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Cloud Architect

Company: Nelnet
Location: Little Rock
Posted on: March 16, 2023

Job Description:

Nelnet is a diversified and innovative company committed to enriching lives through the power of service as a student loan servicer, professional services company, consumer loan originator and servicer, payments processor, and K-12 and higher education expert. For over 40 years, Nelnet has been serving its customers, associates, and communities.

The perks of working at Nelnet go beyond our benefits package. When you join the Nelnet team, you're part of a community invested in the success of each individual. That support comes through in our work, as we are united by our mission of creating opportunities for people where they live, learn, and work.


We are looking for a Cloud Infrastructure Architect with experience managing production workloads on AWS. We strongly believe in the value of GitOps, DevOps, and DevSecOps. We are building a Cloud Application Platform team to accelerate our migration out of the datacenter and fuel our modernization. Our team believes the full lifecycle of cloud systems (deployment, maintenance, retirement) should be managed via code. Our team is challenged to maintain NIST security standards and understands GitOps processes are the key to meeting this challenge. As we continue our move into the cloud, we plan to support a wide range of development teams who are looking to modernize their applications via a container-first strategy.

This position requires work in support of the Company's contract with the United States Department of Education ("ED"). As such, the United States Government requires that any applicant for this position must complete United States Government security clearance. Effective June 1, 2018, ED has informed Nelnet that security clearance applications for foreign nationals are not being accepted or processed. In light of this direction from ED, Nelnet will be unable to hire applicants without United States citizenship for such positions.

Colorado Candidates pay range for this position is $75,000-$150,000.

What are we looking for:

Experience leveraging CI/CD and GitOps to deploy and maintain infrastructure adhering to security standards.

Experience with tools like Terraform, Chef, Ansible.

Experience working with production AWS workloads at scale.

Experience with Kubernetes and Containers

Experience working in an IT leadership position such as senior engineer, or architect.


Formal education will be considered as part of the applicant's overall qualifications for the position.

AWS Solution Certifications preferred.


+ Hashicorp tools (Terraform/Terragrunt, Vault, Packer)

+ Gitlab and Gitlab CI/CD

+ Kubernetes and related tools (Istio, Argo CD, Flux CD, Prometheus, Jaeger)

+ Prisma Cloud/Twistlock, Splunk

+ AWS EKS, RDS, Autoscaling, Well Architected Framework

+ Microservices, Event Driven Architectures

+ Cybersecurity design and compliance techniques


+ In-depth expertise in the application architecture discipline.

+ Ability to define and lead enterprise level architecture direction in collaboration with business strategy, corporate security, infrastructure and application delivery teams.

+ Excellent verbal and written communication skills; with the ability to communicate technical concepts and strategies at all levels of the organization.

+ Business acumen in proposing feasible business solutions.

+ Ability to comprehend new technologies and related business value, coupled with the ability to establish a vision and plan for the adoption of new technology.

+ In-depth knowledge of the full software development lifecycle; with specific experience pertinent to agile or iterative approaches to delivery preferred.

+ Ability to coach, mentor, and teach architects and engineers.

+ Self-directed; highly motivated with the ability to motivate and inspire team members.

+ Ability to obtain a security clearance.

+ Knowledge in the area of Federal Government NIST compliance preferred.

+ Executive level briefing skills.

Our benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, HSA and FSA, generous earned time off, 401K/student loan repayment, life insurance & AD&D insurance, employee assistance program, employee stock purchase program, tuition reimbursement, performance-based incentive pay, short- and long-term disability, and a robust wellness program. Click here to learn more about our benefits: LINK ( .

Nelnet is an Equal Opportunity Employer, complies with Executive Order 11246, and takes affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to race, color, religion/creed, national origin, gender, or sex, marital status, age, disability, use of a guide dog or service animal, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, or any other status protected by Federal or State law or local ordinance.

Qualified individuals with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to apply or compete for positions at Nelnet may request such accommodations by contacting Corporate Recruiting at 402-486-5725 or .

Nelnet is a Drug Free and Tobacco Free Workplace.

You may know Nelnet as the nation's largest student loan servicer - but we do more than that. _A lot more._ We're also a professional services company, consumer loan originator and servicer, payment processor, renewable energy innovator, and K-12 and higher education expert (and that's just a shortlist). For over 40 years, we've been serving our customers, associates, and communities to make dreams possible.

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Keywords: Nelnet, Little Rock , Cloud Architect, Other , Little Rock, Arkansas

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