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Location: Milton Keynes
Salary: £80,000 - £90,000 PA

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We are seeking an Infrastructure Architect who will be responsible for the development and ongoing maintenance / support of IT Operations. This position will also provide technical expertise and architectural solutions in infrastructure, hardware, hosting service and network areas.

Position Summary

  • Design and implement complex infrastructure solutions
  • Analyze business & systems requirements to introduce new solutions
  • Recommend new technologies & improvements to existing technologies
  • Lead design and review of new systems
  • Plan integration of new systems architecture into existing architecture, Infrastructure Architect provides technical direction and support.
  • Evaluate integrated systems and identify best practices.
  • Initiate service improvements to the overall service

 Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for complete IT infrastructure design, systems analysis, security, data center operation, network & voice communication.
  • Acts as expert for infrastructure teams in the plan, design, and delivery of IT solutions.
  • Advises teams of IT technology standard requirements, methodology and processes.
  • Drives short & long-term architecture strategy for the overall IT project portfolio for key business segments.
  • Participates in proof of concepts to assist in defining technology direction and enabling business strategy.
  • Communicates and validates program architecture with infrastructure team, project management team, and technology services management team.
  • Conducts end-to-end technical plan design.
  • Develops long-term strategy for historical data retention and archival plan for storage needs.
  • Defines data retention, backup, and recovery methods and plans.
  • Develops enterprise standards to ensure compatibility and integration of multi-vendor platforms.
  • Design and develop infrastructure blueprints for the implementation of new solutions.
  • Responsible for impact analysis and design modifications to existing systems to support new solutions.
  • Develops specifications for interfaces from existing to new systems.
  • Maintain a common documentation library of standardized procedures and configurations
  • Provide third level support for incidents and problems in designated areas of expertise.
  • Communicate and collaborate with local IT staff as well as colleagues in other parts of the world for configuration, troubleshooting.
  • Manages IT Risk register and contributes to the reduction of business risks from system failures and security breaches. Also helps reduce risks of project delivery.
  • Completing ad-hoc tasks set by the Delivery Manager(s)

Required Competencies

  • Demonstrable experience in a production IT environment managing enterprise IT infrastructure, hardware, hosting service and network areas.
  • Demonstrable Project management / coordination experience
  • Demonstrable experience designing infrastructure solutions, including; Switches, Firewalls, Storage and Server
  • Ability to quickly comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies
  • Ability to write architectural design documents or review design documents provided by others.
  • Knowledge and understanding of industry trends and new technologies and ability to apply trends to architectural needs.
  • Ability to provide technical system solutions, determine overall design direction and provide hardware recommendations for complex technical issues
  • Experience planning and developing support processes and adhering to best practices
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to effectively communicate with technical and non-technical audiences

 Essential Technical Skills

  • Certified Architect
  • Certification in one of the areas below is essential and demonstrable experience in others: o Strong working knowledge of virtualization using VMware.
    • Strong working knowledge of Citrix.
    • Deep understanding of network principles, including; WAN connectivity, HSRP/clustering, VLANs, Routing.
    • Working knowledge of Windows Server Operating Systems Win 2012 and Win 2016.
    • Working knowledge of Storage and Backup technologies (such as Pure Storage, HPDP and Arcserve Backup tools)
    • Working knowledge of Active Directory, Exchange, SQL, Office 365
    • Demonstrable Experience on Cloud technologies.

 Desirable Technical Skills

  • ITSM tools, specifically Service Now
  • ITIL foundation
  • CCNP/CCIE Certification
  • Certification on Cloud technologies.
  • Certification in Microsoft technologies.

Service Hours/location:

  • 08 am to 06 pm
  • Flexibility to work out of hours to meet business requirements or support during operational outages
  • Valid driving license with no more than 9 points
  • Flexibility to work at both Milton Keynes offices

 

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