United States



Area of expertise:

Infrastructure / Unified Communications

Job Description

[MULTIPLE POSITIONS]  Avanade Inc. seeks Technology Infrastructure Architects in Houston, TX to provide leadership in the design, development, installation, and configuration of server infrastructures, including infrastructure security and operations solutions used within Microsoft and multi-vendor environments.  You will: apply your expertise in technical and consulting knowledge to advise clients to design/implement systems to support client needs; lead a team (onshore/offshore) in all phases of Avanade projects (Plan, Analyze, Design, Build, Test, and Deploy), including overseeing development of infrastructure solutions across multiple workstreams; establish reputation and serve as trusted advisor in advising clients on an overall IT plan, including efficiently spending on existing and new technologies and integrating technology solutions in ways that create value for the organization; work and interact directly w/client leadership and technical stakeholders to ensure smooth and successful design and implementation of complex solutions; drive partnership w/cross-functional technology and design teams to integrate technology, operations and solution requirements into solution strategies; define information technology operations, processes, procedures and toolsets to manage and maintain requirements specified for multiple solutions and business practices; manage change plan implementation to ensure successful project delivery and deployment; provide leadership to ensure effective team utilization and partnership with off-shore resources to achieve project objectives; manage, evaluate performance of, provide feedback to, coach, and provide career guidance to junior (analyst and consultant level) team members; take an active role in operational aspects of the consulting practice; and actively engage in solution development as Solution Architect, thereby contributing to business purposes.  Travel to client sites is required approximately 80% of the time.  Must live w/in reasonable commuting distance of Houston, TX. 

Basic Qualifications:

The position requires at least a bachelor’s degree, or its foreign equivalent, in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Management Information Systems, Information Technology, or a related technical degree, plus at least eight (8) years of experience in the job offered, as a Solutions Architect, or in a similar role within the IT or IT consulting industry.  **Alternatively, in lieu of a bachelor’s degree and eight (8) years of experience, the employer will accept ten (10) years of experience in the job offered, as a Solutions Architect, or in a similar role within the IT or IT consulting industry. The employer deems that any suitable combination of education or experience is acceptable.**  The qualified applicant’s experience must include the following skills:  8 years of experience working with full lifecycle (functional/technical) aspects of IT infrastructure services with multiple infrastructure solutions, cloud technologies, networking, data center operations, platform migration, and enterprise directories, as well as operation management, systems security, testing, databases, and mobility considerations; 8 years of experience working with at least 3 of the following Microsoft technologies: Active Directory,  Exchange 2010 or above, Windows Server 2008 R2 or above, Windows 7 or above, SQL 2008 or above, System Center Configuration Manager 2010 or above, or System Center Operation Manager 2010 or above; 4 years of experience working with Microsoft Cloud Solutions such as Microsoft Business Productivity Online (BPOS), Microsoft Office 365 (O365), or Microsoft Azure; 2 years of experience overseeing deployments, migrations and upgrades of large-scale projects/systems; 2 years of experience leading onshore/offshore technical teams in the implementation/deployment of infrastructure solutions; and 5 years of experience analyzing/defining technical architectures and articulating proposed solutions.

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About Avanade

Avanade leads in providing innovative digital services, business solutions and design-led experiences for its clients, delivered through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. Our professionals combine technology, business and industry expertise to build and deploy solutions to realize results for clients and their customers. Avanade has 29,000 digitally connected people across 23 countries, bringing clients the best thinking through a collaborative culture that honors diversity and reflects the communities in which we operate. We welcome all, and seek talented individuals who can bring their whole self to work, build inclusive teams and encourage diversity inside and outside the organization. Majority owned by Accenture, Avanade was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation. Learn more at