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Unilever Cloud Architecture & Engineering Lead in Port Sunlight, United Kingdom

Job Title: Cloud Architecture & Engineering Lead

Location: Port Sunlight Offices & Factories

JOB PURPOSE Cloud is a critical enabler of Unilever’s digital future. It not only changes how we store and access data but, will also fundamentally improve how our business operates. Cloud enables innovation and delivery at cost effective scale and a pace by removing barriers and providing foundations for digital business transformation.

The Cloud Platform Services (CPS) team, part of the UniOps function, has a vision to accelerate cloud adoption to drive a future fit model for innovation and growth across Unilever.

This position will directly manage Cloud Architects and Engineers in the Cloud Platform Services Team. The role is responsible for working closely with the Cloud Services Product Managers to design, develop and build the re - usable or shared service components of the Cloud Platform.

This key position also communicates and evangelizes the architecture and Engineering (principles, policies, standards, and patterns) to service owners , business groups, and customers and governs adherence to criti cal architectural principles, sometimes known as the "guardrails."

Additional responsibilities include working with Business Platforms, PEM teams and collaborating with best practice bodies such as the Cloud Centre of Excellence, to understand where new technology and innovation might solve upcoming business needs.

The Architecture and Engineering Lead is experienced in cloud - based tech nology , with a firm grasp of emerging technologies, platforms, and applications, and ability to customize them to help our business become more secure and efficient. Extensive knowledge of cloud maintenance, experience managing staff, and advanced industry kno wledge is key to keeping us on the cutting edge.


  • You will be expected to work extremely closely with the Product Lead and Product Managers to define product strategy, roadmaps and services as part of the CPS portfolio.

  • The Architecture and Engineering lead will work collaboratively with Product Lead and Delivery Lead to forecast resources and skills needed for upcoming engagements. Actively provides feedback from the discipline about ongoing engagements with a view to improving products and offerings.

  • You will be responsible and accountable for defining and driving the technical strategy in line with CPS Product strategy, roadmaps and goals, ensuring appropriate SME technical skills are relevant for Product Groups.

  • You will be expected to Lead and manage a team of architects and engineers as part of a matrix model, assigning appropriate technical resources and expertise to Product Groups for delivery.

  • The Architecture and Engineering Lead will need to ensure sufficient technical capacity is available to support Product Groups in line with their approver, product strategies and roadmaps.

  • You will need to be at the forefront of supporting product groups by providing technical expertise (GCP or Azure) from your team during each stage of the product lifecycle.

  • As a key member of the CPS leadership team, you will be expected to evangelise the CPS strategy and new ways of working, becoming a role model on embracing positive change.

  • You will be critical in championing new ways of working and new technologies and preach and evangelise these concepts and methodologies across CPS and the wider Unilever organisation.

  • You will be expected to talk competently and enthusiastically at events, town halls and briefings about cloud and its capabilities and how it is driving Unilever as a business forward.

  • You will need to drive the evolution of cloud infrastructure, processes, products, and services strategy, through collaboration with Cloud Centre of Excellence and other governance bodies.

  • Responsible for ensuring approved CPS architectural patterns are applied where appropriate.

  • Responsible for the product architecture throughout the lifecycle of the service.

  • Along with EA, influence stakeholders and ensure compliance with architectural guidelines.

  • Developing a collaborative community spirit within their discipline.


  • Proven experience of leading technology teams, complex solutions and customer relationships, ideally in a matrix.

  • Environment as part of a product centric model.

  • Thought leader in cloud technology, and is able to articulate how these technologies can give competitive advantage to a business.

  • Advanced organizational planning, time management, resource and change management skills across multiple functional groups and departments.

  • Excellent delegation skills involving prioritizing and reprioritizing of technical resources of various size and complexity.

  • Strong interpersonal, communication (verbal and written), and presentation skills applicable to a wide audience including senior and executive management.

  • Innovative and solutions-oriented in new technologies, security, and cloud solutions.

  • Servant leadership style, enabling a safe, collaborative, experimental environment which sparks creativity and problem-solving culture.

Understanding of:

  • Cloud Architecture concepts on GCP and Azure.

  • Designing, building, and operating global IT infrastructures.

  • Provisioning, operating, and managing Cloud environments.

  • Infrastructure as code and DevOps methodologies.

  • Cloud-native applications, cloud application design patterns and practices.

  • Cloud Operations, including data assurance, monitoring, alerting and notifications.

  • Demonstrated problem analysis and resolution skills.

  • Knowledge of Enterprise Architecture Frameworks.


  • Proven experience in managing technical teams (architects or engineers) following a matrix model or deep technical experience.

  • Experience as cloud architect.

  • Experience in working with a product centric model and providing technical resources to support product strategy and roadmaps.

  • Keeping ahead with cloud trends and aligning appropriate cloud-native solutions to a product strategy.

  • Ability to independently create proposals, presentations and manage financial budgets.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential. Experience in communicating across many crossfunctional areas, including external partners and customers.

  • Strong understanding of GCP and Azure cloud platforms eco-systems.

  • Practical experience in applying Agile and DevOps methodologies.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, a related technical field, or equivalent practical experience.

Certification requirements:

  • GCP - Foundational Google Digital Leader.

  • Azure - AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals.

  • Project or Resource Management qualification.

Desirable qualifications:

  • Experience of using Project Management and product management tool sets.

Certification requirements:

  • GCP - Professional Cloud Architect.

  • Azure – AZ504 Cloud Architect.


Candidates would be required to show demonstration of the following behaviours:

  • Accountability and Ownership - Strive for high quality and success, empower yourself and others to make decisions.

  • Be bold - Challenge the status quo, be bold & passionate about cloud, think outside of the box and be willing to improve.

  • Customer First - Thinking about our customers constantly by providing them with the best tools, services and end user experiences.

  • Collaboration - Working in an openly creative culture, where all ideas are acknowledged encouraging innovation and transparency.

  • Empowered - Always be one step ahead, embrace change and challenges, initiate solutions and make decisions in good faith.


    About Unilever

    Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Dove, Tresemme, Lynx, Lifebuoy, Shea Moisture, Persil, Domestos, Ben & Jerry’s, Magnum, Marmite, The Vegetarian Butcher, Graze and Pot Noodle.

    Faced with the challenge of climate change and the need for human development, we want to move towards a world where everyone can live well and within the natural limits of the planet. That’s why our purpose is ‘to make sustainable living commonplace’

    What We Offer

    Not only do we offer a competitive salary and pension scheme, we also offer an annual bonus, subsidised gym membership, a discounted staff shop and shares. You’ll have the opportunity to work directly with our renowned and exciting brands in a flexible and hybrid working environment.

    Whilst the role is advertised on a full-time basis, we would be happy to discuss possible flexible working options and what this may look like for you. We are a key advocate of wellbeing and offer a variety of support for our people including hubs, programmes and development opportunities. We strive to achieve a family-friendly and inclusive workplace and to, above all, create possibilities for all.

    Diversity at Unilever is about inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities and growing together for better business performance. We embrace diversity in our workforce. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants and continuing development of all employees regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity. We are also more than happy to provide reasonable adjustments during our application and interview process to enable you to be present your best self. To find out more, including about our Employee Resource Groups, please click here Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Unilever | Unilever ( .

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