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Solution Architect
Ref No.: 17-20142
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Immediate need for a Solution Architect (Cloud) with experience in the Telecom Industry. This is a 6+ month’s contract opportunity with long-term potential located in Chicago,IL. Please review the job description below:
Job ID: 17 - 20142
Key Responsibilities:
  • As the Solutions Architect, you will work closely with the Cloud Center of Excellence technical and leadership team to define and deliver complex proof of concepts and customer solutions.
  • You will be responsible for providing technical sales support to Client Customer units and be the Cloud Subject Matter Expert for Key Customer Engagements.
  • You will also be responsible for creating and developing the Cloud Services strategy along with the Cloud Center of Excellence Leadership team.
  • As our ideal candidate, you will possess the Cloud technical and sales expertise needed to lead the design, development and delivery of projects.
  • You are a recognized leader within the Cloud industry and have contributed knowledge in the form of white papers, research articles, or patents.
  • At a commercial level, you will have built and deployed Cloud solutions in large scale environments.
  • With proven experience overseeing all aspects of Cloud projects, your track record of identifying business opportunities and driving profitable success will be exceptional.
  • Your outstanding relationship building skills and ability to develop strong working partnerships will lead you to success in this exciting opportunity.
  • Provide high-level and detailed consultative solutions and technical sales support for selected customer opportunities. Understand business requirements and be able to translate them into technical requirements.
  • Perform in-depth and high-level technical presentations for customers, partners and potential clients.
  • Provide consultative support to Solution Architects and Service Engineers.
  • Mentor Service Engineers in the assigned opportunities. Exhibit leadership and be viewed as a leader by senior management, peers, partners, company and customers.
  • Publish white papers on given topics for internal or external use. Gather product requirements from field and customer and submit findings to relevant Business and R&D units to drive Solution Area or Operator business requirements.
  • Drive Add on sales and business opportunities during the entire process in order to contribute to increased sales volumes.
  • Manage a team of Solution Architects and/or Service Engineers in Customer Projects to ensure successfully execution.
Key Requirements and Technology Experience:
  • Master's degree in Engineering/Computer Science or equivalent.
  • Extensive expertise in providing leadership during customer business discussions, requirements and needs analysis (financial drivers, impacts, and restrictions) and creating technical solutions.
  •  Excellent communication and relational skills – able to form a trusted advisor relationship with a customer, able to listen and guide a technical discussion, able to clearly articulate complex topics.
  • Proven track record with IT & Telecommunication Customers.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with Cloud and Virtualization Technologies, Solutions, and Architectures.
  • Extensive experience selling Cloud and Virtualization technologies at the engineering level through the CxO level.
  • Experience in the selection and proposal of 3rd party suppliers/products for Cloud Computing Solutions. Able to work with and manage customized solutions and products, including 3rd party products.
  • OpenStack Architecture
  • VMware: ESXi, vSwitch operations, SRM (site recovery manager), View, vCloud.
  • Hypervisors (Hyper-V KVM, VMWare)
  • Networking Protocols, design and products: Ethernet, IP, switching, routing etc.
  • Storage networking protocols: Fibre Channel, iSCSI, NFS/CiFS, storage multi-pathing
  • X86 hardware solutions.
  • Rack and blade server solutions from Client, Oracle, IBM, Dell
  • Firewalls/IPS, load balancers, WAN optimization,
  • Disaster recovery solutions: backup/recovery, mirroring, active/standby, active/active
  • High availability architectures and clustering solutions (Oracle RAC, Veritas, et al.)
  • SaaS, PaaS offerings
  • SDN, NFV concepts
  • Cloud Security implementation
  • Cloud Orchestration
  • Analytics and using this data to dimension/expand/plan cloud resources
  • Incumbent cloud providers, i.e. Amazon, Google
  • Knowledge of Ericsson cloud related portfolio and offering (ECS 2.0/ECM/ECEE etc.) is a plus
  • Cloud or Virtualization certifications is a plus.
Our client is a leading Telecom Industry and we are currently interviewing to fill this and other similar contract positions. Qualified candidates should apply online for immediate consideration.