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Chief Systems Architect

  2323 bryan street, Dallas
Back to vacancy overview Last updated: 19-09-2022

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Position Title:  Chief Systems Architect  

Location: Remote, Anywhere US based

Your role

We are a highly skilled and motivated team in a large global, publicly traded, critical infrastructure provider.  We are seeking an experienced strongly motivated Chief Systems Architect to join our team for a career in building new products and services for global enterprises and service providers, by working with our product strategy, product management, product development and IT teams to completion.

What you’ll do

  • Responsible for the system level design of significant new capabilities for a Digital Realty Service Delivery Platform (a multi-tiered orchestration platform), its integration with all other company systems, and system level design of other new technology products that may interface with it
  • Document and present to management on the technical state of the Service Delivery Platform, technical decisions, capabilities, strengths and weaknesses, and inform engineering priorities
  • Interface with partners and customers to represent the value of the Service Delivery Platform, how they can consume and integrate with it on a technical level as required by engineering
  • Serve as an experienced resource with a passion for building distributed automated systems using a variety of in house and open-source capabilities, working to inform internal functions
  • Responsible for high level recommendation and validation process of all aspects of the full stack platform, including network, compute, and storage infrastructure, cloud deployment methods, commercial-off-the-shelf software (“COTS”), and custom development by working with all of the product and engineering teams in the product team and in other related functions such as IT
  • Work closely with other architects and engineers to recommend and design solutions that meet Digital Realty and customer needs, interfacing with both new and legacy systems globally
  • Work with application teams to understand their functions and needs, and design solutions to enable integration with a Digital Realty Service Delivery Platform, aligned with product strategy
  • Provide system design guidance to the engineering team for the Service Delivery Platform

What you’ll need

  • Minimum of 5 years professional experience in building automated systems and advanced networking products and solutions, working with global teams to implement new systems
  • Self-starter, effective working independently and as part of a team
  • Expert level capability in programming and distributed system automation (Python, Elixir, Ansible, Airflow, Terraform, Linux KVM, Docker, etcd, etc)
  • Experience building systems interfacing with other systems using modern API techniques
  • Extensive experience in building in cloud environments, including AWS, Google, and Microsoft
  • Solid understanding of Linux OS principles
  • Networking knowledge (OSI layers, fundamentals of internet communication such as DNS, ICMP, BGP, routing and switching) experience with Arista, Juniper preferred
  • Container technologies, virtual machines, basic firewall, and other security technologies
  • Architecting distributed networking systems at cloud scale
  • Building integrated solutions with the top cloud service providers
  • Experience working in a Service Provider or Cloud environment a big plus

A bit about us

Digital Realty supports the world's leading enterprises and service providers by delivering the full spectrum of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions. PlatformDIGITAL®, our global data center platform, gives customers a reliable foundation for scaling their digital business and efficiently managing data gravity challenges. The size and scale of our business puts us in a unique position to offer customers access to 290 facilities in 50 metros across 26 countries and six continents.

A bit about our Digital team

The Product Team is tasked with the creation and development of new products and their supporting systems at Digital Realty, dedicated to creating scalable, reliable and performant services. This team includes both software engineering and site reliability engineering teams to create and implement new services, working with product strategy and product management to ensure ongoing product market fit.

What we can offer you

Our rapidly evolving business sector offers the opportunity to be part of a courageous and passionate team who work together to understand and meet the changing needs of our global customers.

Join us and you’ll be part of a supportive and inclusive environment where you can bring your whole self to work. As part of our team, you’ll get to work with people from different business areas, challenge the way we do things and put your ideas into action. We’ll also give you plenty of development opportunities so you can build a rewarding and successful career with us.

This is an exciting time to join our business so apply now and make your mark on our future.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Digital Realty offers a highly competitive compensation package, excellent benefits, and an environment that recognizes and rewards your contributions.

Digital Realty is an equal opportunity employer, EOE/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or protected veteran status, or other status protected by law or Company policy.

Digital Realty is a publicly traded company (NYSE: DLR) with investment grade ratings from all three major ratings agencies.

Please do not forward unsolicited resumes to any employee of Digital Realty and its subsidiaries. Digital Realty is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited referrals.

Want to know more about this position?

Get in touch with:

Natalie Lucas

Natalie Lucas


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