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Azure Architect

| Chicago

Azure Architect

The Nerdery is a world class Digital Consulting firm and we are looking to add an Azure Architect to join our growing Cloud Services Practice.  Our passion for our craft allows us to shift speed and focus as client needs dictate. Leveraging our expertise as builders, we drive business transformation and position our clients for a sustainable future. Our ideal candidate is highly motivated, always learning and willing to expand their horizons. Most importantly, they embrace Nerdery’s unique culture by sharing their knowledge and experience with our team.  

The ideal Azure Architect will be help Nerdery’s clients in advising, configuration and implementation of their Azure cloud platforms. In this role, the Architect will have end to end responsibilities on strategy, design, and setup of cloud platforms with the unique opportunity to have an impact on the growth and process of the practice. Additional responsibilities for our Azure Architects include:

  • Working with our clients to design and deliver systems for complex custom projects using the latest cloud services
  • Ensuring solutions are designed for high availability, scalability, security and supportability
  • Acting as a client facing specialist focusing on cloud platform and services implementation
  • Architecting Azure cloud environments from inception through production deployment
  • Working as part of cross-functional DevOps teams
  • Ability to travel to the client location as needed and reside in either the greater Phoenix, Twin Cities, or Chicago Land areas


To be considered for this role you must have the following skills and experience:


  • Minimum of 2 years hands-on experience with Azure and 5+ years in technical client facing or consulting roles
  • One or more Azure certifications or ability to pass one within first three months
  • Relevant project experience designing and implementing resilient, highly available application architectures on Azure including entire cloud environment...not just a single workload
  • Software engineering background with heterogeneous infrastructure automation experience
  • Experience with at least one cloud orchestration tool such as Terraform, Azure Resource Manager Templates or other related tools

Preferred Qualifications and Experience:

  • Experience architecting and designing cloud-native and microservice applications leveraging Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and/or serverless Function-as-a-Service (FaaS)
  • Understanding of ideal use cases for container-based workloads and experience orchestrating them (with a tool such as Kubernetes, Mesophere, Rancher)
  • Third-party Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) tool experience (such as Jenkins, Travis, Bamboo, CircleCI)
  • Experience with at least one bootstrapping and/or configuration management tool (such as Salt, Ansible, Puppet, Chef)
  • Experience with infrastructure testing tools such as Serverspec, InSpec, or GOSS
  • Strong opinions on what DevOps or Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) can mean
  • Experience working with regulated environments (PCI, HIPAA, etc.)
  • BS in Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering or equivalent experience
  • Installation, configuration and development including work within a production environment
  • Be a clever problem solver with the ability to think on your feet when needed
  • Proven ability to work creatively and analytically with clients to understand business needs and create technical solutions in a problem-solving environment
  • Review and intake assets from our partners and provide feedback on the technical implications
  • Ability to provide technical feedback and leadership to other team members
  • Client-facing presentation skills adaptable to both technical and business audiences


What’s Next:

After you submit your application, you’ll talk with a Nerdery Talent Advocate. The Talent Advocate will answer any questions you have about the job and validate that you’re the person we’re looking for.


We hope to hear from you soon!

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Our company is located in the booming West Loop. We are close to the Blue Line Halsted stop, have nearby paid parking and also a bike room.

An Insider's view of Nerdery

What’s the vibe like in the office?

What I appreciate the most is the solution-focused attitude. Projects inherently have risk and problems will happen. When they do, there is no energy wasted on assigning blame. Everyone involved, from president to engineer, asks 'how can we solve this?' and 'how can we learn from it?' We solve it and move forward as a whole.



What projects are you most excited about?

I'm excited to be embedded within large clients. The Nerdery is a driving force for change and it's cool to be at the forefront of that. We're responsible for bringing a client's code and development practices up to date with modern standards. It's not always fast or easy, but is rewarding.



How does the company support your career growth?

I've been able to stretch my learning muscles on a variety of interesting projects centered around my discipline. The folks on other teams are also excited to talk to about the work that they are doing. Personal growth appears in many forms. Continued success through specialized focus and discussions of polyglot natures are both supported here.



How do you empower your team to be more creative?

I feel that my job is to hire really talented people and then get the heck out of their way. At The Nerdery we are always encouraging our teams to build on their curiosity through office projects, meetups, training and more. My role in this is to be the advocate for our Nerds in supporting this growth.

Gregg Walrod

Head of Engineering

What are Nerdery Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program

Additional Perks + Benefits

We encourage our team to be Nerds. On top of all the things listed above we have over 300 clubs including board games, Magic, beer and more. We have a softball team and a hockey team, themed conference rooms, and Lego building. We host multiple Meetups and two of our own events, Nerd Therapy and Nerd Interface. We have weekly gatherings we call Bottlecap where we celebrate cool work at the end of the week and get updates. Plus, special events to encourage Nerd gatherings and bringing in your kids aka Kidzcap.

We feel we are one big family and encourage every Nerd to come as who their are and put their dent on Nerd culture.

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