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CenturyLink Cloud Architect in LONDON, United Kingdom

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink at http://www.centurylink.com/ (NYSE: CTL) is the second largest U.S. communications provider to global enterprise customers. With customers in more than 60 countries and an intense focus on the customer experience, CenturyLink strives to be the world’s best networking company by solving customers’ increased demand for reliable and secure connections. The company also serves as its customers’ trusted partner, helping them manage increased network and IT complexity and providing managed network and cyber security solutions that help protect their business.

Job Summary

The Cloud Architect is accountable for providing high-quality consultancy, design and implementation services for customers within the EMEA region and specializes in Cloud/Virtualization platforms using VMware, AWS, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Azure and/or Red Hat Linux systems and related infrastructure technologies. Responsibilities include advice and consulting, technical assessments, complex architecture design, implementation supervision, migrations and/or transition planning, maintenance, project planning, standards validation and development, technical documentation, training, troubleshooting and problem resolution.

  • Deliver comprehensive consultancy services to customers and provide in-depth VMware, AWS, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Azure, Red Hat Linux, and proprietary platform, systems design that meet customer requirements and ensure project wins;

  • Demonstrate technical leadership for customers, sales, and other consultants and effectively communicate the technical and business message;

  • Ensure the best possible solution is designed and implemented to meet current and future customer needs and requirements;

  • Create comprehensive documentation around designs and project delivery and deliver handover information to integration and support staff;

  • Work with other Consulting professionals, as well as Pre-Sales, Sales, Operations, Hosting Engineering, Customer Account Managers and Project Management to ensure that custom elements of a solution can be built and fully supported, and that deliverables are clearly defined, and agreed with the customer at the point of sale;

Job Description

Perform a wide range of design consultancy and implementation engagements based on Cloud and Virtualization technologies and models such as IaaS, PaaS, Microsoft Windows, Red Hat Linux, related CenturyLink product offerings and infrastructure technologies for customers (80% Design, 20% Implementation);

Be a Virtualization & Cloud SME, assisting with or owning the solution design and ensuring it is implemented to meet current and future customer needs and requirements;

Execution of Cloud Solutions & Transformation Services projects to new and existing customers;

Design & implement virtualization solutions around either new datacentres from the ground up or within a consolidation/transformation program (e.g. Physical to Virtual transformations/migrations). Solid expertise on VMware products is vital (including, but not only: vSphere, SRM, vCloud Director);

Scope and deliver high quality Statement of Works (SOW), RFP responses and other proposal materials to support professional and consulting services activities;

Participate in sales meetings to actively promote Professional Services and Consulting;

Assist on preparation and delivery of presentations and proposals with Account Executives, System Engineers, Consultants and Architects;

Perform billable delivery and consultancy work;

Successfully lead complex customer accounts or projects, bridging between the needs of the customer and the company;

Build proof-of-concept environments to showcase technology and integrate into customers’ existing IT infrastructure;

Produce case studies and technical whitepapers on areas of customer interest;

Qualifications

Good experience of using consultative technical sales approach and engagement styles;

Demonstrable experience in developing and delivering technical design solutions on time and on budget;

Previous experience in designing, implementing and administering VMware, SRM, Windows 2003-2012 and/or Linux platforms with associated relevant industry/vendor certifications on Microsoft Windows and/or Red Hat Linux and/or VMware

Previous experience in designing, implementing and administering cloud based technology such as AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform with associated relevant industry/vendor certifications such as AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate or Professional, MCSA: Cloud Platform (Exams 532, 533 or 535)

Experience in designing service oriented architecture to fulfil complex business requirements – should be able to design and implement efficient, high quality and cost-effective solutions for Transformation/Migration, Cloud Computing and Virtualization;

Experience of DevOps models and associated technologies

Advanced knowledge of networking and storage on Windows/Unix platforms, TCP/IP, multi-homed servers, DNS, DHCP, and connecting via SAN and NAS;

Strong knowledge & experience of designing, implementing and managing Microsoft Active Directory;

Must have a proven track record of working with all levels with a customer - should be able to engage at CxO level and convey technical information to a non-technical audience;

Must have the ability to produce and present flowing and articulate presentations, to control the flow and delivery of content to diverse audiences at customer meetings and seminars;

The ability to lead the delivery of customer focused workshops, showing agility and a capability to be creative.

Education

Bachelors or Equivalent in Engineering General or Physics

Alternate Location: UK-Berkshire-Winnersh; UK-London-Fleet Place

Requisition #: 216001

The above job definition information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Job duties and responsibilities are subject to change based on changing business needs and conditions.

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We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, religion, colour, sex, age, disability or sexual orientation or any other status protected by local or national law. We do not tolerate unlawful discrimination in any employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, compensation, promotion, benefits, discipline, termination, job assignments or training. We participate in the A-Check Pre-employment Screening Program or the Electronic Employment Verification Program, depending on location.

This job may require successful completion of an online assessment. A brief description of the assessments can be viewed on our website at http://find.centurylink.jobs/testguides/

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