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raleigh, North Carolina  |  Remote, Onsite
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Applied on October 27, 2021
Job Id #50995 Posted September 29, 2021


  • Seeking a Principal Solutions Engineer to join a highly visible Agile Kanban team with responsibilities to assess, plan, and deliver IT services to our internal partners.
  • In this role, you will work with application owners, delivery/project manager, DBAs, OS engineers, network engineers, facilities, and various technical departments as the technical lead on projects.
  • To gather and vet technical requirements for the infrastructure projects/requests, assist with cost estimation, design logical diagrams, create specification documents for implementations, developing Infrastructure-as-Code, and lead and work with their team members to deliver the needed requirements on time.
  • As a Principal Solutions Engineer you will communicate effectively and quickly gain the trust of the audience based on knowledge and expertise.
  • You need have robust business/technical acumen and consistently strive to exceed expectations.
  • You would be described as forward thinking, strategic, collaborative, and determined.
  • Solutions Engineers are self-starters, possess integrity, take ownership when things don't go as planned, and use their technical resourcefulness to deliver resolution.
  • Willingness to take control of a situation, see it through to resolution, escalating as needed the proper team, and going the extra mile when it may require working outside the box.
Primary Responsibilities:
  • Influence internal peer teams to adapt services and processes to better meet application requirements
  • Present to application owners the ever-changing ]infrastructure and hosting services, identify best solutions, and articulate benefits of each solution
  • Responsible for daily meetings with team and customers/application teams to gather requirements, lead technical conversations
  • Translate business requirements into architecture diagrams
  • Provide input on RFPs/RFIs/SOWs and translate high-level architecture diagrams into cost estimations, system logical designs, specification documents for implementation, and develop Infrastructure-as-Code to support recommended solutions
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects and timelines while keeping customers, team and leadership aware of status
  • Maintain technical knowledge of current and emerging technologies / products / trends related to security and architectural solutions
  • Work effectively in a diverse organization spread across multiple locations
  • Willingness to put in the effort, working outside normal business hours, if necessary, to meet project timelines
  • Familiar with various security/regulatory processes including standards & issues involved in multi-tier cloud or hybrid applications
Required Qualifications:
  • B.S. Computer Science, Software Engineering, Management Information Systems or equivalent experience
  • 10+ years working with business applications requiring disaster recovery and high availability methodologies
  • 5+ years of IT business architecture experience in a fast-paced and growth-oriented environment
  • 3+ years working with public or private cloud, migrating/managing applications in a hybrid environment
  • 3+ years working in a DevOps model and using CI/CD methodologies
  • Demonstrated ability to discuss cloud architecture and principles of modern platforms including SaaS, PaaS, multi-tenancy, multi-tiered infrastructure, etc.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • 3+ years in a customer-facing pre-sales, consulting, or systems integrator role engaging with large high-tech organizations
  • Proven ability of developing relationships across technical, management, and executive levels
  • Sound understanding of industry standards around data privacy, risk management, and compliance requirements
  • Experience working in an Agile environment

Ideal Background:

  • We want to be as specific as possible with our firms so they can find the type of candidate you’re looking for.
  • Former software developer with extensive experience designing applications (solution architecture).
  • Experienced with cloud computing and migrating existing hybrid (multi-platform/multi-technology) applications to the cloud.
  • Must be an excellent communicator, verbal and written, able to explain complex concepts to technical and non-technical employees alike.


  • Hands-on experience leading the migration of existing applications to Azure

Top Required Skills:

  • 10+ years development of business applications
  • 5+ years of IT business/solution architecture experience
  • 3+ years experience with public or private cloud, migrating/managing applications in a hybrid environment

Team and Team size:

  • We have 2 business architects, 4 solution architects (incl. this position), 6 lead developers and about 40 other developers.

Interview Process:

  • a. How many rounds? 2-3
  • b. Video vs. phone? Microsoft Teams, video preferred but not required
  • c. How technical will the interviews be? Extremely
  • d. When do you anticipate starting the interview process? Immediately

Horizontal is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We seek to provide employment opportunities to talented, qualified candidates regardless of race, color, sex/gender including gender identity and/or expression, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, citizen status, veteran status, or any other protected classification under federal, state or local law.

In addition, Horizontal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you need to request a reasonable accommodation in order to complete the application or interview process, please contact

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