Cloud Solutions Designer 12 month FTC

Glasgow, Glasgow City
Closing date
13 Aug 2022

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Vacancy Type
IT, Other specialist roles
Contract Type
Experience Level
Officer / Analyst / Engineer / Executive / Coordinator
Role Classification
Other Professional
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Job Details

About Ashurst:

Ashurst is a leading progressive global law firm with a rich history, celebrating its bicentenary in 2022. We are proud of our history and future-focused, having expanded into new technologies through our NewLaw division, Ashurst Advance, and our consulting arm. Our in-depth understanding of our clients and commitment to providing excellent standards of service have seen us become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments in all areas of commercial law. To find out more please visit .

In order to comply with regulatory and client requirements, Ashurst will undertake appropriate vetting of staff. When applicants accept a job offer, Ashurst, alongside a specialist provider, will undertake professional verification and background checks. These checks are only undertaken with consent, and in accordance with our legal and regulatory obligations.

Department/Role overview:

Ashurst is transforming its approach to new technology adoption. We are building a global Cloud Centre of Excellence to accelerate and optimise our use of cloud services.

We are seeking a Cloud Solutions Designer to become a founding member of our team. As a passionate cloud advocate, you will use your Azure expertise to develop and establish global best practices.

You will advise on approaches to improve all aspects of cloud solutions, from performing risk assessments of proposed and existing system architecture to defining roadmaps, blueprints and controls. You will be a key member of the team designing cloud platforms that are fit-for-purpose, aligning with industry best practices and Ashurst's Digital Strategy.

Main responsibilities:

  • Develop and review technical architecture and design and recommend Azure best practices across multiple platforms.
  • Implementation and delivery of Microsoft Azure projects.
  • Provide effective knowledge transfer and upskilling to ensure an appropriate level of future self-sufficiency.
  • Assessment of on-premises infrastructure landscape, application rationalization and recommend strategy, roadmap and structured plan for migration to Azure.
  • Assist in service transition to internal and/or Managed Services teams.
  • Be hands on when required with cloud enablement projects, understand what good looks like and see the bigger picture, taking architecture, security, service and delivery into consideration
  • Effectively present public and hybrid cloud-based architectural design concepts and solutions to all levels in the organization.
  • Identify alternatives, pros, and cons, and make recommendations.
  • Anticipate when the architectural change will be needed and prepare the organization for a successful transition.
  • Build public and hybrid cloud-based optimized reference applications, elastically scalable, fault tolerance and other cloud architecture patterns.
  • Participate in the design of service automation and orchestration in cloud towards Infrastructure-as-code.
  • Obtain and process requirements in order to transform application delivery for cloud in an agile fashion
  • Active driver for Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery applications
  • Maintain adherence to architectural standards/principles, global product-specific guidelines, usability design standards, etc.
  • Provide support and documentation to assist in sustaining projects during the transition to production.
  • Active involvement and advocacy of the firm's evolution towards DevSecOps and Agile Transformation

Risk and Control: Ensure that all activities and duties are carried out in full compliance with our regulatory requirements and internal policies.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Direct experience of enterprise level high availability solution shaping and Microsoft Azure Cloud architecture development including excellent documentation skills.
  • Microsoft Azure and its relevant build, deployment, automation, networking and security technologies in cloud and hybrid environments.
  • Microsoft Azure Platform As A Service ( PaaS ) products such as Azure SQL, AppServices, Logic Apps, Functions and other Serverless services
  • Understanding of Microsoft Identity and Access Management products such including Azure AD and AD B2C
  • Microsoft Azure Operational and Monitoring tools, including Azure Monitor, App Insights and Log Analytics
  • Knowledge of PowerShell, Git, Bicep, ARM templates and deployment automation. Recent hands-on experience with DevOps toolset
  • Experienced in the design and delivery of enterprise level Highly Available solutions.?
  • Experience of setting up, deploying and managing multiple environments to support agile development approaches.
  • Possession of either the Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions and Architecting Microsoft Azure certifications.
  • Understanding of coding best practices and modern architectural patterns, including micro services and message-driven architectures Design cloud security architectures and perform architecture design reviews
  • Building, Supporting and Maintaining Azure Environments
  • Root cause analysis and improvement solutions
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills, with the ability to simply and clearly communicate technical concepts to a non-technical audience
  • Able to work in teams remotely in a global context
  • Able to learn and understand current business processes and help to model new processes/procedures.
  • Excellent prioritisation and time management skills, with the ability to work across a number of major projects simultaneously.
  • Uses initiative - 'can do' approach.

Desired skills and experience:

  • Achieved or working towards Microsoft Advanced/Expert-level certifications e.g Solutions Architect Expert, Devops Engineer Expert
  • Experience of Enterprise Architecture and Service Management frameworks


Ashurst is a leading international law firm with world class capability and a prestigious global client base. The firm's in-depth understanding of its clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service has seen it become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments on all areas of commercial law. The firm's people are its greatest asset and it brings together lawyers of the highest calibre with the technical knowledge, industry experience and regional know-how to provide the incisive advice clients need.

Ashurst has 25 offices in 15 countries and offers the reach and insight of a global network, combined with the knowledge and understanding of local markets. With 400 partners and 1,200 lawyers working across 10 different time zones, the firm is able to respond to clients wherever and whenever required. As a global team, Ashurst has a reputation for successfully managing large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, disputes and projects and delivering outstanding outcomes for clients.

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+44 20 7638 1111
London Fruit & Wool Exchange
1 Duval Square
E1 6PW
United Kingdom
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