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Senior Associate, Cloud Optimization Specialist

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The Agile Enterprise Solutions (AES) team represents the Digital Center of Excellence (CoE) for cloud infrastructure capabilities, providing foundational public and private cloud services to all business lines, globally across Pfizer. AES is a high-performing team, focused on delivering secure, scalable, compliant, operationally viable, and cost-effective cloud solutions.

The Cloud Optimization Specialist role will ensure that customers are leveraging the full economic potential through cost and engineering effectiveness. This role will interface with Digital finance teams, Creation Center consumer groups, and external cloud service providers (e.g. AWS) to effectively manage cloud spend across the enterprise.

The Cloud Optimization Specialist will contribute to the development of a cloud optimization strategy that promotes a continuous efficiency mindset across the Pfizer Digital enterprise. Strategy implementation will include the creation of defined process methodology, continuous reporting, identification, and pursuit of optimization opportunities with consumers, and use of cloud service provider features to control spend (e.g. Reserved Instances, Savings Plans). The specialist will be tasked with the successful implementation of the strategy and providing continuous improvement feedback to ensure optimization objectives are obtained.

A strict adherence to data-driven approaches, and a bias towards automation and tooling will be required to sufficiently scale cloud optimization across Digital.

Working within Agile Enterprise Solutions is to be at the cutting edge of cloud technology within the context of the world's leading biopharmaceutical organization, at a time when adoption of these technologies is increasing rapidly.

Pfizer seeks individuals that are highly self-motivated, eager to learn, and are effective when working in a team environment. A strong aptitude towards self-development and growth is highly desired.

The Cloud Optimization Specialist must be able operate independently and deliver against optimization strategies. The specialist will be required to influence and coalesce with solution teams across the organization to drive optimization.

Responsibilities include:

+ Work directly with Customer Reliability Engineering Lead to develop an enterprise cloud optimization strategy for Pfizer's public cloud environments.

+ Contribute to the development of a process for the management of reserved capacity. Establish a cadence of recommendations and purchases aimed towards reducing overall cloud spend.

+ Contribute to a strategic approach for effective resource utilization management based on Infrastructure-as-Code principles, promoting API/policy-based controls to reduce spend for non-production systems.

+ Assist in the development of a comprehensive cloud consumption and optimization reporting that utilizes both native, and 3rd party systems to provide near real-time insights into spend performance and opportunities for improvement.

+ Work directly with Digital Creation Center Solutions teams to provide insights into their cloud usage and costs; provide optimization recommendations based on both present and future planned cloud usage patterns.

+ Execute on approved cost reduction initiatives for which AES has approved authority including (but not limited to): right-sizing, asset disposition, establishing power down profiles, etc.

+ Leverage and extend cloud service provider tools and APIs around cost management, budgets and optimization recommendations.

+ Work collaboratively with external parties including cloud suppliers (e.g. AWS) and Pfizer AES strategic suppliers (e.g. TCS) as part of reporting and optimization activities.

+ Commit to ongoing learning and professional development.


+ Candidates must be highly motivated and capable of working independently to resolve complex problems

+ Candidates must possess a bachelor's degree, preferably in Computer Science, Engineering or related field, with experience utilizing cloud technologies

+ 2-4 years of cloud-specific experience with Amazon Web Services; demonstrated experience with AWS Cost Management tools is required

+ Highly disciplined in general financial management

+ Comfortability with Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems

+ Strong attention to detail and organizational skills

+ Ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment

+ Ability to adapt to changing requirements and constraints

+ Ability to use creative thinking and advanced problem-solving skills

+ Experience in a customer-facing role

+ Strong communication and presentation skills


+ Experience using data analytics tools like Tableau,Spotfire or AWS QuickSight are highly desirable.

+ Working knowledge of Atlassian Confluence and Jira is desired.

+ Experience with other cloud service providers like Microsoft Azure and/or Google Cloud Platform is highly desired.

+ Cloud certifications, particularly in AWS (Foundational, Associate or Professional) are desired.


Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.

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Posted: 2021-06-11 Expires: 2021-07-12
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