IT Automation Manager \/ VMWare

Freddie Mac
Reston, VA
Apr 12, 2019
May 29, 2019
Full Time
The Automation Manager position will part of the Technology Automation department in the Information Technology division at Freddie Mac. We are seeking a technical leader highly skilled in VMWare vRealize Automation Suite, automation frameworks, DevOps methodologies or SRE practices, Agile practices, and with the ability to lead teams effectively.The incumbent will define the parameters for infrastructure automation and non-CI/CD automation, including working with Architecture to select tools, design solutions, and create and enforce automation standards best practices. Acts as an advisor to subordinates to meet schedules and/or resolve technical problems and as a counselor to management and customers on advanced technical solutions. Will be responsible for team performance management. May have budget responsibilities.
This team is modernizing how infrastructure and applications are deployed, maintained, and monitored. Our goal is to equip our operations teams with timely information on availability, performance, and capacity for applications and infrastructure across Freddie Mac. As an Automation Manager, you will have the opportunity to not only transform our technical capabilities and sharpen your skills, but to also play a key role in shaping the future of our services across the enterprise.

Your Work Falls into Three Primary Categories:
* Effectively manage diverse teams while continuously improving process and technology
* Ensure the team is operating in the most effective way possible and have the appropriate level of skills and resources to be successful
* Ability to work across the organization with minimal guidance to gain cooperation, promote Automation services, and communicate to business and leadership
* Ability to exercise best judgement in difficult situations and resolve complex issues
* Gain cooperation from other areas by influencing positively and by building relationships
* Establish appropriate metrics and reporting on availability, performance, capacity, growth, and utilization
* Develop a roadmap for Automation services
* Contribute to the Automation COE objectives around providing Automation as a Service

Technical Skills
* Expert in VMWare vRealize Suite to automate enterprise scale infrastructure deployments
* Experience in implementation of Ansible for configuration and automation or similar tools
* Skill in design and implementation of enterprise REST APIs
* Familiarity with ELK stack for monitoring and performance management
* Understanding of fundamental design principles behind a scalable application
* Participate in technology assessment; design based on requirements and architectural guidelines, prototype if necessary, and implement reliable solutions
* Ensure automation tools are highly available and procedures exist to address issues
* Support enterprise disaster recovery program through our services

Change Agent
* Champion technology and tools change that improves delivery processes
* Act as an agent for change to reflect the latest standards in new technologies and tools
* Serve as an enterprise subject matter expert (SME)


* 8-10 years of elaborating and relevant Information Technology experience
* 2+ years of management skills with a passion for leading and developing staff
* In depth experience designing solutions that are: secure, resilient, scalable, transformative
* Fluent in Unix shell and other modern scripting languages
* Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Computer Sciences, any related field, or equivalent experience
* Strong work ethic, self-motivated, independent, and works with minimal direction

Key to success in this role
* A sense of humor
* Self-starter and self-motivated
* Ability to work and collaborate effectively in a team environment
* Sense of urgency and able to apply risk-based approach to prioritize work
* Motivated to learn new technologies and identify process improvements and efficiencies
* Ability to adapt to change while continuing to deliver on assigned objectives
* Ability to communicate clearly, effectively, persuasively with technology and business stakeholders

Top 3 Personal Competencies to possess
* Drive for Execution - Be accountable for strong individual and team performance
* Partnership - Build trust and strong partnerships through your own and team's actions
* Growth and Development - Know or learn what is needed to deliver results and successfully compete

Preferred Skills

* Exposure to the financial services industry
* Familiar with cloud technologies
* Disaster Recovery implementation and automation

Today, Freddie Mac makes home possible for one in four home borrowers and is one of the largest sources of financing for multifamily housing. Join our smart, creative and dedicated team and you'll do important work for the housing finance system and make a difference in the lives of others. Freddie Mac is an equal opportunity and top diversity employer. EOE, M/F/D/V.

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