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Cloud Platform Engineer Lead

A&O Shearman
London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
7 Jul 2024

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Job description

We are seeking an experienced and dynamic Cloud Platform Engineer Lead for our Cloud Engineering Team in London. The Cloud Platform Engineer Lead will be responsible for providing technical leadership, guiding the implementation of the A&O Shearman Overy cloud platform, and overseeing the operations and performance of our cloud infrastructure. They will play a crucial role in driving innovation, improving scalability, and ensuring the stability and security of our cloud environment.

You will be responsible for the delivery of work items relating to the area of Cloud Platform Engineering within the overall Cloud Platform Team backlog.  You will collaborate with the Principal Cloud Platform Engineer and the Lead Workload Engineer to manage the priority of the backlog, identify enablers, and record any technical debt on the backlog.

The Cloud Platform Team's responsibility is to design, deliver support and operate A&O Shearman's foundational cloud platform, ensuring it is stable, resilient, performant, and secure, enabling application and development teams across the organization to quickly and safely design, deliver and manage applications for our users.

Role and responsibilities
Technical leadership: Provide guidance and mentorship to the cloud engineering team, fostering a culture of excellence and continuous learning. Lead architectural discussions, make design decisions, and drive the adoption of best practices in cloud platform development and operations.

Cloud platform design and implementation: Assist with design and lead in the implementation of cloud platforms and services, ensuring scalability, reliability, and security. Collaborate with cross-functional teams to gather requirements and drive their successful delivery.  Build, support and extend a cloud platform on which application engineers can craft high quality applications, at speed.

Team collaboration and coordination: Collaborate with stakeholders, including developers, operations staff, and management, to align cloud platform initiatives with business goals and requirements. Coordinate with other teams to ensure seamless integration of cloud services and applications. Provide technical guidance and mentorship to team members, fostering their professional growth and development.

Cloud infrastructure optimisation: Continuously assess and optimise the performance, scalability, and cost-efficiency of the cloud infrastructure. Identify areas for improvement and implement strategies to enhance resource utilization, automate processes, and optimize costs.

Security and compliance management: Ensure the security and compliance of the cloud infrastructure by implementing robust security measures, monitoring for vulnerabilities, and adhering to industry best practices and regulatory requirements. Collaborate with the security team to develop and enforce security policies and procedures.

3rd Line Incident response and troubleshooting: Lead the resolution of complex technical issues and incidents related to the cloud infrastructure. Conduct root cause analysis, implement preventive measures, and drive continuous improvement to ensure high availability and reliability.

Cloud governance and strategy: Implement and execute governance guardrails, including policies, and standards. Ensure adherence to governance principles and practices in all aspects of cloud infrastructure design, implementation, and operation.

Stakeholder communication: Effectively communicate complex technical concepts to both technical and non-technical stakeholders. Provide regular updates on the performance, status, and progress of cloud platform initiatives. Collaborate with stakeholders to gather feedback and address concerns.

You should apply if you bring

  • Extensive experience in cloud engineering or related roles, with demonstrated progression in responsibilities and leadership
  • Strong expertise in cloud platforms such as AWS, Azure, or GCP
  • Deep understanding of cloud computing concepts, principles, and best practices.
  • Strong knowledge of infrastructure-as-code (IaC) and Configuration-as-Code (CaC) tools and methodologies
  • Deep understanding of Cloud services such as virtual networks, storage, compute resources, and security features.
  • Deep understanding of networking concepts and protocols in cloud environments.
  • In-depth knowledge of DevOps/SRE practices and tools for continuous integration, delivery, and deployment (CI/CD) in a cloud environment.  
  • Strong understanding of security best practices in cloud computing, including IAM, network security, and data protection.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to work effectively in cross-functional teams.
  • Extensive experience with automation tools such as Ansible, Chef, or Puppet
  • Expert in containerisation technologies such as Docker and Kubernetes
  • Excellent troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
  • Solid scripting and programming skills (Python, Bash, PowerShell, etc.)
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical abilities
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Proven leadership and mentoring abilities

You’ll stand out if you bring

  • Experience working in a highly regulated industry sector
  • In-depth experience of the Azure Cloud Platform
  • In-depth experience with ELK with proven examples of implementation
  • Experience with Bicep for infrastructure provisioning, and Ansible for configuration and provisioning.

Should you require additional support at any stage of the recruitment process due to a disability or a health condition, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our recruitment team who will work with you to provide any adjustments as required.

We are an equal opportunities recruiter and do not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or any other protected characteristic.

We recognise that our people are our most valuable asset, which is reflected in the wide range of benefits that are available to our employees. Some of these benefits include: our occupational pension scheme, group income protection cover, private medical insurance, mental health resources and free apps, health and wellbeing services encompassing an onsite gym, wellbeing centre and GP service, emergency back-up care support, parental and special leave, holiday entitlement increasing with length of service, holiday trading, season ticket loans and online discounts and lifestyle management services.

Additional information - External

A&O Shearman is a new global industry-leading law firm, with 48 offices in 29 countries worldwide. Our fluency in English law, US law, and the laws of the world’s most dynamic markets, enables us to provide unmatched insight and seamless delivery to clients. We work on challenging and important deals and disputes that have the potential to shape the future.

We offer exceptional opportunities for our people; opportunities to work for the world’s leading businesses; to transform the status quo, and to deliver your best work, helping you and your career to thrive, while delivering unparalleled outcomes for our clients.

Whether you're helping clients solve complex challenges, transforming the ways we manage our business, or ensuring the smooth-running of our operations, this is an environment where you can belong and excel. We provide first-rate training and development, we are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and we provide support and ways of working that help you optimise your wellbeing.

What truly defines a career with us? We recruit the best and ask for the best of you. And together, we will redefine success.




A&O Shearman is global industry-leading law firm with 48 offices in 29 countries. We are a partner and trusted advisor to some of the world’s most sophisticated companies, governments and financial institutions. With the combined strengths of our legacy firms, Allen & Overy and Shearman & Sterling, we offer unmatched global breadth and depth, a forward-thinking perspective on the future and a one-firm culture of excellence to achieve unparallelled outcomes  for our clients and for each other.

We're at the start of an exciting journey, and this offers exceptional opportunities for our people. Whether you're helping clients solve their most complex challenges, transforming the ways we manage our business, or ensuring the smooth-running of our operations, this is an environment where you can belong and excel - whether you’re starting out, or taking the next step in your career.

We work to attract and retain the very best people – and we support them to build their future with us. As part of our high-performance culture, we have high expectations of one another in everything we do. We foster a working environment based on collaboration and mutual respect, where everyone is trusted to do their very best work in the way they see fit, to a standard we all share.

With us, you will constantly be learning and growing. We invest in you by offering exceptional professional and personal development – providing training, mentoring and practical support. And we nurture an environment and ways of working that promote positive wellbeing.

We have a powerful commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Your unique perspective, attributes and experiences are valued here and we invite you to bring your whole self to work.

What truly defines a career with us? We recruit the best, we ask for the best of you, and we support you to achieve your potential. And together we excel.

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+44 (0) 20 3088 0000
One Bishops Square
E1 6AD
United Kingdom

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