Principal VDI Architect

    • Waste Management National Services, Inc
  • Houston, TX
  • Posted 25 days ago | Updated 4 hours ago


On Site
Full Time


Strategic technology planning
IT transformation
Information Technology
IT architecture
Product development
Project management
Virtual desktop
Change management
Functional requirements
Security audit
Computer science
Systems architecture
Solution architecture
Content management
Web services
Enterprise storage
Enterprise search
Network security
Systems design
Disaster recovery
Life insurance
Computer hardware
Cloud computing
Management information systems
Server Message Block
Data compression
Geographic information system
Virtual private network
Wireless communication
High availability

Job Details


As an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

WM, a Fortune 250 company, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste and environmental services in North America. We are strongly committed to a foundation of operating excellence, professionalism and financial strength. WM serves nearly 25 million customers in residential, commercial, industrial and municipal markets throughout North America through a network of collection operations, transfer stations, landfills, recycling facilities and waste-based energy production projects.

To enable our business to expand our lead in a market increasingly enhanced by technology, WM is undertaking a substantial technology transformation. We are seeking talented Information Technology professionals to join the WM team who are motivated to help us transform the way we design, build and use technology. With your skills and experience, we look for you to combine your technical expertise with industry best practices in an effort to align information technology solutions with WM business strategy.

I. Job Summary

Recognized across the organization for functional expertise and sought as a resource for resolution of unique or complex IT architecture problems. Works closely with the product development, product delivery (operations) and project management teams to define the strategic architecture direction, policy and standards. Provides direction for complex systems across multiple architectural layers, business domains and delivery teams. Effectively influences, negotiates and leads technology initiatives, alternatives, evaluations and implementations. Focuses on software and hardware infrastructure components of solutions along with corresponding roadmaps.

II. Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. Other ancillary duties may be assigned.

Maintain Virtual Desktop Environments on premises and in the cloud.

Perform necessary system maintenance in accordance with company change management policies.

Develop functional requirements through interaction with end-users and coordinate with support teams on systematic enhancements or changes.

Troubleshoot complex issues within the VMware environment

Lead the design, implementation, and maintenance for the Horizon virtual desktop environment.

Assist in the review of security audit data to assess potential risks and security vulnerabilities.

In partnership with peers in IT and with relevant subject matter experts, articulates both the current state and the vision for the technical architecture.

Acts as mentor and coach to key technical staff.

Keeps current with industry technologies and trends; understand the appropriateness for the application and timing of those technologies for the organization.

III. Supervisory Responsibilities

Will coach and mentor less-experienced personnel and act as team leader on more complicated systems projects.

IV. Qualifications

The requirements listed below are representative of the qualifications necessary to perform the job.

A. Education and Experience

Education: Bachelor's Degree (accredited) in Computer Science, MIS, or similar area of study or in lieu of degree, High School Diploma or GED (accredited) and four years of relevant work experience.

Experience: Ten years of prior work experience including three years of experience as a Technical Architect, Infrastructure Architect and/or Systems Architect (in addition to education requirement).

B. Certificates, Licenses, Registrations or Other Requirements

None required.

C. Other Knowledge, Skills or Abilities Required

Technically advanced or in-depth knowledge or skills in one or more of the following is required:

Present, communicate and articulate effectively to all levels of the organization (including technical and non-technical audiences, Senior Leadership, VPs and C-level executives).

Experience in a fortune 500 company as a technical architect, infrastructure architect and/or systems architect preferred.

Ten or more years of increasing responsibility in technical IT roles with three or more years of experience in one or more of the following roles: Technical Architecture, Systems architecture, Solutions architecture, Systems planning and integration, or Strategic IT planning. Ability to translate disparate business strategies into comprehensive, pragmatic technology strategies and execution plans (roadmaps) to satisfy business strategy.

Ability to design and deliver solutions that factor in system performance, usability, quality, cross-system interdependencies, scalability while accounting for development and maintenance costs.

Three or more years as a technical leader with expert technical domain expertise in three or more of the following: Virtualization, ESRI, Content Management, Presentation Technologies (VDI, Citrix), SSO/SiteMinder, Web Services/SOA frameworks and technologies, Enterprise Storage, (FC, NFS, CIFS, ISCSI,..), Enterprise Search, WAN/Internet Acceleration, Compression Technologies, Networking, Security, GIS, Database technologies and Infrastructure Services Technologies (VPN, Wireless, Video Conferencing, etc..)

HA systems design.

Disaster Recovery technologies and design experience a plus.

A collaborative approach, including the ability and willingness to work with others in identifying common information technology needs and interests across diverse constituencies

May require technically advanced or in-depth skills in one or more of the following:

Knowledge and understanding of disaster recovery technology.

V. Work Environment

Listed below are key points regarding environmental demands and work environment of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Normal setting for this job is: office setting and/or landfill/outdoor.


At WM each eligible employee receives a competitive total compensation package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance and Short Term Disability. As well as a Stock Purchase Plan, Company match on 401K, and more! Our employees also receive Paid Vacation, Holidays, and Personal Days. Please note that benefits may vary by site.

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WM ( is North America's largest comprehensive waste management environmental solutions provider. Previously known as Waste Management and based in Houston, Texas, WM is driven by commitments to put people first and achieve success with integrity. The company, through its subsidiaries, provides collection, recycling and disposal services to millions of residential, commercial, industrial and municipal customers throughout the U.S. and Canada. With innovative infrastructure and capabilities in recycling, organics and renewable energy, WM provides environmental solutions to and collaborates with its customers in helping them achieve their sustainability goals. WM has the largest disposal network and collection fleet in North America, is the largest recycler of post-consumer materials and is the leader in beneficial reuse of landfill gas, with a growing network of renewable natural gas plants and the most gas-to-electricity plants in North America. WM's fleet includes nearly 11,000 natural gas trucks - the largest heavy-duty natural gas truck fleet of its kind in North America - where more than half are fueled by renewable natural gas. To learn more about WM and the company's sustainability progress and solutions, visit