Cloud Solution Architecture

Microsoft

Location: Issaquah, Washington, United States

Job Type: Full time

Posted

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With over 17,000 employees worldwide, the Microsoft Customer Experience & Success (CE&S) organization is responsible for the strategy, design, and implementation of Microsoft’s end-to-end customer experience. Come join CE&S and help us build a future where customers come to us not only because we provide industry-leading products and services, but also because we provide a differentiated and connected customer experience.

Microsoft aspires to help our customers achieve their own digital transformation, leveraging the power of Microsoft Cloud solutions and support offerings. To this end, Microsoft invests in a dedicated Customer Success team with Cloud Solution Architects, who will help Microsoft customers successfully realize their business outcomes.

Cloud Solution Architects are deep technical advisors supporting customers to deliver unique value by removing blockers to consumption within their given Solution Area. The Cloud Solution Architect provides support delivery services as well as technical readiness. Cloud Solution Architect services can be delivered either remotely or on-premises, and this role can include a mixture of short and long-term customer engagements.


As a Cloud Solution Architect, you will be a key technical resource for the customer to help drive digital transformation through all Azure technologies. You will be working with our customers to help build, deploy, operate, support, and optimize a customer's cloud or on-premise environment.


This role is flexible in that you can work up to 100% from home.

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. As employees we come together with a growth mindset, innovate to empower others and collaborate to realize our shared goals. Each day we build on our values of respect, integrity, and accountability to create a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive at work and beyond.

Responsibilities

Support Management - 50%

  • Participate in proactive account management, spot performance issues, analyze problems, develop solutions to meet customer needs, represent them.
  • Provides the most effective method of service delivery by analyzing trends and common themes across customers.
  • Create deliverables to address common customer needs & support mobile-first, cloud-first strategy, share intellectual property with others.
  • Engages in strategic service delivery planning, in partnership with the virtual account team, to strengthen targeted customer relationships.
  • Gathers customer impressions of products and services and integrates this feedback into decision making.
  • Seeks information about the underlying needs of customers.
  • Develops and communicates realistic performance goals and standards.
  • Builds plans that consider potential obstacles and immediate and long-term consequences.
  • Demonstrates expertise in a specific solution, or several products, feature functions, or services.
  • Provides stakeholder assistance throughout deployment to avoid/resolve technical issues.

Support Execution - Deliver Results through Teamwork & Optimizing Business Results - 25%

  • Seeks opportunities to drive Customer Success business results by collaborating with multiple team members.
  • Identifies opportunities to articulate business value and grow customer/partner relationships in alignment with Customer Success business priorities and stakeholder management principles.
  • Provides and drives actionable feedback across groups about the customer/partner experience and competitor threats.
  • Modifies and delivers existing intellectual property (IP) or, where applicable, creates new content.
  • Seeks opportunities to drive Customer Success business results by collaborating with multiple team members.
    Leadership and Growing the Business - 25%
  • Consistently apply "lessons learned", model personal accountability & teamwork.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of his or her role and contribution to customer/partner change management and adoption initiatives.
  • Demonstrates the ability to articulate value propositions for the most strategic Microsoft products and services, and to position them against competitors.
  • Demonstrates expertise in a specific solution, or several products, feature functions, or services.
  • Identifies business and technical risks in programs, assesses their impact, and proposes mitigations and contingencies.
  • Provides stakeholder and business decision maker assistance throughout deployment to avoid/resolve technical issues.
  • Understands customer/partner requirements and can map the adoption and optimization of Microsoft technology solutions accordingly.
  • Drives and Supports innovation focusing on industry solutions and customer business outcomes on the Microsoft platform.
  • Contribute & participate with meetings to articulate support offerings to all customers; share knowledge thru communities, adapt for customers.
  • Cultivates relationships, credibility, and loyalty with customers and partners intentionally by sharing relevant business expertise

Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering, Business, or related field AND 2+ years experience in cloud/infrastructure technologies, information technology (IT) consulting/support, systems administration, network operations, software development/support, technology solutions, practice development, architecture, and/or consulting
    o OR equivalent experience.
  • At least 2 years of hands-on technical experience supporting any of the following Azure Infrastructure technologies or related experience:
    o Azure Kubernete Service - Containers and/or Kubernetes and/or OpenShift (infrastructure perspective)
    o Azure Monitoring
    o Azure Virtual Machines
    o Azure Identity including any of the following: Azure AD, PIM, Conditional Access, MFA, Azure AD Connect, Password less sign-ins
    o Azure Virtual Network, VPN, Load Balancer (L4/L7), Traffic Manager, CDN, Azure DNS, routing & routing protocols like BGP, firewall concepts
    o Azure Storage Account, Disk, Snapshot, Backup, Site Recovery, file sync
    o Azure Governance and Compliance
    o Microsoft Defender for Identity
    o Azure Sentinel

Additional or Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering, Business, or related field AND 5+ years experience in cloud/infrastructure technologies, information technology (IT) consulting/support, systems administration, network operations, software development/support, technology solutions, practice development, architecture, and/or consulting
    o OR equivalent experience.
  • 2+ years experience working in a customer-facing role (e.g., internal and/or external).
  • 2+ years experience working on technical projects.
  • Technical Certification in Cloud (e.g., Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google, security certifications). 
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively working in a fast-paced environment where technology and customers' requirements can change regularly
  • Demonstrated aptitude for providing extraordinary customer service, influence, and impact while problem solving and building Customer & Partner relationships.
  • Possess a passion for continuous learning, strong problem-solving skills, critical thinking and good judgement
  • Ability to apply product & technology knowledge to improve Microsoft products and the customer experience
  • Solid understanding of client/server, networking, and Internet technologies fundamentals.
  • Technical Delivery and Customer facing presentation skills with a high degree of comfort with both large and small audiences
  • Must have the ability to take on internal initiatives to create services opportunities, and work in a fast-paced environment while balancing multiple demands, addressing shifting priorities, and maintaining focus
  • Overnight travel may be required. Travel requirements vary regionally

The salary for this role in the state of Colorado is between $97,00 and $145,400.

At Microsoft, certain roles are eligible for additional rewards, including annual bonus and stock. These awards are allocated based on individual performance. In addition, certain roles also have the opportunity to earn sales incentives based on revenue or utilization, depending on the terms of the plan and the employee’s role.

Benefits/perks listed here may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.US-based employees gain access to healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan and company match, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, and fitness benefits, among others.

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.

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