Infrastructure Applied Architect

JP Morgan

Location: Greater London

Job Type: Full time


Do you enjoy solving problems? Do you like taking a practical, simple approach to solve unnecessarily complex systems. Do you think a problem need not be always solved using technology and it's important to understand Product strategy, Enterprise Architecture Strategy and more importantly end Customer experience and behavior, to drive longer term outcomes. Beyond having an idea and a design on paper, do you like to be responsible for delivering the idea from inception to an actual customer capability ? Could you take on the challenge to scale your idea to serve 50K enterprise developers.

If this piques your interest, then come talk to us.

WHO are we : We are a global team of Applied Architects (New Jersey, Glasgow, London) who drive architecture and engineering efforts in Global Technology Infrastructure(GTI). GTI is the centralized enterprise technology provider to all Lines of Businesses in JP Morgan Chase; think of multiple banks within a bank. Within GTI our team is part of Compute, Networking and Storage(CNS) group. CNS is responsible for the core technology platforms Infrastructure As a Service(IaaS), Platform as a Service(PaaS) and Container as a Service(CaaS) for both public and private clouds. Our team is called CNS Applied Architecture. Our products serve over 6000 Business Applications (most of them mission critical) and supports over 10K technology components and 50K enterprise developers.

WHAT we do : We take on work which no-one is responsible for. Usually we end up creating work for ourselves by identifying friction points, inefficient processes, better ways of enabling products and services in our CNS portfolio products. We wear multiple hats - we act as proxy customers taking a critical view of the product picking on gaps, other times we would put on a Product owner hat and create the product roadmap with new capabilities, there are times we take on engineering work (yes- we are developers too) e.g. building a core library which will be reused across multiple products, or act as Information Architects where we review data models to ensure Products are implementing APIs consistently or partner with Risk and Cyber teams to review and enforce controls to ensure Products are in compliance. We are essentially about identifying and solving problems at all levels, and so our leadership strongly supports our initiatives and usually puts them at the top of the organizational priorities.

WHO are we looking for: We're looking for a hands-on Applied Architect to join our Architecture team and help lead, build and operate JPMC’s public and private cloud platforms. We expect your passion for technology and thirst for problem solving will help shape the future of our public and private cloud platforms. Every day, you’ll bring critical thought leadership to the table, working with a team of architects, engineers, and product owners alike, creating strategically sound Target State Architectures for JPMC's public and private cloud. You will be working cross-product in the Compute, Networks and Storage (CNS) Product Lines which means you are responsible to ensure these products' capabilities are consumable, consistent and interoperable. The CNS-Applied Architecture Team is focused on Improving Standards, Improving Engineering Quality and Reducing Friction for Customers by acting as Proxy Consumers. You should be able to wear multiple hats as explained above taking on different roles and challenges.

You will own & maintain the architecture vision and horizon view for that vision. You'll have a stakeholder say in setting roadmap priorities and fostering a customer-centric environment. At the end of the day, your work will have tremendous and positive impact, whether it’s in-house, in collaboration with technologists across JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s global technology community or in partnership with some of the most important tech firms in the world.

The ideal candidate is a hands-on-technologist with significant experience in architecture and engineering modern infrastructure platforms and services, including development of API best practices, enabling Cloud Solutions and Infrastructure as Code. We are looking for someone who understands the end-to-end view of Product , Application and Service offering and how to leverage industry best practices in:

Key Responsibilities to Include:

  • Taking initiative, ownership to identify, collaborate and solve problems including documentation of problem statement and clear requirements.
  • Ideate on problem solving using a customer-centric approach and explore innovative, practical solutions and designing fit for purpose solutions.
  • Iterative delivery of Strategic Architecture Design and work with all the stakeholders to get buy-in and engagement on the architecture strategy and adoption.
  • Be an individual contributor and able to influence stakeholders, form virtual teams where necessary to drive solutions.
  • Partner with the GTI wide architectural community to drive best practices and alignment and represent interests and positions of the Compute, Networking and Storage (CNS) team in the GTI,
  • Leads and guide the design, development of reusable components.
  • Drive strategic long-term improvement plans that take into account the critical, underlying and less apparent relationships between multiple complex business, technology and systems platforms.

Skills & Experience

  • 8+ years of hands-on experience designing simplified enterprise infrastructure architecture for very large organizations.
  • Expert in making Architecture goals consumable through iterative delivery across all levels of the organization
  • Experience at working in a matrix management model, utilizing global virtual teams
  • Experience at working both autonomously and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment is critical.
  • Excellent communicator at all levels of the organization, both verbal and written
  • Ability to educate and uplift junior technologists to make stronger architectural decisions
  • Experience in understanding Foundational Risk and Regulatory Controls for financial institutions.
  • Experience in process re-engineering efforts, complex project delivery, organizational change best practices.
  • Proficient knowledge on at least few of the below technologies :
    • Cloud technologies (VMware, AWS, Azure, Google)
    • Automation frameworks (Ansible, Terraform, Puppet, SCCM)
    • Operating Systems (Linux / Windows)
    • Web & Application Servers (Apache / IIS / Tomcat)
    • Database (SQL / NoSQL)
    • Messaging (Kafka / Kinesis / MQ)
    • Monitoring (Prometheus, OEM, Open Metrics)
    • Networking (TCP/IP, Software Defined Network)

Strong candidates must also exhibit the following qualities:

  • Experience in one of more modern programming languages.
  • Hands-on experience in developing and implementing applications or designs across multiple products/services.
  • Demonstrated examples of influencing & challenging the status quo and solving problems.
  • Ability to forge strong relationships and build a SME network across extended teams.
  • Strong decision-making skills and ability to manage multiple inter dependent programs with virtual teams.
You’ve got this!