Schroders London, UK
Jun 28, 2017Full time
Global Desktop Architect (SQL Server) Salary: Competitive Location: London As a global investment manager, we help institutions, intermediaries and individuals across the planet meet their goals, fulfil their ambitions, and prepare for the future. But as the world changes, so do our clients' needs. That's why we have a long history of adapting to suit the times and keeping our focus on what matters most to our clients. Doing this takes experience and expertise. We bring together people and data to spot the trends that will shape the future. This provides a unique perspective which allows us to always invest with conviction. We are responsible for £416.3 billion (€486.7 billion/$520.6 billion)* of assets for our clients who trust us to deliver sustainable returns. We remain determined to build future prosperity for them, and for all of society. Today, we have 4,100 people across six continents who focus on doing just this. We are a global business that's managed locally. This allows us to always keep our clients' needs at the heart of everything we do. For over two centuries and more than seven generations we've grown and developed our expertise in tandem with our clients' needs and interests. *as at 31 March 2017 Team Overview Global Infrastructure Technology is responsible for running all aspects of Infrastructure for Schroders globally. We have representative support personnel in most global offices. The bulk of architecture & engineering happens in London, Singapore & New York. Historically the teams have been quite isolated, not considering themselves as one global team. This has now changed with the creation of a global Infrastructure strategy. Overview of the Global Desktop Architect (SQL Server) role The desktop estate at Schroders is currently undergoing a large scale transformation. The delivery of VDI via Citrix, Windows 10, Office 2016, Office365 integration and the deployment of Microsoft Surface Books to replace the current laptops, means that the Global Desktop Architect role has become increasingly high profile. The Global Desktop Architect (SQL Server) will be required to take ownership of this area quickly, ensuring ongoing delivery of current initiatives, while ensuring visibility of the wider delivery requirements to Schroders global business. The successful candidate will have global ownership of this area and will be required to work closely with Global Desktop Engineering Manager, to ensure successful transition from project or strategic intent, to successful implementation and operation of Schroders desktop. Due to relatively small size of Global Infrastructure Technology, applicants will be required to get hands-on in projects, define strategy for this area and be the subject matter expert for all aspects of the desktop estate. They should also have experience working in financial organizations or other industries with strict regulatory and or compliance requirements. Travel to Singapore and NYC will be required from time to time. Key duties of the Global Desktop Architect (SQL Server) • Globally responsible for all architecture and design of the Schroders Global Desktop platform • Build a global Desktop strategy • Work closely with Global Desktop Engineering Manager to ensure that the requirements are fully understood to support the strategy and Global desktop platform. • Operate in a global team to support the global Desktop estate • Work closely with Wintel, Network Engineers, Project Managers and 3rd party support organizations in support of the Global Desktop platform. • Provide technical input across the suite of Schroders Desktop products and in support of Schroders planned programs of change • Review global standards and propose changes where necessary to progress the platform • Work closely with Engineering to ensure the Desktop platform continues to deliver a consistent user experience across the Schroders estate • Build a next-generation Desktop platform with high levels of automation General skills of the Global Desktop Architect (SQL Server) • Have a history of working in a mission-critical environment. • Background in financial services or similar regulated industry preferred. • The ability to create high quality documentation for Desktop platforms. • Experienced supporting large and complex desktop environments, specifically VDI. • Experienced in working on large complex Desktop transformation programs • Experience of working with managed service providers and outsourcers. • Experience with profile management and optimisation • Experience with provisioning services supporting the delivery of VDI • Experience creating and optimising Citrix policies • Advanced experience troubleshooting and optimising VDI environments Technical Skills of the Global Desktop Architect (SQL Server) • Citrix • XenDesktop/XenApp 7.12+ • Provisioning Technologies (PVS/MCS) • Access technologies and load balancing (StoreFront / NetScaler) • Director Microsoft • Windows Operating Systems (Windows 7, Windows 10, Windows 2012R2 etc.) • Microsoft Group Policy • Microsoft DHCP/DNS • Database technologies (Microsoft SQL Server) • PowerShell and automation • SCCM 2012 R2+ Other • AppSense • Nutanix • Thin Client technologies • VMware vSphere • Skype for Business • vAppSense Personal Attributes • Positive attitude capable of remaining positive when under immense pressure • A good communicator, and able to work collaboratively in a global team. • Someone who can operate in a fast changing environment and take ownership of their work. • Someone who will challenge the status quo and improve the overall user experience. • Strong organizational and time management skills. • The applicant should be comfortable owning and swiftly resolving level 4 technical issues for our global client base. • An inquisitive thinker, with attention to detail. • CCEA (or CCP-V) and MCSE/MCITP certifications preferred Note To Agencies: Schroders does not accept speculative CV's from agencies. We do have a PSL who are invited to support us when required. We only pay fees to agencies instructed to send CV's and are submitted through our recruitment portal. We do not pay fees on speculative or unsolicited CV's sent to Schroders or Schroders employees and reserve the right to contact unsolicited CV's directly. Schroders is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications regardless of sex, marital status, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religious belief or age. To apply for the role of Global Desktop Architect (SQL Server), please click 'apply now'.