Type: Contract | Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
IOT is looking for a Fractional Cloud Architect, Azure.

Interview Process: Phone screen and then onsite interview

Candidate will be required to be onsite, therefore local candidates preferred.

Top Skills:

1. Azure Architecture experience

a. Ideally they would have (Exams AZ-303 AZ-304) ‘Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert’.

b. I would highly prioritize candidates with (Exam AZ-400) ‘Microsoft Certified: DevOps Engineer Expert’.

c. Nice to have (Exam AZ-500) ‘Microsoft Certified: Azure Security Engineer Associate’.

2. Infrastructure as Code and/or DevOps experience

3. Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) or Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) experience

a. This position will need to coach a lot of folks that are working in Agile or Scrum development teams, likely in transition from Waterfall approaches, so having familiarity and understanding of how to coach teams as they are in maturation process would be ideal

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

Provide Subject Matter Expertise to IOT and State Agencies in the following areas.

1 - Demonstrate knowledge of cloud architecture, capabilities, implementation requirements, and future roadmap of cloud platforms;

2 - Demonstrate knowledge of compliance standards and regulatory requirements supported by the assigned cloud platform;

3 - Demonstrate ability to collaborate between business units, architecture, operations, and security on the development and implementation of solutions that meet operational and compliance standards as well as meeting relevant regulatory requirements;

4 - Work with strategic vendors to identify and maximize the usage of available vendor provided enablement / adoption resources;

5 - Identify and maximize cost reduction opportunities by eliminating duplication of existing tools and services, while driving additional use cases for existing capabilities across the enterprise;

6 - Partner with IOT product owners and senior stakeholders to develop cloud native, hybrid cloud, and multi-cloud strategies to optimize the value of IOT services;

7 - Identify the appropriate governance model and cloud implementation strategies appropriate for IOT and partner agency use;

8 - Evangelize and strategize, in a pre-sales capacity, the current capabilities and services of IOT to peers, agencies, and other stakeholders, potentially at senior-most decision-making levels;

9 - Demonstrate exceptional personal judgment, written and verbal communication skills, including comfort with explaining complex matters to both technical and non-technical audiences.

Additional Duties:

1 - Collaborate with the community of technologists and leaders across the enterprise to advance the digital transformation of government.

2 - Facilitate and champion a community of practice across state government for cloud solutions and platforms.

3 - Collaborate with IOT product owners to optimize current service offerings in relation to adoption requirements, budgetary allocation, new features, resources, processes, and technology impacts.

4 - Support the State Request for Proposal (RFP) process and other procurement needs, as appropriate.

5 - Mentor and coach technical staff in the transition to supporting cloud operations.

Job Requirements:

On-the-job experience with advanced knowledge of tools, techniques, and best practices of cloud service providers like Amazon Web Services; Google Cloud Platform; and Microsoft Azure.

On-the-job experience with advanced knowledge of supporting infrastructure as code (IaC) and helping development teams leverage DevSecOps and cloud native development.

On-the-job experience with a foundational knowledge of tools, techniques, and best practices of identity and access management controls.

On-the-job experience with a foundational knowledge of supporting hybrid cloud deployment scenarios.

Ability to be flexible in dynamic situations, potentially involving changes to schedules and workflow deliverables impacting both self and team, and situations managing competing deadlines and priorities.

Ability to work successfully with a wide variety of stakeholders, including government representatives and vendors, and across teams of varying sizes.

Ability to coach people to understand, use, and follow documented processes, including the willingness and ability to assist those with uncertainty or less technical understanding.

Ability to manage time successfully in both a team and independent-operator setting, with prior experience meeting project deliverable schedules and informing stakeholders of milestone needs.

Ability to compare existing technologies, tools, resources, and capabilities in use with those in the marketplace in order to provide financially and practically sound assessments for optimizing a technology service portfolio -- including elimination of redundancies and guidance on new purchases.

Review, understand, and advocate for IOT's strategic goals toward providing secure and reliable infrastructure, systems, and services for the State of Indiana. Position supports driving adoption of tools already procured by the State of Indiana while rationalizing tools that may overlap and evaluating new technoliges.

Strong preference will be given to candidates with the Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification or other Azure specific credentials. It would be difficult for a candidate without knolwedge above the AZ-900 level to achieve success in this role.