Solution Architect, Google Cloud - Pre-Sales at Cognizant (Dallas, TX)

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Google Business Group (GBG) - Presales Cloud Solutions Architect
Permanent Employment - North America

About Cognizant
Cognizant (Nasdaq-100:CTSH) is one of the world's leading professional services companies, transforming clients' business, operating and technology models for the digital era. Our unique industry-based, consultative approach helps clients envision, build and run more innovative and efficient businesses. Headquartered in the U.S., Cognizant is ranked 194 on the Fortune 500 and is consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world. Learn how Cognizant supports clients with digital agenda at www.cognizant.com
Cognizant is recognized as a Military Friendly Employer and is a coalition member of the Veteran Jobs Mission. Our Cognizant Veterans Network assists Veterans in building and growing a career at Cognizant that allows them to leverage the leadership, loyalty, integrity, and commitment to excellence instilled in them through participation in military service.
Cognizant is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.
About the Team / Business Unit
Digital is no longer some future state. It's here and now. Adopting a cloud-first platform approach to accelerate your digital journey helps maintain a future-proofed competitive advantage. Cognizant's Google Business Group (GBG) orchestrates the native capabilities of the Google Cloud in partnership with Cognizant's deep technology and industry expertise to deliver customer digital outcomes.
Cognizant's GBG helps customers transform and evolve their business with Google's global capabilities covering app modernisation, infra modernisation, data modernisation, security and world class AI/ML for differentiated business outcomes.
As part of an entrepreneurial team of this fast-growing business, we are looking for dynamic, result oriented and experienced technology practitioners to help drive growth and shape the future with Google Cloud Platform (GCP) services. You are expected to possess a unique combination of business acumen, communication and strong interpersonal skills along with a technology passion for emerging cloud technologies.
As a pre-sales Cloud solution architect you will shape the solution and architecture for key projects. You should be very comfortable in articulating technology win themes and value propositions that will position Cognizant favourably with its customers. You'll be engaging with our customers and prospects to provide pre & post sales solution and architectural advice and thought leadership covering either of machine learning, data, analytics, apps and infra competencies. Additionally, you will be assisting the offerings group to build out the next-generation offerings & products based on Google cloud.
You will build long-term relationships with Cognizant's customer CTO's, partner with peer technical and commercial colleagues.

