GrandVision is a global leader in optical retailing and delivers high quality and affordable eye care to more and more customers around the world. The high quality eye care offered by GrandVision includes a wide range of services provided by its vision expert, prescription glasses including frames and lenses, contact lenses and contact lens care products, and sunglasses both plain and with prescription lenses. These products are offered through leading optical retail banners which operate more than 40 countries across Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia. GrandVision serves its customers in over 7,000 stores and with more than 36,000 employees which are proving every day that in EYE CARE, WE CARE MORE.
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Developing Careers & Potential
Within all GrandVision companies we recruit for a career, not just a job. We are passionate about customer satisfaction and develop our people to look for growth potential within the job and within the company. Our preference is to always promote internally where possible. So, wherever people start, there’s always somewhere else to go. We strive for continuous improvement and our new recruits help us to further raise the future potential of our company.
Our whole business is full of people who have gone on to achieve a successful career through experiencing a variety of different roles in different locations and area of our business. We continually support and develop our people who have the desire, ambition and potential to grow.
Technical Architect: Cloud Services and Azure, Amsterdam Area
Technical Architect, Cloud Services and Azure
Head of Infrastructure and Operations
GrandVision IT Services BV is currently seeking a Technical Architect with a focus on Cloud Services particularly on Microsoft Azure. Primary focus is on design, development and delivery of technical architectures and contribute to defining the technical landscape strategy.
The successful candidate will be a dynamic individual capable of making significant contributions to the design, development and implementation of sophisticated cloud-based systems. This is a unique opportunity for a high energy professional interested in playing a key role with a top tier global organization.
Main purpose of the role
Develop expert knowledge of GrandVision’s business and problem/solution domain
Deliver cloud platform architecture documents detailing the vision for how Azure infrastructure and platform services support the overall application architecture; socialize and review with software, database, and testing engineers for acceptance.
Collaborate with application architects and Developers to modernize infrastructure as a service (IaaS) applications to Platform as a Service (PaaS)
Create solutions that support a DevOps approach for delivery and operations of services
Be a go to person for Cloud Architecture concerns. You should have a deep understanding of IaaS and PaaS services offered on cloud platforms and understand how to use them together to build complex solutions.
Ensure that all cloud solutions follow security and compliance controls, including data sovereignty.
Plan, organize, and control multiple responsibilities to achieve project objectives; technically guide projects through to completion. Ensure deliverables are completed within target timeframes and are consistently of high-quality.
Interact with and advise business representatives of the application regarding functional and non-functional requirements
Create proof-of-concepts to demonstrate viability of solutions under consideration
Develop enterprise level conceptual solutions and sponsor consensus/approval for global applications.
Have a working knowledge of other architecture disciplines including application, database, infrastructure, and enterprise architecture.
Identify system integration opportunities
Identify and implement best practices, tools and standards
Provide consultative support to the Development teams for production incidents
Drive and support system reliability, availability, scale, and performance activities
Plan and design the structure of a technology solution
Evaluate and select appropriate software or hardware and suggest integration methods
Ensure the implementation of agreed architecture and infrastructure design principles
Required qualifications/level of education
BSCS or MS Degree or concentration in a technical field
Core competencies/ Personal attributes
Experience working on large project(s) incorporating processes and procedures and standards
Superior analytical and problem-solving skills
Excellent organizational, coordination, interpersonal and communication skills
Demonstrated leadership and team-building abilities
Creativity, self-confidence, and flexibility
Key skills, knowledge and experience
Minimum of 10 years’ experience in the technology field.
Proven experience as Technical Architect
2+ years of strong experience with cloud services (Azure preferred)
Strong knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server and database administration, including Always On.
Strong knowledge of Azure, including PaaS and IaaS architectures.
Knowledge of networking engineering, including DNS, Active Directory, firewalls, load balancers, etc.
Knowledge of best practices for IT operations in an always-on, always-available service model
Proven background in the design and implementation of large scale, global, complex custom application development systems (e.g., high transaction volumes).
Advanced understanding of distributed systems architecture in Azure on a global basis
Experience problem solving issues on globally distributed systems and critical product service environments
Capable of technical deep dives into infrastructure, databases, and applications as needed, yet cognitively agile enough to have strategy discussions with leadership
Must understand the Agile methodology and have worked on a Scrum team.
Experience of practical implementations of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery tools.
Direct, hands-on experience with DevOps and release management tools
Experience with continuous integration tools, such as VSTS, Bamboo, Jenkins, Microsoft TFS, TeamCity, etc.
Experience with configuration management tools such as Ansible, Chef, or Puppet
Exceptional communication skills and the ability to communicate appropriately with corporate executives and technical teams.
Excellent influencing and reasoning skills; good at conflict resolution and consensus building.
After hours on-call support occasionally required.
Good understanding of strategic IT solutions
Future potential/ learning agility/ growth opportunities
GrandVision is currently growing rapidly and there are many growth opportunities available.