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Jr. Cloud Architect

Date Posted: Jun 29, 2018

Location: Cary, NC, US, 27513

Company: MetLife

Global Technology & Operations_16846 - Full-Time - Information Technology - 10 - Work from Home/No - United States - North Carolina - Cary

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Job Location: United States : North Carolina : Cary  


MetLife is seeking an Architect to join its centralized Cloud and Infrastructure Architecture team focused on delivering strategic architectural solutions that enable MetLife to meet its business goals. This Architect will work closely with the AVP of Cloud and Infrastructure Architecture, and will be responsible for contributing to the delivery of global strategic cloud and infrastructure architecture projects. The Architect will be primarily focused on building and delivering global IaaS and PaaS application hosting environments in Azure. In this role, the architect will be responsible for the architecture of progressive application hosting platforms using  Docker containers, PaaS and serverless capabilities like Azure functions. The architect will also be involved with contributing to the execution of various workstreams in the Metlife cloud program. The architect will ensure that all architectures and new technology acquisitions are delivered through MetLife’s architectural governance review processes (GARB, ARB and TSC) and follow established enterprise reference architectures and standards. The architect will also collaborate with global IT partners in architecture and development to deliver future state architectures for the portfolios assigned.


The ideal candidate will have strong business and technology acumen in order to develop sound architecture solutions that will meet and exceed business needs. Skills in cloud and infrastructure architecture, along with the capacity to adapt to a changing technology landscape are essential.  Effective communications with IT and business associates at all levels including senior management will be required. This position may require some travel depending on current assignment, as well as working with global partners in time zones outside of the U.S.

Functional Responsibilities

  • Creation, analysis, and review of assigned cloud and infrastructure architectures
  • Assists other architects to ensure the efficacy, integrity and security of assigned cloud and infrastructure architectures
  • Helps in multiple complex or large-scale projects as assigned
  • Provides input in project planning of architecture activities and provides estimates for architecture work
  • Ensures maintenance and quality of related project documents and/or architecture artifacts (e.g., Solution Architecture Document)
  • Assists in the development of cloud and infrastructure Future State Architectures
  • Maintains a broad, deep understanding of current business applications, cloud technologies, multiple industry technologies and reference architectures and infrastructure best practices
  • Collaborates with global domain architects to ensure the integrity of the design pattern and adherence to reference architectures and standards
  • Partners with global partners in architecture and IT to ensure that global solutions accommodate local/regional requirements, including language support and data sovereignty restrictions
  • Prepares presentations tailored for various audiences (e.g., executive management, business partners, IT partners, etc.)
  • Conducts product assessments and vendor evaluations as needed, and guides these through the approved software governance processes
  • Has ability to maintain big picture focus while working on individual architecture projects
  • Proactively keeps management informed of project status, issues, and dependencies

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of 1 to 3 years of related cloud and infrastructure architecture experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or engineering discipline
  • Experience leading and/or working in a matrixed team
  • Demonstrated inter-personal and consultative proficiency
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication proficiency
  • Proficient at working independently with minimal supervision while consistently meeting all expectations
  • Demonstrated expertise in one or more architecture disciplines (e.g., cloud architecture, network architecture, data architecture, infrastructure architecture, etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience in understanding, analyzing, applying, and communicating abstract architectural concepts
  • Broad knowledge of cloud architecture design patterns and technologies (e.g., IaaS, PaaS, SaaS)
  • Broad knowledge of WAN network integration with cloud providers
  • Broad knowledge of cloud security best practices
  • Experience with the architecture and design of cloud-centric projects
  • Experience with security architecture patterns and technologies (e.g., web access management, single sign on, federation, data encryption, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Azure certification
  • Experience with Docker Data Center, Kubernetes and containers
  • Experience with serverless computing concepts and design
  • Experience with Big Data, Machine Learning, and AI
  • Experience working with customers/partners outside of the US, including Asia and Latin America





Business Category

Global Tech


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MetLife is a proud equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to attracting, retaining, and maximizing the performance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is MetLife's policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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