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Cloud Architect

xDesign partners with the UK’s most ambitious brands to accelerate their digital product and engineering delivery, with offices in the centres of Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, and London as well as remote employees based throughout the UK.

We pride ourselves on working closely and collaboratively with our clients to craft intuitive user experiences and valuable products across a wide range of industries, technologies, and clients. This has seen us work with the likes of Aviva, MoneySuperMarket, Tesco Bank and Flutter, to name just a few.

Our reputation as a partner determined to deliver high-quality, robust and thoughtful products has enabled us to scale to over 500 people in the last couple of years. And it is this team of amazing people - and the great culture that we have built - that makes xDesign a great place to work. This combination saw xDesign ranked - for the third year running - in the UK’s Best Workplaces™ 2023 by Great Place to Work UK. Alongside this, we also placed top of the list for Best Workplaces for Wellbeing, 8th place in Best Workplaces for Women (within the large business category) and were recognised as one of the Best Workplaces in Tech for 2023.

 

About the role and team:

You will be helping define and shape the Cloud Engineering capability of xDesign. As a Cloud Architect, you’re someone who is confident in consulting and helping clients find the best possible solution - with that “right tool for the job” mindset.

We strive to create the best product possible with everyone's effort, and you'll be an integral part of that mission. Your role in the team is highly valued, and you'll be a key player in ensuring the success of our projects.

The wider Engineering team at xDesign drive forward technology strategies, they also contribute to planning sessions and help to map out delivery roadmaps.

Our tech:

  • Terraform, CDK or CloudFormation
  • Ansible, Chef or Puppet
  • Jenkins, GITHUB Actions or Gitlab Pipeline
  • AWS
  • Azure
 

What you'll be doing:

  • Support our clients in adopting Cloud, develop cloud strategies and drive best practices.
  • Provide advice and guidance to your team and clients on Cloud technologies. Be able to design and support the delivery of Cloud solutions.
  • Be able to act as an advocate of cloud adoption.
  • Create documentation that allows the clients/team to understand what the vision is and support its implementation.
  • Being an advocate for Cloud best practices and Governance.
  • Desire to both learn, up-skill and always be learning new technologies as Cloud Platforms change/new services are added. 
  • Able to assist teams in building standard solutions we can offer our clients.
  • Designing and implement “bigger picture” thinking at all times.

 

We'd love to talk to you if:

  • Demonstrable experience of architecting and developing cloud platforms.
  • Knowledge of Cloud best practices, cost optimisation, governance and strategy.
  • Design and architect and deliver solutions meeting client requirements.
  • Design with security in mind. Develop practices to support security by design.
  • Enthusiastic and experienced in using engineering best practices
  • Demonstrate you understand the wider picture and can design systems that are performant, secure and cost effective.
  • Design architecture in the cloud ensuring costs are controlled and understand the benefits of cost optimisation

Nice to Have

  • AWS certification
  • Azure certification
  • Kubernetes certification

 

What we'll offer you:

We have a transparent progression framework, so you have ownership of your future career at xDesign. We have both individual contributor and management paths. We’re also set up to support internal mobility to other roles and tech stacks.

We have an extensive and highly talented engineering community at xDesign for you to learn from. We have an Engineering Presenters session every fortnight where engineers present a technical topic to their peers. We also bring the backend department together a few times a year in person for a day full of workshops, internal talks, networking and learning.

We have a range of employee-led communities such as STEM, security, accessibility, neurodiversity and more. You can even start your own, everyone has an opportunity to make an impact on the wider business.

Our benefits include:

  • Total 35 days holiday (we have flexible bank holidays)
  • Comprehensive private medical insurance
  • Enhanced parental and adoption leave
  • 1-1 professional financial coaching
  • Up to 50% off an electric vehicle
  • Pension - matched up to 5%

View our complete list of benefits here.

 

About xDesign:

At xDesign, we believe great digital experiences are built by great people who nurture great relationships. We're truly a people-first business and continuously work to make xDesign a comfortable, diverse and inclusive place for everyone.

Our people-focused approach recently earned us the #1 spot on the “UK’s Best Workplaces™ in Tech 2022”, #1 spot on “UK’s Best Workplace for Wellbeing 2023”

Our offices are based in central Edinburgh, Manchester and Leeds, which you can use as much or as little as you wish.

We create and reinforce a culture that rewards employees’ impact, not just activity. We trust our employees to work autonomously and promote ownership across all levels.

 

Next steps:

Our TA team aims to respond to all applications within a reasonable timeframe, regardless of if we are progressing with your application.

  1. 30-minute recruiter call
  2. 60-minute technical discussion
  3. 45-minute cloud solution design interview
  4. 60-minute values led interview


Our interview process is designed as an opportunity both for our interviewers to learn about your expertise, interests and motivations and for you to gain insights into xDesign, the role and the team. So, throughout the interview process you’ll meet a few people from our Cloud team as well as other colleagues from different parts of the business to help you get a well-rounded view of the role and life at xDesign.

We believe that representative teams made up of people with different backgrounds, skills, and points of view help us build the best workplace possible, and enable us to create genuinely innovative, broadly useful products.

We are committed to our goal of creating the most inclusive workplace possible. As we strive to build an environment where everyone can thrive and be themselves, we will continue to investigate and challenge biases, while working to identify and remove obstacles to inclusion. If you need additional support or accommodation during the application process, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

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