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Solution Architect Associate Director - GPS

at EY in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Job Description

At EY, you’ll have the chance to build a career as unique as you are, with the global scale, support, inclusive culture and technology to become the best version of you. And we’re counting on your unique voice and perspective to help EY become even better, too. Join us and build an exceptional experience for yourself, and a better working world for all.

From strategy to execution, the Government & Public Sector (GPS) practice of Ernst & Young LLP provides a full range of consulting and audit services to help our Federal, State, Local and Education clients implement new ideas to help achieve their mission outcomes. We deliver real change and measurable results through our diverse, high-performing teams, quality work at the highest professional standards, operational know-how from across our global organization, and creative and bold ideas that drive innovation. We enable our government clients to achieve their mission of protecting the nation and serving the people; increasing public safety; improving healthcare for our military, veterans and citizens; delivering essential public services; and helping those in need. EY is ready to help our government build a better working world.?

Our GPS Technology Organization is a structure within the US GPS practice that implements and maintains a new operate and technology model designed specifically to support U.S. defense and Government engagements.

The opportunity

We are looking for a Solution Architect, who will be part of the Solution Architecture team within the US Government and Public Sector Technology Hub. In this role, you will be responsible for delivering solution designs and architectures for key initiatives hosted in primarily in a cloud hosted government platform, and considering re-use, scalability and reliability in alignment with EY’s mission and strategy.

You will holistically evaluate the architecture and apply deep technical expertise to understand the business impact of a technical component, recommending and implementing new solutions, ways of working and technologies to meet business requirements. You will develop relationships across the business to understand requirements, apply deep technical knowledge of solution and technical architecture to solve business problems and work closely with other architecture and development teams to translate business requirements into technical solutions.

In this role you will also create reliable solution plans that include cost estimates and optimized delivery approaches by working with the business, multi-disciplinary teams including our peers in Technical Solution Management and Product Costing.

Your key responsibilities

+ Providing architecture leadership & subject matter expertise to client engagements focusing on complex & innovative products and reusable assets

+ Developing solution plans, prior to kicking off a project as part of a product life cycle, intended to support business investment decisions which means they must hold the appropriate balance between costs, risks and quality of the product

+ Creating innovative and practical designs that account for the end-to-end technical solution of a system, in line with the business strategy and objectives and within the context of EY’s technology environment.

+ Working closely and continuously with the business/client to focus on meeting business/client requirements and incorporating broader aspects such as overall product costs/revenue, data privacy & sovereignty, business continuity, information security, integration with other systems, etc.

+ Identifying, defining and implementing reusable assets and standards. The solution architect is also responsible for adherence to these standards and consumption of reusable assets across products and portfolios

+ Ensuring relevant technical strategies, policies, standards and practices are applied correctly across Technology programs/projects and products

+ Contributing to the development of architecture governance structures, methodologies and compliance activities

+ Working with the vendors to assess vendor products, understand vendor’s delivery models and assist in implementing them at E

+ Ability to work across multiple projects with varied stakeholders. Setting architectural direction, you’ll build consensus, mediate conflicts providing technical leadership and advisory services to the business. Anticipating needs and potential objections and helping to create an environment which solicits positive contributions from all participants: Solution and Technical Architects, engineering teams, product manager, project managers, product analysts, test and project teams, Information Security and Operations

+ Demonstrating excellent interpersonal communication and organizational skills that are required to operate as a leading member of global, distributed teams that deliver quality services and solutions

+ Cultivating lasting relationships across business, IT and vendors / industry analysts to maintain insight into the broader enterprise as well as industry trends

+ Recognizing industry technology trends and emerging technologies, understanding how they apply to EY and can drive their adoption into our organization

+ Evangelizing and encouraging the importance of technical quality, emerging technologies, sharing & experimentation across the org through mentoring, hackathons, communities etc.

+ Driving an ongoing communication plan to educate stakeholders on the purpose and benefits of solution architecture

+ Guiding others in resolving complex issues in solution architecture and solves complex, escalated aspects of a project

+ Monitoring the progress and the quality of the project and reviews and develops due diligence to confirm the developed solution complies with architectural design ?

Skills and attributes for success

To qualify for the role, you must have

+ Advanced understanding of solution architecture

+ Ability to adopt and relate new technologies to the set of problems we face at EY while adhering to security and other EY standards

+ Ability to communicate solutions, ideas, suggestions to a variety of (business) stakeholders effectively and comprehensibly

+ Strategic business acumen and understanding of organizational strategy

+ Deep understanding of Application, Infrastructure and security architecture and non-functional aspects like Performance, Scalability, Reliability, Availability,… all the so-called “capabilities” of a system

+ Good understanding of latest cloud computing and data technologies, business drivers, emerging computing trends, and deployment options

+ Highly skilled in defining, designing and developing distributed and scalable products and services, including reusable domain-specific microservices on multi-platform /hybrid clouds (such as Microsoft Azure, AWS, Google Cloud Rackspace, VMware, or OpenStack)

+ Ability to navigate the EY organization to facilitate work beyond the immediate technical team

+ Experience with Agile & DevSecOps methodologies

+ Excellent project management, collaboration, interpersonal and communication skills

+ Strong collaboration abilities – willingness to share ideas, documentation and leading practices

+ Conceptual and analytical skills – ability to extract, analyze, and document complex business and technical requirements/strategies

+ Must be able to obtain and maintain Top Secret Security clearance.

Ideally, you’ll also have

+ Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Engineering, Computer Science, IT, Mathematics, Economics

+ A minimum of 10+ years overall IT industry experience

+ A minimum of 3+ years in a solution or technical architect role using service and hosting solutions such as private/public cloud IaaS, PaaS and SaaS platforms

+ Experience in architecting and designing technical solutions for Microsoft-centric solutions based on industry standar

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Job Posting: JC191384866

Posted On: Sep 02, 2021

Updated On: Oct 15, 2021