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Solutions Architect - Cloud

Information Technology


UFG offers you an award-winning workplace and a trustworthy, financially stable company. While we’ve always known our commitment to employees and financial stewardship, it is good to have others recognize our dedicated efforts. We've been named an Iowa Top Workplace by the Des Moines Register for four consecutive years and included on Forbes’ “America’s Most Trustworthy Financial Companies” every year since 2014. Additionally, UFG is a super-regional property and casualty insurer rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company. 


UFG is looking for a Cloud Architect to join our growing Information Services team. 


The role of the architect is to ensure that the business and IT solutions are in alignment and that the Cloud Technologies (SaaS, PaaS and IaaS) support both current and future business objectives. The ideal candidate will have a solid understanding of cloud computing and technology systems, as well as experience designing and transferring applications to the cloud. You should have a positive attitude and excellent communication skills to effectively share your knowledge. The architect must possess strong leadership skills and be able to motivate and develop team members. 

  • Assist with the building of long-term strategic roadmap for Cloud technologies for the Digital Manager. 
  • Analyzing, executing, and streamlining Infrastructure and DevOps practices through various future projects and initiatives. 
  • Enhance decision making by providing and communicating a realistic future-state view of the cloud solutions landscape. 
  • Keep current in new technologies and technical aptitude 
  • Performs other duties as assigned 
  • Offer guidance in infrastructure movement techniques including bulk application transfers into the cloud. 
  • Identify the top cloud architecture solutions to successfully meet the strategic needs of the company. 
  • Evaluate both SaaS and IaaS solutions  
  • Assist with training staff on cloud technologies  
  • Contribute to the building of a long-term strategic roadmap for the effective governance of IS processes and assets 
  • Create a well-informed cloud strategy and manage the adaption process. 
  • Regularly evaluate cloud applications, hardware, and software. 
  • Develop and organize cloud systems. 
  • Work closely with IT security to monitor the company's cloud privacy. 
  • Respond to technical issues in a professional and timely manner. 



  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology or relevant field. 


  • 3-5+ years' experience designing, executing and supporting IT cloud solutions. 
  • Amazon Web Services solution design experience. 
  • Experience architecting and implementing cloud-based solutions. 
  • Experience working in and Agile deployment environment  
  • Experience working in a data center environment. 
  • Experience working in a Hybrid cloud environment is a plus.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Display intellectual curiosity and integrity.
  • Ability to understand the long-term ("big picture") and short-term perspectives of situations. 
  • Ability to be self-directed and to take initiative in defining and completing project deliverables. 
  • Strong leadership skills; ability to provide direction, motivation and feedback; achieve project objectives through the work of others.  
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to describe complex, highly technical issues using simple, clear and precise language.  
  • Knowledge of VMWare and automation software.  
  • Positive attitude and a strong commitment to delivering quality work. 
  • Excellent knowledge of cloud computing technologies and current computing trends. 

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