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Solution Architect (London, United Kingdom)

Technical Transformation | London, United Kingdom | Full Time

Job Description

Position Overview

New Signature is looking for a highly experience Solutions Architect to provide technical leadership and consultancy direct to customers on the consumption of public cloud services. Specialism in Vendor based Cloud IaaS and PaaS technologies, primarily Microsoft Azure and Hybrid Technologies

  • Primarily the Solutions Architect (SA) will manage client engagements and take the role as solution manager for any implementation work carried out for a given customer.
  • The Solutions Architect will participate in pre-sales discussions, on site customer workshops and will participate in or manage implementation resources delivering design work carried out by the SA.
  • The Solutions Architect may also act as a technical escalation point for the Support desk. 

Responsibilities

Consultancy and design

  • Providing pre sales technical leadership on Windows Azure infrastructure services.
  • Applying technical competence and experience to develop innovative and realisable designs within required timescales and to documented customer requirements.  Working with customer stakeholders to ascertain detailed design information.  Undertake lab testing when required to validate features in simulations that are representative of real-life scenarios. 
  • Ensuring that the design fits Service Delivery and Service Assurance needs through appropriate agreement, approval, documentation and training.
  • Challenging the customer requirements to ensure we are delivering benefits to the customer.
  • Designs should be right first time with <10% of designs needing any re-works.

Implementation

  • During the sales process, help the sales organisation produce compelling and workable solutions, including working directly with potential or existing customers where needed.  Act as the technical design authority creating and / or approving Solutions Designs requested by the sales organisation
  • Support the Sales organisation in closing deals and providing the best possible service and design
  • Provide 3rd level support to Service Assurance upon requests issued by Service Management Assurance team(s). On occasion, assist Service Delivery in the implementation of solutions

Customer Service Management

Work with our top customers in a partnership arrangement to provide them with best in class service and responsiveness as part of a client relationship team.

Requirements

  • Consistently provides subject matter expertise. Influences technical or commercial decision through depth of specialist knowledge.
  • Provides advice and guidance in area of technical/professional specialism Provides input into technical/commercial direction of the department
  • Keeps level of knowledge consistently up to date to ensure advice is reflective of the latest thinking/legislation
  • Is regarded as an “expert” and acts as a mentor/coach to others
  • Required knowledge of architectures and designs in the following:
  • Microsoft Virtualisation Technologies –Hyper-V 2 (2008) and Hyper V 3.0 (2012). Strong vSphere will suffice but will not be directly utilised.
  • Microsoft Server up to 2012R2.
  • IP Networking, VLAN, Firewall, VPN
  • Demonstrable experience of Azure Deployments within the last 6 months for production workload
  • Skills in the following are desirable:
  • SQL Server, SharePoint, Lync/ OCS – Voice/Video integration, Active Directory /DNS, LDAP, Microsoft Clustering, IIS.
  • Additional Networking Technologies –  layer 2 data centre access/ virtual access layer switching, vlans, vlan trunking, firewalls, secure application gateways / reverse proxies, SSL
  • Knowledge, experience and qualification within ITIL service environments

About New Signature

New Signature is a cloud-first, full-service Microsoft partner committed to delivering innovative technology solutions that solve human challenges. Behind every interaction is our dedication to provide outstanding experiences and to build authentic relationships with those around us. We are passionate about driving transformational results for clients across all company sizes, geographies and industries. The New Signature team delivers full lifecycle solutions—from project inception and planning, through deployment to ongoing support and maintenance.

New Signature was named the top Microsoft partner in the United States and the United Kingdom in 2014 and again in the United States in 2015—becoming the first partner ever to win the prestigious US Partner of the Year award two years in a row. With over 600 individual technology certifications, New Signature is a recognized expert at the forefront of Microsoft advancements and couples these powerful technologies with exceptional services to empower our customers, colleagues, and community.

Employment Eligibility

New Signature requires the candidate to prove eligibility to work in the UK. Offered candidates will be asked to complete a background check. These record checks can include any or all of the following: education verification, employment verification, drug screening and criminal record check. Positions that require significant travel may also require a driving record check.

New Signature is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment regardless of race, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, color, religion, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, or any other protected factor.