Cloud Architect (Outside IR35)




Architecture, Infrastructure, Technology and Change


£600 to £800 Per Day


Outside IR35


London City

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A leading global insurance / reinsurance business has an urgent contract opportunity for a Cloud Architect  to support the transformation and the future growth of the business within the Technology function, to identify, create and implement strategies and frameworks to simplify the IT architecture by removing Legacy systems, investing in modernised, lower-cost and performant technology systems, delivering a digital platform within a robust public cloud management  framework.

In addition, Group IT require local and international, physical, and virtual infrastructure modernisation in the satellite offices, including working with local third-party vendors.


  • Enable MS Azure cloud journey, analyse TCO (Total Ownership Cost) and create a business case, make the best of the Cloud journey
  • Design and prototype cloud solutions, create solution architecture document covering deep technical aspects of the implementation
  • Create a unified strategy for cloud transformation governance, automation, security, implementation and operations
  • Analyse existing application portfolios, develop next-gen application architecture, transformation and modernisation roadmap
  • Conduct cloud solutions architecture review/audit and create review/audit reportLead implementation of the solution from establishing project requirements and goals to solution "go-live"
  • Oversee the development efforts and provide technical help as needed
  • Day-to-day lead the client through the technical and organisational challenges of Cloud transformation
  • Participate in the full cycle of pre-sale activities, including RFP processing, proposal development and direct communications with potential clients
  • Maintain a strong understanding of industry trends and best practices
  • Create thought leadership on cloud solutions and hybrid clouds
  • Serve as a cloud evangelist, consult and provide technical guidance on cloud solutions design, build, governance, security, operations and cost control best practices

Skills and Experience:

  • A deep expertise in modern cloud architecture and history of successful implementation of complex MS Azure solutions
  • Good exposure to Agile software development methodologies and DevOps practices such as Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Continuous Integration (CI) and automated deployment
  • Excellent knowledge and hands-on experience of Terraform
  • Designing and building applications using container and serverless technologies
  • Ability to suggest competitive and innovative technical decisions, get client buy-in and deliver commitments
  • Experience working with highly scalable, performant and mission critical architectures
  • Knowledgeable in several of: Azure, micro services, APIs, containers, cloud data models, cloud integration, and cloud migration patterns like rehost, refactor, rearchitect
  • Strong focus on Security
  • Excellent documentation skills
  • Architect level certification in Azure and Microsoft 365
  • Certification in an architectural framework (such as TOGAF)
  • Proactive self starter who shows initiative and is always willing to take on more
  • Confident with support activities and with tactical and strategic thinking
  • Attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy in work product
  • A strong collaborator; excellent relationship building and communication skills with the ability to engage people from diverse cultures and different levels
  • Experience of working in a global organisation, balancing global and local requirements

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