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IBM Infrastructure Architect-Cloud Advisory in St Louis, Missouri


The infrastructure running industries likes transportation, energy, insurance, banking or healthcare is quickly changing as the world’s relationship with technology evolves. Companies have more choices than ever before between on-premise, off-premise, or a hybrid approach. Our Infrastructure Architects are responsible for keeping up with the latest and greatest of these changes and using their expertise to deliver solutions that meet the needs of our customers and products.

Your Role and Responsibilities

Senior Consulting Architects bring a minimum of 10-15 years of experience architecting complex IT infrastructure (data center, network, security, storage and compute) across a broad range of technologies, applying architectural methods to structure solution designs in collaboration with our clients’ senior architects. The Senior Consulting Architect is expected to lead the advisory consulting practice in technical competency and mentor other architects, while ensuring our offering portfolio and methods remain relevant to our clients. As deep subject matter experts, recognized inside and outside IBM, they build strong, enduring relationships with senior client executives based on innovation, trust and service excellence. They are regarded as a leader in the practice across our offerings, methods and technology design competencies. They are accountable for structuring and delivering highly complex, multi-disciplined design engagements that deliver lasting and measurable value to clients. They lead the positioning and adoption of emerging technologies, strategies and processes in their client’s organizations. In addition to their subject matter expertise, they have strong leadership skills and further the evolution of intellectual capital assets and developing practice resources. Individual must be able to demonstrate excellent communication (written and verbal) to be able to run dialogues with clients at all levels of the IT organization.

  • Routinely required to be involved in selling ranging from initial client exploratory meeting, gathering requirements, structuring solution bid, and ramping up the team for execution

  • Structure, lead and facilitate various design meetings and workshops, be the face of IBM to client leadership, discuss common architecture patterns and reference models, coordinate to ensure the right technical skills are on the team

  • Establish the solution architecture approach, structure and lead requirements analysis, outline key architectural decisions, plan for milestones, manage engagement outcomes, and oversee project team members to manage toward engagement outcomes

  • Analysis of client current state, define key outcomes, define/revise IT strategy, design conceptual solutions, plan and execute design and implementation work (with support from technical specialists), while accounting for time, cost and quality targets

  • Educate, mentor and coach architects on frameworks and approaches

  • Engage with executive to articulate the value of IBM solutions

  • Contribute to architecture knowledge base and methods with technique papers, work product descriptions, architectural decisions, guiding principles, documents and code assets

  • Experience working as a lead consulting architect for an IT professional services firm or similar background in an IT architecture leadership role in a large enterprise

  • Broad knowledge of major technologies including cloud, virtualization, containers, networking, etc. on different platforms and additional knowledge or experience in the areas of IT and/or cloud technology architecture, service management and/or resiliency is a plus

  • Broad subject matter expertise across IT infrastructure, IT operations, applications, enterprise architecture, data management, and cloud compute models with ability to advise on industry-leading approaches

  • Architecture and design method champion to gather and analyze requirements, design and implement specific solutions. Expert level understanding of conceptual, logical and physical design stages

  • Led detailed design sessions to outline implementation tasks

  • Experience advising senior business and technical leaders to adopt innovative ways to drive enterprise digital transformation efforts

  • Know how to apply consulting techniques (such as issues-based consultant, architecture frameworks and methods) in a range of business/IT solution contexts

  • Knowledge or experience with Enterprise Architecture, e.g. TOGAF, Zachmann, is a plus

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Sales engagement across opportunity identification, deal shaping and solution architecture

  • Broad design expertise across all IT technical domains and capabilities

  • Excellent communication and documentation skills to articulate the solution architecture and roadmap at executive levels

  • In depth understanding IT environments and configurations such as high availability and resiliency

  • Must have complex architecture and design projects

  • Deep understanding of architecture and design principles and best practices

  • Mentoring and coaching of practitioners

  • Ability to storyboard presentations to gain client commitment and buy-in

  • Assemble and lead a team of architects and engineers with engagement management oversight

  • Competencies and depth in IT strategy, technical architecture, solution architecture, and automation

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise


About Business Unit

At Global Technology Services (GTS), we help our clients envision the future by offering end-to-end IT and technology support services, supported by an unmatched global delivery network. It's a unique blend of bold new ideas and client-first thinking. If you can restlessly reinvent yourself and solve problems in new ways, work on both technology and business projects, and ask, "What else is possible?" GTS is the place for you!

Your Life @ IBM

What matters to you when you’re looking for your next career challenge?

Maybe you want to get involved in work that really changes the world? What about somewhere with incredible and diverse career and development opportunities – where you can truly discover your passion? Are you looking for a culture of openness, collaboration and trust – where everyone has a voice? What about all of these? If so, then IBM could be your next career challenge. Join us, not to do something better, but to attempt things you never thought possible.

Impact. Inclusion. Infinite Experiences. Do your best work ever.

About IBM

IBM’s greatest invention is the IBMer. We believe that progress is made through progressive thinking, progressive leadership, progressive policy and progressive action. IBMers believe that the application of intelligence, reason and science can improve business, society and the human condition. Restlessly reinventing since 1911, we are the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with more than 380,000 IBMers serving clients in 170 countries.

Location Statement

IBM will not be providing visa sponsorship for this position now or in the future. Therefore, in order to be considered for this position, you must have the ability to work without a need for current or future visa sponsorship.

IBM intends this job to be performed entirely outside of Colorado.

Being You @ IBM

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, or other characteristics. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.