Amazon - Principal Solutions Architect
  • Technical Degree (Computer Science, Maths, Engineering or equivalent) and/or relevant tech experience

  • Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English

  • Experience designing, building, refactoring or operating large scale and impactful IT projects - either on premises or in the cloud

  • Experience handling problems of significant complexity at an organisational scope

  • Knowledge of a modern programming language (Python, JavaScript, Go, .Net, Java, etc.)

  • Passion for technology and for learning

Principal Solutions Architect, AWS UK, Private Equity

Solutions Architects work hand in hand with AWS customers to help them make the most of the Cloud. They are at the crossroads of business and technology and engage with organisations at all stages of cloud adoption. As a Private Equity Solutions Architect, you’ll work directly with Private Equity firms and companies within their investment portfolios.

Principal Solutions Architects own the overall technical relationship between customers and AWS and make recommendations on security, cost, performance, reliability and operational efficiency. They work to understand the customer's business needs and use their significant experience and high judgement to give prescriptive guidance on how to create business value with technology. To do this they collaborate with other teams such as account management, professional services, support, product teams and the AWS partner ecosystem.

In this role you will get to practice your creativity, linking technology to tangible solutions and educating AWS customers about the art of the possible. You will have the opportunity to define or invent cloud-native reference architectures for a variety of use cases and deliver thought leadership in the industry via content creation and presentation delivery.

The Solutions Architecture team is a diverse group of technologists from a variety of backgrounds. Practical knowledge of the AWS platform is desired but not required, provided you have a sound technical foundation and a desire to learn. You will develop deep expertise in AWS technologies as well as broad know-how around how applications and services are constructed using the AWS platform.

You will have the support to grow your expertise in industry and technology areas of depth. Every day you will learn something new from your customers, your peers and your own experiments.

At Amazon you will be encouraged and rewarded for doing what is right for the long-term success of the customer. We value your passion to discover, invent and build on behalf of customers.

Amazon has always been, and always will be, committed to diversity and inclusion. We seek builders from all backgrounds to join our teams, and we encourage our employees to bring their authentic, original, and best selves to work.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • As a Private Equity Solutions Architect, you will work directly with Private Equity Firms and their portfolio companies to accelerate their projects and recommend best-practice architectures in line with their long-term business outcomes.

  • You will own the technical relationship with Private Equity firms and the C-suite of portfolio companies and operate as their trusted advisor. The best interests of the customer will shape the guidance you provide.

  • Build rapport with Executives at both Private Equity firms and their portfolio companies, leveraging your understanding of enterprise architecture, merger and acquisitions, migration and cost optimisation of IT infrastructure and other key technologies (Cloud, software development, open source software tools, infrastructure management, migrations etc.)

  • Evangelise and educate about AWS technology to key stakeholders with the Private Equity ecosystem.

  • Share the voice of the customer to influence the roadmap of new features and services for the AWS platform.

  • Create and capture best practices, technical content and new reference architectures (e.g. white papers, code samples, blog posts).

  • Contribute to the growth of the Solutions Architecture organisation by hiring, coaching and mentoring others.

  • Develop areas of depth in technical domains relevant to your interests and your customer's outcomes.

The following qualifications are desired but not required:

  • Experience in the Private Equity, Investment Banking or Hedge Fund community specifically working on IT integrations or technology strategy for deal flow

  • Worked in technical operations or consulting in a Private Equity firm

  • Working knowledge of cloud native architectures

  • In depth working knowledge in a technology domain such as distributed internet-scale web or mobile applications, DevOps, Serverless, Big Data, analytics, Machine Learning, enterprise workloads (SAP, VMware, Windows etc.), high-performance databases (SQL and/or NoSQL), complex networking implementations, highly secured workloads etc.

  • Knowledge of modern data processing techniques and systems

  • Experience working in a customer-facing role at the most senior levels

  • Experience collaborating effectively with internal or external stakeholder groups at multiple levels

  • Experience working with C-suite stakeholders

  • AWS certification (e.g. AWS Solutions Architect Associate or Professional)

  • Continued or advanced learning (Master, MBA, PhD or equivalent)