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Lead PaaS Architect

Date Posted: Aug 10, 2019

Location: Querétaro, QUE, MX, 0

Company: MetLife

Role Value Proposition:


While SaaS solutions are becoming increasingly prevalent across industries, we believe that our target state architecture is truly unique in the breadth of use of these solutions and the degree to which standard, cloud-based services will be leveraged.  We will remain with vendors’ standard offerings, while at the same time benefitting from the ongoing innovation that those vendors bring.  But while that simplicity should allow Metlife to respond more quickly – and less expensively – to changing business needs, bringing together these services for supporting business functions requires that these solutions are well integrated and provide timely, accurate and reliable information to allow Metlife to develop new capabilities and make well informed decisions.

MetLife is seeking a Lead PaaS Architect to join its regional 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 cloud and infrastructure architecture projects. The Architect will be primarily focused on building and delivering regional 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 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.


Key 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

•           Translates business strategy and objectives into an application and integration architecture which supports the following capabilities:

•           Process & Entity design

•           Component Modeling

•           Application Modernization and rationalization strategies

•           Domain driven design

•           Responsible for the development, ownership and communication of end to end platform design:

             o  Target state architecture

                  Conceptual and logical enterprise architectures


             o  Reference architecture which includes:

                  Principles and guidelines



•           Support delivery of projects

                  Define and execute Proof of Concepts

                  Provide guidance to the development team

•            Supports/guides solution architects by promoting best practices, using reference architectures, ensuring standardization across solution architectures and reflecting the information and integration architecture strategies in their solutions

•            As a member of the architecture review board, ensures that solution architectures are aligned with the enterprise information and integration architecture

•            Continuously researches and keeps up with latest trends, emerging technologies, new vendor products, new ways of doing things, assessing their applicability to Metlife and incorporating them into the enterprise information and integration architecture



Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:

•           Experience within the insurance industry preferably pension funds, life insurance and/or annuities

•           Ability to think strategically and apply abstract architectural concepts at an enterprise level

•           Experience using one or more formal architecture frameworks such as FEAF, TOGAF, or Zachman; certification in any of them is a plus

•           Experience working with agile methodologies and knowledge of DevOps

•           Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication and presentation skills with the ability to effectively convey architectural concepts to business and technology peers as well as senior management

•           Effective influencing and negotiating skills

•           Ability to work simultaneously on multiple large, complex projects with minimal supervision

•           Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related discipline and/or equivalent work experience, Master’s degree in Computer Science is a plus

•           Full / Native English and Spanish proficiency..

•           Minimum 4  years of related cloud and infrastructure architecture experience

•           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

•           Demonstrated experience and knowledge on Linux operative systems, automation and DevOps.

•           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

•           Travel: Minimal