Lead Enterprise Solutions Architect/Mgr.

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Information Technology


Chicago, Illinois

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Company Description:

William Blair is a premier global boutique with expertise in investment banking, investment management, and private wealth management. We are committed to building enduring relationships with our clients and providing expertise and solutions to meet their evolving needs. An independent and employee-owned firm, William Blair is headquartered in Chicago and, together with its strategic partners, operates in more than 20 offices worldwide.

Job Summary & Responsibilities:

• Lead the effort to develop and execute a platform/application portfolio assessment strategy for all on-premise systems across the firm. This strategy will define the future state for platform/solution rationalization and conversion to IaaS, PaaS or SaaS.

• Collaborate with business and IT stakeholders to ensure new environments, processes and solutions meet requirements and conform to architecture and DevOps best practices 

• Understand technology trends and the practical application of existing, new and emerging technologies to enable business agility and growth. 

• Work with other teams to automate deployment of applications, system configurations and security settings 

• Participate in the processes of strategic project-planning meetings. Provide guidance and expertise on system options, risk, impact and costs vs. benefits. Participate in creating development forecasts to allow for timely and accurate planning of projects. 

• Responsible for architecting cloud-based solutions using Azure service offerings including IaaS and PaaS.

• Provide support for ongoing routine application maintenance tasks. Help create requirements and procedures for implementing routine maintenance. Troubleshoot and fix system errors. 

• Collaborate with other stakeholders on creating technology strategies and roadmaps


• Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related study.

• 10+ years of design and implementation experience in IT, with a deep knowledge in a minimum of three of the following technical disciplines: architecture, cloud platform, infrastructure and network design, application development, application programming interfaces (APIs), servers and storage, database management 
• Detail oriented with the capability of working on technical projects with limited supervision. 
• Strong knowledge of Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) online, Continuous Delivery pipelines with Azure 
• Strong knowledge of Microsoft cloud technologies: Office 365, SharePoint Online, Exchange, Azure AD, etc. 
• Experience customizing and parameterizing Azure service offerings using JSON templates 
• Strong scripting skills with PowerShell, and JavaScript 
• Good understanding of front-end and back-end development within a .NET/Angular framework 
• History of leading application monitoring efforts and data life cycle management • Understanding and knowledge of IT standards and controls 
• Financial analysis skills strongly desired 
• Cloud certification desired

As a William Blair associate, you’ll enjoy Medical, Dental, Life and AD&D Insurance, along with a generous profit sharing program that includes a 401K plan in addition to a firm contribution. We also offer three weeks of vacation, flexible spending accounts, a business casual dress code, a 75% discounted commissions on trades, and discounts at restaurants, museums, parks and retailers.

William Blair is an equal opportunity employer. It complies with all laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in employment practice because of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, marital status, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, unfavorable discharge from the military service or on the basis of a physical or mental disability that is unrelated to the employee's ability to perform the duties of the job applied for.

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