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Senior Architect - Core IT Infrastructure & Cloud

W. R. Grace & Co
United States, Maryland, Columbia
7500 Grace Drive (Show on map)
December 21, 2022

Requisition ID:20973

Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company's two industry-leading business segments-Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies-provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. Grace employs approximately 4,300 people in over 30 countries.

Job Description

The Senior Architect - Core IT Infrastructure & Cloud is the lead technical resource responsible for evaluating, designing, implementing and maintaining the core foundational infrastructure services required by Grace to achieve its business objectives. The candidate must possess a broad knowledge of infrastructure technologies necessary for effectively implementing and supporting critical systems.

The primary focus of this role will require the candidate to support Microsoft's 365/Azure suite of services while leveraging traditional on-premise, cloud, and hybrid infrastructure to achieve cost-effective, secure, and reliable solutions for Grace's foundational computing needs. These solutions will require expertise in networking, directory services, virtualization, security and cloud architectures.

  • Provide tier 3 support and policy administration for Microsoft's 365/Azure services: Messaging, Teams, OneDrive, SSO, Directory Sync, DNS, etc...
  • Review major change update bulletins from Microsoft and assess impact.
  • Research Microsoft 365/Azure frequently changing service offerings and make recommendations.
  • Automate Microsoft 365/Azure tasks via PowerShell scripts.
  • Provide guidance to level 1 & 2 Microsoft 365 support personnel.
  • Support ProofPoint anti-malware/anti-spam implementation.
  • Troubleshoot mail flow issues between end-user, Microsoft 365/Azure tenant, on-prem SMTP and Proofpoint services.
  • Assist in all phases of enterprise architecture development and implementation.
  • Coordinate opportunity assessments and proofs-of-concept to assess the value of new and emerging technologies.
  • Design/Deploy Hybrid Cloud solutions (Microsoft Azure / Google Cloud Platform) to provide seamless integration with existing on-premises solutions.
  • Perform systems design, administration, documenting, maintenance, monitoring and support of physical and virtual servers in a 24/7 enterprise production environment.
  • Perform infrastructure changes, performance tuning, backups, and migrations.
  • Participate in monthly weekend maintenance activity to apply system patches and upgrades.
  • Follow Grace's SDLC project framework and change management processes.
  • Participate in the design, testing, execution, and run-book creation of disaster recovery plans in Azure.
  • Assist in developing IT budgetary estimates for any new infrastructure solutions required to support goals and initiatives.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Occasional travel required, up to 10% possible.
  • Advanced group facilitation and effective presentation skills.
  • Ability to coordinate remote teams and work effectively with offshore resources.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in information systems, computer science or related major
  • Microsoft 365/Azure administration experience.
  • Project management experience
  • 6+ year's experience in designing, integrating and managing complex network and system infrastructure solutions including cloud solutions
  • Knowledge of network architectures and virtualization technologies
  • Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills
  • Strong documentation skills (visio, flow diagrams, etc...)
  • Networking
  • Virtualization
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Cloud/Hybrid Services Concepts (Azure/GCP)
  • Disaster Recovery
Preferred Qualifications
  • Azure/Google Cloud certification
  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance and Disability
  • Grace Wellness Program
  • Flexible Workplace
  • Retirement Plans
  • 401(k) Company Match - Dollar to dollar up to the first 6%
  • Paid Vacation and Holidays
  • Parental Leave
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Company Donation Match Program

Grace is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Grace via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Grace. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Grace as a result of the referral or through other means.

EOE Statement: W.R. Grace & Co.is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other legally protected status.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you may request a reasonable accommodation.