Solutions Architect

| Greater Boulder Area

Department overview: 

IHS Markit Global IT provide services across a broad range of technical disciplines and leverages investment in world class technologies in support of IHS Markit’s products and clients. Operating within the Build function of the ‘plan, build, deliver run model, Solutions Architecture is responsible for defining, planning and designing infrastructure solutions which are then delivered through the IT Delivery function. 

Through our experience we support all IHS Markit’s products on a global basis offering a breadth of “right sized” IT solutions in terms of availability, speed, capacity, security, efficiency, scalability and manageability. 
 

Position summary  

We are responsible for reviewing, approving and delivering the new requirements as they come in from the different product groups and development teams. Our goal is to design and build infrastructure solutions that are robust and “fit for purpose”, using the standard global models.  Where the models of the day don’t provide the necessary capabilities, our role is to identify and quantify the need and to pursue potential solutions with the IT Product Owners and engineering teams. 

The position of an Infrastructure Solutions Architect focuses upon providing technical guidance and advice, including leadership on our technical approach and product selection. This is an “Individual Contributor” role and does not involve any line management. However, you will manage initiatives allocated to you and work with internal engineering teams and third party suppliers if appropriate and draw out the requirements and develop an appropriate architecture. In most cases, you will hand over to a Delivery Manager you will move to a supporting role during the delivery aspect of the project lifecycle; for smaller initiatives, you may be required to oversee the implementation. It is also expected that Solution Architects will drive reviews of global standards and foster a culture where standards are defined and agreed globally where necessary.  

The firm are undertaking a transformative programme of work where all systems and products are being rebuilt out of our multiple geographically spread on-premises data centres onto VMC on AWS. This five-year program will oversee multiple concurrent streams of migrations of products servicing financial markets, automotive, energy & Industrials across the EU and the US. 

Typically, you will have 15+ years of technology experience and 5+ years of experience in Infrastructure Architecture, although there is some flexibility depending on the candidate’s career history. 

 
Duties & accountabilities 

For projects allocated to the post-holder: 

  • Review requirements from products and lead discussions with stakeholders and Infrastructure team heads in order to get a solution defined, scoped and costs agreed.   

  • Establish the detailed ‘as is’ state of application suites moving in to VMC 

  • Architect, design, document and agree “standard” global infrastructure solutions for the ‘to be’ state post migration 

  • Help and guide IT infrastructure teams to review Infrastructure offerings, and work with vendors where new solutions would benefit IHS Markit.  

  • Assist Infrastructure project managers with scope, approach and sign off.  

  • Create and maintain documentation as it relates to existing infrastructure offerings  

  • Offer ongoing consultancy as required during the delivery phase of the project 

  • Manage architecture process for multiple concurrent projects 

 
Business competencies 

Education and experience 

  • An understanding of capacity management and planning 

  • Proven experience in Infrastructure Architecture 

  • Must have worked in a large, complex environment with a wide selection of technologies in use 

  • University graduate 

  • Awareness of or accreditation in Agile. 

Technical skills 

  • First-rate architectural knowledge of either Linux or Windows, Databases (MS-SQL or Oracle DB with RAC), Web, Messaging, storage and networking. 

  • Top-class VMware knowledge with 7 years or more working with ESXi and exposure to NSX and VSAN 

  • AWS certified Associate or Professional Architect with preferably one years of designing with AWS technologies 

  • Awareness of microservices technologies such as Docker and Kubernetes  

  • Experienced in designing infrastructure solutions for n-tier architecture applications 

  • Strong understanding of HA/DR technologies 

  • Good understanding of security technologies and processes 

  • Software and Infrastructure life cycle management 

  • Broad knowledge of technical processes 

  • On-going awareness of infrastructure developments in the IT industry 

  • Knowledge of the business drivers and constraints with the Financial Services sector. 

