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AECOM Sr. Cloud Services Architect in Arlington, Virginia

United States of America - Oregon, Portland - OR

Job Summary

AECOM is seeking a remote Sr Cloud Services Architect to join our corporate IT department. This is a virtual remote position and can be located in a variety of US locations.


At AECOM, we believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

We take on the most complex challenges and pioneer innovative, iconic solutions that push the limits of what’s possible – the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge, record-breaking sports events, the largest greenfield port development mega project, life-sustainingdisaster recovery programs, and the tallest tower in the Western Hemisphere.

On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, energy and the environment, we deliver professional services throughout the project lifecycle.

We are proud to be recognized for excellence:

  • Named one of Fortune magazine's "World's Most Admired Companies" for the sixth consecutive year

  • Ranked #1 in Engineering News-Record ’s 2020 “Top 200 Environmental Firms”

  • Ranked #1 in Transportation and General Building in Engineering News-Record ’s 2020 “Top 500 Design Firms”

  • VIQTORY 2020 Military Friendly® Gold Employer

The Senior Cloud Architect is responsible for leading the multi-cloud strategy, creation of a technology framework and providing technical leadership in support of AECOM’s business initiatives in cloud computing and automation, with a focus on the design of systems and services that run on cloud platforms.

The position reports into the Director, Cloud Delivery and will lead the Cloud Services team to provide architectural leadership, implementing cloud and automation best practices for IaaS, PaaS & SaaS platforms. Additionally, this position will be responsible for ensuring that critical applications are designed and optimized for high availability and disaster recovery. The Sr. Cloud Services Architect is responsible for identification and selection of appropriate cloud services based on requirements and constraints, has deep subject matter expertise, and can evaluate new technologies that fit the overall AECOM cloud strategy. The position requires strong leadership and teambuilding skills and must be able to collaborate effectively with a group of high performing individuals.


  • Developing a cloud strategy and coordinating the adoption process

  • Developing and coordinating cloud architecture and leading cultural change for cloud adoption

  • Contribute to organization’s priorities on Cloud adoption, IT simplification and modernization, Agile and Dev-Ops acceleration

  • Own the documentation and development of the company’s IT cloud architecture/infrastructure, and technology portfolio. Experiences deploying and operating cloud-based services on a public cloud framework, preferably in-depth knowledge of Microsoft Azure or AWS.

  • Act as a Subject Matter Expert to the organization for public & private (hybrid) cloud architectures

  • Develop a library of deployable and documented cloud design patterns, based on the application portfolio, as a basis for deploying services to the cloud

  • Demonstrate leadership ability to back decisions with research and the “why,” and articulate several options, the pros and cons for each, and a recommendation

  • Own and drive the selection process to choose the right cloud services for specific use cases with operationalization mind set

  • Conduct research on emerging cloud technologies in support of infrastructure development efforts and recommend technologies that will increase cost effectiveness and infrastructure flexibility

  • Develop, document, make recommendations, and communicate plans for investing in IT cloud infrastructure, including analysis of cost reduction opportunities

  • Provide architectural consulting expertise, direction, and assistance to 3rd party vendors, systems analysts, IT cloud engineers, and other cloud architects

  • Develop and manage an IT cloud infrastructure capacity plan

  • Develop and execute test plans to check IT cloud infrastructure and systems technical performance. Report on findings and make recommendations for improvement

  • Provide support and technical governance, expertise related to cloud architectures, deployment, and operations

  • Advocate and define cloud architecture vision from a strategic perspective, including internal and external platforms, tools, and systems

  • Work with other leaders, define the vision for technology platform and other technologies at AECOM and collaborate with each subsidiary to establish differentiated strategies and tactics to achieve our missions and goals.

  • Collaborate and coordinate with partners across subsidiaries, and geographies to execute all aspects of the digital strategies and tactics worldwide.

  • Work with the teams responsible for corporate systems and technologies across the enterprise and drive profitable growth in key performance indicators by ensuring their knowledge of how to maximize platform and other technologies.

  • Working with other technology leaders, continually evolve and enhance the customer experience to improve customer acquisition, engagement, conversion, and retention.

Level specific responsibilities:

  • Contributes to short- and/or long-range IT program plans consistent with the information needs and priorities of the functional group.

  • May develop and initiate programs that support functions and strategies of IT and the organization.

  • May perform the personnel management functions required to develop and maintain a qualified and motivated staff.

  • Oversees the administration and maintenance of the company’s infrastructure and directs, leads and manages as necessary.

  • Works with diverse business groups and customers to implement strategic objectives for the IT organization.

  • Reports to an IT Director.

  • May provide consultation and support to project groups and users in operating systems.

Minimum Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in computer science, systems analysis or a related study and 10 years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education including 2 years of leadership experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Current AWS or Azure certification

  • Experience with development and automation tools such as AWS CloudFormation, Terraform, Ansible, Puppet, Chef, Jenkins, Python, Docker, vRA and Kubernetes

  • Experience managing on-premise data center workloads, processes, and methodologies

  • Experience managing and migrating into IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, and DBaaS platforms

  • Subject-matter expertise in the areas of solution & technology research, cost analysis, risk identification, implementation strategies

  • Expertise in the areas of requirements gathering, diagramming & documentation, software / technology evaluation and selection

  • Experience collaborating with departmental leadership in order to establish, communicate and maintain technology standards.

  • Strong technical understanding including past development experience of N-Tier applications and service-oriented architecture including databases (OLAP, OLTP) and middle-ware (Java APIs, Java Web Services)

  • Be able to Adopt and drive Dev-Ops, Agile and Automation practices across the program / enterprise

Additional Information

Relocation is not available for this position

Due to the nature of this role US Citizenship is required

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future. Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world, but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Information Technology

Business Line Corporate

Business Group Corporate

Country United States of America

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 248966BR

Additional Locations US - Arlington, VA - 3101 Wilson Blvd, US - Boston, MA - One Federal St, US - Chicago, IL - 303 E Wacker Drive, US - Dallas, TX - 13355 Noel Road, US - Denver, CO - 7595 East Technology Way, US - Houston, TX - 19219 Katy Freeway, US - Los Angeles, CA - 300 S Grand Ave, US - New York, NY - 125 Broad Street, US - Seattle, WA - 1501 4th Avenue

Virtual: Yes

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.