Cloud Solution Architect - Avanade

9000 GENT


Avanade is the leading provider of innovative digital and cloud-enabling services, business solutions and design-led experiences, delivered through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. Majority owned by Accenture, Avanade was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation and has 30,000 professionals in 24 countries. Visit us at

Job description

Growing our Cloud business and presence in the market is a strategic priority for Avanade globally and in Europe alike. In line with our growth aspirations we are seeking to expand and strengthen our Cloud solutioning capabilities across Belgium.

To support the creation of various Cloud-based solutions and services for our customers (UCaaS, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) we seek an experienced Cloud Architect to help us grow our business and offerings on the Microsoft platform.

The Cloud Application Architects will be key for this exciting and growing business across our Belgian region.

The time allocation between pre-sales and delivery is expected to be the following:

- Pre-sales: 70%

- Delivery: 30%

You will be responsible for:

Along with the Sales Team, tailoring and shaping our proposition to the customers’ IT and business leadership for our largest Enterprise Accounts

Presenting alongside Sales our solution to customer CIO’s, Chief Architect’s, and VP’s. Explaining the solution in detail, interpreting customer needs and responding to challenges to show the value and relevance to the customer business

The ability to answer deep technical questions on Application Architecture and Development in the Public Cloud and solutions being recommended through examples or demonstrations

End-to-end solution shaping and solution architecture for Cloud Applications Migration and Modernisation, including estimation, solution planning and interlocking with the appropriate Accenture and Avanade teams to create the optimal customer outcome

Delivering technical leadership and architecture on our engagements, as well as feedback around the evolution of the solution

Defining Avanade solution offerings for Cloud Application services and delivery capability including Managed Services

Liaising with other solution architects in similar roles and global product management to define standardized solution baselines, application add-ons as well as industrialized delivery options.

Planning for and supporting service implementation, service transition, and, service introduction activities including appropriate change management services.

Working closely with our Talent Community teams acting as a Belgium subject matter expert in Azure Application Architecture and solutions, supporting our regional teams with their capability development and skills growth.

Building and maintaining strong working relationships with delivery centre solution architects and contributing to the Avanade collaboration community.

Owning delivery responsibilities for selected sold engagements.


Must-Have Qualifications

Minimum Bachelor’s degree required. Preferred fields in engineering or computer science.

Minimum 7 years relevant work experience

Be highly experienced in the architecture and development of Cloud-based solutions

Have experience of working in consulting and pre-sales roles, working within new business teams and with a variety of clients for transformational outcomes

Have awareness of Cloud provider solutions (Microsoft, Amazon, Google) and be able to articulate at various levels how Azure compares against these from a solution and strategic perspective.

Have experience of estimating and costing to implement Cloud solutions and of populating cost models and validating costing data and assumptions.

Be able to describe and shape the end-to-end journey for a customer including transformation and migration through to new Service Models utilising DevOps processes (synthesizing and leveraging individual experts as appropriate)

Be comfortable and experienced at presenting cloud solutions to Senior IT client managers

Be highly self-directed and comfortable with dealing with ambiguity in the pursuit of an overall goal.

Be able to work well within both a global virtual team as well as across multiple regions within Europe

Have experience of Managed Services and successfully developing and delivering multi-workforce solutions, preferably with good experience of using an offshore workforce

Nice-to-Have Qualifications

Be technically expert in the Microsoft Azure cloud platforms and services, and integration of OpenSource technologies such as Linux, Java, PHP, node.JS, Chef, CloudFoundry, Docker etc.

Be technically expert in the Microsoft Office365 SaaS solution