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Principal Architect - Hosting Solutions

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Date Posted: Nov 9, 2022

Location(s): Cary, North Carolina, US, 27513

Company: MetLife

Job Location: United States : North Carolina : Cary  

Alternate Job Location: Not Applicable : Not Applicable 

Work Arrangement: Hybrid 


Role Value Proposition: 

The Hosting Architect provides expertise in research, evaluation, engineering design, and delivery of hosting solutions for MetLife’s applications. This Principal level position requires strong leadership, self-initiative, and technical acumen to lead and deliver on critical projects and meet commitments. Success in this role will depend on the candidate’s ability to focus on evaluating existing implementations, building strong partnerships, and create consensus to develop projects for new or improved hosting solutions. This role delivers the ability for MetLife to implement complex infrastructure solutions under a consistent global strategy with a strong understanding of the applications hosted in these environments.


Key Responsibilities:

  • This is a Principal level position which requires strong leadership, self-initiative, and technical acumen to lead and deliver on critical projects and meet commitments.
  • Provides architectural guidance, documents design points, and performs technical evaluation of new technologies through a hands-on approach
  • Engages functional peers to develop end-to-end architectural system designs and provides recommendations for improvement
  • Establishes, communicates, and drives unified global technology standards, develop and maintain roadmaps, and provide technical solutions
  • Participates in the evaluation of new and existing hosting requirements and assists in the selection, design, development and implementation of converged and hyper-converged technologies and their respective eco-system (monitoring, automation, orchestration, service management) components
  • Develops best practice approaches for the deployment and operational readiness of key technologies including hypervisor-based tools, automation capabilities, and new product introductions
  • Participates in L4 situations and Root Cause analysis in partnership with various platform teams

Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:



  • 8+ years’ experience or familiarity with application architecture (3-tier applications, container architecture)
  • 8+ years’ related work experience with Linux and Windows and their related components
  • 5+ years’ experience or familiarity with networking and storage architectures
  • 5+ years’ scripting for automation/orchestration – PowerShell, Bash, Python, YAML, JSON, etc.
  • 5+ years’ experience generating system architecture documentation
  • Expert at visualizing IT infrastructure components end-to-end using tools such as Visio, PowerPoint, or Miro
  • Experience as a Technical Lead, providing technical guidance, mentorship, and oversight to peers
  • Experience creating and communicating complex architectural runways to agile focused teams



  • 4-year degree in any Information Technology field or equivalent professional certifications
  • Microsoft Azure foundational knowledge
  • Windows Server, RHEL OS, and general UNIX
  • Chef or Ansible playbook creation
  • Source control (GitHub, Bitbucket, or similar)
  • Experience with how applications are implemented and maintained on servers
  • Understanding of related technologies such as SAN storage, replication, disaster recovery and converged infrastructure.
  • Experience in working closely with Procurement/Vendor Management teams on purchases and acquisitions


At MetLife, we’re leading the global transformation of an industry we’ve long defined. United in purpose, diverse in perspective, we’re dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our customers.





MetLife, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.


We are one of the largest institutional investors in the U.S. with $642.4 billion of total assets under management as of March 31, 2021. We are ranked #46 on the Fortune 500 list for 2021. In 2020, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fifth year in a row. DJSI is a global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies. We are proud to have been named to Fortune magazine’s 2021 list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies.”      


MetLife is committed to building a purpose-driven and inclusive culture that energizes our people. Our employees work every day to help build a more confident future for people around the world.


We want to make it simple for all interested and qualified candidates to apply for employment opportunities with MetLife.  For further information about how to request a reasonable accommodation, please click on the Disability Accommodations link below.


MetLife is a proud Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer dedicated to attracting, retaining, and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment at MetLife without regards to 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.


MetLife maintains a drug-free workplace.


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