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Ascension Health Backup Solution Architect in St Louis, Missouri

We Are Hiring

The Backup Solution Architect brings together the architecture of a backup environment while ensuring current and future performance and scalability are achievable. They design and implement migration strategies as well as performance and security tuning best practices. They define and develop standards, policies and procedures.

This position is remote/virtual.

Why Join Ascension?

Ascension Technologies leverages technology to create collaborative solutions that improve everyday health decisions. The technology enables seamless access to data across all applications transforming the customer experience when interacting with technology and enhancing our ability across Ascension to better serve communities with greater agility and responsiveness. It is used to provide insightful use of automation and data-drive improvements to enhance the provider, patient and consumer experience as well as keeping cybersecruity with a strong posture to protect data and other valuable assets.

Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2019, Ascension provided $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs.

Ascension includes more than 150,000 associates and 40,000 aligned providers. The national health system operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 150 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 20 states and the District of Columbia, while providing a variety of services including clinical and network services, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

What You Will Do

As an Associate with Ascension Technologies, you will have the opportunity to provide technical leadership in the planning, design and architect phases of software or hardware development.

Solution Ideation and Requirements GatheringUses active listening techniques to clarify and articulate business needsCollaborates with business partners to align service or product solutions with Ascension Technologies’ capacity to deliverApplies knowledge of the business strategy, goals, and processes to identify technology services that can address the business needsShapes business partner demand for IT services to more fully utilize the current service portfolio, when applicableFacilitates comparisons between unique business partner requirements and available solutions in the existing service catalogEngages enterprise architect(s) and domain architect(s) in order to understand potential alternatives (e.g., new design standards) to meet unique business requirements while complying with long term architectural roadmapsAssists with the development of cost estimates, business cases and TCO models

Solution Design, Build and DeployUses technical knowledge to direct the design and build of the solution architecture, considering current technology platforms and standards, obsolescent solutions and emerging technologiesUnderstands methods and practices for solution development in order to support holistic technical requirements for the solution, inclusive of configuration, security, and quality with Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and/or 3rd party vendorsRetains knowledge of prior solution deployments and lessons learned to effectively recommend appropriate design and build solutionsDevelops High Level Design (HLD) based on existing domain architecture standards and/or agreed upon deviations from enterprise architect(s) and domain architect(s)Conducts design peer reviews with EA, DA, Service Delivery Manager (for day 2 operations), security and other impacted teamsOversees and approves Low Level Design (LLD) development by MSPs / 3rd party vendors and ensures that it aligns with the HLD and underlying intentUnderstands and facilitates the architectural review process (e.g., ARB) for discussions regarding the need to deviate from standardsWorks collaboratively with the business engagement teams and service delivery personnel to ensure that technical solutions are cohesive and support the business needs while integrating all necessary solution components to effect the desired changeServes as the primary client-facing technical solution resource to describe as necessary the solution components required to meet business objectivesUnderstands and follows corporate architectural guidelines, standards and policies (e.g., security, risk, etc.)Provides oversight and approval of MSPs / 3rd party vendors testing plans and procedures in relation to validation of integrated system componentsFacilitates interactions between MSPs / 3rd party vendors and internal service delivery team as necessary for technical support related to transition of changes into productionTechnical LeadershipRecommends IT enterprise strategy and policy decisions for the organization to consider based on sound business and strategic rationaleProvides guidance and advice to the leadership team to support strategic decision-makingRecommends tools that are required to support the service tower/domain for monitoring and measurement of metrics and compliance with service levels, or user expectationsEvaluates trends and recommends business advantages for adopting emerging technologies to enterprise architect(s), domain architect(s) and service tower leadershipStays abreast with technology trends and internal IT architecture standardsLeadership/Interpersonal SkillsCommunicates and interacts effectively at various levels of the organization including senior leadership, business stakeholders and technical subject matter expertsFacilitates resolution of issues through creative solutioning, open exchange of information and viewpoints and influence; uses negotiation skills when appropriateWrites clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles while tailoring the messaging based on audienceBuilds trust and respect with key stakeholders and gains support for changeDemonstrates proactive behaviors and self-management techniques, including but not limited to, working efficiently, demonstrating adaptability and setting goalsBrings appropriate individuals together to accomplish business objectives; facilitate access to critical competencies; knows who to call/involveDemonstrates “big picture thinking” and ability to see how individual parts interact and fit into the whole pictureDemonstrates ability to think outside the box to develop new ideas, concepts and solutions to meet new requirements, unarticulated needs or existing needs

Responsibilities:

  • Consults and advises application teams on Backup Environment implementation, security and performance.

  • Conduct system design activities and reviews of detailed application specifications.

  • Ensure architectural solutions meet technical and functional requirements.

  • Review existing environment architecture and recommend improvements and participate in engineering reviews to determine any ambiguities.

  • Provide technical assistance and mentoring to staff in all aspects of Backup Environment Administration.

  • Provide on-call support.

  • Other duties as required.

What You Will Do

As an Associate with Ascension Technologies, you will have the opportunity to provide technical leadership in the planning, design and architect phases of software or hardware development.

Responsibilities:

  • Consults and advises application teams on Backup Environment implementation, security and performance.

  • Conduct system design activities and reviews of detailed application specifications.

  • Ensure architectural solutions meet technical and functional requirements.

  • Review existing environment architecture and recommend improvements and participate in engineering reviews to determine any ambiguities.

  • Provide technical assistance and mentoring to staff in all aspects of Backup Environment Administration.

  • Provide on-call support.

  • Other duties as required.

  • Provides technical expertise and direction for the development of complex hardware and software projects.

  • Assists with decisions based on the highest degree of technical complexity and thorough understanding of the implications across the organization.

  • Translates application and end user system requirements into technical requirements.

  • Analyzes and solves complex problems, making recommendations as needed, applying creative, in-depth technical and theoretical knowledge.

  • Defines strategies for networking, server platform, desktop services, and security required to support relevant technical environment.

  • Leads orientation and planning review sessions with the local Information Technology project managers.

What You Will Need

Education:

  • High school diploma/GED with 2 years of experience, or Associate's degree, or Bachelor's degree required

Required Experience:

  • 3 years' experience required.

  • 10+ years’ related experience in managing Backup environments on an enterprise scale.

  • 5+ years’ experience in managing CentOS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Windows operating environments on an enterprise scale.

  • Experience implementing and supporting Avamar and Networker in an iDPA environment.

  • Linux/UNIX shell scripting (bash, ksh, sh).

  • Experience conducting technology, trends, standards and products research.

  • Solid track record in prioritizing and executing tasks when under extreme pressure.

  • Experience implementing/supporting backup environments in VMware and Hyper-V environments, including both agent-based and image-based backups.

  • Experience in troubleshooting and resolving network communication issues.

  • Experience with Change Management processes and procedures.

  • Above-average analytical, conceptual and troubleshooting abilities.

  • Experience providing guidance and leadership to less skilled backup engineers.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, information systems, or 10 years of equivalent experience.

  • Experience administering different backup products (Avamar, NetBackup, Networker, etc).

  • Experience with different distributions of Linux (CentOS, Oracle Linux, RHEL, SLES, Ubuntu) and Windows.

  • Experience using Ansible and Ansible Tower for automation.

  • Previous IT experience in a healthcare organization is a plus.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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