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Principal Cloud Architect - AWS

Date:  11-Mar-2023
City:  London
Company:  GFT Technologies SE

Principal Cloud Architect, AWS


What we do?

As a pioneer for digital transformation GFT develops sustainable solutions across new technologies – from cloud engineering and artificial intelligence to blockchain/DLT. With its deep technological expertise, strong partnerships and comprehensive market know-how GFT offers advice to the financial and insurance sectors. We have been recognised for our engineering excellence and work side by side with our clients in an agile way to solve their most challenging problems. Companies gain easy and safe access to scalable IT applications and innovative business models.


Who are we?

GFT are a modern company with a passion for technology that thrives on collaboration with our clients and celebrates success with our team.  We are an organisation that empowers you to not only explore but raise your potential and seek out opportunities that add value. At GFT, diversity, equality, and inclusion are at the core of who we are. Ensuring a diverse and inclusive working environment for all communities is one of the main pillars of our diversity strategy, based on our core values and  culture. We have been certified for 2022/23 as a ‘Great place to work’ in the UK. So, if you want to have the opportunity to work with an outstanding and progressive organisation this position could be right for you.



The Cloud Practices at GFT are responsible for delivering large, Engineering First, engagements focussing on Financial Services and Insurance Sectors clients and partnered with all 3 major Cloud Providers.

In addition, they also work closely with global colleagues across GFT to build our market offerings and drive and develop technical standards.

Role Summary 


Cloud Architects at GFT are Technical Leaders. Highly skilled multiple technical disciplines they take a lead role in delivering technical transformation programmes to GFT clients, typically within global Banking and Insurance sectors.

In this role, you will have deep knowledge of a specifc Cloud provider, and be able to demonstrate a breadth of knowledge across both Infrastructure and Application architectures.

You will be able to lead teams and engagements using agile methods, demonstrate consulting expertise, provide thought leadership and enable and drive change for both clients and within GFT.


Role Responsibilities

  • Creates design and engineering standards
  • Responsible for design quality, capable of reviewing and enhancing others designs
  • Able to lead teams using agile methods
  • Mentors others on recommended practice for cloud architecture and design
  • Leads technical aspects of sales proposals


Required Experience

Technical Skills:

  • Holds AWS Certifications (1 x Professional and/or 1 Speciality, 2 or more Associate level)
  • Knowledge of a second Cloud Provider either Azure or GCP
  • Highly skilled in most Infrastructure disciplines
  • Understanding of modern application architecture
  • Expert knowledge of CI/CD and IaC toolsets


Behavioural Skills:

  • Ability to work in a modern and agile organisation with a start-up mindset
  • Ability to lead a dispersed team allocated to a variety of projects
  • Sets clear goals and consistently delivers against them
  • Capable of leading client workshops with ‘C’ level stakeholders
  • Responsible for the professional development of up to 6 team members


What can we offer you?


At GFT we offer a flexible hybrid working environment. The majority of our roles are determined by client requirements, but the expectation is that you will be required on client site 1 or 2 days a week (this may vary depending on client requirements and could go up or down). From a non-client standpoint, we encourage everyone to travel into a GFT office periodically to build a rapport with the wider GFT team and to ensure you feel connected with your peers/colleagues.


Every individual at GFT co-creates a mapped career path with growth opportunities, the ability to diversify, access to amazing Learning and Development programmes in an environment of collaboration, flexibility and support. We believe that investing in employee development promotes innovation and job satisfaction. The strategic relationships we have with industry leaders gives you unprecedented access to emerging technology and the opportunity to be part of the conversation of the future of digital.


GFT is an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to ensuring our recruitment processes are  inclusive. Selection for employment at GFT will be on the basis of performance and ability. Where possible, GFT will capture applicants’ diversity demographics as part of its recruitment processes to promote it’s DEI agenda.


Founded in 1987 and located in 15 countries to ensure close proximity to its clients, GFT employs over 10,000 people globally. We provide our people with career opportunities in all areas of software engineering and innovation.


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