Cloud Architect at Paylocity

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Cloud Architect CPE
The Cloud Architect is responsible for the technical direction behind Paylocity's cloud strategy, as well as for upskilling existing engineers to be proficient in working in the cloud and will be an active member of the Technology Practice. The Cloud Architect will partner with the rest of the Technology Practice group to establish and evangelize standards, drive the identification and adoption of next generation technologies and solutions, identify, and develop reusable components, and perform architectural enhancements to maintain a stable HCM solution that will scale to meet the needs of a rapidly growing business.
Working closely with Technology Practice Leaders, Principal Engineers and Product teams, the Cloud Architect will: identify ways for teams to dream big and start small, ensure we have close alignment across the organization on the technology opportunities and product needs, make sure the technical needs of the system are prioritized, and coach/mentor Software Engineers, Dev Leads and/or other individual contributors. Being a technical player-coach, the Cloud Architect will actively help develop a cloud strategy. The Cloud Architect may be an individual contributor or have a couple direct reports dedicated to solving organization level missions. The Cloud Architect will also seek out opportunities to attend and/or present at conferences and write internal and external facing blogs.
Are you the teammate we are looking for?
Who you are:
  • Technical guru who likes to go deep and address business challenges
  • Strong ability to operationalize cutting edge technologies within the context of current business needs
  • Boundless curiosity about our customers, our products, our history, and current market and technology trends. A lifelong learner able to adapt accordingly
  • Enables product teams to make the right choices, in alignment with our technology direction, to promote scalable and secure solutions
  • Passionate about improving processes to shorten cycle times for software releases
  • Nimble and responsive to the needs of teams you support
  • Focuses on the high-level goals and design of a project or direction and how it aligns to the overall vision
  • Driven to serve our customers and find means to make those individuals more effective.
  • Dream big, start small mindset
  • Unflinching in your desire for production and system stability and scalability
  • Enthusiastic about design, development, and architecture of software and infrastructure
  • An advocate in continuous improvement of our development and infrastructure processes
  • Passionate about mentoring and coaching developers
  • Able to work in a collaborative environment with a willingness to share your ideas directly with agile teams
During your first three months at Paylocity, you will:
  • Work closely with product teams to drive and evangelize the overall technical direction
  • Evangelize and influence the organization's architectural vision, strategy, and principles
  • Work with Tech Practice Leaders on operationalizing proofs of concept and experiments aimed at improving the capabilities we provide customers
  • Work on a standard or framework and evangelize its use throughout the organization
  • Work closely across specialties to make deployments easier to improve team velocity and overall quality of delivery
  • Partner with a collection of Principle Engineers, Dev Leads and Tech Leads to ensure everyone is pulling in the same direction
  • Assist teams as needed with measuring, monitoring and working to drive down incident levels
  • Strengthen the technical acumen as an organization by sharing your knowledge and interests within and outside the organization
  • Build a development plan for the engineering community to upskill for cloud proficiency
  • Drive the identification and adoption of next generation technologies for current and future challenges
  • Mentor, coach and empower technical team members
  • Attend and/or present at a conference to stay abreast of emerging trends in technology
Required Experience:
  • Bachelor's Degree in a Computer Science, Engineering, Technology related field or equivalent experience
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certifications, especially AWS Certified Solutions Architect (Professional) highly desired

  • Must be advanced in building large-scale cloud architectures, to include:
  • Migrating large-scale applications to AWS
  • Finding high-level seams in multiple large applications to migrate from a monolith to micro-services in the cloud
  • Migrating .NET applications to container-based/serverless architectures is a plus
  • Designing and implementing reusable deployment pipelines for multiple feature teams
  • Designing and implementing disaster recovery/resiliency strategies for cloud workflows

  • Deep expertise in multiple cloud offerings, including but not limited to:
  • Containers in Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) or Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS)
  • Managed ElasticSearch in AWS
  • Event streaming via Kafka or Amazon Kenisis Data Streams (KDS)
  • Messaging via Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), serverless via lambdas
  • Data Storage offerings such as Amazon Redshift, AWS Aurora, AWS Relational Database Service (RDS), or graph databases such as Neptune

  • Experience with managing Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and cloud-based networking to include Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) and other methods of connectivity with on-premises data centers
  • Experience with Identity and Access Management (IAM)/cloud security, governance and compliance, including experience with control tower and guard duty a plus
  • Understanding of cloud spend governance and control a plus
  • Measuring, monitoring, and alerting on customer experience for multiple, mission-critical cloud-based applications at heavy load
  • Preferably has at least 7+ years hands-on experience and is a SME in areas of full-stack web development, with experience in Client-Side Programming (HTML, JavaScript, CSS), and SQL
  • Must be advanced in object-oriented design and development and unit-testing, RESTful Web Services and web pages using C# .NET Core and Full Framework or similar technologies
  • Should be well-versed with Enterprise Architecture and developer tools, including advanced troubleshooting and debugging of unknown systems and refactoring
  • A solid understanding of network and infrastructure is preferred
  • Must be able to work effectively in an agile environment
  • Must be effective and creative in problem solving
  • Able to work on off-hours and weekends as the need arise

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Paylocity strives to create an organizational culture where every employee has a voice, feels truly welcome, appreciated, and free to be themselves, and is empowered and enabled to do their best work. A strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is critical to creating such a culture.
We've made great strides to support diversity, equity, and inclusion. That being said, we realize there's still room for improvement. Our current focus is on the following initiatives:
  • Education & Awareness
  • Client Community
  • Company Representation
  • Advocacy & Support
  • Fairness & Equality
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What are Paylocity Perks + Benefits

Paylocity Benefits Overview

Our commitment to hiring the best and brightest employees with a “talent anywhere” strategy means that no matter where you’re located around the country, you can be a part of our growing tech department

• Enjoy an attitude of trust to work remotely, manage your own schedule and be productive
• Work in small, cross-functional product-oriented teams
• Showcase development progress in two-week sprints with strong executive involvement
• Embrace the freedom to innovate, voice opinions and share new ideas

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
We have a talent anywhere culture, where employees can work anywhere in the US and/or work from one of three US offices located in Illinois, Florida, and Idaho
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available

An Insider's view of Paylocity

What’s the vibe like in the office?

I work fully remote, but even filtered through computer screens the Paylocity vibe is palpable. The values we’ve committed to upholding as a company resonate deeply with everyone that works here, which means they come to life in every interaction. We are professional yet FUN, savvy yet approachable, and relaxed yet extremely driven.


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How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I started as a Government Relations Specialist and now I am a Government Relations Project Manager. I wouldn't have been able to do this without a supportive, team, company work/life balance, and investing in one's career with a deeper lens. I have seen myself grow a lot throughout these years at Paylocity and look forward to more.


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How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Before Paylocity, I struggled with work/life balance and boundaries. My manager is incredibly flexible and adjusts workloads to ensure we never reach a burnout situation. If I ever need to adjust my schedule to take a kid to the doctor, or take PTO, there's never an issue. I'm much happier after coming to Paylocity and finding that balance!


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