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Cloud Solution Architect

Vancouver, BC · Information Technology

On behalf of our client, Affinity is seeking an experienced technology solutions generalist with a strong business-consulting mindset to help drive the successful evolution of our cloud-first systems landscape. This role is about understanding needs and opportunities, engaging effectively with diverse audiences, and translating business inputs into actionable business proposals, software solution assessments, and solution designs to rapidly grow our business.

Our client has an aggressive growth mandate and as such heavily leverages SaaS products rather than on-prem COTS or doing custom development. As a member of the Enterprise Architecture team, you will work with line managers, cloud vendors, project teams, and other architects on the selection and implementation of high-quality SaaS tools.

You will be working on initiatives that involve information and processes spanning multiple lines of business, such as investments, customer relations, and property operations. By taking a forward-looking approach, you will ensure that our business solutions enable flows of information that seamlessly support the entire business transaction lifecycle, allowing enterprise needs to be met in a sustainable and optimized manner.

This role requires active listening and communication skills and the ability to present complex technical topics simply and effectively. It requires the ability to navigate what are sometimes ambiguous and competing concerns and tactfully produce win-win results.

This role also requires a strong ability to assess enterprise-scale SaaS systems based on functional business fit, integration readiness, quality characteristics, and alignment with existing systems such as our single-sign-on and document management platforms.

To be successful, you will need to have experience “reading between the lines” of various types of SaaS product specifications and architectures, and you may be called upon to configure proofs of concept or facilitate cloud product demos. Your strong communication and technology abilities will be leveraged to guide business sponsors in the creation of straightforward business cases that align with enterprise architecture principles and corporate processes in the effective advancement of the business strategy.

If you are a highly motivated professional who is passionate about leveraging your strong background in client engagement and cloud-based technologies to help move the dial on the front lines of a rapidly growing global real estate enterprise, this is an excellent opportunity to advance your career.

  • Engage with business leaders and colleagues in I.T. to understand business opportunities, challenges, and desired future states.
  • Perform impact assessments and support the selection of best-of-breed, cloud-based enterprise solutions.
  • Work with managers to develop scope statements, effort estimates and business cases for proposed business solution initiatives.
  • Produce high-level and conceptual designs that will serve to guide subsequent detailed design and implementation activities.
  • Educate vendors and partners on the IT environment and perform collaborative, constructive reviews of vendor-provided solution deliverables.
  • Develop practical templates, checklists, standards, and guidelines for use by delivery partners.
  • Provide thought leadership on current and emerging technologies and advise on how they can be used to support business and technology objectives.
Education and Qualifications:
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a similar role (e.g., Engagement Manager, Cloud Solutions Architect, Enterprise Architect)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent education/experience.
  • Demonstrated experience evaluating, recommending and implementing cloud-based solutions in a modern, secure, and highly integrated environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong, high-trust relationships with business leaders and colleagues in I.T.
  • Supporting certifications in cloud technology, and experience with technologies and systems used for real estate investment, development and management would be beneficial.
  • Excellent interpersonal, collaboration, and presentation skills.
  • Strong analytical, verbal and written communication skills.
Top Skills Necessary
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a similar role (e.g., Engagement Manager, Cloud Solutions Architect, Enterprise Architect)
  • Experience implementing cloud solutions/applications in an enterprise environment
  • Demonstrated experience building strong, high-trust relationships with I.T. & business leaders; exhibiting strong leadership, interpersonal, collaboration and presentation skills
About Affinity: 
Affinity is a full service Information Technology agency that takes a unique approach to recruiting. We believe recruiting is about creating long term relationships that foster a mutually beneficial partnership - an affinity. Bringing a new style of recruiting founded on four core principles – Transparency – Flexibility – Efficiency – Agility. 
For more information on Affinity, please visit www.affinity-group.ca
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