• Cloud Architect (Customer Advisory (Presales))

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    Germany SAS



    SAS believes in the whole employee experience. Meaningful work. Empowerment to make a difference that changes people’s lives. Dynamic work environments that foster innovation. And an award-winning culture that makes it all possible. We believe great ideas can come from anywhere. Whether you're a university recruit, or an experienced professional ready for the next big challenge, SAS brings perks, passion, and the potential to grow. No limits.




    Are you a problem solver, explorer, and knowledge seeker – always asking, “What if?”  

    If so, then you may be the new team member we’re looking for. Because at SAS, your curiosity matters – whether you’re developing algorithms, creating customer experiences or answering critical questions. Curiosity is our code, and the opportunities here are endless.  

    What we do  

    We’re the leader in analytics. Through our software and services, we inspire customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. Our curiosity fuels innovation, pushing boundaries, challenging the status quo and changing the way we live.  

    What you’ll do

    We’re looking for a Cloud Architect (Customer Advisory (Presales)).

    You will: 

    • As part of the specialized SAS Strategy and Innovation team the Cloud Architect works with customers by providing cloud and technical architecture expertise in pre-sales situations.  We are looking for a hands-on Cloud Technical Architect who will be the key driver in helping position and define next-generation cloud-based AI, analytical and decision support solutions for SAS clients.  Merging your cloud expertise with knowledge of the latest cloud-enabled SAS platform, this role will be critical to architecting, demonstrating and proving SAS’ Cloud computing and DevOps capabilities and value of the SAS platform to our clients. 

    • Working with Account Executives and other Customer Advisory (presales) resources to provide the cloud and architecture expertise necessary to develop and support strategic and tactical plans for accounts and specific opportunities;

    • Participates or leads in defining proposed architectures (which could include SAS technologies and services with deployment options including customer`s on-premises infrastructure, private and public cloud) which will drive value for our clients;

    • Describing how the SAS solution could be deployed within the client’s cloud and technical environment;

    • Participating in and delivering presentations, workshops and briefings;

    • Developing and delivering complex technology proofs such as demonstrations and Proofs of Concepts;

    • Developing and communicating value propositions and business cases for the proposed architecture;

    • Supporting relevant components of formal proposals and RFP responses;

    • Develop and maintain product and technical knowledge for the SAS Platform;

    • Develop and maintain deep technical understanding of relevant cloud architectures (and vendors), and how the SAS Platform architects and deploys within these architectures)

    • Assisting in demand-generation activities;

    • Ensuring successful transition of the proposed technical requirements and capabilities from the Presales phase to the Implementation teams;

    • Maintain a high degree of familiarity with relevant emerging trends in technology and our client’s business environments.

    • Developing understanding of clients’ AI, analytical and decision support-related strategies, opportunities and requirements;Developing an understanding of clients’ current and future-state technical and cloud-related environments and strategies

    What we’re looking for 

    • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related field (equivalent combination of additional expertise and advanced technical skills will be considered in place of this degree requirement)
    • Experience with large-scale, multi-platform enterprise systems, preferably focused around application hosting
    • Expert level knowledge of Linux along with design, install and administration or virtualized environments
    • Strong facilitation and communications skills. 
    • Should have clear understanding of cloud technologies and best practices.
    • Good problem solving, organizational, decision-making written, oral and interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
    • Travel as business requirements dictate at management discretion (typically 20%)

    Preferred Technical Skills and Knowledge:

    • 2+ years’ experience architecting and implementing systems using:
      • Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and/or OpenShift.
      • Git, GitLab, and/or Jenkins
      • Linux system scripting (Bash, Python, etc.), Microsoft PowerShell
      • Ansible
      • CI/CD technologies.
      • Docker and Kubernetes and related technologies
    • Thorough knowledge of cloud-based architectures and scalable, fault tolerant and high-performance distributed systems including IAAS, PAAS and Containers.
    • Deep understanding and hands-on knowledge of cloud deployment and monitoring tools
    • Deep understanding of service-oriented computing in the modern Cloud era (e.g. consuming services through code instead of creating, communicating with services via API's/REST/JSON and orchestrating multiple services in an application
    • Deep understanding of load balancing and scalability techniques
    • 8+ years’ experience deploying or selling complex enterprise platforms one of:
      • Technical sales (presales)
      • Enterprise/solution architecture
      • Consulting/delivery.
    • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal with internal and external stakeholders.
    • Self-starter who can operate independently to create process and solve problems.
    • High levels of proactivity, creativity, curiosity, self-motivation, and thirst for knowledge. Goal oriented, competitive.
    • Works effectively independently as well as in virtual and formal teams, takes ownership and shows leadership within the team and with client interaction and relationships.
    • Ideally, experience with technical sales methodologies, sales teams, and evidence of sales/sales support success.
    • You’re curious, passionate, authentic and accountable. These are our values and influence everything we do. 

    Why SAS 

    • We love living the #SASlife and believe that happy, healthy people have a passion for life, and bring that energy to work. No matter what your specialty or where you are in the world, your unique contributions will make a difference.   
    • Our multi-dimensional culture blends our different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Here, it isn’t about fitting into our culture, it’s about adding to it - and we can’t wait to see what you’ll bring. 


    Additional Information:

    To qualify, applicants must be legally authorized to work in Canada.

    SAS is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Equivalent combination of education, training, and relevant experience may be considered in place of the education requirement stated above. 

    The level of this position will be determined based on the applicant's education, skills and experience.

    Resumes may be considered in the order they are received.

    SAS employees performing certain job functions may require access to technology or software subject to export or import regulations. To comply with these regulations, SAS may obtain nationality or citizenship information from applicants for employment. SAS collects this information solely for trade law compliance purposes and does not use it to discriminate unfairly in the hiring process.


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