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Lead Cloud Platform Architect - Azure - ESO

National Grid

National Grid

IT
Wokingham, UK
Posted on Friday, July 5, 2024

About the role

The UK has set out its ambition to be net zero by 2050 and the energy industry is responding – together we are building a cleaner, greener Britain.

ESO is on Digital Transformation journey, where Cloud and DevOps are key parts of our strategy and roadmap. This role is for Cloud Platform Architect – Azure in “Strategy & Architecture” function of organisation, requiring experience and skills in Microsoft Azure Infrastructure and Application Development platforms. The role will help mature our Azure platform offering for internal consumption by wider organisation, helping frame processes and constructs for internal teams to onboard on cloud in most reliable, secure, cost optimized, operationally slick and performant manner.

As a Platform Architect, you will help develop architecture along with usage, provisioning, and configuration of Azure IaaS and PaaS solutions. Your professional architectural skills and recommendations will guide Dev Teams and other architects to deliver value with orchestration of cloud services for cloud-native workloads, or transformation and migration to the Azure cloud for modernisation and digital transformation

The role requires overarching knowledge across Azure offerings in space of storage/data, compute and networking, with depth expertise in at least one of those areas.

This role will be based from Wokingham, and we continue to offer hybrid working from office and home.

About us

Our mission is to facilitate the decarbonisation of Great Britain’s energy network and ensure the delivery of reliable, affordable, and green electricity for consumers. We work with stakeholders across the whole energy industry to plan for future network needs, using insight to make sure we can balance the system today and find opportunities to transform the way it operates tomorrow.

Becoming the National Energy System Operator

In Summer of 2024, the ESO will transition to becoming the National Energy System Operator, or NESO for short. Previously denoted as the Future System Operator (or FSO), the new National Energy System Operator will be the independent body responsible for planning Great Britain’s electricity and gas networks and operating the electricity system.

The ESO, including all of its existing roles, will be at the heart of the new National Energy System Operator. As NESO, we will build on our existing roles, capabilities, and ways of working significantly to create an organisation the energy system and its users’ need. Our new capabilities will enable us to look across vectors, including electricity, natural gas and hydrogen, and crucially consider the trade-offs between them.

The organisation will be set up as a public corporation with its own Board of independent directors, with complete operational independence from government, the regulator and any and all commercial interest. As the ESO are today, NESO will be licenced and regulated by Ofgem through price control agreements and obligated to identify optimal solutions to system operations and planning in the most sustainable, affordable and secure way for all.

The time to deliver is now. As part of our team, you won’t just be touching the lives of almost everyone in Great Britain – you’ll be shaping the way we use and consume energy for generations to come.

Key accountabilities

  • Engage with stakeholders at all levels to gather cloud onboarding requirements (migration, transformation, greenfield…), and assist though adoption journey
  • Help build cloud governance, monitoring and operating models for in-production workloads
  • Provide architectural support and leadership to the Solution team for developing their Solutions on the Azure Platform.
  • Whiteboard architecture reviews, write technical collateral and help build reusable artifacts for the organisation
  • Work closely with Solution Teams, end-users, operations, and security to ensure requirements are captured in the architecture design
  • Map Solution requirements to Microsoft Azure Cloud Services by converting technical requirements of a project into architecture and design on path to finished products
  • Participate in providing technology assessments in support of automation and technology migration initiatives
  • Provide innovative methodologies to identify and solve development, migration, performance, scalability, reliability, and availability issues on cloud, both IaaS and PaaS

About you

  • Experience in one or more of the following: Azure cloud solution designing & architecture, networking, container services, coding/development using MS or opensource stack (C#, VB.Net), Azure Compute/Storage/Data Services, DevOps tools (Azure DevOps or Jira)
  • Experience with Azure services that facilitate applications integration: Azure Service Bus, Azure API Management, Logic Apps, Azure Data Factory and Azure Functions
  • Experience with Enterprise data handling and Data integration using Azure
  • One or more of relevant cloud certifications from Microsoft (e.g., AZ104 + AZ 303/304/ or 305, DP 203/204).


Preferred Skills:

  • TOGAF/Open-Agile Architecture and/or Azure platform architecture

What you’ll get

A competitive salary between £76,000 – 95,000 – dependent on capability.

As well as your base salary, you will receive a company car or allowance, a bonus of up to 20% of your salary for stretch performance, private medical insurance, 28 days annual leave as standard and a competitive contributory pension scheme where we will double match your contribution to a maximum company contribution of 12%.

You will also have access to a comprehensive benefits package tailored to support your well-being and professional success. From a competitive salary to flexible work arrangements, we promote your work-life balance. Enjoy fit for purpose wellbeing and lifestyle offerings, ongoing skill development aligned to our Purpose and Values, and be part of a supportive community that values your individuality and where you can belong.

More Information

This role closes on 22/07/2024 at 23:59, however we encourage candidates to submit their application as early as possible and not wait until the published closing date as this can vary.

We work towards the highest standards in everything we do, including how we support, value and develop our people. Our aim is to encourage and support employees to thrive and be the best they can be. We celebrate the difference people can bring into our organisation, and welcome and encourage applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds, and offer flexible and tailored support, at home and in the office.
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