Presales Solutions Architect - Azure

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About Toptal
Toptal is a global network of top freelance talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on-demand. With $200+ million in annual revenue and over 40% year-over-year growth, Toptal is the world's largest fully remote company .
We take the best elements of virtual teams and combine them with a support structure that encourages innovation, social interaction, and fun. We see no borders, move at a fast pace, and are never afraid to break the mold.
Position Description
As a Presales Solutions Architect, you will partner with Sales/Channel Managers to achieve sales attainment goals through technical leadership both internally and with our partners. You will participate in the discovery of business and technical challenges to solve problems that map to the needs and requirements of our clients/prospects. You will help facilitate the coordination of domain experts, support resources and partners, and ensure outstanding customer satisfaction. As a Solutions Architect, you will need excellent communication and people skills, a foundation of technical expertise, and a thorough understanding of business processes and IT problems faced at the enterprise level.
Toptal is a hypergrowth organization. In response to our clients' and partners' overwhelming demand for exceptional talent in new areas, we are expanding the breadth and depth of our offerings to further fuel that growth.
This is a remote position, however, we need this person to reside in North America. We are unable to provide visa sponsorship. Resumes and communication must be submitted in English.
Your primary responsibilities will include:
  • Collaborate with local sales, account management, and technical delivery teams to bring Toptal customers/prospects the best cloud infrastructure and application development solutions.
  • Discover and analyze customer business and technical problems; apply appropriate solutions to address Toptal's customer/prospect needs.
  • Create Scopes of Work with length of effort estimates for larger projects.
  • Provide presales technical support for the development and implementation of complex services and solutions.
  • Provide trusted innovative thinking internally and with our partners.
  • Use deep knowledge of the solutions and the industry to provide technical expertise to sales associates and partners through sales presentations and demonstrations of our offerings; prepare detailed specifications for our offerings.
  • Support Partner Development team in the attainment of additional Azure Competencies and distinctions, with subject matter expertise.
  • Follow standard practices and procedures for analyzing situations or data.
  • Organize, develop, and deliver enablement training around our expertise to our partners.
  • Deliver practical technical workshops to our Channel Partner teams virtually and in-person.

This role is highly collaborative and will work extremely closely with our Alliance, Account Management, Sales, and Talent Operations teams to fulfill the above responsibilities. The successful for this role has a demonstrated capability to:
  • Lead & Sell in a highly collaborative way.
  • Operate in a high-growth environment.
  • Articulate a strategy grounded in an agile execution plan.
  • Be comfortable with rolling up sleeves to do the work.
  • Walk in the shoes of your audience in order to understand their problems, develop/execute an approach to solve them, and articulate the solution in a clear and compelling way.

In the first week, expect to:
  • Onboard and integrate into Toptal; meet your colleagues.
  • Learn about Toptal's history, culture, and vision, with a focus on the state of our industry, the Future of Work, and the core messages important to Toptal.
  • Shadow critical teams throughout the organization to learn Toptal's core operations and capabilities.

In the first month, expect to:
  • Begin developing relationships with key leaders and stakeholders across the organization.
  • Dive deeper into the operations of key teams (e.g., Sales, Talent Operations) across the company.

In the first three months, expect to:
  • Be a well-integrated member of the organization with positive relationships in Alliances, Account Management, Sales, Marketing, and Talent Operations.
  • Be in front of clients/prospects on a regular basis to hear from them firsthand.
  • Build your practice and begin positively impacting revenue growth.

In the first six months, expect to:
  • See an impact from your involvement in early initiatives.

In the first year, expect to:
  • Feel like you made the best decision of your career.
  • Increase the growth rate of Toptal materially.

  • 8+ years of experience working in solution architecture, sales engineering, technology consulting, IT architecture, or equivalent supporting enterprise accounts.
  • Knowledge of and experience with enterprise solution architectures with some of the following technologies: Azure cloud products, Azure application architecture, Data-Lakes, Data-Warehousing, Machine Learning, Data Visualization, Data Architecture, PowerBI, Tableau, MongoDB, Snowflake.
  • Experience working with modern development practices like DevOps or continuous integration (CI/CD). Understands application modernization and general cloud best-practices.
  • Knowledge of Azure, GCP or multi/other cloud providers a plus.
  • Understanding of technology economics and cost management.
  • Refined relationship development & leadership skills with a track record of success building credibility across all levels of an organization. You can develop positive relationships across the business to partner on key initiatives and gain consensus on processes and strategies.
  • Active Azure Certification preferred.
  • Experience selling and collaborating with technology vendors, as a Consulting Partner, is a plus.
  • Skilled in the art of communicating with both technical and non-technical audiences with excellent presentation skills.
  • Technical writing skills for creating presentations, responding to RFI/RFP/proposals.
  • Ability to take your work, but not yourself, too seriously.
  • You must be a world-class individual contributor to thrive at Toptal. You will not be here just to tell other people what to do.

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What are Toptal Perks + Benefits

Toptal Benefits Overview

In addition to being fully remote, Toptal has a generous discretionary PTO policy, and people are encouraged to take time off (including a day of BTO or Birthday Time Off). Health and dental insurance are free for employees, as is a subscription to the Calm meditation app. Work anniversaries bring cool Toptal swag, and for our work-from-anywhere workforce, every day is a casual day.

Friends outside of work
Intracompany committees
Toptal has the TopVibes team, made up of people from each department who plan fun community-building activities throughout the year. Everything from photo contests to scavenger hunts are fair game!
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Everyone gets a free subscription to the Calm meditation app.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Remote Work Program
Toptal is and has always been a fully-remote workplace.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Toptal offers full-time employees with five years of continued service the opportunity to take a two-month paid sabbatical, or a one-month paid sabbatical, and an additional month's paid salary.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
The benefit of remote work is that there's no commute, ever.
Company Outings
Toptal hosts annual team 'Offsites' where team members from across the globe gather by function to meet fellow co-workers and set goals.
Pet Friendly
Toptal loves pets; someone's furry roommate is always adding color commentary to a meeting.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Toptal employees are encouraged to seek out classes or conferences that they feel will help them in their career.
Promote from within
Online course subscriptions available

An Insider's view of Toptal

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

Toptal gave me the chance to turn my life into a beautiful adventure. Working remotely, connecting with Talent all over the world, collaborating with Fortune 500 companies, while keeping a flexible schedule and being mentored by my Leads and Directors into becoming my best professional self.


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What does your typical day look like?

Toptal represents the pinnacle of opportunity for anyone that wants to be a part of an innovative company, solving big challenges. Each day represents a chance to help change the world and most importantly, change lives. The culture Toptal has built as a remote company stands on its own. There is no better place to call my “work home."


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How does the company support your career growth?

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