Principal Cloud Architect

  1. Full Time
  2. IT/Technology
Posting date:07 Sep, 2020

Principal Network Cloud Architect
Location: Newbury (Full-time remote working during COVID-19)
COVID-19 Notice: We are continuing recruitment and have implemented new processes that promote candidate and employee safety. As part of this we have moved to a virtual hiring and onboarding process until further notice.

Our purpose at Vodafone is to connect for a better future. At Vodafone Group, we partner with our local markets to drive consistency and earn customer loyalty across 20 countries for over 600 million customers. We are restless and passionate about creating a better future for all. We are always open to new things, and curious to create solutions that our customers will love. We are constantly learning to innovate the way we operate, set our global standards and to deliver on our strategy. Our ambition is to improve 1 billion lives and half our environmental impact by 2025. It’s up to each of us to make this happen. Ready?

Today, we connect one in 16 people worldwide. The technology function is fundamental in building a Digital Society. Our Gigabit networks, the Internet of Things and mobile financial services enable incredible innovations that will make our lives easier, healthier, smarter and more fulfilling. We want to make sure that our technology creates a better future for people, communities, businesses and society. We get it done, together. We think big, take risks, keep the best and learn from the rest. Do you?


Role purpose:
Lead, define and deliver the Global Network Cloud Architecture and Roadmap, especially to enable deployment of 5G Stand Alone Core and OpenRAN, through the evaluation, recommendation, selection, design and delivery of Network Cloud platforms, in a cost effective, agile, supportable, operable and scalable manner.


Skills Required:

Strong knowledge of Cloud infrastructure and Automaton platforms, in a telco Network environment, including Network Functions, CaaS & IaaS platforms, Operating Systems, Enterprise applications, OSS & Software delivery tools, Automation pipelines, Server & Storage infrastructure, Datacentre Networking
Effectively engages stakeholders to ensure a problem free introduction of key technologies and cloud based services.
Strong knowledge of Virtualised and Containerised Network Functions requiring Cloud, incl: 5G, 4G, CCS, OpenRAN, Edge Cloud, Fixed Access, etc
Drive complex decision processes with all stakeholders, working with the established governance processes, for primary (and in association with the Lead Architect for the secondary) technical specialisation.
Strong experience with business process & service analysis and change associated with migrating Network Functions and applications to cloud based service provisioning and consumption
Obtains stakeholder buy-in for service, systems and architectural design, in order to ensure that the architecture will be used/implemented by stakeholders
Pragmatic visionary who enjoys interacting with customers and partners to formulate business strategies and tactics which drive awareness, trial, adoption, and repeat usage. Should have a demonstrated ability to think strategically about business, product, and service definition and transformation challenges.
Builds and maintains the confidence of Local Markets and senior management
Assists Operations teams in defining operational tools required to meet the specific cloud services operational requirements
Very strong influencing and negotiation skills required in order to drive challenging discussions with senior CTO level personnel regarding trade-offs, best practices, and risk mitigation.
Participates in, and helps drive direction of, key industry service, standards and technology bodies


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