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Gallagher Cloud Architect in Rolling Meadows, Illinois

Gallagher is a global leader in insurance, risk management and consulting services. We help businesses grow, communities thrive and people prosper. We live a culture defined by The Gallagher Way, our set of shared values and guiding tenets. A culture driven by our people, over 30,000 strong, serving our clients with customized solutions that will protect them and fuel their futures.

Position Summary:

The Cloud Architect will be responsible for the creation of a technology framework and providing technical leadership in support of AJG initiatives in cloud computing and automation, with a focus on the design of systems and services that run on cloud platforms.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrateknowledge of cloud architecture and implementation features (OS, multi-tenancy,virtualization, orchestration, elastic scalability).

  • Demonstrateknowledge of DevOps tool chains and processes.

  • Developa library of deployable and documented cloud design patterns, based on the AJGapplication portfolio, as a basis for deploying services to the cloud.

  • Demonstrateleadership ability to back decisions with research and the “why,” andarticulate several options, the pros and cons for each, and a recommendation.

  • Maintainoverall industry knowledge on latest trends, technology, etc.

  • Developsolutions architecture and evaluate architectural alternatives for private,public and hybrid cloud models, including IaaS, PaaS, and other cloud services.

  • Contributeto DevOps development activities and complex development tasks.

  • Defineoptimal design patterns and solutions for high availability and disasterrecovery for cloud applications.

  • Troubleshootand resolution of complex problems within the infrastructure.

  • Workon designing/implementing/automation procedures for deployment, configuration,patching and upgrading of systems and applications.

  • Conductanalysis of production systems and performance testing results to identifyareas of improvement within the application or infrastructure.

  • Conductfeasibility studies for existing and emerging cloud technologies.

  • Providementoring and guidance for mid and junior level staff, offering feedbacktargeted at individual development.

  • Workclosely with vendors, internal groups and outside agencies to provide technicalleadership and solutions.

  • Independentlyanalyze, solve, and correct issues in real time, providing problem resolutionend-to-end.

  • Refineand automate regular processes, track issues, and document changes.

  • Provide24x7 support for critical production systems.

  • Performscheduled maintenance and support release deployment activities after hours.

  • Sharedomain and technical expertise, providing technical mentorship andcross-training to other peers and team members.


  • Bachelor’sdegree in computer science, systems analysis or a related study, or equivalentexperience

  • 8years of experience spanning at least two IT disciplines, including technical cloudarchitecture, network management, application development, middleware, databasemanagement or operations

  • Experiencewith Azure Shell scripting/PowerShell scripting

  • Exposureto multiple, diverse technologies and processing environments

  • Knowledgeof all components of an technical architecture

  • Knowledgeof business process re-engineering principles and processes

  • Strongunderstanding of network architecture and application development methodologies

  • Strongunderstanding of SOA, object-oriented analysis and design, and/or client/server

  • Strongclient-facing consultative skills, able to act as a customer advocate

  • Understandingof Windows Server architecture –Windows 2012, Windows 2016 and IIS

  • Understandingof Linux Server architecture – RHEL, Oracle Linux, Amazon Linux, etc.

  • Experiencewith containers (Docker) and orchestration (Kubernetes) technologies

  • Familiarwith one or more server-side scripting languages (e.g. PowerShell, Python,Bash)

  • Familiaritywith server hardware selection, design and troubleshooting;

  • Understandingof High Availability and Networked Storage solutions including Clustering,Failover and Disaster Recovery products and concepts such as MS ClusteringServices, Load Balancing, Routers, LUNS, SAN and NAS

  • Understandingof application layer protocols, such as HTTP/S, TCP/IP, UDP and Web sockets

  • Demonstratedabilities with SSO-related software such as ADFS, Ping Identity, OpenSSO, oAuth,Okta or other SAML & OpenID Connect providers

  • Understandingof Web application security and concepts, such as Ticketing, header injection,XSS, SSL, HTTPS, Kerberos, certificates, Active Directory, LDAP, reverseproxies and firewalls

  • Handson experience designing and deploying complex solutions in AWS, Azure, GoogleCloud or other cloud providers

  • Excellentpresentation and communication skills to technical and non-technical audiences

U.S. Eligibility Requirements:

  • Interested candidates must submit an application and resume/CV online to be considered

  • Must be 18 years of age or older

  • Must be willing to submit to a background investigation; any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation

  • Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States. For U.S. employment opportunities, Gallagher hires U.S. citizens, permanent residents, asylees, refugees, and temporary residents. Temporary residence does not include those with non-immigrant work authorization (F, J, H or L visas), such as students in practical training status. Exceptions to these requirements will be determined based on shortage of qualified candidates with a particular skill. Gallagher will require proof of work authorization

  • Must be willing to execute Gallagher's Employee Agreement or Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement, which require, among other things, post-employment obligations relating to non-solicitation, confidentiality and non-disclosure

Gallagher offers competitive salaries and benefits, including: medical/dental/vision plans, life and accident insurance, 401(K), employee stock purchase plan, educational expense reimbursement, employee assistance program, flexible work hours (availability varies by office and job function) training programs, matching gift program, and more.

Gallagher believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate against nor favor any applicant because of race, sex, color, disability, national origin, religion, creed, age, marital status, citizenship, veteran status, gender, gender identity / expression, actual or perceived sexual orientation, or any other protected characteristic.​ Equal employment opportunity will be extended in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, transfer, demotion, compensation, benefits, layoff, and termination. In addition, Gallagher will make reasonable accommodations to known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified applicant with a disability, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. #LI-CJ

Job: Information Technology

Organization: Corp - Home Office

Title: Cloud Architect

Location: Illinois-Rolling Meadows

Requisition ID: 64219