About You:
This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced professional in cloud technologies who would like to work as part of a team of experts in the fields of AI/ML, IoT, Analytics, Data, Applications and Infrastructure as a subject matter expert in solution/cloud architecture. The role is customer-facing, working closely with business and technical influencers, and will require a background in Information Technology. Successful candidates will bring multiple years' experience with cloud platforms (GCP or AWS/Azure) Ideally, you'll have served as an SME in designing and migrating applications in the cloud, worked on digital transformation projects involving complex cloud deployments, and be adept at the design of innovative cloud solutions for Industry/Enterprise requirements.
We will also consider candidates looking for a step up into a pre-sales Cloud solutions architecture role, coming from app engineering, data engineering or infra engineering consultancy background.
Your Key Result Areas:
  • Enable GBG growth through sales wins via technology differentiation and innovation
  • Design compelling, innovative and competitive client propositions for technology outsourcing with innovative Google cloud technologies
  • Outline the pursuit sales and solution strategy to provide direction for solution contributors and subject matter experts (e.g. through developing a solution blueprint and transformation storyboard)
  • Stay up to date with state of the art technology trends to propose new features and provide value and innovative solutions to our customer
  • Lead customer meetings, presentations and negotiations during the deal life-cycle
  • Oversee the design and development of end-to-end technical solutions covering service offerings
  • Work with other business units to integrate complex multi-tower deals spanning infrastructure, applications, data, analytics, security etc.
  • Build tight working relationship with offshore pre-sales, delivery and other services teams
  • Lead and Contribute to written RFI and RFP responses and face-to-face customer interactions including solution presentations
  • Internal & External cost inputs (including against industry benchmarks) to ensure solution is optimized from financial perspective
  • Contribute to drafting or review of customer SoWs
  • Excellent operational hygiene in all pre-sales activities, team motivation, reskilling and quality of deliverables.
  • Provide thought leadership in solutions approaches, educate sales teams on solution offerings, bid process and changes in the market
  • Collaborate with technology partners to support the reskilling solution teams on the latest market trends.
  • Be seen as a senior practice leader for GBG unit overall, contribute in offering development, go to market strategy and solutions, operational and sales excellence and thought leadership
  • Work with the most innovative and scalable data processing and cloud technologies
  • Work in an agile and dynamic environment together
  • Be a leader and mentor to other/junior team members
Required & nice to have skills:
Must Haves:
  • Minimum 5 years' experience in architecting for cloud services out of total 12+ year of experience.
  • Cloud certifications (GCP or AWS/Azure)
  • Act as GCP Solution Architect, responsible for solution proposal, architecture and commercial proposal for various GCP business opportunities.
  • Proven experience in designing turnkey solutions leveraging best of Google cloud capabilities in the areas of IaaS and PaaS components, Servers, Storage, Infrastructure Transformation, Google Workplace, DC migrations to Cloud, DR on cloud, Dockers, Kubernetes, Data Store, Pub-Sub, Anthos etc.
  • Utilizing GCP as landing zone, well versed with Cloud solutions on load balancing, performance, scalability, concepts of microservices - its applicability.
  • Must be able to articulate technical merits and value of cloud computing and comparative in-depth analysis of GCP vs other clouds ( AWS, Azure)
  • Experience on Dev Ops Tools like Terraform, Chef, Puppet, Ansible etc
  • Knowledge of relevant GCP/public cloud services beyond IaaS ( identity management, certificates, workplace, integrations, native tools and solutions )
  • Knowledgeable in classic application architecture and cloud modernization strategies.
  • The ability to take ownership on an end-to-end solution
  • Demonstrated, strong analytical and technical capabilities, with an innovative 'edge'
  • Exceptional communication skills; both written and verbal with great attention to detail
  • Able to present concepts in an authoritative and clear manner to customers through white-boarding, presentations, and proposals
  • Ability to develop and maintain relationships with key external stakeholders at various business & technical levels
  • Experience in technical pre-sales, able to evangelize disruptive proposals
Nice to have/Chance to grow:
  • GCP certifications
  • Understanding and experience in a few digital transformation technologies (e.g. product centric org structures, pod based delivery model, TDD/BDD, DevOps, Agile (scrum, Kanban, SAfe 4.0 or above), microservices, containerization, serverless, hybrid hosting patterns such as private, public cloud, PaaS (OpenShift, Cloud Foundry), ETL tools, Hadoop-based technologies (e.g. Spark) and/or batch/streaming data pipelines (e.g. Beam, Flink), data lake and data warehouse solutions using technology such as BigQuery, Azure Synapse, Redshift, Oracle, Teradata, etc, analytical products using technology such as Looker, Tableau, Data Studio, PowerBI, Qlik, etc.
  • High degree of comfort and ability to talk through approach to perform app portfolio analysis, identify candidates for cloud native journey: re-host, re-platform, re-architect etc.
  • Basic knowledge of and ideally some experience with data science topics like machine learning, data mining, statistics, and visualization
  • Contributions to open-source projects
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Engineering, Computer Science or a suitable technical and management field
Benefits
  • Regular networking events, mentoring events and conferences
  • Exposure to experts from a number of industries
  • Freedom to explore the latest tools and technologies
  • Knowledge-sharing activities

If you're comfortable with change, excited by growth, passionate about technology and excel through entrepreneurship, we'd love to hear from you!
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About Cognizant
Cognizant (Nasdaq-100: CTSH) is one of the world's leading professional services companies, transforming clients' business, operating and technology models for the digital era. Our unique industry-based, consultative approach helps clients envision, build and run more innovative and efficient businesses. Headquartered in the U.S., Cognizant is ranked 185 on the Fortune 500 and is consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world. Learn how Cognizant helps clients lead with digital at www.cognizant.com or follow us @USJobsCognizant. Applicants may be required to attend interviews in person or by video conference. In addition, candidates may be required to present their current state or government issued ID during each interview.

Cognizant is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.
If you have a disability that requires a reasonable accommodation to search for a job opening or submit an application, please email [email protected] with your request and contact information.
More Information on Cognizant
Cognizant operates in the Information Technology industry. The company is located in Teaneck, NJ, New Haven, CT, Edina, MN, Englewood, CO and Pheonix, AZ. Cognizant was founded in 2022. It has 301000 total employees. To see all 515 open jobs at Cognizant, click here.
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