Enterprise Architect – GHD Digital

October 17, 2020
Los Angeles, CA
Job Type


The GHD Digital Experience (DX) team
within GHD Digital is looking for an experienced, motivated, and hands-on
technical enterprise architect who possess a unique balance of technical depth
in the cloud and industrial IoT spaces and strong interpersonal and leadership


In this role, you will primarily work with the DX IIoT
product manager to build a world-class enterprise IoT application and backbone
that will serve as the foundation for many downstream applications. You will
help shape, execute, and deliver reliable and cost-effective cloud-native
solutions for a broad range of applications, primarily industrial IoT. Additionally,
you will also work with the rest of the DX product management team to review
their existing on-premises infrastructure and develop a strategy to leverage
the cloud infrastructure fully. You will be responsible for and be a proponent
of building and maintaining an interconnected and strong application ecosystem
within DX.


The individual in this role has strong application
modernization and cloud-native application development expertise, hands-on
building experience, and cross-industry business acumen. A passion for
continued knowledge acquisition, growth, and obsession for building world-class
technology products are a must.


The ideal candidate must be self-motivated with a proven
track record in building and maintaining complex cloud systems, experience in
the IoT field, and experience as a cloud consultant or solutions architect. You
should also have a demonstrated ability to think strategically about business,
products, and technical challenges. We are looking for candidates who are
comfortable at the intersection of technology and business. The Enterprise
Architect is a very technical role - you must be broadly competent across many
areas of technology (IoT, infrastructure, security, DevOps, databases,
application development, analytics) and deep in at least three of those areas.
On the business side, connecting technology with measurable business value is
critical to an Enterprise Architect. The individual in this role will spend
most of their day interacting with the DX product management team, developers,
software engineers, and similar stakeholders in other groups.


Here are some other qualities we are looking for:

  • Enjoy working with a diverse set of technical and
    non-technical stakeholders. 

  • You will have a passion for educating, training, designing,
    and building cloud solutions for a varied and challenging group of stakeholders

  • Have a strong understanding of large scale cloud computing

  • The ideal candidate will have experience working as a system or
    support engineer, solutions/enterprise architect, or cloud consultant. 

  • You will
    enjoy keeping your existing technical skills honed and developing new ones so
    you can make substantial contributions to in-depth architecture discussions. 

  • You will regularly take part in deep-dive education and design exercises to
    create world-class solutions.

  • Implement or be highly knowledgeable of DevOps practices
    such as infrastructure as code, continuous integration, automated deployment, and
    test case automation through the whole stack

  • Strong expertise in agile software development and DevOps
  • Enjoy working as a technical leader alongside functional,
    development, infrastructure, and support teams

  • Deep understanding of and experience building global and
    scalable IoT systems end-to-end

  • Digital transformation experience: having used technology
    solutions to change the way a business works through both a change in process
    as well as tools


Roles & Responsibilities

  • Lead and influence the design, development, deployment, and
    integration of IoT and similar apps at scale through hands-on work in
    technology infrastructure, network, compute storage, and virtualization

  • Participate in in-depth architectural discussions to ensure
    solutions are designed for successful deployment in the cloud

  • Capture and develop best-practice knowledge across the DX
    application ecosystem end-to-end from application design, development, and QA
    testing through to deployment and support

  • Work with DX product managers to outline functional
    specifications and translate them into technical specifications/design
    documents through collaboration with development and design teams

  • Re-architect existing DX solutions to be cloud-native and
    scalable, build strong technical foundations and ensure a reliable and
    interconnected application ecosystem

  • Continuously identify opportunities to reduce technical debt
    and leverage new technologies and practices to improve existing applications as
    well as the DX ecosystem

  • Actively seek, understand, and adopt the latest
    technological trends, especially in the area of IoT

  • Build deep relationships with senior technical individuals
    within other teams to enable them to be cloud advocates



  • Bachelors or Masters in Computer Science, Information
    Technology, Engineering, Math, or similar fields

  • 8+ years of hands-on experience in technology/cloud
    consulting, solutions/enterprise architecture, in a technology leadership role,
    or any combination of the above

  • 5+ years of experience building, owning, operating IoT

  • Experience working at the intersection of business and
    technology in preferably water, environment, energy, or similar industries

  • High-level of expertise architecting highly available
    systems on the cloud or migrating large, complex, and global apps to the cloud
    through a lift & shift + refactor approach, preferably on AWS

  • Cloud solution architect certification on a major cloud
    platform (e.g., AWS, Azure, GCP), preferably AWS

  • Demonstrated and proven experience developing high quality,
    enterprise-grade software products through software development life cycle
    (SDLC) and agile/iterative methodologies required

  • Experience with scripting and/or coding skills are must
    (e.g., Bash, Shell, Python, Ruby, etc.); Knowledge of cloud services (e.g., AWS
    EC2, Lambda, RDS, S3, Azure Functions, Batch, Web Apps, etc.); Infrastructure
    automation through DevOps scripting (E.g., shell, Powershell); Configuration
    management using CloudFormation, Chef & Puppet; Experience with relational
    databases (Oracle, SQL Server, PostgreSQL, MySQL) or NoSQL databases (Cassandra,
    MongoDB, DynamoDB, InfluxDB); Hands-on familiarity with CloudFormation,
    Terraform and cloud-native continuous integration tools such as AWS CodeDeploy
    or Azure Pipelines

  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically about business,
    product, and technical challenges

  • Verbal and written communications skills and ability to work
    effectively across organizations

  • Presentation skills with a high degree of comfort with both
    large and small audiences


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