Solutions Architect - Tanzu Platform Services - Federal
US10 VMware, Inc.
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Ready to build? So are we. Come join VMware’s new exciting Modern Applications Platform Business Unit (MAPBU), made up of products and services under the Tanzu portfolio to help customers build, run and manage the platform for their most important applications. To learn more about Tanzu watch this video. #TeamTanzu
You have strong consulting and technical instincts, and an appreciation for and understanding of lean startup, agile and user-centered design values, principles, and practices. You are excited by the mission and organizational value that technology can unlock. You thrive in a complex ecosystem, building, sharing, and enabling our client platform architects and engineers to continuously deliver customer value by creating a production-ready platform that supports applications running at scale. You bring humility, empathy, and a learning mindset to everything you do. You believe in doing the right thing and doing what works.
What you’ll be doing
The VMware Tanzu Solutions Architect (SA) plays a critical role in building and sustaining customer relationships while driving the adoption of VMware Tanzu solutions. You will be working on the VMware Pivotal Labs Public Sector Platform Services team, helping US Government, State, Local and Education platform teams to architect, build and maintain a platform for modern, mission-critical, cloud-native applications serving a variety of business and user needs. As a “Labs” Solution Architect, you will pair daily with government platform architects and engineers, coaching them as they build, run and manage platforms using agile development methodologies and approaches while helping them to define, validate, communicate, and execute platform vision and strategy. You will work with a team of product managers and engineers to enable your client team to go fast forever.
All of our platform team positions are highly collaborative consulting roles, with 85-90% of time spent in direct, 1:1 pairing or larger team collaboration. During the COVID-19 crisis, this collaboration is all managed remotely, with the expectation that face-to-face engagement in a VMware Pivotal Labs office or customer locations will pick up again once the crisis is resolved.
You will be responsible for
Delighting our customers by ensuring successful outcomes to their platform and application journeys
Hands-on deployment and optimization of complex architectures, and advancing customer thinking and awareness within the Modern Applications space
Being an action-oriented, collaborative, a continuous learner, who has strong customer presence with a desire to contribute to VMware’s intent to capture modern application workloads
Teaching infrastructure engineers modern techniques for operating modern platforms
Architecting and delivering container platforms to various public and on-prem clouds that meet the client's needs
Providing experienced DevSecOps guidance and support for platform accreditation and authorization in order to obtain ATO, STIGs and Information System Controls implementation via contributions to mitigation plans as needed
Understanding client goals and formulating that into an actionable backlog that is understood and supported from executives to engineers
Practicing and mentoring eXtreme Programming (XP) disciplines. Pairing with client engineers on backlog stories either in person or remotely
Designing and implementing "infrastructure as code" and similar cloud architectures
Enabling development teams to leverage cloud-native architectures with new and existing applications
Be recognized by the client as a subject-matter expert as it relates to Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry, containers, and Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) practices
Delivering mini-workshops to facilitate better understanding of our technologies and practices across teams
Communicating progress, roadblocks, and next steps to internal and external client stakeholders.
Creating and curating code samples, workshops, and docs, keeping it relevant and up-to-date.
Working collaboratively with Product Management, Technical Marketing and Engineering during the development, launch and continued refinement of VMware Tanzu products.
Continue learning about VMware Tanzu products through self-study, collaboration with peers, and organizational training.
Visiting client offices in various cities traveling on Mondays and Thursdays.
Required Skills & Experience:
3-5+ years Platform Engineering or similar experience, delivering production platforms to users
Experience navigating large organizations and an understanding of complex stakeholder relationships
Experience shipping successful products, including defining vision, strategy, outcome-driven product roadmaps and creating and managing backlogs
Ability to break down complex problems into actionable steps with measurable outcomes
Interest and ability to teach others
Experience with several platform and automation technologies, such as Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry, OpenShift, Docker, Mesosphere, Rancher, Concourse, Chef, Ansible, BOSH, Puppet, Spinnaker, Jenkins, Bamboo, TeamCity or related continuous integration, automation and orchestration tools
Technical competency in Linux, Windows and other operating systems found in the data center environment
Familiarity with infrastructure and platform observability, networking, security, and reliability engineering practices and tools such as Prometheus \ Grafana, Wavefront, Datadog, ingress/egress networking, etc.
Functional experience with cloud hyper-scaler technologies such as vSphere, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud. Including components like ESXi, NSX-T, etc.
Experience with agile development methodology, ideally Extreme Programming
Experience closely collaborating with engineers and designers as part of small co-located teams
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to adapt your communication style for the audience
Comfort with ambiguity. We work in an iterative and incremental way, balancing many different inputs and constantly making trade-offs
Demonstrated ability to initiate change across Public Sector customers — DOD, IC, Civilian, State, Local, Education — including strategy and adoption of platforms, processes and modernization initiatives
Pre-existing Top Secret or TS/SCI Security Clearance or Application for clearance is required for this position
This position is a remote (home office + travel) role
Approximately 50% travel is expected in this role (post COVID-19 crisis)
This position will perform work that the U.S. government has specified can only be performed by a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and therefore any potential offer of employment will be contingent upon verification of U.S. citizenship.
This job opportunity is not eligible for employment-based immigration sponsorship by VMware
This position will support client work across a variety of Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community (IC), and Civilian agency programs and customers.
What’s it like to work at VMware?
We believe that teams should spend more of their time delivering incremental value and less on building infrastructure. We’re building platforms, tools, and automation, including Tanzu Application Service, Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, and Tanzu Mission Control, to enable our customers to easily and confidently develop and run the software that powers their business. Hundreds of companies rely on our platform to meet the needs of millions of their customers. Our engineers embrace eXtreme Programming (XP) as a way to go fast forever and deliver remarkable results. Our product designers and product managers work side-by-side with our architects and engineers in small, empowered teams, using Lean and User-Centered Design as guides. We measure success by making our customers more productive, as solutions architects, product designers, product managers, and software developers. We enable our customers to build high quality products to serve the people of the United States.
Empower Teams - Diverse teams with shared context, psychological safety, and decision-making authority move faster.
Start Simple - Learn just enough to begin and let the work inform the direction.
Embrace Change - Expect change and turn it into opportunity.
Deliver Early and Often - Ship value to users and measure impact to lower risk.
Improve Continuously - We are always learning and humbled by what we don’t know.
Contribute to Open Source Communities - Share our time, tools, and methodologies to maximize our impact.
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