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Cloud Architect

H3O Labs, LLC
Centreville, VA
  • Posted: over a month ago
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Job Description

We are looking for a savvy Cloud Architect to join our growing team of data professionals. The Cloud Architect will be responsible for specifying and implementing optimized, comprehensive and robust cloud or on-prem solutions,  or hybrids thereof. The ideal candidate is an experienced cloud technologist who enjoys optimizing cloud systems and building them from the ground up.  You must have 2-3 years of proven success in Data and Cloud related projects where you have been a thought leader and an influencer.

You will assess a client’s needs, gather requirements and distill these requirements into design artifacts that are the best fit for our clients’ needs. To be succsessful in this role you must be familiar with and have hands-on experience with at least one or more of the three major cloud providers (AWS, GCP, Azure).  You must have previous experience with on-premises solutions - as would be necessary when designing solutions fit-for-purpose for a client when moving from an existing on-premises system to the cloud. An ideal candidate would also have experience with cloud solution architectures (e.g. streaming solutions using AWS Kinesis, serverless architectures OR data pipelines using AWS Glue, Google Cloud Dataflow, Google Cloud Dataproc, Azure Synapse, Fivetran, dbt, Databricks etc.. ).  

The role will encompass the use of a broad range of Cloud technologies, operating systems (Windows, Linux), and Big Data application environments, emphasizing the implementation of best practice cloud principles around security, data acquisition, transformation, persistence, governance, automation etc.

Candidates must be hands on, quick learners, self-directed and comfortable supporting the needs of multiple teams, systems, and products.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English are essential. Some international travel may be required from time to time.


Job Responsibilities:

Leadership Qualities: 

  • Leading team members in developing applicable methodologies, tools, approaches, strategies, points of view and accelerators to differentiate in the data analytics and Cloud market. 
  • Deliver technical strategies aligned with business objectives 

Cloud Architecture: 

  • Must have sound Cloud Architectural knowledge to design robust solutions that include technology, strategy, culture and process
  • Must be able to provide fit for purpose solutions integrating various technology areas (e.g. data acquisition, transformation, tuning, governance, management, automation, business intelligence topologies.)
  • Ability to understand current-state architectures and existing tech stacks,  knowledge of best practices and cloud market trends and overall industry to provide thought leadership (seminars, whitepapers, etc.,) and mentor team to build necessary competency
  • Develop and execute a cloud migration plan for existing applications
  • In-depth knowledge of the cloud and on-prem computing platform, its many services, and dimensions of scalability 
  • Proven experience assessing client’s workloads and technology landscape for Cloud suitability, develop a business case and Cloud adoption roadmap

General Knowledge

  • Working in project teams through agreed-upon phases of project governance, requirements definition, vendor selection, risk analysis, customization, testing, training and rollout of a client's project lifecycle 
  • Identify and document technical requirements from clients
  • Develop architecture blueprints with detailed documentation.
  • Able to quickly establish credibility and trustworthiness with critical stakeholders in a client’s organization.
  • Experience working in an agile software development environment

Other responsibilities:

  • Perform HALF Sessions with the team 
  • Writing of blogs on specific topics
  • Must be an excellent communicator in terms of status and raising issues that might impact projects to either project or account management
  • While not engaged on customer tasks, work on internal projects and learning exercises to:
    • Extend your technical knowledge and skills by working with standard stack and new tools
    • Work on internal tech aimed to help build new technical practices
  • Participation is encouraged to assigned training and obtain certifications as identified by the ITT department and/or Professional Growth Manager

Required Qualifications:

Cloud Knowledge

  • 7 + years of Hands-on experience of Azure, AWS or GCP with an excellent understanding of its ecosystems.  Certification as a cloud architect is preferable
  • Expert-level knowledge on implementing cloud data warehouses – Snowflake, AWS Redshift, Azure SQL Synapse, or Google BigQuery experience
  • Designing highly available applications with responsibility cost, performance, security and compliance
  • Experience working with applications backed by cloud service
  • Oversee cloud buildout based upon recommended or prescribed architecture
  • Ensuring critical system security using best-in-class cloud security solutions.
  • Comfortable with working extensively in Linux as well as with cloud-vendor UIs
  • Experience with all facets of data pipeline construction - ETL/Real-time, data management and consumption (e.g. BI, micro-services) architectures and tooling etc. 
  • Able to integrate a combination of cloud-vendor and 3rd party services.

Development Skills

  • Expert-level knowledge building data pipelines - using a variety of different technologies; e.g. Azure Data Factory, Matillion, dbt (data build tool), Python & Spark, 
    • Candidates must have direct work experience developing and deploying multiple projects where they implemented the full cloud data pipeline documented on their resume
  • Strong Knowledge of database development tools
  • Proficient in Python programming - Java/Scala appropriate on a per situation basis
  • Understanding of Data Engineering design patterns around data acquisition, data transformation and data presentation in various paradigms; e.g. real-time, batch, NoSQL/SQL, SaaS offerings and others

Architecture Knowledge

  • Strong knowledge of databases 
  • Experience with HA/DR strategies
  • Basic knowledge of virtual networking and security
  • Knowledge of leading practices, benchmarking, peer company environments and prior advisory experience relevant to industry-specific business and technology functions
  • Experience working with numerous design paradigms: Clean Architecture, Microservice Architect, SOA, Design Driven Design, Hexagonal Architecture, etc...

Knowledge of the following would be an asset:

  • Open-source contributions of any sort 
  • Experience with BI tools such as Tableau, Spotfire, PowerBI, Looker, etc…
  • IoT understanding from connectivity and data management perspective
  • Certifications (AWS/Azure/GCP) and prior consulting experience highly preferred
  • Experience with Python, Java, Scala, JavaScript, WebSockets,, SQL, REST APIs, Data warehousing techniques and schema design
  • Data cataloging and governance techniques
  • Strong agile methodology knowledge

Soft Skills Required:

Communication Skills:

  • Must be an excellent communicator in terms of status and raising issues that might impact projects to either project or account management


  • Must have a professional commitment to high quality and a passion for learning new skills.
  • Detail-oriented individual with the ability to rapidly learn new concepts and technologies.
  • Must work autonomously without daily interaction from the delivery team.


  • Must be a strong team player with the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively in a geographically dispersed working environment.
  • Extensive experience leading a team to deliver high-quality software solutions

Problem Solving:

  • Must be able to listen and adapt your thinking to the client’s needs and be an evangelist for your ideas and concepts when proposing to clients.
  • Capable of adapting written processes when required and capturing improvements to the process for later review 
  • Must be able to marry fit for purpose technology to the client’s problems and propose correct solutions while having a common-sense approach to solving problems

Other Expectations:

  • Please note that due to COVID - work is remote for most of 2021 but when work returns to normal (post Covid) the Candidates must be available to travel up to two weeks per month regularly, with occasional periods of 2 to 3 weeks per month based on specific client requirements if needed
  • Due to the nature of the work US Citizenship or Permanent Resident Greencard status is required along with the ability to obtain an agency specific clearance(s)


Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, ethnicity, ancestry, color, sex, religion, creed, age, national origin, citizenship status, disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and gender expression, familial status, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected status or characteristics.

All H3O offers of employment in the U.S. are contingent upon the ability to successfully complete a background investigation. Background investigation components can vary dependent upon specific assignment and/or level of US government security clearance held.

H3O Labs will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with H3O Labs legal duty to furnish information.

H3O Labs, LLC


Centreville, VA
20121 USA



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