Cloud Governance Associate

  • Ascential
  • London, UK
  • Jul 07, 2021

Job Description

Brand: Ascential
Job function: IT/Technology
Job type: Perm Full Time
Job location: London
Salary: Competitive market rate salary
Job ref: R5581

We're looking for a Cloud Governance Lead to join our team in London as part of our IT function.

The Cloud Governance team is responsible for ensuring best practice is followed in managing Ascential's cloud estate (consisting of AWS, GCP, Azure, SnowFlake, AliCloud). This covers 4 areas;

  • Financial Management (FinOps)
  • Security (SecOps)
  • Creating, managing and publishing cloud standards
  • Tools used in the management of cloud environments e.g. Logging and monitoring/alerting tools

Working in the Cloud Governance team your primary focus will be in supporting the processes we have in place for Platform Governance. You will be supporting our initiatives around Financial management, notably our FinOps process and Cost Savings activities. You will also get the opportunity to work with the Security, Procurement, Finance and Engineering teams covering the other areas of importance. The role will be a mixture of governance, reporting and hands-on technology work. This is a great role for someone who has a passion for Cloud and wants to bridge into a Cloud Architecture or Engineering role.


Key Responsibilities

  • Actively support the FinOps meetings, including scheduling, document prep, running the monthly calls with engineering teams and tracking/ managing any agreed actions
  • Supporting with Cost Savings Management - learning how to raise Deal Memos and managing Reservation renewals/opportunities
  • Tracking/ Reporting/ Alerting on Ascential's Cloud expenditure
  • with engineering teams to help model spend forecasts based on roadmap actions
  • Getting the opportunity to work with Cloud providers/ partners, ensuring we are getting optimal value for money e.g. identifying new cost savings opportunities and POC funding where possible
  • Performing analysis of cloud spend and utilisation and reporting effectively
  • Gaining an understanding of our standard tooling and assisting in enablement and adoption
  • Supporting the teams work on Architecture standards, ensuring they are logged, managed and updated effectively


Your Experience

  • This role does not require hands-on IT experience, but a basic understanding of Cloud and other IT technologies is desirable
  • Excellent organisational skills, an eye for detail - and the ability to manage stakeholders through the regular Governance processes is required
  • Good presentation skills and the ability to create reference material that will be crucial in ensuring our Brands are aligned to Ascential standards and best practices
  • The ability to analyse and interpret Technical, Financial and Usage data together
  • Good knowledge of Excel, Google Sheets
  • A passion and understanding of IT Cloud Security is desirable


What We Offer

Our benefits package incorporates what we’re passionate about – unlocking your future, overall well-being and sustainability – whilst giving you control over your benefits.

  • 25 days of holiday per year – with the option to buy or sell between 1-5 days
  • Great learning and development opportunities
  • Pension, Private Medical and Dental Insurance plans
  • Life Assurance; Income Protection and Critical Illness covers
  • Option to opt into the Ascential Shares Scheme
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Season ticket loans

In addition, we offer flexible benefit packages that include Cycle to Work; Retail Vouchers; Gourmet Card; Gym Flex, Health Assessments and Will Writing.

We also place great importance on health, lifestyle and wellbeing consistently, in which you will have the options to fuel up on free fruit, attend yoga sessions, join our running club, or perhaps taking up on a lunchtime massages.


Inclusive Workforce

At Ascential, our goal is to create a culture where individuals of all backgrounds feel comfortable in bringing their authentic selves to work. We want all Ascential people to feel included and truly empowered to contribute fully to our vision and goals.

Everyone who applies will receive fair consideration for employment. We do not discriminate based upon race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other applicable legally protected characteristics in the location in which the candidate is applying.

If you have any accessibility requirements that would make you more comfortable during the application and interview process, please let us know so that we can support you.

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About Ascential

Ascential delivers specialist information, analytics and ecommerce optimisation platforms to the world's leading consumer brands and their ecosystems.

Our world-class businesses improve performance and solve problems for our customers by delivering immediately actionable information combined with visionary longer-term thinking across Digital Commerce, Product Design and Marketing. We also serve customers across Retail & Financial Services.

With more than 2,000 employees across five continents, we combine local expertise with a global footprint for clients in over 120 countries.

Ascential is headquartered in the UK and listed on the London Stock Exchange.



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