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Cloud Architect Senior



The Senior Cloud Architect position requires a high degree of technical Cloud architecture expertise in design, development, and implementation of architecture strategy across various domains and projects. This Senior member of the Cloud Architect team is responsible for the UPMC Enterprises Cloud computing architecture components. These components consist of a front-end platform, back end platforms, a cloud-based delivery, and a network. S/He contributes to executive strategic leadership planning and leads feasibility analysis on potential future projects to management. This position oversees the development, maturation, and integration of Cloud Infrastructure Architectures based on customer provided requirements to meet customer needs. S/He is responsible for the Cloud infrastructure design and development for all internal and external programs that have Cloud hosting requirements.


  • Analyzes existing Cloud architectures to identify inefficiencies, redundancies, obsolescence, technology support gaps, and identifying reuse components.
  • Works with team members to develop architectural strategies and guidelines in support of UPMC Enterprises cloud computing strategy.
  • Initiates contacts with key technologists and other subject matter experts.
  • Provides inputs into the strategic direction, guidance and integration of products and services to management based on feasibility analyses conducted with others. Understands corporate and departmental goals and alignment.
  • Provide executive updates in both written and spoken format. Prepare executive presentations as needed. Communicate activities, statuses, accomplishments, and strategic direction with executive management.
  • Evaluates new tech and incorporates it into team's technical architecture.
  • Takes ownership and delivery responsibility for special projects or initiatives.
  • Provides technical design and Cloud architecture advice on major new platforms and products. Provides guidance to project teams in all phases of SDLC.
  • Evaluates new third-party software products, tools and technologies, participating in project assessments as necessary.
  • Participates in publications, speaking engagements and other peer reviewed venues that brings attention to efforts and drives interest and potential future opportunity for efforts.
  • Leads and mentors other Cloud Architects within the department and assists in their assigned responsibilities when required.
  • Owns the overall system design, architecture, security, scalability, reliability and performance of Cloud environments.
  • Documents Cloud architectures and performs research and analysis required for project proposals, system modifications, and new products.
  • Drives process for technical reviews and enforces quality Cloud engineering practices for assigned projects. Owns UPMC Enterprises Cloud design and architecture 'marker talks'. Accountable for involving other design and architecture resources when appropriate. (e.g. AWS Well Architected, UPMC Enterprise Architecture Review).
  • Evaluates existing systems against future strategic needs and develops a technical roadmap that incorporates third-party, existing, and new custom solutions to meet the strategic needs of the organization.
  • Maintains current industry knowledge and trends, keep abreast of new technologies, attends educational events and participates in committee work as appropriate.
  • Analyzes and troubleshoots architecture related issues in a timely fashion.


An undergraduate degree in computer science, engineering, mathematics, or management, or equivalent experience is required. An advanced degree in related field is a plus4+ years of Cloud Engineering or Cloud Architect experience (required)An AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional certification (required)Has a deep understanding of system development in cloud environments, including Software as Service (SaaS), Platform as Service (PaaS), or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Holds deep technical mastery and business knowledge on Cloud computing, DevOPS tooling, and infrastructure as code Experience driving discussions with senior personnel regarding trade-offs, best practices, project management and risk mitigation. Great design and problem-solving skills with a strong bias for Cloud engineering and clinical excellence. Strategic thinking and analytical skills with demonstrated ability to combine broad technical, business, clinical, and political factors (required). Has experience architecting large-scale, highly available, mission-critical systems Demonstrates strong written and verbal communication skills and possesses good presentation skills (required). Possesses diplomacy and interpersonal skills to leads others to provide inputs for the purpose of sharing with customers, partners, and higher management on vision and need for key technologies (required). Experience in architecting, incubating, and building new Cloud computing technologies that have broad impact. Demonstrates the ability to anticipate and solve large, complex technical problems by performing work that is highly complex and varied in nature. Demonstrated experiences innovating beyond the state of the art.

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Location: Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Job ID: 79094843

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