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Azure Cloud Specialist

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)
16 Summer Lane
£50,183 - £56,171
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2 May 2024

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The WMCA is modernising our ways of working, and with it we are delivering significant advancements in our digital services – Cloud technologies being one of our focusses. 
As our Azure Cloud Specialist, you will play a key role in creating and shaping the WMCA’s Cloud footprint. You’ll lead, manage, and develop the Azure cloud environment – helping to move the digital and data services from legacy systems to modern cloud platforms. 
Being the subject matter expert for the wider WMCA cloud services, you’ll be the primary contact for all cloud transformation, advice, and support for both development and infrastructure cloud solutions. 
What will you be doing?
  • Develop a Cloud first strategy in line with the Digital and Data Strategy, driving change throughout the business and its partners.
  • Manage the delivery of the Development, Infrastructure and Public services on our Azure cloud platform and wider cloud technologies. 
  • Work with developers and new and emerging cloud technologies to provide a modern, scalable cloud architecture.
  • Design, build, configure and deploy complex cloud environments using IaaS or PaaS.
  • Work closely with the Data Architect to ensure we capture all relevant data in a scalable environment and further develop the architecture to support at an enterprise level.
  • Set best practice and policies in the cloud provision across Digital and Data and the wider business, ensuring external suppliers and agencies adhere to these practices 
  • Instil a culture of automation across Cloud on-premises.
  • Recommendation of improvements to existing processes and products and working with business teams to achieve this.
  • Identify and manage risks, issues, dependencies, and opportunities for cloud services.
  • Responsibility for the availability and performance of cloud systems and generation of dashboards to monitor the environments.
  • Ensure that cloud systems are available in a disaster recovery situation by using appropriate technical resources within the cloud environment.
  • Working with Cyber Security and the Data Protection Officer to ensure that we meet the required standards - implementing cloud tools that monitor and enforce policies.
About you.
  • Educated to Degree level or equivalent in an IT discipline. 
  • Extensive experience in managing and maintaining Microsoft Azure Cloud environments and technologies.
  • Previous experience within a Cloud/ DevOps team with extensive experience using DevOps pipelines.
  • Knowledge and experience of alignment of cloud architecture against enterprise standards and principles. 
  • Experience of Cloud technologies for IaaS and/or PaaS.
  • Proven ability to troubleshoot complex technical issues with tight deadlines.
  • Experience of Amazon AWS, Google GCP or other cloud platforms would be advantageous but not essential.
How to apply. On clicking ‘apply for this job’, you will first be prompted to create an account. You will have the opportunity to upload a CV, which will be used to auto-populate your profile. Please note, we do not see your CV once you have applied. Our shortlisting decisions are based on what you tell us in your profile - and so it is important to format your profile so that it really stands out. Make sure to include your employment history and include any essential education and qualifications. You will be asked to provide a supporting statement. If you already have one that you have prepared earlier, you can simply copy and paste this into the application form. 
Applicants will need to evidence that they have the legal right to work in the UK.  If we make an offer of employment, we will need to check that you are eligible to work in the UK before you start work. 
Salary and benefits.We advertise salary ranges for job roles, with new appointments typically starting at the lowest salary point. In exceptional cases, where higher skill levels or experience are applicable, the salary point may be adjusted to secure the best candidate. This approach allows for potential year-on-year salary increases, offering progression and appropriate rewards to employees.
We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes a Local Government Pension Scheme, 28 days of paid annual leave, Cycle to Work Scheme, and discounted shopping with over 2,000 big-name retailers. For more details, please visit the benefits page on our careers site.
Hybrid working, location and working pattern.We believe hybrid working is the best way for our organisation to fulfil our commitment to a modern, agile workplace while continuing to provide a great service to our customers. Hybrid working means having flexibility between working in the office and at home on agreed days, where a role allows. This is agreed between an employee and their line manager, considering the business, team, and employee needs. 
The location for this role is 16 Summer Lane. It is expected that you can split your time between the office and working remotely, with at least 2 days a week spent in the office. 
Creating an inclusive workplace.Our vision is to create a better connected, more prosperous, fairer, greener, and healthier region. We aim to achieve this vision by living our values, which include being a partnership organisation, valuing and respecting our people, fostering a can-do attitude, and encouraging innovation. We are dedicated to creating a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace that reflects the communities of the West Midlands region. WMCA holds diversity accreditations, such as "Leaders in Diversity," and has been recognised as one of the Inclusive Top 50 Employers and The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. We are also a Disability Confident Employer, committed to interviewing all applicants with disabilities who meet the essential role criteria. WMCA believes that building a team with varied backgrounds and experiences will benefit us as an employer and enhance our work.
We recognise that certain groups, such as women and people of colour, may be less likely to apply for roles if they feel they do not meet all the requirements. However, we encourage individuals who are passionate about the role and want to make a difference to still apply. 
We value potential and encourage applicants to highlight their skills, including transferable ones, even if they don't fit the traditional "perfect candidate" mould.We gladly consider part-time, flexible, and job share arrangements, so please don't let these factors deter you from applying. If your values align with ours and you are dedicated to working towards a future that we can all be proud of, we would love to hear from you.
Reasonable adjustments.If you have an accessibility need, disability, or condition that means you might require changes to the recruitment process, please get in touch with our Recruitment Team ( We are here to assist and accommodate your needs.
Thank you for considering joining our team at WMCA. We look forward to receiving your application and the opportunity to work together towards our shared goals.

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West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) was set up in 2016. We're made up of 18 local councils and 3 local enterprise partnerships (LEPs). Our goal is to make the West Midlands a happy, healthy, place to live. We do this by:

  • making it easier and safer to travel in and around the region
  • using derelict land to build homes
  • protecting our green spaces
  • making sure young people have the education and employment opportunities to make a great start in life
  • working together to support our communities and build a fairer, healthier and more inclusive West Midlands
  • tackling climate change 

Our role in the West Midlands has never been more important and in these extraordinary times we’ve shown we can step forward, speak up for our region and bring people together. Everything we do is focused on making life better for people in the West Midlands – that’s our reason for being here and it drives every move we make. We lead and support others to deliver our shared future vision for the region – a happier, healthier, better connected place to live and work.

We fully believe that we are only as great as the people who work for us and are committed to providing a positive, healthy and inclusive working environment where our people feel valued and respected. We’re ambitious, forward thinking and determined to find better ways of working, always leading the way in what we do. We trust and support each other to get the job done, and encourage creativity, originality and curiosity from those who work with us.

We’re committed to creating an accessible and diverse workplace, one that nurtures an inclusive environment where our people can be themselves. We are a “Leaders in Diversity” accredited organisation, are in the Inclusive Top 50 Employers List and are one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. 

If your values align with ours and you’re committed to working towards creating a future we can all be proud of, we want to hear from you.

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0121 200 2787
16 Summer Lane
West Midlands
B19 3SD
United Kingdom

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