Cloud Architect Lead – Islamic Development Bank – Saudi Arabia – Jeddah

The Cloud Architect leads the IMDT cloud first strategy by defining the cloud adoption roadmap aligned with IsDB business strategy, planning and implementing the cloud transformation program and ensuring that cloud operations are efficient and secure. The Cloud Architect provides management and direction across business and IT initiatives to evaluate the most appropriate cloud options to meet business requirements and adherence to security needs. The Cloud Architect also manages the engagement with cloud service providers through the build and run phases to ensure that IsDB achieves maximum value from cloud initiatives and services.

Set the strategy, direction, and operating model of the IMDT cloud first strategy including cloud architecture, cloud adoption roadmap, cloud transformation programs/projects cloud service provider engagement and cloud operations in alignment with the IsDB business vision and strategy
Design and continuously improve the IsDB cloud architecture to support cloud solutions, cloud infrastructure and information management and digital innovation in line with industry standards, benchmarks, and regulatory requirements
Manage cloud transformation programs and projects to deliver business value to IsDB for efficiency, flexibility, speed, security, and resiliency
Establish cloud service engagements with qualified, international providers covering the full cycle from sourcing, selection, negotiation and contracting and setting performance and quality metrics for service delivery
Drive the adoption of cloud security capabilities to reduce and mitigate cyber risks and threats by implementing advanced cloud security capabilities that support the protection, detection, response, and recovery principles of cybersecurity in line with industry standards and IsDB policies
Understands and adheres with the overarching architecture framework, standards, governance models, blueprints and processes; and provides recommendations to enhance further specifically related to cloud and security.
Defines and maintains the cloud and security architecture in alignment with the enterprise architecture, IT strategy and aligns the business requirements with technical security solutions.
Collaborate with internal stakeholders in Technology Operations, Solution Delivery, Strategy and Governance and Business Technology to share knowledge and understand business and technical challenges and align cloud solutions that address the business and technical requirements
Study the adoption practices across International Financial Institutions and other relevant organizations on the experiences with cloud adoption and cloud operating models
Promote the change and transformation in policies, processes and skills that are needed to transition and benefit fully from cloud capabilities through presentations, workshops and working groups across senior management, business process owners, assurance functions and IT teams
Promotes IsDB-wide awareness and adherence to the cloud and security architecture artefacts, providing training and awareness as required.
Manage the team to ensure the effective achievement of functional objectives through leadership of the team, setting team and individual objectives, conducting regular meetings, managing performance, developing and motivating staff, provision of formal and informal feedback, and appraisal to maximize team member and team performance

Education, Experience & Certification:
Academic and professional qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in computer science, Information Technology, or related field.
• Minimum 10 years of experience in information technology focused on infrastructure and security.
• 4+ years of experience in implementing and operating cloud infrastructure.
• Minimum 3 years of Managerial experience.

Language Requirements:
English language – Required
Arabic language – Preferred.
French language – Preferred.
Skills & Necessary Knowledge:
Managing cloud migration and cloud infrastructure implementation projects with more than one leading cloud services provider
▪ Developing cloud architectures covering IaaS, PaaS and SaaS cloud services
▪ Designing and implementing cloud security and resiliency solutions
▪ Business writing and presentation for senior management, business and technical stakeholders
▪ Project management
▪ IT service management
▪ Vendor management
▪ Enterprise architecture

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