Head of Cloud Services with GIC


$180K - 300K a year

The Technology Group (TG) is a key enabler to keep our business moving forward and is constantly exploiting state-of-the-art information technologies to enhance GIC's ability to be the leading global long-term investment firm. We aim to provide users with empowering and transformational capabilities, and the create an inclusive, innovative and integrated work environment.

We are looking for an SVP, Head of Cloud Services, who will lead our Cloud Native transformation efforts in alignment with the next iteration of GIC's technology transformation journey, all with the goal of driving developer velocity and therefore business agility and value.

This role will see synergistic collaboration with senior leadership and teams/squads of product-minded architects, engineers, and application developers, who are passionate about “building cloud applications and not just applications in the cloud”.

The Head of Cloud Services will report directly to the Division Head for Cloud, Platform, and Infrastructure Services within the Technology Group.


Develop Cloud Native transformation strategy and roadmap

  • Curate the next iteration of GIC's cloud strategy by creating a compelling vision for an agile organization that leverages cloud native to take full advantage of cloud computing
  • Evangelize and articulate the case for and benefits of increased cloud native adoption to senior stakeholders, business units and business solution teams
  • Build roadmaps and pathways for the rationalization and modernization of applications to just-right cloud services, platform, and architecture within our hybrid cloud (public and private) ecosystem
  • Measure progress of GIC's cloud strategy through the development of effective Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that set the conditions for successful cloud native adoption, culture, behaviour, and differentiating business outcomes
  • Report progress of in-year and multi-year cloud initiatives and priorities to senior stakeholders and peers

Lead Cloud Centre of Practice and Excellence

  • Champion and exemplify cloud native practices, including cloud native philosophy, architecture, principles, and culture
  • Lead product management, including research and proof-of-concept, for emerging cloud native services and platforms, for example, enterprise containerization, landing zones, orchestration, and automation
  • Define cloud reference architecture, standards, and processes within the enterprise, for example, provide opinionated landing zones that comprise a set of policies or rules to enforce a security baseline and prevent non-compliant activities
  • Perform cloud governance role in disciplines like identity & access management, tenant/account management, security & compliance, and billing
  • Provide common tooling, solutions, and patterns for cloud native adoption and developer enablement, productivity, and self-service
  • Assist application and developer teams to onboard applications to hybrid cloud (public and/or private) services and platforms
  • Provide education and learning opportunities to enable teams to understand existing and emerging cloud computing technologies, as part of overall cloud capabilities building

Manage Cloud Engineering and Operations

  • Manage the implementation of opinionated set of technologies, on top of cloud service provider(s), to consolidate institutional knowledge, tooling, patterns and practices; and deployable artifacts to production
  • Manage the provisioning of cloud services to developer teams based on pre-stipulated service level agreements
  • Manage the maintenance of virtual appliances, for example, AMI, and base container images
  • Manage cloud operations disciplines like patch management, network configuration, certificate management, logging agents, and intrusion detection
  • Own cloud spend and budget, including the monitoring of cumulative usage, identifying of areas for optimization, managing reserved instances (RI) and negotiating on committed spend agreements
  • Manage support vendor partnerships through regular vendor stewardship meetings and service level and escalation reporting

Provide people and thought leadership

  • Provide inspirational, motivational, and empowering leadership to a team of cloud architects and engineers that you will lead
  • Provide coaching and mentoring to enterprise architects, application and infrastructure teams on cloud native architecture, philosophy, and practices

Qualifications, Skills & Competencies

  • At least 15 years of relevant experience in delivering hybrid cloud strategies, operating models, and technology service management practices
  • Bachelor's Degree or Master's in Computer Science, Information Technology or equivalent
  • Extensive return-on-investment and business case development experience
  • Strong people management experience in leading and managing technical resources, both internal (staff) and external (consultants, vendors)
  • Excellent communication abilities to influence key stakeholders ranging from C-level executives, MDs, CISO, application architects and subject matter experts
  • Proven track record of delivering cloud applications on Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure using cloud-native design and patterns
  • Proven experience in designing microservices, event driven architecture using open source, .NET, NodeJS, Python, Java, message queues, streaming, databases, and cloud data services
  • Extensive experience in architecting applications and automation technologies to meet the expected standards of availability, agility, capacity, resiliency, and security
  • Hands-on experience with cloud technologies including, Docker, Kubernetes (particularly RedHat OpenShift 4.x), Infrastructure as Code, Service Mesh, Immutable Infrastructure, and declarative APIs
  • Hands-on experience automating full lifecycle management of application hosting platforms in data center and public cloud using DevOps practices and CI/CD methodologies
  • Strong understanding of Infrastructure and Platform Automation technology products such as Amazon CloudFormation, VMware vRealize Suite, HashiCorp Suite, Puppet, Ansible, and Chef
  • Strong understanding of AGILE, LEAN or SaFE methodology
  • Strong understanding and knowledge of industry technology standards, and security & compliance frameworks (e.g. NIST, CIS, CSM) and experience working with audit and regulatory bodies
  • One or more AWS/Azure Certifications at Professional and/or Specialty level