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Cloud Architect - Contract

Job Description
Leidos is a global science and technology solutions leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defence, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers.

We are urgently seeking an exceptional candidate to perform the role of Senior Cloud Architect within our Civil, Defence & Health division. This permanent position is based at our offices in Edinburgh or Glasgow.



• Consult with external and internal customers to enable them to achieve their cloud transformation objectives – encompassing the design, development and enhancement of solutions to create efficient business systems; 
• Responsible for innovative design and implementation of enterprise cloud computing infrastructure and platforms; 
• Provide technical design authority and participation in technical review meetings; 
• Provide support and advice to operational infrastructure teams to enable efficient operation and problem resolution of customer infrastructures; 
• Define, create, maintain, and enhance systems procedures and documentation to ensure the customer solutions and systems are fully documented; 
• Technically lead on the design and implementation of cloud infrastructures to ensure successful delivery of industry leading solutions; 
• Provide technical authority over the creation of infrastructure project proposals in technical review meetings and for presentation to customers to guarantee best practice and ensure profitable delivery; 
• Partner with our internal authorities to ensure developed solutions adhere to established best practises and our architectural target state; 
• Develop standardised approaches, patterns and blueprints to secure design, scripted deployment, and maintenance tasks; 
• Drive adoption of key engineering best practices, supporting team members to improve quality, efficiency and reliability of deliverables. 


Skills and Experience Required: 
• Highly technical and analytical, possessing 10 or more years of IT implementation experience; 
• Expert level infrastructure systems experience, including server, storage, network and applications; 
• A deep understanding of system development in cloud environments (AWS, Azure, etc.), including hybrid, Software as Service (SaaS), Platform as Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS); 
• Strong understanding of architectural patterns and operational characteristics of highly available and scalable applications; 
• Strong experience of DevOps environments, scripting and automation, with skills in PowerShell, JSON, Python and knowledge of Ansible and Jenkins or similar; 
• Strong time management skills and project management experience; 
• Strong communication documentation and report writing skills; 
• Strong business/industry awareness; 
• Ability to adapt effectively to changing and challenging circumstances; 
• Have proficiency in appropriate business language and the ability to present ideas effectively; 
• Understand change management and demonstrate knowledge of business analysis. 

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