Job ref no.: CT3117255-01#6726

Senior Solution Architect - Google



As part of our managed cloud strategy we are seeking an experienced and accomplished Senior Solution Architect specializing in Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and other cloud technologies. They will be a recognised subject matter expert and thought leader with deep expertise in providing technical design and implementation advice to both new and existing customers. The role will be focussed on engaging with our customers and prospects to:

  • Provide advisory and thought leadership on GCP services
  • Deliver architecture and design activities
  • Initially assist when required in the build and deployment of infrastructure
  • Initially assist when required in the technical delivery of professional services

This role will be working closely with our global Google Practice Team to design and maintain good practice blueprints for our supported workloads.

The value of the Senior Solution Architect is to:

  • Empower enterprises with the information necessary to make easy technology buying decisions
  • Assist in designing flexible and supportable solutions to customer problems utilizing the many different technology offerings in the Rackspace product portfolio
  • Help businesses become more agile and derive value from new technologies and processes
  • Help develop and mentor technical Rackers in the Google Platform

Applicants should have a proven capability to understand client capabilities, application-based architecture best practices, commercial models and other requirements which will help customers plan and execute their transformations to GCP.

Successful candidates will also possess hands-on experience with a broad variety of Enterprise computing infrastructure and cloud computing technologies and will be well versed in various business verticals and the specific challenges they face. Applicants may be required to work on site with customers and other Rackers.

The role is customer facing, working closely with business and technical influencers, IT Professionals, and Rackspace partners in understanding the technical strategy, competitive differentiation, and value proposition of our solutions. The right candidate for the role will have multiple years’ experience with cloud platforms like GCP. They also will have served as a subject matter expert in designing and migrating enterprise-grade applications to live in the cloud. We are looking for the top talent in the industry, highly-skilled in complex cloud deployments and adept at the design and implementation of complex platforms.


  • Provide thought leadership and support on technical solutions to help the Rackspace Sales teams improve credibility and close deals
  • Understand technology and industry issues that impact business units and IT organizations within large enterprise organizations
  • The ability to adapt communication style to suit audiences ranging from individual engineers and developers to senior management at the VP and C-level
  • Assist in the development and where relevant negotiation of Scope of Work (SOW) documents for professional services engagements
  • Utilize deep technology and business expertise to work with Solution Architects to extract detail from sometimes ambiguous customer/prospect requirements to help design supportable, scalable and where relevant more agile technology solutions
  • Understand complex IT and business customer challenges as well as the specifics of the customers’ business and apply technology and product portfolio knowledge to solve problems in a consultative manner
  • Orchestrate and lead advisory and delivery efforts for Cloud Strategy, and Business transformation through DevOps transformation projects inclusive of discovery, analysis, solution design and implementation
  • Lead on-site technical consulting engagements associated with Professional Services projects
  • Use deep understanding of the application architecture to assess and analyse bottlenecks, hotspots and barriers to scaling/automation
  • When required, works under a professional services agreement to deliver proof of concept and full-scale transformations that enable automation, continuous integration/deployment and auto-scaling to customer applications
  • Build strong internal and external relationships across technical and commercial sides of the business and customers to optimise technical and sales/customer engagements
  • Ability to travel as required
  • Advise and assist with cloud migration projects for enterprise and/or strategic customers.
  • Where relevant, evangelise Rackspace services and products to large audiences at trade shows
  • Drive regular social media activity into the tech community to help deliver Rackspace PR and become regarded as a thought leader
  • Assist with the development of in-region collateral with marketing and sales teams for new and existing products
  • Responsible for adhering to company security policies and procedure


Strong demonstrable experience and skills in the following areas are either mandatory or beneficial:

  • Google Cloud Services including Compute Engine, App Engine, Cloud SQL, Cloud DNS, Cloud Storage, Cloud Interconnect, Cloud Load Balancing, and BigQuery
  • Serverless and Microservices architectures
  • Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems
  • VLANs, layer2/3 routing, access lists & load balancing
  • Infrastructure automation toolsets such as Ansible, Chef or Puppet
  • Excellent knowledge of application development, delivery and infrastructure automation
  • Design of native Cloud applications, Cloud application design patterns and practices
  • An understanding of critical supporting systems, including: Order Management, Warehouse management, ERP, Service Bus, Product Information Management, CRM and CMS
  • Service Oriented Architectures (SOA)
  • Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)
  • Continuous Integration toolset experience (Jenkins, Bamboo, Circle CI)
  • Kubernetes deployment and operational experience
  • Google Certifications (Cloud Architect, Data Engineer)
  • One or more certifications in another Cloud Platform GCP tools to monitor and alert availability and performance through the Google Portal


  • Recognised as a Cloud thought leader
  • Project management qualifications (PMP, Prince2)
  • ITIL Foundation
  • Application Transformation Experience to Serverless/Container
  • Apigee API Management Platform experience
  • eCommerce and Content Management Systems such as Magento, Hybris, IBM Websphere, Drupal, SiteCore and Adobe Experience Manager.
  • Application and platform performance analytics tools (AppDynamics or New Relic)
  • TOGAF v9.1 Certification
  • Security Certifications (CISSP, SABSA)

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