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Cloud Solutions Design Specialist

Company: The NPD Group
Location: New York
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Learn and work on meaningful initiatives with some of the best and brightest in the market research industry. The NPD Group provides the world's most successful brands with leading market research, combining consumer and retail point-of-sale data with analytic solutions to interpret today's market trends while anticipating tomorrow's. In addition, we offer a career filled with innovation and growth to the forward-thinking problem solvers who join our team.

Position Overview

Location: East Coast or West Coast

The DevOps Lead Engineer is a key member contributor to our Cloud DevOps Team that will act as thought leader and principal architect designing solutions in collaboration with application engineers, developers, cloud engineers, security and other roles that are part of the product lifecycle. This individual will lead cloud design activities and support the DevOps Team with the development testing and continuous implementation of solutions. The role also provide design and thought leadership in support of emergent DevOps and Continuous Integration Continuous Delivery (CICD) pipelines at NPD.

This role uses cloud architecture and design, development, automation, and leverages Azure services leveraging Azure DevOps tolls and technologies to drive the delivery of our next generation Microsoft Azure based products. The DevOps Lead Engineer also designs the solution to drive the migration of existing products and platforms to Azure. The role provides guidance and assistance to junior staff members to evolve and mature their cloud skills, especially as it relates to driving programmatic solutions to improve cost and technology based efficiencies.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead the technical direction for current and future cloud solutions by designing cloud architectures for NPD platforms, products and services
  • Own the design of a library & package of reusable components, services, networking standards and tools to accelerate the delivery of cloud solutions
  • Govern the technical delivery of cloud foundational components like databases, logic apps, application gateways, compute, network, storage, backup, disaster recovery, etc.
  • Maintain industry awareness and design in new Azure and cloud services across Azure landscapes for PaaS, Iaas, and emergent technologies
  • Deep collaboration with Architecture, Development and SecOps teams to ensure that cloud designs:
  • Follow security, compliance controls, and conformance to NPD security standards
  • Are optimized to ensure SLA and OLA compliance
  • Leverage best-in-class cloud services to provide resiliency, performance and scalability
  • Are optimized to meet project budget targets

  • Design of complex cloud services changes and onboarding of new services and applications
  • Provides subject matter expertise, technical analysis, and consultation on the design and implementation of all cloud services and technologies, including best practices
  • Formulates and defines technical scope and objectives for cloud services management, non-functional requirements, disaster recovery, and security
  • Provides innovative technical guidance and leadership to all levels within cloud engineering services.
  • Mentors and educates junior staff in cloud engineering and support activities
  • Collaborates with enterprise architecture, Data Science, and Systems Development teams regarding solution delivery on cloud solutions
  • Investigates and recommends new cloud solutions needed for new projects, improving cloud services maturity and increasing cloud adoption
  • Develops and conducts educational and business-related presentations related to cloud technologies, best practices, and acts as cloud evangelist to the organization
  • Publishes internal and external whitepapers and policy guidelines related to analysis and recommendation for leveraging cloud technologies
  • Conducts proofs of concepts and research & development activities to assess viability and opportunities to advance NPD's cloud technologies footprint and adoption strategy

Additional Job Responsibilities:

  • All other duties as assigned
  • Stays abreast of new technologies
  • Complete training programs in leadership, new Azure technologies and cloud technologies that are aligned with NPD's technology and architectural strategies

Physical Requirements:

  • Typical office environment, extended sitting and computer work

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum 10 years of technology experience.
  • 5+ years of Azure Cloud-based system design and architecture. Prior to this, minimum 3 years' experience in a cloud administrator, CI/CD or comparable role
  • Application programming experience using one or more of the following scripting languages: Python, Yaml, Ruby, Powershell
  • Bachelor's Degree in Management, Computer Science, Business Administration, Math or equivalent related experience
  • Certification in Microsoft Azure DevOps Engineer Expert or Azure Solutions Architect Expert

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities Required:

  • Commitment to customer service and accountability
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent presentation skills

Technical Skills:

  • Extensive knowledge of and experience with Azure cloud services, IaaS and PaaS solutions and best practices
  • Extensive and expert level knowledge of and experience with some automation framework and scripting languages, like Azure ARM, YAML templates, PowerShell or Bash, for driving cloud build, deployment and programmatic solutions for optimizing cloud system management, maintenance, performance, reliability, scalability and costs
  • Demonstrable and in-depth knowledge of and experience with cloud native services that enable proactive operations practices
  • Extensive experience with operating cloud services, including monitoring/alerting, cost reporting and optimization, cloud security, and problem resolution
  • Capable of implementing automated and programmatic solutions to support ITIL/ITSM practices
  • Expert level Financial acumen including cloud cost management, cost projections, and ROI justification capabilities


  • Technical Skills - Data and visual analytics, design, creativity
  • Problem Solving - Set priorities and process management
  • Process/Planning - Perceptive and perseverance

The NPD Group, Inc. is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Keywords: The NPD Group, New York , Cloud Solutions Design Specialist, Other , New York, New York

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