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American Equity Sr Cloud Infrastructure Architect in West Des Moines, Iowa


American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company is a leading retirement income provider specializing in fixed index annuities designed to protect principal and guarantee income. American Equity is committed to quality products and high-level customer service, integrity, excellence and safety, delivering customers the promise of protected growth of their savings and the dignity of a paycheck for life.

Founded in 1995, they currently fund over half a million retirements nationwide. American Equity is a NYSE-listed company and maintains an “excellent” rating from AM Best. The company is the #3 producer of fixed income annuities, has over $57 billion in assets, 21,000 active agents and over 600 employees. They succeed by hiring people who embody the beliefs that drive their unique, energetic, fast-paced and caring culture. The team is built on trust, motivated to accomplish a shared mission through collaboration, ownership, drive and innovation.


The Senior Cloud Infrastructure Architect is responsible for developing and delivering end-to-end enterprise-wide cloud transformation, from planning and deployment to execution, security, governance and cost management of the entire Azure ecosystem.

Maintains a deep understanding and awareness of technology advancements for future cloud, software and other relative implementations and capabilities to support architecting, engineering and planning activities in IT infrastructure and operations.

Communicates thoroughness of vision for system architecture topology, component design, networking and security of proposed solutions through modeling and using tools such as Visio.


  • Designs and architects for large scale Azure hybrid cloud deployments with Azure Kubernetes Services and Azure public cloud.

  • Defines the architecture for high availability data redundancy, data loss prevention, site recovery, and resilience.

  • Defines and implements the architecture for high throughput and scale with capacity planning load balancing strategies.

  • Designs and implements provisioning of production grade Azure Kubernetes Services, AKS Azure Container Registry, NGINX Ingress Controller, Service Mesh, container security and secrets management.

  • Implements the architecture to ensure data security at-rest and in-transit application security key management, identity management authentication and authorization.

  • Demonstrates deep understanding of cloud security tools such as CASB and SIEM.

  • Provides guidance for automation of infrastructure applications and software defined networking through CI CD pipeline, Terraform and Azure CLI scripts using Azure DevOps.

  • Provides strategy and implementation services that enable IT Operations to achieve substantial cost reduction and business agility benefits through the use of DevSecOps and CI/CD (continuous integration / continuous delivery) processes.

  • Assists with the development of enterprise level DevSecOps strategies and leads the building of automated infrastructure deployments.

  • Develops strategies for cloud automation implementations; architects the infrastructure required to support those strategies. Acts as project lead in the design and review of new server systems, applications, and hardware as it relates to automation.

  • Actively plans the configuration, layout, and performance tuning of the production infrastructure, in order to ensure automation optimization.

  • Conducts research on DevSecOps tool chains, automated infrastructure deployments, and cloud strategies.

  • Performs other related work as assigned.


Direct Reports: 0

General Description of Indirect Reports (2 and 3-downs): 0


  • Bachelor’s degree in information technology, business administration or related field of study; plus six (6) years of related infrastructure experience; ten (10) years of progressive work experience in information technology preferred or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

  • Experience working with multiple technology platforms and systems.

Ansible, Terraform, PowerShell, Python, Kubernetes, Azure, VMWare, Windows and Linux.


Must hold at least one Microsoft Azure certification.


  • Strong analytical skills with ability to research issues and products.

  • Strong customer service orientation.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups.

  • Mathematical skills and strong attention to detail.

  • Strong interpersonal skills.

  • Takes initiative; is highly self-motivated and directed.

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.

  • Problem-solving skills with the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

  • Ability to work cooperatively and successfully with employees, customers, and other outside third parties.

  • Ability to successfully handle pressure and meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and issues simultaneously.

  • Minimal to no travel is required for this position.