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Cloud Solutions Architect

Posted February 11, 2021

Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile
Kanab, UT

About This Job

Location: Remote

Position Summary: The Cloud Solutions Architect is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of cloud architecture and solutions on Amazon Web Services. This position requires broad knowledge and expertise in public cloud provider technologies and have the ability to innovate and propose cloud-based services and solutions. The role influences architectural direction for the cloud platform, CI/CD pipeline, security management, with goal of reducing operating costs through process design and automation. 

The Solutions Architect will design, test, deploy, monitor, and troubleshoot systems and various complex cloud architectures to identify issues, correct performance, manage costs, and provide operational solutions. In conjunction with Director of Infrastructure, the position defines strategies and initiatives for implementing cloud architecture for infrastructure services, solutions, security, and technologies.

The Cloud Solutions Architect will also be responsible for securing the AWS architecture including support of Active Directory, Identity and Access Management and related security best practices for user identity management frameworks across all cloud environments.

The position provides mentoring and guidance on best practices for Cloud technologies across all of IT. This requires involvement in multiple projects at one time and understanding of how to educate and mentor teams with little to no cloud experience. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Treat people around you with Kindness and Compassion, build trust by demonstrating authenticity and following through on your commitments, prioritize your well-being like you do our mission, and work to build strong relationships with your colleagues by participating in communication loops to share and receive honest feedback. You are responsible and accountable for the culture you add to your team dynamic. 




Cloud Solutions Architecture

Design, create and implement solutions that solve business needs and challenges using cloud technologies and services.

Research and recommend improvements to architecture design, processes and provide innovative solutions. 

Participate in design reviews of architecture for cloud services, data and application deployment.

Collaborate across technology teams to build-out the components for a highly scalable cloud infrastructure. 

Minimize and mitigate risks introduced by existing and new information technologies and services through diligent review and security practices.

Mentor and provide guidance for other Infrastructure, Security and Operations team members regarding cloud technologies.

Develop continuous integration/continuous development (CI/CD) pipelines to automate deployments of infrastructure as a service (IaaS), websites, and applications to deploy fast, often, & automated


Innovation/Proof of Concepts:

  • Insatiable intellectual curiosity to provide solutions for innovation and improvements. 
  • Stay current on industry trends; innovate through research, proof of concepts, and demos

Provide cross department updates on new technology offerings and solutions.

Participate in POC development and projects to prove out new technologies and solutions.

Strong comprehension ability to understand vision, strategy, prioritization, requirements, and issues presented by Stakeholders, Business Owners, and Team members

  • Deliver strategic design, articulate to technical and non-technical audiences, achieve buy-in, inspire team, prototype/POC, and execute
  • Strong attention to detail in task planning, execution, and documentation
  • Superior analytical skills, methodical troubleshooting process, and an emphasis on root cause analysis and cloud standards.


System Engineering:

Ensure reliable cloud and data center environments.

Participates in and leads complex technical projects providing architecture and design guidelines for business systems.

  • Provides timely response for production system infrastructure requests and outages to advance site reliability practice auto-scaling, security, and system stability.
  • Leads research and resolution of production system problems and ensure team coverage and participation in an on-call rotation.


Project Engagement

Partner with project manager to coordinate, lead and implementation projects to meet business expectations.

Work with project managers to develop timelines, dates and overall delivery of projects.

Engage with internal teams, project teams and business areas to discuss issues and document or explain technical solutions in a simplified meaningful way.

Skills and Experience:

  • A Bachelor's degree in computer science, information systems, computer engineering, or a related field or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum 8-10 years of experience in Information Technology with related Cloud and Systems Engineering experience.
  • AWS certified Solutions Architect, Professional is preferred. 
  • Hands-on experience on implementing Cloud Solutions using various AWS Services including EC2, VPC, S3, Glacier, Lambda, Directory Services, Cloud Formation, Elastic Beanstalk, RDS, DynamoDB, Athena and Redshift.
  • Hands-on experience on providing Security in Architecting and securing cloud environments using IAM, Cloud Trail, Cloud Watch, Trusted Advisor, Security Groups, 
  • Strong working knowledge of specific cloud services such as: Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Route 53, and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC).
  • Experience analyzing and implementing cloud access control mechanisms and security methodologies.
  • Strong experience and knowledge of Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, and Group Policy.
  • Strong experience and knowledge of Microsoft and Linux Operating Systems.
  • Experience designing and implementing production workloads in VMware and Cloud environments.
  • Outstanding communications and initiative with excellent troubleshooting skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills - team player, personable, professional, upbeat, and energetic. Takes initiative, uses tact and diplomacy.

About this Employer

Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile

30 North 300 West
Kanab, UT 84741

Telephone (435) 644-2001
Reservations (435) 644-3400

40 Room Hotel

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Who We Are 

For over 30 years, Best Friends Animal Society has been running the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals and building effective programs that reduce the number of animals entering shelters.

Just for Pets

At the Best Friends Roadhouse & Mercantile, pets are just as much guests as their people are. For their comfort and happiness, we are pleased to provide:

  • Personal pet welcome
  • Complimentary self-serve pet washing facilities
  • Complimentary cleaning products, located in the service building
  • Pet walking service provided in half-hour increments by Best Friends volunteers and staff (a fee applies)
  • Pet visits by our staff during the day (a fee applies)
  • Fenced pet-park area with splash water feature (for pets of lodging guests)
  • Pet treats, beds and retail items in the mercantile building
  • Built-in cubbies and snuggling areas in select guest rooms

Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.