IHS Markit Solutions Architect in Englewood, Colorado
Solutions Architecture Manager
IHS Markit Global IT provide services across a broad range of technical disciplines and leverages investment in world class technologies in support of IHS Markit’s extensive range of products and clients. Operating within the Build function of the ‘plan, build, deliver run model, Solutions Architecture is responsible for defining, planning and designing infrastructure solution designs to support our in-house developed applications which are then delivered through the IT Delivery function.
Through our experience we support all IHS Markit’s products on a global basis offering a breadth of “right sized” IT solutions in terms of availability, speed, capacity, security, efficiency, scalability and manageability.
The Solutions Architecture team are a small team of highly experienced and skilled infrastructure architects who are focused on ensuring the Global IT Build function delivers robust and “fit for purpose” solutions to host and support our internal applications, using the firm’s current engineered standard infrastructure components and global models. We work closely with our application development colleagues to understand the application architecture and dependencies to then design the supporting infrastructure which is built on services and building blocks provided by the engineering teams within the IT Build function.
The firm is in the early stage of an exciting, forward looking, firmwide transformative programme of work where all of IHSM systems and products globally are being rebuilt out of our multiple, geographically spread, on-premises data centres onto VMware Cloud on AWS. This once in a generation, five-year program will oversee multiple concurrent streams covering several hundred migrations of applications servicing energy, finance, automotive, engineering, technology, maritime and trade, aerospace and defence, chemical, and economics and country risk across the EU and the US. VMware Cloud has been chosen to speed the transition of applications from our on-premises data centres to the cloud by minimising the amount of application redesign needed to accomplish this. To help to deliver our VMware cloud initiative efficiently we need to expand our Solutions Architecture practice with experienced, and high performing individuals who are passionate about delivering solid, repeatable, standards based solutions in a highly dynamic and, sometimes, ambiguous environment. There are significant opportunities for successful candidates to both grow their own skills and experience in VMware Cloud’s rapidly developing technologies as well as influence and help shape the processes and capabilities of the IT group as we progress through the global transformation of IT infrastructure journey.
Our team sits in the ‘IT Build’ function within Global IT alongside the Technical Architecture and Infrastructure Engineering teams who are responsible for selecting and engineering the firm’s standard infrastructure components and foundational architecture. We provide the interface between these teams and our extensive internal customer base focusing on discovery, assessment, architecture, design and agreeing the underlying infrastructure specification and configuration required to satisfy the multiple demands of our development teams. We do this wherever possible using our current VMware cloud standards, models and building blocks already established within the firm. Where these components or models don’t provide the necessary capabilities, our role is to identify and quantify the need, and to pursue potential solutions with the various IT Product Owners, IT Technical Architecture and IT Engineering teams.
The position of an Infrastructure Solutions Architect focuses upon providing technical guidance and advice, including leadership on our technical approach and product selection to our internal application development and Product teams. This is an “Individual Contributor” role and does not involve any line management. However, you will manage initiatives allocated to you and work with internal engineering teams and third party suppliers, if appropriate, to draw out the requirements and develop an appropriate architecture. In most cases, you will hand over to a Delivery Manager once the architecture design is completed and agreed. You will then move to a supporting role during the delivery aspect of the project lifecycle; for smaller initiatives, you may be required to oversee the implementation. It is also expected that Solution Architects will drive reviews of global standards and foster a culture where standards are defined and agreed globally where necessary.
The role will be both demanding and rewarding and you will be expected to be comfortable in leading and influencing senior leaders up to senior VP/Managing Director level across the organisation to help to deliver this mission critical program of work successfully over the next 5 years.
Typically, you will have 15+ years of technology experience and 5+ years of experience in Infrastructure Architecture, although there is some flexibility depending on the candidate’s career history.
To learn more about IHS Markit’s Cloud and VMware Cloud strategy please take the opportunity to listen to our Chief Administration Officer, Sari Granat, speaking at VMworld 2019. You can find the recording here.
Duties & accountabilities
For projects allocated to the post-holder, you will:
You will review requirements from IHS Markit internal application development teams and lead discussions with stakeholders and Infrastructure team heads in order to get a suitable Infrastructure solution defined, scoped and costs agreed.
Establish, with the application development team, the detailed ‘as is’ state of the current application suites’ architecture, supporting infrastructure, dependencies and connectivity as a preparatory step to moving in to VMC
Architect, design, document and agree “standard” global infrastructure solutions for the ‘to be’ state post migration
Help and guide IT infrastructure Product and Engineering teams to review Infrastructure offerings, and work with vendors where new solutions would benefit IHS Markit.
Assist Infrastructure project managers with scope, approach and sign off.
Create and maintain documentation as it relates to existing infrastructure offerings
Offer ongoing consultancy as required during the delivery phase of the project
Manage architecture process for multiple concurrent projects
Education and experience
Proven experience in Infrastructure Solutions Architecture
Must have worked in a large, complex environment with a wide selection of technologies in use
An understanding of capacity management and planning
Awareness of or accreditation in Agile.
Top-class VMware knowledge with 7 years or more working with ESXi and exposure to NSX and VSAN
Experience of, or exposure to, VMware Cloud would be advantageous although not essential
First-rate architectural knowledge of either Linux or Windows, Databases (MS-SQL or Oracle DB with RAC), Web, Messaging, storage and networking.
AWS certified Associate or Professional Architect with preferably one years of designing with AWS technologies
Awareness of microservices technologies such as Docker and Kubernetes
Experienced in designing infrastructure solutions for n-tier architecture applications
Strong understanding of HA/DR technologies
Good understanding of security technologies and processes
Software and Infrastructure life cycle management
Broad knowledge of technical processes
On-going awareness of infrastructure developments in the IT industry
Knowledge of the business drivers and constraints with the Financial Services sector.
TOGAF certified desirable but not essential
You will have a number of the following attributes:
Strong analytical and solutions design and architecture skills
Strong influencing skills
Good presentation skills
Good problem solver
Able to work independently with minimal supervision
Take responsibility for your own actions and the actions of your team
Displays confidence, energy, drive and stamina.
Able to progress multiple tasks at the same time
Open minded, flexible and willing to adapt to changing situations.
Client side experience / worked for a systems integrator/outsourcer beneficial in working with internal clients
Innovative, enthusiastic and keen to gain greater responsibility in their next role
Excellent communication / stakeholder management skills
Capable of working in ambiguous situations from time to time
Must be an excellent communicator both written and verbally. Will be dealing with a variety of different people at all levels (both internal and external).
Will need to work within a global environment and communicate clearly with teams in different geographic regions.
Must be able to work in a team environment where influencing and motivational skills are paramount
You have experience working in a remote culture or can adjust your work style to be remote-friendly
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IHS Markit harnesses deep sources of information, analytics and expertise to forge solutions for the industries and markets that drive global economies. Our company partners with clients in business, finance and government to provide the unrivaled insights and perspectives that lead to well-informed, confident decisions. We call this The New Intelligence. IHS Markit serves more than 50,000 key customers in more than 140 countries, including 80 percent of the Fortune Global 500. We help decision makers apply higher-level thinking to daily tasks and strategic issues across a host of industries and disciplines including energy, finance, automotive, engineering, technology, maritime and trade, aerospace and defense, chemical, and economics and country risk.
Headquartered in London, IHS Markit (NYSE: INFO) is committed to sustainable, profitable growth.