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The Information Technology organization is transforming to realize our mission: Become a leader in HMH’s digital transformation, and as a strategic partner, innovate and deliver highest value, competitive advantage solutions across all corporate and business functions. Our ambition is to be a digital leader through innovation and develop and deliver leading edge technology such as robotic process automation and artificial intelligence to solve some of HMH’s greatest operational business challenges. Our professionals will have business relevant skills to connect our HMH partners to technologies that propel the businesses to deliver the greatest value for HMH and our customers. We are building a team of IT professionals with an insatiable appetite to learn, a relentless focus on customer service, a technological curiosity toward future possibilities, and a creativity in solving business challenges with leading technologies. Our team will find ways to work together, create a sense of community where it’s safe to take risks and learn together, develop our careers, and all have an opportunity to work on new technologies. We will work together, learn together and have fun together. As a team, we will lead HMH’s digital transformation.
External Job Title – Manager of Cloud Architecture
This role will have responsibility for guiding the corporate Cloud presence supporting both customer-facing and internal cloud-based tools. Providing technical and management guidance to a team of around 4 experienced cloud professionals, the person in his role will ensure that industry best practices for cost containment, security, automation, and developer self-service are provided.
Duties and Responsibilities include:
Enable and empower people to do their best work in an environment that encourages collaboration and innovation and fosters development and learning.
Build, coach, mentor, and develop a highly functioning team of cloud architects
Translate the company’s strategic vision, align group’s work, and help individuals understand their impact on HMH’s success.
Assess direct reports’ performance and partner on career planning.
Collaborate and be a catalyst, breaking down complex problems into simple solutions and leading through change.
Produce and own the corporate cloud architecture including developing a library of deployable design patterns
Define and enforce best practices for
Provide requirements to the developers on the team to build tools to enable
Environment creation automation
Evaluate multiple cloud solutions – currently HMH is primarily an AWS shop, but there is a desire to explore cloud arbitration opportunities
With the help of the automation and monitoring team, define best practices for uptime monitoring and effective preventative alerting in an effort to achieve 100% customer uptime
Assist operations team with debugging and correcting problems with the running infrastructure
Be a resource for building support for the Cloud within and across the business
Desired Skills and Experience:
Deep understanding of various cloud technologies, particularly AWS
Formal experience as a software developer leveraging cloud technologies
Demonstrated knowledge of DevOps tool chains and processes
Ability to review and comment on contracts, particularly as relates to security commitments and SLAs
Comprehensive knowledge of industry standard security best practices
Experience with a variety of DB technologies such as MySQL, Oracle, and noSQL DBs
Strong whiteboard and consultative skills with an ability to review a variety of possible solutions, explain them to stakeholders, and guide towards the best choice
Knowledge of one or more automation technologies (Terraform, Chef, Salt, Puppet, etc)
Previous experience in a team leadership or management role
Able to create and describe detailed architectural diagrams and descriptions
Comfortable presenting in front of senior management and peers
Familiar with guiding the work of other cloud engineers
Provide training classes in various cloud technologies to other HMHers