IT Systems – Infrastructure Architect

For one of our clients, we are are looking for an experienced IT Systems – Infrastructure Architect.


Start: ASAP

Duration:  min 6 months + extensions

Contract type: Freelance

Location:  Brussels


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–          Lead or contribute to the analysis of large development initiatives

–          Express technical leadership to the IT Infrastructure engineering team for delivering solutions meeting functional and non-functional infrastructure requirements :

o    ensure architecture principles are understood and translated into design and implementation

o    steer & review the most complex design packages, manage their technical exposure and risk

o    ensure proper oversight for quality assurance of engineering deliveries

o    develop and maintain the infrastructure architecture roadmap

–          Maintain strong collaboration, information sharing and support connections with all his architect peers within Solution Delivery department

–          Evangelize re-use & programmability through implementation of shared engineering assets

–          Proactively provide feedback regarding infrastructure engineering methodologies, standards and leading practices

–          Creates and articulates infrastructure solution architectures that meet business requirements, encompassing the business, application, data and infrastructure elements of the solution

–          Compares various architectural options based on feasibility and impact and proposes actionable plans

–          Identifies opportunities to upgrade, stabilize or improve existing infrastructure services to ensure on-going high performance and supportability

–          Provide internal workshops on roadmaps, technologies or specific solutions to various audience (technical & managerial)

–          Ensures good interaction and communication with: Product Managers, Customers, Engineering teams, Security, Operational teams, Program Managers and Suppliers.




–          Excellent technical architecture skills, enabling the creation of future proof global solutions

–          Excellent knowledge of

o    Operating Systems

  • Windows, architecture and systems design & associated management tools
  • Linux and Unix, Ubuntu, RHEL, CentOS, architecture and systems design & associated management tools

o    Virtualization, architecture and systems design : VMWare vSphere, KVM

o    Storage  & storage virtualization, architecture and systems design, incl fiber channel networks, storage replication techniques including  backups solution.

o    Common IT technologies like IIS, Active Directory, SCCM/SCOM, PKI, VDI, Remote Desktop Server, DNS

o    Identity & Access Management and integration with Active Directory

o    End Point compute solutions, including asset management, build automation and Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI)

o    Enterprise server hardware (HP, EMC, Simplivity)

o    High available infrastructure architectures & associated DR management, including the design of real-time, event-driven systems and service oriented architectures

o    System monitoring tools (Nagios, Cacti, …), system capacity management, system profiling & application performance tools (Dynatrace, …)

o    Security best practices, standards & architecture within the software, system and network engineering in production

o    Datacenter routing & switching (incl. integration with firewalling layers) : OSPF, 802.1Q, QinQ, Vswitch, Virtual Connect, VXLAN, NSX

–          Strong plus:

o    Databases experience using RDBMS (Oracle, MSSQL, mysql, postgres)

o    Automation using Python and supplier tools

o    Cloud, SDN/NFV architectures and programmatic/automated service model

o    Awareness of DCI network architecture (OTV, Fabric Path, MPLS)

o    Knowledge of Windows Enterprise Office solutions like Lync/Skype, Exchange, Sharepoint

o    Enterprise Architecture industry standards and Project Management methodologies

–          Plus:

o    Configuration management (Ansible or alike). Code repository management (Git, SVN, etc)

o    Big Data Architecture (Hadoop)

o    Awareness of Web Servers, Proxys and Reverse Proxys

o    Awareness of Application Servers such as Jboss, Tomcat, etc

o    Automation experience using Openstack

o    DevOps experience in using Linux Virtual Containers technology (f.e. Docker, Vagrant)

–          Proven experience:

o    Minimum of 7+ years experiences as IT system engineer

o    Minimum of 3+ year as IT infrastructure or cloud architect, with ownership on areas like but not limited to virtualization, storage, databases, operating systems, common IT systems, public/private clouds

o    Successful track record of effective vendor management & leadership on technical communities

o    Experience of Data Center builds, moves, consolidations and cloud transformation

o    Strong Plus

  • Experience of 3rd party cloud PaaS & IaaS services (AWS, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace, Google)
  • Successful trial or live implementation experience of private cloud or SDN/NFV
  • Having worked more than 2 years in a large scale Service Provider environment



–          Senior & professional mindset

–          Demonstrates strong analytical skills and technical problem-solving skills

–          Ability to work autonomously with limited set of instructions, to analyse and operate at different levels of abstraction and to cope with ambiguity

–       Ability to integrate technical solution within broader organizational & business contexts.

–          Ability to understand the business drivers & stakeholders’ requirements, motivations & expectations

–          Ability to balance cost against benefits, what is strategically right with what is practically realistic

–          Ability to effectively communicate & collaborate.

–          Ability to deliver qualitative written architectural documents and visual architecture layouts (visio)

–          Strong team player

–          Fluent in English (written and spoken)