Sidley Austin LLP

  • Infrastructure Architect

    Recruiting Location US-IL-Chicago
    Information Technology
  • Summary

    The Infrastructure Architect reports to the Manager of Infrastructure Architecture and is responsible for designing and supporting highly available, high performing and cost optimized enterprise computing platforms to support the Firm’s technology needs. The specific area of focus will include the strategy, architecture and implementation of hosted cloud solutions, including both public facing IaaS / PaaS / SaaS solutions, as well as private cloud solutions within the Firm’s internal datacenters, brought together to meet the needs of the Firm. The scope of this role includes heavy participation in success criteria definition, evaluation and comparison of solutions, development of presentation quality technical documents, working with vendors and consultants and influencing colleagues and management to gain support. The architect will play a leading role in defining and executing a multi-year cloud migration strategy for the Firm, including establishing automation. The architect should understand solutions as well as have the experience to engage stakeholders and colleagues alike to achieve defined business outcomes.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Responsible for gathering requirements, establishing evaluation criteria, assessing and comparing options and designing and implementing enterprise solutions to meet defined business outcomes
    • Ensure effective design of the Firm’s enterprise Infrastructure services, spanning across both public cloud IaaS / PaaS / SaaS (e.g. Azure, AWS, GCP) and private cloud datacenter solutions (e.g. EMC, Cisco, VMware, Microsoft, CommVault)
    • Play a leading role in critical cross functional initiatives, including creation, adoption, migration and operation of public facing Cloud environment
    • Develop automation solutions including an Infrastructure as Code approach to establish and maintain automated, integrated and continuous deployments within public cloud
    • Ensure Infrastructure operations are effective and optimally established and supported across all layers including server, storage, backup, monitoring, patching services and monitoring
    • Establish best practice disaster recovery architecture, operation and supporting process. Work with engineering and support teams to implement, maintain and governance; administration teams to establish run books.
    • Collaborate with engineering and service teams to establish multi-year roadmaps for Infrastructure service areas across datacenter / cloud, network and telephony.
    • Develop and implement changes to processes to ensure continuous process improvement and effective governance
    • Contribute to ongoing maintenance of the server and storage build policies, procedures and communications, developing updates, as needed
    • Capture and analyze key metrics across Infrastructure service areas and use influence for continuous service area improvement
    • Engage with developers and DBAs to establish optimized environments across functional areas of responsibility
    • Provide thought leadership, innovative ideas and drive towards cross-functional partnership. Make presentations to stakeholders in support of desired solutions.
    • Develop automation, orchestration and cloud based systems design
    • Design, implement and document data feeds and scripting and interoperability between applications that share and/or utilize the same data or databases
    • Communicate effectively and appropriately with both technical and non-technical audiences.  Ensure transparency and well planned-out communication.
    • Ensure effective vendor relationships with IT staff as it relates to value delivery and support
    • Familiarize with Program/Project Management solutions and processes use both to establish and track designated initiatives and status updates
    • Familiarize with ITSM tools including ServiceNow and/or others in place
    • Other duties, as assigned.      


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities (Duties) above satisfactorily and meet the requirements below. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. If you need such an accommodation, please email (current employees should contact Human Resources).


    Education and/or Experience:



    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
    • Minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience operating or maintaining systems in a 500+ Windows server enterprise server environment
    • Minimum of 5 years work experience with architecture; designing and deploying enterprise solutions to meet business needs across virtualization (VMware or Hyper-V) and infrastructure (Cisco, EMC, HP)
    • Minimum of 2 years work experience with automation / orchestration / scripting tools for server / storage deployments either in public cloud or on-premises
    • Demonstrated experience with designing and deploying cloud services across IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, as well as on-premises datacenter based solutions, including Converged / Hyper Converged Infrastructure.
    • Operational experience supporting business needs on a 24x7 basis, including the use of ITSM tools, including ServiceNow
    • Microsoft solutions across OS, AD, patching and VMware virtualization expertise
    • Familiarity with commonly used software licensing methods and license accounting practices
    • Ability to create detailed technical diagrams and supporting documentation
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate technological information to business leaders
    • Proven experience with vendor management and negotiation.
    • Ability to work off hours for scheduled or emergency maintenance and/or upgrades


    • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems or a related field
    • ITIL foundations certification
    • Professional services industry experience – financial, accounting, consulting, legal, etc.
    • Demonstrated experience with Unified Communications services across voice, data and mobility, as well as networking solutions including MPLS, SD-WAN and Internet.
    • Demonstrated experience with federated Identity and Access Management solutions, including 2FA/MFA, as well as Cloud Access Security Broker tools, to govern secure access to resources.


    Other Skills and Abilities:

    The following will also be required of the successful candidate:

    • Strong organizational skills
    • Strong attention to detail
    • Good judgment
    • Strong interpersonal communication skills
    • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
    • Able to work harmoniously and effectively with others
    • Able to preserve confidentiality and exercise discretion
    • Able to work under pressure
    • Able to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities


    Sidley Austin LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer


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