Avanade Inc. Manager, Cloud Transformation in Toronto, Canada

About the role

The Avanade Infrastructure Community designs, installs, and configures technology architecture for Avanade’s Enterprise clients. Avanade’s expertise spans security, availability/fail-over, business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR), operating system/compute, storage, database, networking and operations infrastructure, involving Microsoft or multi-vendor technologies.

As a Senior Architect in our Applications in Infrastructure Market Unit, you will lead the design and installation of complex Azure based solutions by working directly with clients to identify opportunities to transform their legacy technology landscapes into “Cloud Ready” or “Cloud Native” ecosystems and support the adaptation of Avanade solutions as business requirements change.

With a thorough understanding of both client requirements and Avanade Solutions, you will oversee people and governance for projects of moderate to large size (greater > 5000 seats) and complexity while being the overall Technical Lead. You will interact frequently with clients to ensure smooth and successful design and implementation of Avanade solutions and be involved with the creation and presentation of solutions and proposals.

Day-to-day, you will:

  • Assist in advising clients on overall IT strategies, including efficient adoption of new and existing technologies and integrating new solutions to create business value

  • Deliver and drive deployment of customer workloads into Azure by providing deployment guidance, supporting development of the customers’ cloud adoption model, and providing appropriate recommendations to overcome blockers

  • Assist Enterprise customers looking to integrate DevOps or Agile practices into their environment

  • Establish partnerships with cross-functional technology and design teams to integrate Azure technology, operations and solution requirements into solutions

  • Define Azure based operational processes, procedures and toolsets to ensure operability of implemented solutions

  • Explaining complex technical solutions to technical and non-technical audiences, and connecting technological solutions with measurable business value

  • Be responsible for end to end project delivery from creation and selling of the solution through to final delivery for the client

  • Provides broad over-arching guidance and insight for linking technologies to business requirements

  • Manage, evaluate, coach and guide team members and peers in the Avanade Infrastructure community

  • Support Business Development activities such as solution and proposal creation, client presentations, RFP responses, etc.

  • Translate Microsoft technology architecture concepts to timeframe roadmaps

  • Develop relationships with customer stakeholders to understand their business challenges and to identify potential additional opportunities for Avanade offerings

  • Develop innovative technical approaches as complete solutions to business problems

  • Clearly articulate and navigate complex solution discussions to multiple demanding stakeholders

  • Travel as needed

Qualifications

About you

You are an experienced technology architect with strong business acumen. You are as comfortable working with a technical team as with client business leaders, and you know how to build bridges between the two. With your excellent communications skills, you are adept at mapping business needs to technology solutions and helping non-technical audiences understand the benefits of these solutions.

Your skillset includes but is not limited to:

  • A deep understanding of cloud computing technologies (including both Platform and Infrastructure-as-a-Service), business drivers, and emerging computing trends with a specialty in Azure

  • Ability to build technical relationships with senior executives and growing cloud consumption share in large or highly strategic accounts

  • 5-10 years of success in consultative/complex technical deployment projects

  • 5+ years of architecture, design, implementation, and/or support of highly distributed applications (i.e. having an architectural sense for ensuring availability, reliability, etc.)

  • 3+ years of experience in “migrating” on-premises workloads to the cloud

  • Any networking, security or competitive product experience such as Cisco and Amazon are a plus.

  • Ability to stay current on Azure technology outside of the work environment compliments this role (i.e. lab work, Azure tenant, O365 tenant, blogging and writing)

  • At least one of the Azure technical certification exams (70-532, 70-533, or 70-534/70-535)

Your non-technical experience includes:

  • Exceptional listening, verbal and written communication, and presentation skills in English (French also an asset)

  • Communicating and presenting complex information to technical and non-technical stakeholders, both orally and in written form

  • Strong analytical, deductive reasoning, and problem-solving skills

  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills for interacting with all levels of client staff and internal teams

  • Working with global teams and offshore resources

About Avanade

Avanade leads in providing innovative digital services, business solutions and design-led experiences for its clients, delivered through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. Our professionals combine technology, business and industry expertise to build and deploy solutions to realize results for clients and their customers. Avanade has 27,000 digitally connected people across 23 countries, bringing clients the best thinking through a collaborative culture that honors diversity and reflects the communities in which we operate. We welcome all and seek talented individuals who can bring their whole self to work, build inclusive teams and encourage diversity inside and outside the organization. Majority owned by Accenture, Avanade was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation. Learn more at www.avanade.com at http://www.avanade.com/ .

Avanade® Is An Equal Opportunity Employer. Avanade prohibits discrimination and harassment against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, marital status or any other protected status. Avanade is also committed to providing accommodations for persons with disabilities in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act .

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Avanade is the leading provider of innovative digital and cloud-enabling services, business solutions and design-led experiences, delivered through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. Majority owned by Accenture, Avanade was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation and has 30,000 professionals in 24 countries. Visit us at www.avanade.com.

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