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CNO Financial Group Sr Infrastructure Architect - Database (Oracle) in Carmel, Indiana

The Senior Infrastructure Architect independently defines technology implementation roadmaps that detail the implementation of initiatives to enhance a secured scalable Infrastructure environment. Typically, is responsible for multiple complex infrastructure technologies within a domain. Develops plans for the ongoing support and governance of previously implemented initiatives. Works within significant limits and authority on assignments requiring high technical complexity and coordination. Leads projects and has accountability for ongoing activities and objectives. May manage parts of enterprise-wide projects.

Key Job Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

Under limited direction, is typically responsible for Infrastructure Database Technologies. Adheres to infrastructure guidelines, design patterns, and standards as determined and set into policy. Develops roadmap of the evolution of the infrastructure in-scope from current to future state. Identify, analyze, and recommend technologies for approval based on an understanding and business requirements. Facilitate improved delivery of proposed solutions, by identification and documentation of technical and architecture technology requirements to be executed by our third party partner in a timely, cost effective, and integrated fashion. Work with implementation teams to assess and review the architectural implementation of systems and projects to ensure conformance with defined architectural standards. Solves specific implementation challenges while encouraging adherence to architectural and infrastructure standards. Analyze IT area drivers to determine corresponding architectural impact. Assess and gather the (skills, processes, structures or culture) and financial impact of proposed strategies. Define specifications that conform to architectural principles and ensure standards are upheld and exceptions are managed. Document all architecture design and analysis work Work with peer architects in other areas to ensure clear lines of communication, common architectural and capability assumptions. Collaborates with business partners, software engineers, technology and operations leadership to advance business outcomes and architectural concerns. Works with 3rd party vendors and the Managed Services team to develop and implement technology enabled roadmaps. Selects and evaluates software/hardware product standards, as well as the design of standard configurations. Verifies compliance with all technical requirements. Trains and acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

Strong working knowledge of multiple Infrastructure or technical design areas and strong understanding of Infrastructure methodologies and technologies Works independently with limited guidance. Strong knowledge of major components of a technical architecture. Has an understanding of the latest developments or changes of market conditions in the industry. Strong ability to develop solution patterns and architectural specifications and can work closely with other teams to implement them successfully. Solid understanding of information processing principles and practices Strong knowledge of current systems software, protocols, and standards; knowledge of software/hardware evaluation principles and practices. Ability to translate business needs into solution architecture requirements. Understands and comprehends the functions and capabilities of new technologies; estimates the financial impact of solution architecture alternatives. Has exposure to multiple, diverse technical configurations, technologies and processing environments. Strong interpersonal skills in areas such as teamwork and facilitation. Strong written and verbal communication skills; good planning and organizational skills.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Information Technology, or related computing major required, or equivalent experience. Typically, a minimum of five years of experience designing and implementing infrastructure solutions, and in multiple of the following disciplines:

  • Network Administration

  • Server OS Administration

  • Storage Administration

  • Solution Architecture

  • Data Center Architecture

  • Database Administration

  • Middleware Administration

  • End User Computing Administration

  • Messaging Systems Administration

Typically, has at least two related industry certifications.

An ideal candidate:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Able to direct projects

  • Able to self-educate on unfamiliar technology platforms

  • Comfortable and adept at Interacting with business and technical SMEs

  • Able to lead as well as collaborate on large complex projects spanning multiple technology platforms and business areas

  • Able to work independently to complete assigned projects

  • Able to present ideas, goals, problems, outcomes and processes to be understood by a diverse audience

  • Knowledge of system monitoring and management tools (CA Spectrum, Openview, BSM, uCMDB, SRA)

  • Knowledge of core networking concepts

  • Knowledge of Active Directory, DNS and core Data Center components

  • Experience with scripting (bash, perl), expert level

  • Experience with hosting databases on Cloud Technologies (Azure, AWS)

  • Experience with database container technologies

  • Experience with RedHat Enterprise Linux in an enterprise environment

  • Experience with the operation of databases in a VMware virtualized environment

  • Experience with Active Directory or other LDAP based directories for authentication/authorization in database platforms

  • Experience with Oracle Database, Expert Level

  • Experience with Oracle Enterprise Manager

  • Experience with DB2 is a plus

Essential Job Functions:

  • Defining technology roadmaps for database and related technologies, focusing on Oracle

  • Overseeing the vendor managed run support programs for all database technologies, focusing on Oracle

  • Serving as solution architect within the IT Infrastructure domain: completing high-level architectural approach, detailed architecture documents, low-level design review, construction review for “build” projects as assigned

  • Further refining and defining the solution architecture practice

  • Engaging Enterprise Architecture to further the architecture competency at CNO