine technology vision, opportunities and challenges.
    • Determine sizing and configuration for the software stack (application, middleware, database) and infrastructure components (compute, storage, network) necessary to deliver the cloud based solutions and services to various stakeholders.
    • Establish interface/integration requirements (to on premise or cloud applications).
  • Participates in the evaluation, selection and implementation of technology solutions including providing detailed analysis of pros and cons and build vs. buy options.
  • Maintains operational, architectural and design documentation including procedures, task lists, and blue prints.
  • Evaluates strengths and flaws in cloud design including performance, quality, availability, simplicity of design, security and total cost of ownership.
  • Facilitates project handoffs including preparing documentation, educating and supporting to ensure smooth transitions.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with IT and business area partners and provides consultation to the business teams.
  • Troubleshoots, recommends and executes action plans for issue resolution.
  • Selects and designs tools that allow reuse of design components and patterns between projects.
  • Continually works to enhance breadth and depth of knowledge and experience. Benchmarks technology strategies and architectures. Monitors and anticipates trends and investigates organizational objectives and needs. Prepares bench marking reports and presentations.
  • Promotes implementation of new technology, solutions and methods to improve business processes, efficiency, effectiveness and value delivered to customers.
  • Develops actual working solutions or prototypes based on their own designs and resolves any issues that arise.
  • Provides technical guidance to subordinate group.
  • Establishes and maintains vendor relationships to review and evaluate designs and controls and influence changes in future product releases.

This position description identifies the responsibilities and tasks typically associated with the performance of the position. Other relevant essential functions may be required.