  • TOGAF certified desirable but not essential 

Personal competencies 

Personal impact 

  • Strong analytical and solutions design and architecture skills 

  • Strong influencing skills 

  • Good presentation skills 

  • Good problem solver 

  • Strong budgeting and financial control skills 

  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision 

  • Takes responsibility for their own actions and the actions of their team 

  • Displays confidence, energy, drive and stamina. 

  • Able to progress multiple tasks at the same time 

  • Open minded, flexible and willing to adapt to changing situations. 

  • Client side experience / worked for a systems integrator/outsourcer beneficial in working with internal clients  

  • Innovative, enthusiastic and keen to gain greater responsibility in their next role 

  • Excellent communication / stakeholder management skills 

  • Capable of working in ambiguous situations from time to time 

Communication 

  • Must be an excellent communicator both written and verbally.  Will be dealing with a variety of different people at all levels (both internal and external). 

  • Will need to work within a global environment and communicate clearly with teams in different geographic regions. 

Teamwork 

  • Must be able to work in a team environment where influencing and motivational skills are paramount 

 

Company overview 

IHS Markit harnesses deep sources of information, analytics and expertise to forge solutions for the industries and markets that drive global economies. Our company partners with clients in business, finance and government to provide the unrivalled insights and perspectives that lead to well-informed, confident decisions. We call this The New Intelligence. 

IHS Markit serves more than 50,000 key customers in more than 140 countries, including 80 percent of the Fortune Global 500.  We help decision makers apply higher-level thinking to daily tasks and strategic issues across a host of industries and disciplines including energy, finance, automotive, engineering, technology, maritime and trade, aerospace and defence, chemical, and economics and country risk.   

Headquartered in London, IHS Markit (NYSE: INFO) is committed to sustainable, profitable growth. 

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An Insider's view of IHS Markit Digital

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Uniqueness and creativity can be seen in all areas here! We have a digital community bulletin board where you can buy, sell, or post just about anything (seriously, anything!), a company sponsored picnic that includes spirited cornhole competitions, and regular group outings like running or cycling, before, during, or after work.

Marj

Executive Director, Sales

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

My teammates and I come from a diverse set of backgrounds and combine our unique perspectives to provide innovative solutions to problems. As a result, our products push new boundaries and delight our clients.

Jason

Product Management Director

What are some things you learned at the company?

I’ve learned to appreciate and be intentional. My teammates are always ready to help each other find a better workflow, learn new tools, and support each other emotionally. This culture of support and collaboration inspires me to contribute by creating amazing work for our clients and being creative in connecting with colleagues intentionally.

Juwon

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How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Our culture promotes hard work while also living a fulfilling life outside of the office. We all love spending time working together on challenging projects, and when the time comes to get away, the support is felt throughout the company. Whether it's an extended vacation or volunteer opportunity to give back to our community!

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What are IHS Markit Digital Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
We each get 3 days a year to volunteer and will help match you with existing opportinities.
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We have ample opportunities to join committees! We've got guilds, a Pride committee, a crafting club, a book club, a green team, a parenting community and several more.
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Acme Co.'s team fitness initiatives include In-office yoga.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Restricted share unites (RSU's) may be grated recognizing performance.
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Life happens and we trust our colleagues to get the work they committed to done.
Remote Work Program
COVID-19 has provided us the opportunity to quickly acclimate to working remotely and we are establishing new guidelines as we continue to learn.
Family Medical Leave
Employees who have been with the company for 3 months are eligible for 26 weeks of family medical leave.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings on occasion.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Our mentorship program includes 1-to-1 program, 1-to-many program, Cross-department program, Career mentoring, Leadership mentoring.
Time allotted for learning
We all want the opportunity to learn and grow. You and your manager can talk about what makes sense for you and your team.
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

To name a few...pet insurance, ECO pass, loaner bikes and secure bike storage, showers + locker room onsite, food trucks every day and regular visits from Sweet Cow Ice Cream.

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