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Infrastructure Architect with at least 5 years experience is required for a large financial services company based in Johannesburg.



  • 5 years working experience
  • 3 year degree or diploma with an Engineering
  • Experience with strong skills and live exposure in the following SAN, NAS and Cisco
  • Experience with large-scale transformation and migration projects
  • Detailed knowledge of Project Management Methodologies in order to complement project managers within the design stages of the project.
  • High-level consultancy skills in network design in WAN, LAN, storage and server design.
  • Experience of Business Continuity planning and Disaster Recovery and implementation
  • Hands-on experience of WAN/LAN infrastructure coupled with diagnostic skills supported by detailed technical knowledge of protocols
  • Experience on various hardware and software environments including virtualization, operating systems, application servers and databases
  • Knowledge of Java and Jboss applications/systems



The key challenges are:

  • To maintain an efficient core infrastructure design that meets the operational expectations of the Business during delivery of the technical project portfolio.
  • Working closely with development technical staff to ensure infrastructure requirements are incorporated in the development process and ensure early notification of future infrastructure requirements.
  • Providing informed decisions and technical advice towards delivery transformation ensuring a cost effective infrastructure delivers the mandatory business benefits.


  • Review existing enterprise architecture.
  • Facilitate and shape discussion; providing technical detail, strategic value and contextual advice.
  • Able to focus and direct discussions, reach agreement and collaboration on solutions and implementation.
  • Design shape, integration and implement decisions.
  • Analyse and solve complex architectural problems; present options; prevent obstacles, objections and constraints.
  • Integrate and prioritise decisions and action needed.
  • Ensure that solutions follow guided principles.

Technical Design:

  • Design optimal specifications at various organisational and departmental levels reduce duplication, interface complexity, incompatibility and unnecessary customisation and cost.
  • Standardise, simplify and rationalise operating systems across the board.
  • Engage and implement concepts and models from a deep technical perspective.
  • Articulate existing functionality and the value of re-using existing methodologies; optimise full capability.
  • Create reusable patterns and practises.
  • Negotiate trade-offs and compromises.
  • Ensure all Infrastructure related systems are documented i.t.o. Design, Configuration and Administration

Practice and Planning:

  • Source and ensure the inclusion of best practice frameworks and enabling technologies.
    Build world class intellectual capital and raise identify new technologies; demonstrating business value and explaining functional and process benefits for stakeholders.
  • Identify gaps between current infrastructure practices and future best practice; recommend action, based on a comprehensive appreciation for best practice trends and industry specific needs.
  • Predict current and future system and security requirements based on these trends.
  • Create an IT infrastructure 18 month plan aligning with the business requirements ensuring optimal support and cost effective provisioning of IT infrastructure.
  • Align appropriate best practices, governance and IT solutions.
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