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Principal Cloud Architect (TechOps)

Date: 28-Jan-2023

Location: Malvern, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

About the role

We are currently recruiting for an experienced Cloud Architect who will design new systems, integrate and update current systems, decommission existing systems. They will help achieve architectural standards, creating reusable patterns, help to shape principles throughout the QinetiQ IT UK corporate estate and on client side projects.

What do you need?

You’ll need experience in some of the following areas would be desirable, but not essential.

Required Skills - All

  • Extensive experience in as a Cloud Architect
  • Be able to translate a design into a set of delivery activities
  • Ability to hand activities off to engineering teams for implementation, whilst providing architectural oversight and governance
  • Experience of legacy architecture
  • Understanding of how to apply future trends and technology
  • Self-organising and self-managing, self-starting
  • Familiar with Agile methodology and tooling
  • Detailed knowledge of change management and governance
  • Ability to produce formal technical documentation
  • Detailed knowledge / experience of:
    • AWS
    • Designing Public Cloud infrastructure
    • The full system lifecycle including CI/CD processes
    • Taking advantage of cloud-native services


Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance as a minimum.

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What will I be doing?

As a Principal Cloud Architect, you will:


  • Act as a Subject Matter Expert within Cloud Architecture
  • Setting architectural standards, creating reusable patterns, help to shape principles.
  • Be able to design new systems, integrate and update current systems, decommission existing systems
  • Be able to build working relationships with different parts of the business and manage stakeholders
  • Act as a consultant and advisor when working with business areas, to lead work streams and take systems through accreditation processes
  • Take complex requirements and turning into designs (ADD, HLD, LLD)
  • Work out BoEs and BoMs for the solutions you design
  • Have excellent organizational and communication skills


Why join QinetiQ?

As we continue to grow into new markets around the world, there’s never been a more exciting time to join QinetiQ. The formula for success is our appetite for innovation and having the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges.

You’ll experience a unique working environment where teams from different backgrounds, disciplines and experience enjoy collaborating widely and openly as we undertake this exciting and rewarding journey. Through effective teamwork, and pulling together, you’ll get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems in an diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture here.  

Joining QinetiQ offers you an opportunity to work on a broad range of interesting defence-based projects with vast career progression across a global organisation in addition to competitive personal and professional benefits.  You’ll receive a highly competitive salary and benefits package: our basic salaries are very attractive as we constantly review what’s happening in the market. The range of benefits that we offer include, adaptive and flexible working, generous holiday entitlements, Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance and much more. 

About QinetiQ

As a company of over 6,000 dedicated professionals, we are a world-centre of excellence in research and development and act as a catalyst for fast-track innovation, offering outstanding experimentation facilities, and technical, engineering and scientific expertise. QinetiQ is made up of dedicated experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets, all working together to explore new ways of protecting what matters most. Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. Come and find out how you can play a role.

Please note that many roles in QinetiQ are subject to national security vetting. Applicants that already hold the appropriate level of vetting may be able to transfer it upon appointment, subject to approval. A number of roles are also subject to restrictions on access to information that mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may have an effect on the roles that you can be employed in.