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Are you looking to join an innovative, global real estate company who builds communities and connects people to exceptional places? If so, we would love to tell you our story.
At Oxford, our culture is truly one of a kind. Across business lines and around the world, we embrace the complex and tackle opportunities with speed and agility. We are ambitious and humble, forward looking and service-focused. We get stuff done, and have fun doing it!  We take great pride in contributing to the communities where we live. We believe that what is good for the environment is good for business. Together we deliver exceptional experiences to our over 2 million daily customers. 

Reporting to the Director of Technology, the Sr. Cloud Architect is responsible for developing strategic, multi-cloud capabilities and crafting solutions for business and technology clients utilizing public cloud resources. Oxford has embraced a cloud-first strategy, and this role will be key to advancing our cloud maturity and enabling cloud transformation while supporting hybrid designs and mission-critical workloads hosted on premise. The Sr. Cloud Architect owns all architecture work vital to evolve the cloud technology landscape that supports our applications and business functions, following reference architecture frameworks to help drive cloud adoption, evolution and transformation.

As a member of this team, you will be responsible for:

  • Architect foundational capabilities of a hybrid, multi-cloud hosting environment built upon the following platforms: Microsoft Azure - hybrid IaaS and PaaS, Google Cloud Platform and Kubernetes, Amazon Web Services - native services and VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Crafting innovative solutions using native cloud resources, translating business requirements and use cases defined through the Intake process into dynamic infrastructure capabilities that evolve as business needs change and additional cloud services become available

  • Developing infrastructure-as-code and continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipelines to enable DevOps practices

  • Defining architecture models and reusable solution design patterns that enable rapid deployment of cloud services for diverse business entities

  • Owning architectural responsibilities for all assigned project work, including stakeholder management, architecture requirements, analysis, business case development, budgeting, solution design, implementation planning, and deployment

  • Collaborating with partners to gather functional and non-functional requirements for a specific project and facilitate trade-off discussions and resolution of conflicting requirements

  • Guiding, supporting and supervising the implementation of documented solution architectures into operational platforms by engineering and operations teams

  • Incorporating security requirements into the design, understanding and complying with OMERS security standards and policies

  • Providing direction and technical leadership in the adoption of new technologies

  • Developing and delivering strategic roadmaps to increase our cloud maturity, and provide expertise and governance as roadmaps are planned and executed

  • Participating in IT service management processes, including incident, problem and change management, and service request fulfillment

  • Participating in disaster recovery planning, design, implementation and testing activities

To succeed in this role, you have:

Formal Education and Certification
  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field (computer science, information systems management, engineering)

  • Leading technology vendor certifications such as AWS, Google, Microsoft or VMware

Knowledge and Experience
  • 3+ years of experience as a cloud architect or comparable role, demonstrating applied architectural experience in implementing cloud-based technology solutions

  • 5+ years prior experience in a senior solution architect role, demonstrating the technical design and practical implementation of complex infrastructure solutions in an enterprise environment; financial sector experience is an asset

  • 8+ years of experience with the design and implementation of a broad range of infrastructure solutions - compute & storage platforms, high availability and disaster recovery design, n-tier infrastructure, database platforms and security integration

  • Experience with strategic technology planning, technology project prioritization and implementation at an enterprise level

  • Extensive experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment

  • Experience with the design and implementation of both enterprise and departmental solutions

  • Experience with technology product evaluation, selection, acquisition and deployment processes

  • Experience with calculating the total cost of ownership of an infrastructure solution

  • Experience with the preparation of technical design, implementation, system administration and operational documentation

  • A comprehensive understanding of the concepts, tools and best practices regarding the design and integration of multi-tiered, highly available, scalable infrastructure environments

  • Expertise in Azure, GCP and AWS cloud IaaS and PaaS design, implementation and support, including connectivity, security, networking and disaster recovery

  • Hands on experience with all Azure IaaS constructs (resource groups, VMs, VNETs, blob storage etc.), and Azure data services such as Azure SQL, Data Lake, Data Factory and Databricks

  • Hands on experience with infrastructure automation and coding - Terraform, Bash/PowerShell scripting, Python, Ansible, Puppet, GCP deployment manager, Azure ARM templates, version control (GitHub, GitLab)

  • Advanced knowledge of containerization and microservices (Kubernetes, Docker, AKS, GKE)

  • In-depth knowledge of interoperability between network, storage and server infrastructure, operational tools, and IT service management processes

  • Advanced knowledge of industry best practices, leading vendor architectures and technologies in related areas

  • A deep understanding of every aspect of the solution development and delivery life cycle, as well as governance and operational practices

Personal Attributes
  • The ability to conceptualize and adapt technical solutions to complex business situations and strategies

  • The ability to work independently and effectively in a hard-working culture, be accountable to agreed timelines, and balance multiple priorities

  • Well-developed project, organizational and time management skills

  • Strong interpersonal, negotiation, consensus building and facilitation skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to present ideas to all levels in a clear and concise manner and deliver well-written, clear, and concise documentation

  • The ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with internal and external technical resources

Our story:

Oxford Properties Group connects people to exceptional places, and is the owner, developer and manager of some of the world’s best real estate assets. Established in 1960, it manages approximately C$60 billion of assets across the globe on behalf of its co-owners and investment partners. Oxford’s portfolio encompasses office, retail, industrial, hotels and multifamily residential and spans more than 100 million square feet in global gateway cities across four continents. A highly disciplined and thematic investor, Oxford invests in properties, portfolios, development sites, debt, securities and platform opportunities across the risk-reward spectrum. With its global headquarters in Toronto, Oxford operates out of over 15 regional offices including New York, London, Luxembourg, Singapore and Sydney. Its long-term approach to real estate investment aligns Oxford’s interests to its customers and the communities in which it operates. Oxford is owned by OMERS, the defined benefit pension plan for Ontario's municipal employees.

OMERS is committed to having a workforce that reflects the communities in which we live and work. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a barrier-free recruitment and selection process. At OMERS inclusion and diversity means belonging. How we create a sense of belonging is through our employees and our vast network of Employee Resource Groups. Whether you are passionate about gender, pride, or visible minorities, we have groups that are focused on making a difference in all of our lives.

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