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GCP Cloud Architect

Date:  02-Nov-2022
City:  London
Company:  GFT Technologies SE

GCP Cloud Architect

About GFT

GFT is driving the digital transformation of the world’s leading financial institutions. Other sectors, such as industry and insurance, also leverage GFT’s strong consulting and implementation skills across all aspects of pioneering technologies, such as cloud engineering, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things for Industry 4.0, and blockchain. 


With its in-depth technological expertise, strong partnerships and scalable IT solutions, GFT increases productivity in software development. This provides clients with faster access to new IT applications and innovative business models, while also reducing risk.



Role Summary 

What we are looking for is an experienced Cloud Architect, with hands on delivery background and strong stakeholder management.

You will work in the cloud practice for the UK business, acting as a technology expert, mentor and team lead on client facing projects as well as helping to improve GFTs service offerings.



Role Responsibilities

  • Help define and implement GFT cloud offerings in client facing engagements.
  • Work collaboratively with project delivery leads and cloud engineers to effectively deliver the required levels of quality for the customer solutions.
  • You will join a project engineering team and focus on adding design and hands-on expertise, ensuring outcomes meet the highest technical and agile standards.
  • Help to identify opportunities within client sites to help drive sales.
  • Engage in pre-sales activities for both new business and existing customers.
  • Develop a view of various architecture domains covering applications, information, security and infrastructure working with other specialists
  • Socialise the architecture artefacts and work closely with the design and delivery teams to help them understand the architecture and guide them through the delivery lifecycle.
  • Participate in various governance forums to get approval for the architecture artefacts and also present possible options to resolve any ongoing architecture challenges
  • Support innovation and thought leadership from a technical standpoint both internally and externally to support business strategy
  • Help drive GFT tech brand in the market, by contributing white papers, blogs and tech articles
  • Keep track of tech trends in the industry and identify competitive advantages



  • Provide technical leadership to development teams through application development and regular design sessions and other quality assurance activities
  • Help mentor and coach junior staff
  • Help Champion Diversity, Equality and Inclusion
  • Lead small teams and manage people processes i.e. appraisals, salary reviews and development conversations
  • Be a focal point of escalation and delivery for client projects
  • Help champion the GFT culture internally and externally  


Competencies and Skills Needed

  • Demonstrable experience as a cloud architect for a technology, enterprise or consulting organisation
  • Extensive experience with architecture frameworks (e.g. TOGAF)
  • Hands-on experience of using modern architecture patterns and familiarity with the development and delivery of architectures in both Service and System-Oriented Environments Strong leadership skills
  • Strong communicator
  • Strategic thinking-ability to execute the company tech strategy  
  • Strong team player and collaborator
  • Stakeholder management
  • Technical skills need to be current, including extensive cloud knowledge in at least one of the major cloud vendors; covering infrastructure, security, HA/DR, Logging & monitoring, CI/CD
  • Proficiency in at least one of the following; Terraform, ARM, CloudFormation, powershell, python
  • Mentoring skills
  • Any previous experience in mergers and acquisitions a plus.


Mandatory Skills:

  • Demonstrable experience designing cloud native architecture
  • Capable of clearly articulating technical designs and reasons for the choices
  • Architecture certifications in at least 1 of the 3 major cloud providers
  • Previous experience of cloud migrations and transformations
  • Pre-sales experience, with contribution in both sales and technical aspects
  • Proficiency with documentation; producing HLDs,LLDs and supporting operations guides.


Behavioural Skills

  • Our values are very important to us, so someone who understands the power of recognising others and saying “thank you” and who leads a team, not manages it, is essential.
  • Collaborative and team player
  • Decisiveness


What we offer you

You will be working with some of the brightest people in business and technology on challenging and rewarding projects in a team of likeminded individuals. GFT prides itself on its international environment that promotes professional and cultural exchange and encourages further individual development.


Founded in 1987 and located in 13 countries to ensure close proximity to its clients, GFT employs over 5,000 people. GFT provides them with career opportunities in all areas of software engineering and innovation. The GFT Technologies SE share is listed in the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

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