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Cloud Architect
Columbus, OH
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Location: Must currently reside in Columbus, OH - Hybrid (3 days on site/2 days remote)

Flexibility: Ability to work on-site at least twice a week.

Employment Type: Long term contract

Citizenship Requirements: Must be a U.S. Citizen

Upon selection, these are the checks required:

  • Criminal Background check needed from the age of 18
  • Drug Test
  • Fingerprint check

Our client is seeking a highly motivated Cloud Architect, Solutions & Engineering leader to design, develop, and implement innovative cloud solutions! In this role, you will leverage your deep expertise in cloud architecture and a specific cloud provider (e.g., Azure) to guide our client’s partners towards successful cloud adoption. You will collaborate with a talented team and serve as a subject matter expert, ensuring their cloud portfolio adheres to the highest security and efficiency standards.

Cloud Architecture, Solutions, & Engineering: Responsible for designing and developing cloud solutions in collaboration with agency cloud engineers; Acts as a subject matter expert on cloud architecture and services for a particular cloud provider

  • Leads cloud architects and engineers with regards to architecture and technical implementation
  • Collaborates with Cloud engineers to ensure organizational best practices are implemented across the entire cloud portfolio.
  • Ensures Digital Architecture standards are applied; negotiates and documents tradeoffs with Digital Architecture as needed.
  • Understand and deliver security guardrails and frameworks; upholds cloud security best practices.
  • Support application rationalization, vendor interactions, and procurements for cloud services.
  • Work with agencies and other DAS stakeholders to define technical drivers for procurement activities and evaluate vendor responses.
  • Participate in and drive Cloud Governance board activities.

Cloud Strategy: Develops and drives the end-to-end technical roadmap for existing and proposed cloud services and articulates impact on the broader strategy; develops innovative solutions and technical strategy.

  • Understands business objectives, industry standards, and technical drivers around cloud strategy and their impact on current and future implementations of cloud; makes decisions based on these inputs.
  • Provide technical oversight and guidance for infrastructure as code templates to adhere to Enterprise Architecture standards.
  • Makes recommendations on new procedures and overall approach in partnership with other cloud architects; negotiates and documents tradeoffs as needed.
  • Support annual cloud portfolio planning with agencies, in collaboration with the Strategic Investment & Architecture team.
  • Owns Azure components of annual Cloud Strategic Plan



  • Application Architecture
  • Service Design & Management
  • Cloud Strategic Plan Development
  • Cloud Governance
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Project Governance & Reporting
  • Agile Project Management
  • Cloud Risk and Compliance
  • Security Control Design
  • DevOps & DevSecOps
  • Enterprise Platforms
  • APIs & Containers

Agency Enablement: Responsible for providing technical oversight and guidance on all cloud services and deployable infrastructure.

Provides technical advisory to future and existing projects and programs.

  • Support buildout of financial operations reports and monitoring procedures, e.g., around resource utilization.
  • Assists with provisioning of cloud services and enablement of agency usage of state IaaS and PaaS offerings.
  • Works to establish guidelines, templates, best practices, and standards related to state cloud offerings.


Training and Knowledge Management: Serves as a mentor and SME to cloud architects and engineers and ideates appropriate training and education for agencies on architecture and services. Collaborates with HR and vendors to create: 1. training recommendations for CCoE & agencies and 2. conduct informational training e.g, overviews of major people, process, and tools changes.


  • *The targeted hourly rate for this long-term contract is $60-80/hr based on experience.

*Please note that this is a target range and is commensurate with experience. Blackmere actively promotes pay equity and is eager to foster pay transparency in the workplace. We still urge you to apply if this proposed salary range does not fit your current goals or experience. 

At Blackmere, we believe innovation and diversity go hand in hand. We are an equal-opportunity employer and 100% committed to maintaining an inclusive and diverse Blackmere. We do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status, or any other legally protected status.

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