Solutions Architect at DataStax
Job Description Summary:
DataStax, the leader in data management for cloud applications, is seeking a talented Solutions Architect to join our DataStax team.
At DataStax we are on the forefront of an incredible market opportunity with life-changing technology. We are looking for individuals who are ready to make an impact and able to thrive in a rapidly growing environment. Huge market, amazing technology and talented people are all great reasons to join DataStax.
As a DataStax Architect, you are an expert trusted advisor to our customers as they design, build and operate new technologies that leverage the unique strengths of DataStax software. As a member of the DataStax Professional Services team, it is your mission to make it easy for DataStax customers to use our software to achieve continuous success.
Essential Job Functions:
Help customers correctly use DataStax software. This involves:
Application Architecture: tailor DataStax reference architectures to provide performant, resilient, scalable, secure, distributed architectures which can exceed SLAs and are easily maintained.
Data Modeling: design and test data models which are pragmatic, performant, and scalable.
Application Implementation: show the customer how to write robust and scalable data access code that correctly utilizes DataStax drivers.
Infrastructure: help the customer select on-premise hardware or cloud instance types based on workload and capacity assessments.
Production Operations: help the customer deploy, configure, secure, maintain, monitor, scale, troubleshoot, test and tune DataStax Enterprise clusters.
Instructive Consulting: in response to customer questions, provide ad hoc instruction that is shaped by the customer’s specific environment, requirements and constraints.
Identifying Needs: bring in the sales team when the customer will benefit from a services or license purchase / expansion.
A Team Effort: collaborate with other roles in DataStax Professional Services, Technical Support, Pre-Sales, Sales, etc. to ensure our customer is successful.
This work will usually be delivered post sale. Engagements could be performed on-site or remote.
As part of your normal activities, you may:
Develop, document, and share tools, techniques or best practices which can be used by customers or others within DataStax.
Be a mentor to customers or other technical roles in DataStax.
Assist other departments with their goals and participate in their processes in order to advance company-wide initiatives and build internal relationships.
Participate in the DataStax customer community and attend meetups or events to build relationships and cultivate an understanding of community needs in less formal settings.
You have hands-on experience programming for, and operating, DataStax Enterprise or Apache Cassandra in a production environment. (1+ years)
If you also have hands-on experience with other DataStax Enterprise components, that would be a big plus. (DSE Analytics / Spark, DSE Search / Solr, DSE Graph / Titan)
You have 10+ years in hands-on technical roles; ideally blended across architecture, development and operations.
You have cultivated one or more technology, domain or vertical specializations which could be valuable to some DataStax customers.
You love to travel. In this role, you will travel up to 50% of the time.
You practice active listening.
You have strong verbal and written communication skills in English – and like using those skills.
You find teaching and mentoring gratifying.
You work well with individuals as well as teams. You naturally lead but are comfortable following too.
You have at least intermediate-level competency with:
RDBMSs and one or more NoSQL databases (in addition to DataStax Enterprise/Apache Cassandra)
One or more programming languages and paradigms, e.g. Procedural & Functional paradigms
Cloud IaaS, PaaS, SaaS
Strong Linux CLI & Linux System Administration skills
Application and system performance tuning
Network infrastructure & IP networking, server hardware, virtualization, containerization
Distributed application & data processing architectures
Security considerations for: physical environment, network, server, operating system, database, application, public & private cloud
Web application servers
Front-end application development
Common enterprise architecture patterns