IT Principal Engineer, Azure Architect

University of Maryland Division of Information Technology   College Park, MD   Full-time     Information Services / Technology (IT)
Posted on March 15, 2024
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The IT Principal Engineer in the Division of Information Technology (DIT) at the University of Maryland, College Park, is an individual contributor, and will perform technical planning, end-to-end architecture development and design specifications for distributed cloud computing environments. This position provides technical leadership and is responsible for establishing the direction for the architecture, standards, design, automation and implementation in a distributed cloud and on-premises environment. The IT Principal Engineer creates, evaluates and implements plans and design proposals for high impact cloud integrated enterprise solutions. They lead and/or contribute to designs applied to all aspects of business systems and/or infrastructure prototypes and eventual implementation and performs work of high complexity and designs logical processes based on technical platforms. The Principal Engineer is responsible for monitoring and analyzing overall cloud spending as well as developing and maintaining methods for shared reporting for customers outside DIT and for minimizing spending by DIT. They engage in problem, business and technical analysis and will possess broad and deep skills across disciplines, serving as a mentor to others.


This individual will gain organizational commitment for all systems and software plans, as well as evaluate and select all technologies required to complete those plans. In addition, the IT Principal Engineer provides technical leadership across the organization, from strategic decision making down to the project planning level. This individual will interface with multiple stakeholders and ensure that the Division of IT services are modern, secure and stable.


This position is considered an essential position and may be required to work due to a major catastrophic event, weather emergency, or other operational emergencies to help maintain continuity of University services.


Minimum Qualifications:


Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.


Experience: Ten (10) years of professional experience supporting the operations, maintenance, and administration of information technology infrastructure


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

* Excellent written and oral communication skills with the capability of adapting communication style to different audiences

* Ability to independently prioritize and execute advanced support and feature requests in area of expertise

* Skilled in managing IT projects and associated team members with a primary focus is on the implementation and delivery of technical initiatives.

* Demonstrated ability to drive decision making efforts by effectively working toward a consensus with various stakeholders

* Ability to to lead presentations and trainings to large sized groups

* Proven track records for quickly learning new technologies up and to the point of being a subject matter expert

* Skilled in identifying and solving problems of high complexity both independently and with other team members

* Demonstrate the ability to define deadlines and manage and maintain the quality of the work in use

* Provides leadership and helps bridge the gap between team manager and team members on technical topics

* Ability to analyze business requirements, assess technology options, and create high-level solutions that align with the division’s long-term goals and priorities

* Skilled in the use of office productivity software such as Office 365 or Google Workspaces

* Subject matter expert in at least three (3) technical areas: Azure Synapse, Data Factory, Data/Delta Lake,Data Engineer, Microsoft Fabric, Data pipelines

* Experience creating and maintaining infrastructure using public cloud services, specifically AWS or Azure

* Familiar with modern data integration techniques such as data pipelines and real time streaming to ensure data consistency and availability

* Ability to understand and articulate common architectural patterns and design principles verbally and within architecture diagrams



* Experience architecting cloud native solutions

* Understanding of cloud security best practices and compliance standards

* Five or more years of experience as a Solution Architect, Principal/Senior Engineer (Lead Developer), or similar role

* 4+ years of architecture experience with Microsoft Azure, specifically with data analytics related services – SQL Server, Azure Data Factory, Fabric, Power Automate, Power BI etc

* Experience working in a higher education environment

* Expertise in the following Microsoft Azure technologies: Azure Synapse, Data Factory, Data/Delta Lake, Databricks in order to architect end to end solutions. Develops reference data architecture, pipelines using Azure modern data stack.

* Formulates best practices for data pipeliness

Additional Certifications: (Prefer that the candidate have one of the following certifications)


* AZ-305 – Microsoft Azure Architect Design

* DP-100 – Designing and Implementing a Data Science Solution on Azure

* DP-203 – Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Engineer Associate

* DP-500 – Azure Enterprise Data Analyst Associate


Additional information: 

Benefits Included:

Medical, dental, and vision coverage designed to help you and your family live a healthy lifestyle.

* Flexible work opportunities

UMCP Tuition Remission for employees, and their dependents to grow and achieve greatness.

Generous paid time off package to address work/life balance and maintain well-being.

Retirement Benefits created to aid employees in reaching future retirement goals.

* And many more…

Salary range: $160,000 to $185,000.

**This position does not provide sponsorship for Visas.

Physical demands: Predominantly operates in an office environment. Some periods of time may be spent in computer rooms for installation, testing, and troubleshooting. Some work (less than 5%) requires moving and lifting of server equipment. Some evening and weekend work might be required. This position is considered an essential position and may be required to work due to a major catastrophic event, weather emergency, or other operational emergencies to help maintain continuity of University services.


Best consideration date: 04/04/2024 or open until filled


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Background Check: Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.