Sirius Computer Solutions Senior Solutions Architect - Networking in Wichita, Kansas
The Sr. Solutions Architect is client facing, pre-sales technologist that works with designated accounts and acts as a value- added technical advocate for Sirius clients. A Sr. Solutions Architect is responsible for understanding
clients’ business requirements as they pertain to Infrastructure solutions, qualifying opportunities and creating designs that match the requirements with appropriate products, managed and professional services.
This role builds the required presales collateral to represent the solution including, but not limited to, LOUs (Letters of Understanding), HLDs (High Level Design), BOMs (Bill of Materials), Product Quotes (with pricing), LOEs (Level of Efforts), Client Proposals and SOWs (Statement of Work). This role entails the following responsibilities; collaborating with other Line of Business (LOB) experts as required to address client needs, presenting the proposed solution to the client, ensuring the sale is made and overseeing the delivery of these solutions all while maximizing profit to Sirius. Lastly, the Sr. Solutions Architect role requires the person build and maintain a healthy relationship with key business partners (OEMs, subcontractors, service providers) in the assigned districts and regions they support.
The Sr. Solutions Architect has deep subject matter expertise of solutions in a single LOB (Infrastructure, Security, Digital, Data), and has expertise across multiple disciplines/architectures (such as Networking, Converged Infrastructure, Power) within a single LOB. Is an expert in the “Art of the Deal” for a single LOB, sequencing activities and deliverables to the client to value sell, earn trust and enhance margin. Has a generalized understanding of technology solutions in adjacent LOBs. Is considered a thought leader and develops IP & collateral for a single LOB. Sells and positions implementation and advisory services primarily in their assigned LOB, but also understands and advises clients on where other strategic and advisory services fit their needs.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Client Facing Sales Support – Works with sales account team, interfacing directly with Sirius clients. Builds trusted advisor relationships, understanding clients’ business challenges and proposing solutions
Develops High Level Designs and Architectures – Creates and documents architectures that address client business problems which can be used to ensure a smooth transition from presales to delivery
Create Proposals – Develop BOMs (Bill of Materials), Product Quotes, SOWs (Statements Of Work), LOUs (Letters of Understanding), business cases and RFP responses
Sales Planning – Work with management and sales teams to develop account prioritization and support strategies that will ensure a long-term trusted relationship status
Partner Relationship Management – Develop healthy and trusted relationships with key partners in the geography
Billable Consulting – Provide services as part of client projects that are billable. Usually in a project oversight mode
Intellectual Property Development – Contribute to the development of Sirius intellectual property and industry recognition (white papers, speaking engagements, )
Administrative Overhead – Respond to email, phone calls, complete time cards in a timely manner, expense reports and status reports as required
Training – Develop and execute a professional plan that will enhance skills
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Information Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or a related field
At least eight (8) years of IT engineering experience dealing with infrastructure solutions in a specified Sirius practice (Networking, Converged Infrastructure, Storage, Cloud, etc.), including:
At least eight (8) years of Networking related architecture, installation and/or administration technical hands-on experience, including three (3) years of experience with large enterprise cross-brand projects
Cisco CCNP/CCDP or higher-level certification
Other Position Requirements
Demonstrated ability to apply technical background and knowledge to business direction by developing service offerings, go-to-market strategies, business planning, and other activities important to building business
Demonstrated ability to drive sales, sequencing activities and deliverables to the client to value sell, earn trust and enhance margin
Proven experience articulating technical viewpoints to diverse audiences, including technical and business decision makers
Proven ability to evaluate information and make sound technical risk judgements
Demonstrated ability to multitask and to prioritize workload under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment
Demonstrated ability to develop longer-range project plans and schedules to complete complex projects or new solution/product development
Demonstrated ability to perform technical skills/knowledge transfer to client
Demonstrated attention to detail and follow-up skills
Demonstrated leadership, delegation, and personnel management skills
Demonstrated communication and presentation skills, including formal and informal presentations to large and small audiences
Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal direction
Technical writing experience
At least three (3) years of experience in pre-sales engineering and/or sales in a Systems Integrator, OEM, or similar environment
Experience with large MultiCare Healthcare Systems
Four (4) years billable consulting experience
Three (3) years of experience with leading teams in a Client or consulting project environment
Four (4) years of experience with Client, OEM or VAR based partner management
Demonstrated experience in the selling and delivery of multi-million dollar enterprise-size, complex projects
Experience within SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, and other cloud environments
Data Privacy and Security
All Sirius employees are responsible to safeguard the information and information systems that they use or handle in the execution of their duties. Employees are obligated to know and perform their duties in accordance with Sirius policies, standards, and procedures related to security and report security violations to the appropriate Sirius
Participate at hire and annually in the Information Security Awareness training as well as other required training identified by the Human Resources department. Other data privacy and data security related regulatory training may be required based on your role or assignment
The position exists to provide presales technical consulting solutions to customers and as such requires the ability to travel to and from customer sites and interact with customers on an ongoing and regular basis
The above primary duties, responsibilities, and position requirements are not all inclusive.
Sirius is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. As a government contractor, Sirius takes affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans; maintains a drug-free workplace; and participates in E-Verify.
Demonstrates competencies defined for the Technical Architect through Solutions Architect levels, plus the following:
Business Insight - Knows how businesses work and how organizations make money. Keeps up with current and possible future policies, practices, and trends in the organization, with the competition and in the marketplace. Uses knowledge of business drivers and how strategies and tactics play out in the market to guide actions.
Being Resilient - Is confident under pressure. Handles and manages crises effectively. Maintains a positive attitude despite adversity. Bounces back from setbacks. Grows from hardships and negative experiences.
Manages Ambiguity - Deals comfortably with the uncertainty of change. Effectively handles risk. Can decide and act without the total picture. Is calm and productive, even when things are up in the air. Deals constructively with problems that do not have clear solutions or outcomes.
Situational Adaptability - Picks up on situational cues and adjusts in the moment. Readily adapts personal, interpersonal and leadership behavior. Understands that different situations may call for different approaches. Can act differently depending on the circumstances.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)