Kubernetes Architect at AHEAD (Phoenix, AZ)

| Phoenix – Mesa – Scottsdale, AZ
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AHEAD builds platforms for digital business. By weaving together advances in cloud infrastructure, automation and analytics, and software delivery, we help enterprises deliver on the promise of digital transformation.

AHEAD is committed to a community of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, sexual minority groups, and all other candidates who will contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives here at AHEAD.

We are on this journey to ensure that all AHEADians feel that they can authentically show up and belong at work.

Kubernetes Architect
(Internally known as a Senior Technical Consultant)
 
The Kubernetes Architect will serve as a technical thought leader and SME for our public Cloud / DevOps ecosystem of partners, customers, and service providers. The Kubernetes Architect works as part of the engineering team to support the design and implements the Kubernetes solutions. They will recommend, evaluate, and implement methods to optimize and enhance the application within the cloud environment to maximize performance and minimize costs. This is an exciting opportunity to augment your current skills, as well as, learn new technologies.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Lead development, deployment, and testing activities with various Kubernetes environments (Azure AKS/AWS EKS/Google GKE/VMware Tanzu/Red Hat OpenShift, Rancher)
  • Architect, design, and implement Kubernetes environments from the agile planning stage to production deployments
  • Lead and take part in readiness assessments, workshops, roadmap/design sessions, and tool/environment modernization discussions
  • Lead architecting sessions with business and technology owners as a technical expert
  • Provide systems support in and out of office hours
  • Lead client demonstrations and working sessions
  • Mentor junior staff and support project leadership
  • Lead the creation of written deliverables
  • Maintains several relevant and higher-end certifications
  • Lead a team of technical delivery resources on complex projects
  • Helps to develop new AHEAD products, processes, standards, and / or plans
  • Obtains and maintains relevant and higher-end certifications
  • Participate in pre-sales activities and support on an as-needed basis
  • Be a mentor for more junior staff
  • Travel as needed

Qualifications

  • Advanced Experience with various Kubernetes platforms
  • Proven experience in designing and building large scale, high performing, secure Kubernetes and other application platform infrastructure on Kubernetes platforms
  • Experience in managing Kubernetes clusters, building docker images and Day 2 Operations
  • Experience in Kubernetes networking, load balancer, pod security and certificate management
  • Experience with monitoring tools such Datadog, Dynatrace AppDynamics, ELK, Grafana, Prometheus, or equivalent
  • Experience with public cloud environments (i.e. AWS, GCP, Azure)
  • Experience working with private registries like Docker, JFrog Artifactory, Nexus, ECR & etc.
  • Good understanding & implementation experience using the 12-factor App principle
  • Experience on container networking & security, image scanning for vulnerabilities using tools, Source code management and Implementation of Security best practices, other DevSecOps principles and tools.
  • Excellent hands-on experience with Unix/Linux-OS Internals and administration, ideally Red hat, SuSe, or Ubuntu.
  • Excellent hands-on of DevOps using platforms` and tools like git, HashiCorp Terraform, HashiCorp Vault, Jenkins, Ansible
  • Good familiarity with TCP/IP protocols and applications
  • Strong desire for personal development and learning
  • Able to communicate beyond technologies and talk solutions to engineers and senior management alike
  • Good understanding of distributed systems
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with demonstrated technical leadership
  • Client relationship skills and experience working with vendors

Desired Skills

  • Understanding of high availability, scaling technologies and solutions
  • Familiarity with security, penetration testing and threat detection tools
  • Understanding of servers, storage, and networking roles
  • Requires minimal supervision to accomplish work and manage off-project time
  • Depth and demonstrated expertise across at least one technology to be able to architecture and implementation activities

Why AHEAD:

Through our daily work and internal groups like Moving Women AHEAD and RISE AHEAD, we value and benefit from diversity of people, ideas, experience, and everything in between.

We fuel growth by stacking our office with top-notch technologies in a multi-million-dollar lab, by encouraging cross department training and development, sponsoring certifications and credentials for continued learning.

We understand that you have a life outside of work. That’s why we offer flexible paid time off, paid company holidays, and the ability for you to manage your work schedule as needed.

More Information on AHEAD
AHEAD operates in the Cloud industry. The company is located in Chicago, IL, Brentwood, TN and Atlanta, GA. AHEAD was founded in 2007. It has 1154 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 66 open jobs at AHEAD, click here.
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