Infrastructure Solution Architect

EZCORP, INC. - Austin, TX3.1

30+ days agoFull-time
JOB DESCRIPTION
Job Description

EZCORP is looking for an experienced and highly driven Infrastructure Solution Architect. The lead infrastructure Solution Architect is accountable for driving end-to-end infrastructure design for strategic projects. This role will focus on capturing requirements and working with key teams to select product and services to build solutions that aligns with the IT Strategy. This position is an individual contributor, however, will be a leader of change by supporting the introduction of architecture and engineering disciplines into project delivery and IT services. The Infrastructure Solution Architect will be the single point of accountability for Infrastructure solution design within the company. Strong knowledge of all infrastructure disciplines as well as data, security and application domains is a must.

Key Areas of Responsibility

1. Support development of new technologies and system requirements

2. Ensure all systems are working at optimum levels

Critical and Essential Tasks

1. Contribute to the overall technical infrastructure, vision and strategy – including performance, reliability, scalability, security, redundancy and recovery

2. Become a trusted advisor to the organization by establishing respect through knowledge, actions and results

3. Innovate, influence and evangelize the IT strategy

4. Rapidly improve the infrastructure project and service design capability through industry accepted architecture approaches and introducing lightweight governance controls

5. Establish a design documentation library of repeatable patterns and solutions

6. Capture formal requirements and deliver conceptual, logical & physical level infrastructure solution designs that drive simplification, supportability and cost-effective service delivery

7. Establish a design discipline that can be extended into engineering and operational teams to drive the lifecycle of a service

8. Create a lightweight process with artifacts to govern smaller designs supported by infrastructure teams

9. Support service management and infrastructure engineering to define IT service delivery standards that will be incorporated into solution design

10. Work with reliability engineering to set design standards to be leverage in solutions for monitoring and alerting of performance, capacity and system reliability

11. Define standards and a framework to ensure application teams have traceability and manageability in their designs and implementations

12. Support the transition from implementation into operational support by developing repeatable processes to drive clear handoffs and accountability with service delivery teams

13. Identify opportunities to provide innovative solutions

14. Assist application development and infrastructure teams in troubleshooting and resolving architectural issues during the entire lifecycle of a solution

15. Perform Architectural Assessments of current state production infrastructure

16. Support Level 3 engineers in problem management to eliminate design constraints or capacity limitations

17. Support a culture of continuous improvement through lifecycle management of IT services

18. Leverage and strengthen key vendor partnerships
JOB REQUIREMENTS

Requirements

Experience

12+ years of progressive architecture and engineering solution design responsibilities, implementation and production support (operational) experience, including 5+ years in an IT Infrastructure delivery role

International experience (LATAM is a plus)

Education

Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems or equivalent from a four-year college or university

Competencies

Technical & Professional Skills

Job-Specific Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Proven ability to drive design sessions with key vendors and internal IT teams
  • Skilled in selecting, implementing and managing IT Technical Architecture and infrastructure commonly used in WAN/LAN (firewalls, routers, and switches), Data Centers (physical and virtual Linux/Windows environments), Cloud environments, Communications (VOIP, video conferencing) and Desktop (software/hardware).
  • Must have advanced knowledge in IT to include:
o The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF)

o Mastery level Visio & PowerPoint Presentation

o Data Center and Cloud migration (Oracle & Azure preferred)

o O365 collaboration

o Automation & Orchestration software

o Project delivery discipline

o Production Support

o Mid to Large size company

o Budget and project financial modeling

o Capacity & Performance Analysis

o Systems Management

o Docker/Kubernetes

o Python

o Linux / MS Stacks

o SQL Server

o Micro Services architectures

o Public Cloud

  • Business Acumen and industry knowledge
  • Solution and Service Analysis, Research & Product Selection, Computational Skills, Matrix Management & Team Building, Computer Network Development and Maintenance and financial modeling
  • Knowledge of application development with emphasis on OLTP systems architecture and associated middleware
  • Knowledge of Micro Services
  • Understanding of how to build a technical architecture for performance and reliability that meets the strategic direction of the business
  • Demonstrated ability to work with executive level customers and create technology solutions to business problems
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in project planning and delivery
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, attention to detail and accuracy in work, time management and organizational skills
  • Skilled in public speaking and presentations
  • Self-directed with ability to prioritize and manage expectations with a demonstrated ability to work independently as well as within teams to deliver solutions on time and on budget
Service Orientation

This is a major area of importance. Defining and introducing solutions that are customer service oriented is one of the primary responsibilities. People who are successful in this position will be eager to help, committed to doing things right and always focused on the business outcome we require.

Leadership

This is an individual contributor however will be a technology Leader. Leadership skills are of great importance. An emphasis on inter-personal relationships and “results orientation” will ensure success in this position. Additionally, communication skills will be used to interpret technical information to all levels of associates within the Company in a positive and motivational manner.

Analytical Skills

As a leader, this position will need to have keen analytical skills that will allow him/her to look at alternatives and identify discrepancies and irregularities and determine the best solution to correcting the situation. Critical and independent thinking are essential.

Planning

In order to be effective in this position, the incumbent must be able to find creative and innovative ways to better handle day-to-day and special situations by carefully planning for possible eventualities. The successful person will set goals, timetables and meet deadlines as a normal part of their everyday business.