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Cloud Design Lead

Region: Midlands

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon

Contract type: Permanent

Reference number: ITDI00842

Closing date: 22nd June 2021

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About the role

We currently have a fantastic opportunity for a Cloud Design Lead to join our Cloud Infrastructure Services team.

In this role you will be a focal point for key design decisions covering NFUM’s Public Cloud services. The role will be responsible for defining, developing and implementing low-level designs for NFUM’s Public Cloud that meet business objectives and non-functional requirements. Work with internal and external stakeholders to ensure Public Cloud infrastructure requirements are understood and translated in to appropriate designs. Define the standards, best practices and design patterns for Public Cloud infrastructure use and adoption.

What we're looking for

In this role you'll:

  • Provide deep, hands on architectural expertise and guidance for Azure across NFUM IT solutions to drive cloud adoption

  • Provide leadership and management to a growing team of Cloud SME’s ensuring that teams’ and individuals’ roles are clearly defined and everyone knows what is expected of them

  • Produce Low-Level designs for solutions requiring Public Cloud services, ensuring designs are end to end, fit for purpose and in line with established standards and frameworks

  • Create, input to and develop Public Cloud Key Design Decisions to aid agile development

  • Development, deployment and continual improvement of Public Cloud infrastructure capabilities through use of Infrastructure as Code and DevOps toolchains

  • Assist in the creation of High-Level Public Cloud architectural solutions and blueprints including design governance submissions relating to Public Cloud components

  • Provide 3rd/4th Line operational support of projects consuming Public Cloud services including acceptance into service activities to handover new developments into support

  • Serve on project, technology, and solution review boards to ensure all Public Cloud documentation and designs are in line with current internal standards, roadmaps, and frameworks 


To be successful in this role you'll need:

  • Effective leadership, interpersonal and communication skills to be a focal point for the team and be credible with senior stakeholders

  • Third party and supplier management

  • Detailed technical understanding of Azure products and services covering SaaS, PaaS and IaaS platforms

  • Strong background in MS Azure and Office 365 services and toolsets

  • DevOps tooling and implementing DevOps tool chains

  • Should remain aware of up and coming technologies within area of responsibility and be able to review the use of tools within the team to ensure efficiency is being achieved overall.

  • Ability to effectively plan and deliver complex activities

  • Ability to troubleshoot complex, technical solutions within a hybrid cloud environment

  • A Degree, equivalent to UK 2nd class honours, or equivalent industry experience.

  • Formal qualification in Microsoft Azure technology stack

  • Formal qualification in DevOps (desirable)

  • ITIL Foundations

  • Deep experience in designing Microsoft Azure solutions

  • Experience of working in DevOps / agile teams

  • Extensive experience of delivering world class operational support and incident resolution - in both on-premise and Cloud based environments

  • Financial services experience (preferred)

What we can offer

  • A competitive salary   

  • Annual bonus (up to 25%) 

  • Contributory pension scheme (maximum of 12% company contribution)

  • 28 days holiday per annum (additional holiday purchase scheme)

  • Private medical insurance

  • Employee discounts 

  • Gym subsidy  

  • Health and wellbeing plan

  • Discounted Insurance on all NFU Mutual Policies

About us

One of the UK’s leading general insurance and financial services companies, NFU Mutual has been meeting our customers’ needs for over 100 years. Our employees are important to us. We empower and inspire them to perform, offer opportunities to grow and we recognise and reward their contribution. They are proud to work for a company that respects them and broader communities, and they trust us to be financially sustainable so we are successful now, and in the future.

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Working for NFU Mutual

We are a leading provider of General Insurance and Financial Services. From our strong farming roots we’ve grown to become a UK-wide organisation, turning over £1billion annually. Yet success hasn’t gone to our heads. We’re proud to remain completely customer focused, down-to-earth and committed to the rural communities we’ve grown from.

Our ethos - of trust, respect and personal service - lies at the heart of all we do and has seen us build an enviable reputation for exceptional member loyalty. Though we’ve been in business for over 100 years, we have big ambitions for the future. And that’s why we’re looking for talented people to join our growing organisation. Talented people like you.