Microsoft UK • Reading, United Kingdom

Digital Cloud Solution Architecture Apps & Infra

Employment type:  Full time


Fully flexible hours

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Job Description


Microsoft is a company where passionate innovators come to collaborate, envision what can be, and take their careers to levels they can't achieve anywhere else. This is a world of more possibilities, more innovation, more openness, and sky's-the-limit thinking -- a cloud-enabled world.

Microsoft also has a longstanding commitment to global corporate philanthropy. Since 2016, we have donated more than $2.5 billion in cash grants, software, hardware, and cloud technology to hundreds of thousands of nonprofits and helped 90,000 moves to the cloud. In September 2017 we launched Tech for Social Impact (TSI) powered by a sustainable social model where profits are reinvested in expanding support for nonprofits. The TSI team is dedicated to making world-class cloud technology accessible and affordable, so that nonprofits can have an even greater impact.

To scale our impact across the nonprofit community the company is investing in the TSI Group. This organization will bring together our donation and grant programs, commercial sales efforts, and a partner ecosystem to empower nonprofits globally to address the world’s most pressing needs. This will include leading the “Digital Transformation for Social Impact” go-to-market, working with nonprofits to maximize their social impact through the power of Microsoft platforms. Profits generated from this business will be reapplied to scale operations and to support cash donations to high impact social projects. Fueling all this new work and investment is the aim of empowering every nonprofit to do their best work to create an inclusive and enduring positive impact throughout our communities.

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. As employees we come together with a growth mindset, innovate to empower others, and collaborate to realize our shared goals. Each day we build on our values of respect, integrity, and accountability to create a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive at work and beyond.


This Cloud Solution Architect role is a deep technical role, working with our customers to build technical capability, create innovative solutions to their business challenges and uncover new workloads that could be migrated to Azure.

We are looking for a highly motivated and passionate Cloud Solution Architect to drive high priority customer initiatives on the Microsoft Azure Platform in collaboration with customers and the Microsoft field in the strategic accounts segment of our business. This is a customer facing role, owning overall technical relationship between customer and Microsoft Azure Platform.

This role will own the Azure technical customer engagement including architectural design sessions, specific implementation projects and Proofs of Concepts as well as collaborating with other parts of Microsoft and our partners, always with the Customers’ needs at the heart of everything you do.


  • Professional Experience. success in consultative/complex technical sales and deployment projects, architecture, design, implementation, and/or support of highly distributed applications
  • Relationship Building. Proven record of accomplishment of building deep technical relationships with senior IT executives in large or highly strategic accounts. Experience in managing various stakeholder relationships to get consensus on solutions/projects.
  • Collaboration and Communication. Acknowledged driving decisions collaboratively, resolving conflicts and ensuring follow through with exceptional verbal and written communication skills. The ability to orchestrate, lead, and influence virtual teams, ensuring successful implementation of customer projects. Presentation skills with a high degree of comfort with both large and small audiences (Senior Executives, IT management, Database administrators and Data Scientist)
  • Problem Solver. The ability to solve customer problems through cloud technologies.
  • Orchestrate and influence virtual teams to pursue sales opportunities and lead v-teams through influence.


  • Enterprise-scale technical experience with cloud and hybrid infrastructures, architecture designs, migration, and technology management
  • Experience and understanding of large-scale application portfolios in enterprise-wide environments (including migration of on-premises workloads to the cloud)

Deep expertise in one or more of the following:

  • Deep domain expertise of cloud infrastructure solutions (i.e., Windows and Linux IaaS, SAP, BCDR, Security, Management, Storage, Networking, SD-WAN, OSS, containers and Infra as a code technologies)
  • Cloud application development solutions (e.g., PaaS, Serverless, API Management).
  • Container orchestration (e.g., Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry).
  • Continuous integration technologies (e.g., Github Projects, Jenkins, Spinnaker, Azure for DevOps, Chef, Puppet).
  • Web application server technologies, cloud application design, software architecture and practices; (design/development/deployment, Agile, SCRUM, ALM)
  • One or more of the following programming languages: C++, C#, Java, Node.js, JSON, PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby on Rails, Pig/Hive
  • Experience using integrated development environments (e.g., Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, Eclipse, XCode, WebSphere) targeting Android, iOS, Linux, Windows, public clouds (i.e., Azure, AWS, GCP)
  • Experience with scalable architectures using Azure App Service, API management, serverless technologies, container orchestration (e.g., Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry etc.), API management, microservice frameworks etc.


  • Embody our culture and values


Required/Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience as technical architect, technical consulting, design and implementation, and/or technical sales experience
  • OR relevant certifications from Microsoft or competitive platforms AND experience as technical architect, technical consulting, design and implementation, and/or technical sales experience
  • OR Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology (IT), Engineering, or related field AND experience as technical architect, technical consulting, design and implementation, and/or technical sales experience
  • OR equivalent experience.

Additional or Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology (IT), Engineering, or related field AND experience as technical architect, consulting, design, and implementation, and/or sales experience
  • OR equivalent experience.
  • experience with cloud-based solution designs, migrations and management of technology.
  • Certification in one or more of the following technologies preferred: Azure, Containers, Databases, Big Data, Data Science/ML/AI

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.

Company benefits

Wellbeing allowance
Health insurance
Dental coverage
Gym membership
Mental health platform access
Buy or sell annual leave
Shared parental leave
Matched pension contribution
Charity donation scheme
Employee assistance programme
Employee discounts
Volunteer days
Fertility treatment leave
Open to compressed hours
Open to job sharing
Fertility benefits
Enhanced sick pay
Enhanced sick days
Compassionate leave
Travel insurance
20 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Childcare credits
Carer’s leave
Cycle to work scheme
Faith rooms
Annual bonus
Annual pay rises
Company car
Open to part-time employees
Pregnancy loss leave
Life insurance
Equity packages
Financial coaching
Relocation packages
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are largely happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that most people work flexibly
Employees feel that they can mostly manage how they get their own work done

Working at Microsoft UK

Company employees

Globally: 220,000

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Reading, Cambridge, Romsey, Manchester, Edinburgh

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

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