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Cloud Architect

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Date: Nov 23, 2018

Location: Boston, MA, US, 02116

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 13463

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The Organization

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global learning company with the mission of changing people's lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. Among the world's largest providers of pre-K-12 education solutions, HMH combines cutting-edge research, editorial excellence and technological innovation to improve teaching and learning environments and solve complex literacy and education challenges. HMH's interactive, results-driven education solutions are utilized by 50 million students in over 150 countries, and its renowned and awarded novels, non-fiction, children's books and reference works are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. For more information, visit


The Information Technology organization is transforming to realize our mission: Become a leader in HMH’s digital transformation, and as a strategic partner, innovate and deliver highest value, competitive advantage solutions across all corporate and business functions. Our ambition is to be a digital leader through innovation and develop and deliver leading edge technology such as robotic process automation and artificial intelligence to solve some of HMH’s greatest operational business challenges.  Our professionals will have business relevant skills to connect our HMH partners to technologies that propel the businesses to deliver the greatest value for HMH and our customers.  We are building a team of IT professionals with an insatiable appetite to learn, a relentless focus on customer service, a technological curiosity toward future possibilities, and a creativity in solving business challenges with leading technologies.  Our team will find ways to work together, create a sense of community where it’s safe to take risks and learn together, develop our careers, and all have an opportunity to work on new technologies.  We will work together, learn together and have fun together. As a team, we will lead HMH’s digital transformation.


External Job Title – Cloud Architect (SecOps Specialist)

This role will have responsibility for working with the cloud architecture team the corporate Cloud presence supporting both customer-facing and internal cloud-based tools. The person in his role will have a specific focus on ensuring that security best practices are defined and followed through the enterprise.


Duties and Responsibilities include:

Under the leadership of the Architecture lead, work to design the corporate cloud architecture including developing a library of deployable design patterns

Serve as a liaison between the corporate security team and cloud architecture team

Define and enforce best practices for

Cloud security

Cost containment

Cloud networking

Provide requirements to the developers on the team to build tools to enable

Developer self-service

Environment creation automation

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Evaluate multiple cloud solutions – currently HMH is primarily an AWS shop, but there is a desire to explore cloud arbitration opportunities

With the help of the automation and monitoring team, define best practices for uptime monitoring and effective preventative alerting in an effort to achieve 100% customer uptime

Assist operations team with debugging and correcting problems with the running infrastructure

Be a resource for building support for the Cloud within and across the business

Act as a mentor to the rest of the Cloud Ops team


Desired Skills and Experience:

Deep understanding of various cloud technologies, particularly AWS

Previous experience in cloud security

Comprehensive knowledge of industry standard security best practices

Strong whiteboard and consultative skills with an ability to review a variety of possible solutions, explain them to stakeholders, and guide towards the best choice

Knowledge of one or more automation technologies (Terraform, Chef, Salt, Puppet, etc)

Able to create and describe detailed architectural diagrams and descriptions

Provide training classes in various cloud technologies to other HMHers


Physical Requirements:

Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing).

The person in this position needs to move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.

Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.

Must be able to collaborate with colleagues via face to face, conference calls, and online meetings.



Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is committed to a comprehensive policy of Equal Opportunities and we aim to create a workplace which provides for equal opportunities for all employees and potential employee



Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom.  HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world.

For more information, visit  

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

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