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Senior Solution Architect – Azure

CGI Group

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted January 6, 2022.

Position Description:

We are Canada’s largest independent information technology services firm, and after 45 years, we’re still growing! Join Canada’s largest IT Company as a Solutions Architect, in our Property and Casualty Insurance Sector in Toronto.

CGI is at the forefront of change within the Property and Casualty Insurance Sector. CGI understands industry challenges and has the experience to help clients overcome these challenges, minimize upfront capital outlays, and achieve business results that drive performance and profitability.

The Solutions Architect will play a critical role in the development of new product offerings on CGI’s Insurance Platform.

Your future duties and responsibilities:

We are looking for a strong Sr. Solution Architect with Azure based cloud native experience to join our team to enable agile delivery of new digital product and services solutions to the Canadian Insurance Industry. You should be a creative thinker and who is outcome driven.

This is a high visibility, critical role toward the success of our transformational change,

Required qualifications to be successful in this role:

To be considered a strong candidate, you must have:
• Come from a developer background. Full-stack developer preferred with understanding of the various back/front end frameworks
• Expertise in API design & security is mandatory.
• Good understanding & experience of high-performance web-scale & real-time response systems.
• Experience & exposure to a variety of large-scale persistent systems including large databases.
• Expertise in designing low latency and high throughput systems with daily transactions ranging to 1 Million
• Good knowledge of multi-threading shared memory, highly concurrent & data structure algorithm.
• Proven knowledge in architecting the deployment of Microsoft’s Azure platforms and services.
• Deep understanding of Azure architecture, cloud design patterns, cloud operations, and cloud cost models with hands on ability to implement best practices or suggest improvements.
• Hands-on experience with a diverse range of cloud security technologies including IAM, next gen network firewalls, web application firewalls, DDOS mitigation, encryption technologies, security information and event management, threat and vulnerability management, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), containerization.
• Expert knowledge on IaC automation platforms, e.g., ARM/Bicep, Terraform, Ansible or similar.
• Strong experience with cloud solution design patterns (messaging, distributed caching, containers)
• Experience in IaaS/PaaS workloads for automation, provisioning, and configuration management
• Hands-on experience in designing Microservices components & distributed system design.
• Expertise in system performance tuning and optimization.
• Awareness of pitfalls & use cases for a large variety of solutions.
• Working knowledge of and enthusiasm for the Agile/SCRUM project approach
Desirable but you can learn your way to become an expert. (We will invest in you).
• Experience in leading large-scale cloud migration program.
• Experience with migrating applications to Azure public cloud, and refactoring or architecting applications for optimal cloud benefits.
• Experience with Azure cloud migration tools and processes (Azure Migrate etc.)
• Good knowledge of SQL and no-SQL DB Experience in designing highly available and scalable systems.
• Knowledge of event and domain-driven design patterns is good to have.
• Knowledge of ETL tools and no-SQL document store technologies, ingestion pipelines
• Knowledge of Master Data Management, Data Governance, Analytics (Product Catalogues, Customer Catalogues)
Soft skills
• Ability to think outside the box and to go beyond the role.
• Quick & Excellent Problem-Solving skills for complex & large-scale problems.
• Must be comfortable working in fuzzy environments – where boundaries are not clearly defined.
• Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills, combined with the ability to present ideas clearly and compellingly.
• Problem solvers with the ability to analyze and prioritize to meet business objectives
• Collaborative team players with superior influencing skills, who build relationships easily across various stakeholder groups to move initiatives forward
Your Future Responsibility at CGI
• Lead the solution design for CGI’s new customer segment and stewarding the execution of your design.
• Audit the services built after development.
• Design target state architecture, HA/DR design and application automation framework.
• Play a key role in cloud first strategy, enabling maximum return on cloud investments through agile and mature cloud practices.
• Develop cloud architecture strategies, frameworks and reference models.
• Design and document API contacts
• Deliver best practices around provisioning, operations, and management of cloud environments.
• Ensure cloud design is adhering to required standards, high availability & DR requirements and industry-based compliance needs.
• Conduct knowledge transfer sessions with the DevSecOps team for application automation scripts and cloud resource monitoring.
• Provide cloud expertise and direction on projects related to cloud architecture design, implementation and maintenance.
• Own the solution design and architecture for cloud transformation themes for identified areas or applications.
• Assist or lead large scale migrations from on premise environments into Azure using re-hosting, re-platforming or refactoring techniques depending on the use cases.
• Responsible for understanding the cloud migration use cases, architecting the go forward solution and developing technical solutions with Azure cloud services.


  • Data Migration
  • Data Quality Management
  • ETL
  • Azure architect

What you can expect from us:

Build your career with us.

It is an extraordinary time to be in business. As digital transformation continues to accelerate, CGI is at the center of this change-supporting our clients’ digital journeys and offering our professionals exciting career opportunities.

At CGI, our success comes from the talent and commitment of our professionals. As one team, we share the challenges and rewards that come from growing our company, which reinforces our culture of ownership. All of our professionals benefit from the value we collectively create.

Be part of building one of the largest independent technology and business services firms in the world.

Learn more about CGI at

No unsolicited agency referrals please.

CGI is an equal opportunity employer. In addition, CGI is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities in accordance with provincial legislation. Please let us know if you require a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during any aspect of the recruitment process and we will work with you to address your needs.