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Cloud Tools and Automation Lead

Support Office»IT


Job Reference: 193929BR




Level 5

The Boots Cloud Centre of Excellence team is seeking an experienced Cloud Tools and Automation Lead to join our growing International IT and Advanced Analytics (IT2A) function. This role has the flexibility to work from either our London, Weybridge or Nottingham offices on a flexible office/home hybrid approach.

We are looking for people who want to challenge the ‘norm’; we want to change how we use the Cloud and help our companies who have some awesome ideas on how we help our patients and customers aand the Cloud Centre of Excellence is pivotal to help our colleagues across IT and the wider business to make the most of the Cloud.

So, if you’re a great individual with the desire to make things happen and want to join a team of equally great people, please get in touch.

About the role:
As our new Cloud Tools and Automation Lead you will be working close to the Product Owner driving technical excellence, fostering innovation, and thinking several steps ahead to maximize the value automation brings to our cloud platform. They operate in multiple infrastructure automation domains, including but not limited to provisioning and orchestration; cost management and resource optimization; identity, security and compliance; monitoring and analytics; inventory and classifications.

Key responsibilities:

  • Engineer and enable enterprise cloud solutions within a DevOps environment
  • Leads the team of engineers to develop automation solutions to optimize how we use our Cloud Services to make them cost & process efficient
  • Develops machine learning and AI capabilities to improve the Cloud services we deliver across the CCoE
  • Influences and drives the cloud strategy along with the introduction of new emerging technologies and public cloud PaaS and IaaS services, cloud adoption plans, and cloud application design.
  • Influences target state Cloud Architecture, partnering with other areas, such as Cloud Network Architects, Cloud Data Architects, Cloud Solution Architects, Cloud Security Architects, and Cloud Engineering and Development teams.
  • Ensures cloud deployments result in resilient, robust, and compliant systems. May oversee technology assessments, technology strategy reviews, and provide internal consulting to ensure all areas are practicing sound architecture hygiene.
  • Translates complex ideas, technology, and programs into language senior management can relate to and performs as a key influencer on technical decisions that affect the business on a long-term basis.

What you’ll need to have:
  • Experience with public cloud architecture, Cloud strategy, networking, security. Certification:
  • Experience with various enterprise applications, IT services, and SaaS solution providers.
  • Knowledge of cloud management and cost models with experience implementing best practices or suggested improvements.
  • Knowledge of app & data architectures and cloud native patterns for development, etc.
  • Knowledge of AI, automation and machine learning
  • Experience leading collaborative teams to achieve common goals
  • Experience in large scale internet companies/technologies, where uptime and continuous availability was core to the business
  • Experience identifying and partnering to implement automation opportunities to drive down toil and reduce technical debt
  • Experience presenting technical ideas in business-friendly language.
  • Experience identifying operational issues and recommending and implementing strategies to resolve problems.
  • Experience applying standards of cloud compliance to application design to achieve reliability

It would be great if you also had:
  • Microsoft DevOps Engineer Expert
  • 5 years of leading a Cloud Automation team or 3 years as a Cloud Automation engineer

About our team – Cloud Centre of Excellence
WBA is the world’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer. With over 2,500 stores in the UK, approaching 10,000 stores in the US and thousands more internationally, our purpose is to help our customers look and feel better than they ever thought possible.

WBA is continuing the journey we started a couple of years ago with the Cloud. We are now embarking on establishing our International (Boots UK, No 7 Beauty Company, Boots Opticians and International Retail) Cloud Centre of Excellence which will support and develop the services we look after today.

You will have the opportunity to help set up the Cloud Centre of Excellence from the start, so you can influence how we set ourselves up for success. This is an exciting time for us as we look to build a super team of brilliant people who can help our companies maximise the opportunities the Cloud brings to organisations. From setting up the FinOps function, through to working in Architecture to develop our strategies, to developing our Engineering capability around automation and AI, to all the way to supporting the services we have and making these even better.

Our benefits
Generous staff discount including enhanced discounts on Boots brands and Boots Opticians
Excellent onsite facilities including staff shop, opticians (including free eye tests for team members), gym, cafeteria, outdoor seating spaces and dry cleaning service
Travel links including on campus bus stops, parking and close to train and tram links
We have a great range of benefits in addition to the above that go beyond salary and offer flexibility to suit you; Click here to view our full list of company benefits (all rewards and benefits are subject to change and eligibility).

What’s next
If your application is successful, our recruitment team will be in touch to arrange an interview and answer any initial questions you have. If you have not been successful on this occasion you will be notified by email.
We are always open to discussing possible flexible working options and what this may look like for you, including job share and reduced hours. If you require additional support as part of the application and interview process, we are happy to provide reasonable adjustments to enable you to be at your best.

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