Information Technology
265720 Requisition #

Cloud Architect
Requisition 265720
Primary Location: Open

The Richmond Fed is the proud home of the Federal Reserve’s National IT organization—a nationwide team delivering technology solutions and support across the Federal Reserve System. Many National IT employees are located in Richmond, while others are based across the U.S. at other Federal locations.

When you join our team, you’ll become part of a culture that welcomes differences, cares about our communities, and empowers each other to lead from where we are to make things better.

Bring your passion and we’ll provide challenging and purposeful careers in a variety of fields, opportunities to grow and a wide range of benefits and perks that support your health and wealth. It’s all part of what makes #MyRichmondFed a great place to work!

About the Opportunity

The National IT FedNow department has an immediate opening for a Cloud Architect, reporting to an Assistant Vice President, Cloud Infrastructure and Engineering.

The Federal Reserve is developing a new interbank 24x7x365 real-time gross settlement (RTGS) service with integrated clearing functionality, called the FedNow service. This service will help enable financial institutions provide their customers with the ability to send and receive payments any time, any day, and have full access to those funds within seconds.  This position is a unique opportunity to be part of a new mission-critical Federal Reserve initiative that will be transformative to the payments landscape in the United States.

Job Summary:
The Cloud Architect leads planning, design, and engineering for infrastructure and platforms related to cloud solutions for various business partners. Work closely with architects around Federal Reserve System and business / product owners to understand and advance the strategy to enable adoption / migration of customer applications. Provide guidance and expertise to facilitate product integration with enterprise standards / patterns.

What You Will Do:

• Develop architecture based on business requirements and/or cloud service providers enhancements
• Provide expert level design and operational practices for a cloud service provider (s)
• Partner with business lines to help guide cloud adaption and digital transformation
• Develop automation for cloud-based infrastructure
• Understand inherited risks related to automation, cloud and SaaS providers
• Support Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) efforts to ensure adherence to CI/CD principles
• Maintain working relationships with peers and business partners and communicate with key executives and stakeholders on successes, opportunities, and challenges
• Work with the team of highly motivated and skilled professionals to solve business critical challenges
• Embrace the System IT Principles, to guide daily decisions and strategic decision-making processes
• Occasional to frequent travel may be required including overnight stays.


• Bachelor’s degree in applicable discipline or the equivalent is required. Cloud Architect certifications are preferred.
• 10+ years of technical area experience in a complex enterprise IT environment, for large-scale systems across multiple hardware and software platforms.
• At least 4 years of experience in cloud architecture and emerging technologies.
• In-depth knowledge of cloud providers pillars of the well-architected framework
• In-depth knowledge of industry leading CI/CD orchestration toolchain
• DevOps / Automation: TerraForm, Ansible, Cloud native declarative languages
• In-depth knowledge of cloud networking
• Identity management, security monitoring, compliance frameworks, and deep understanding of core security concepts and processes as it relates to securing Cloud technologies
• Progressive leadership experience with responsibility for leading technical staff and matrixed teams within large mission-critical systems with complex network requirements, or the equivalent required.
• Experience implementing security for IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS solutions in a public or government cloud environment. Deep understanding of cloud security capabilities and gaps.
• Experience learning, sharing, and implementing best practices with the ability to determine operational processes, implement DevSecOps, DevOps, and deployment checklists
• Understanding of FedRAMP requirements and cloud-based security controls

Discover the Reason Why So Many People Love It Here!
When you join Federal Reserve’s National IT organization, not only will you find a challenging and purposeful career, you’ll also have access to a wide range of benefits and perks that support your health and wealth, including:
• Great medical benefits
• Pension and 401(k) with employer match
• Generous paid time off
• Tuition reimbursement
• Employee resource networks
• Paid volunteer leave
• Flexible work options
• Onsite amenities that make working here fun

Other Requirements and Considerations:
• Candidates should review the Bank’s Employee Code of Conduct to ensure compliance with conflict of interest rules and personal investment restrictions.  The Code is available on the About Us, Careers webpage at
• Sponsorship is not available for this role.
• Selected candidate is subject to special background check procedures.
• Salary offered will be based on the job responsibilities and the individual’s knowledge, skills, and experience as defined in the job qualifications/experience.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond provides equal opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, sex, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.

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