Cloud Economist in Glasgow - Ashurst

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Glasgow, Scotland
Job Type
Full Time
Date Posted
6 days ago

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About Ashurst:

Ashurst is a leading progressive global law firm with a rich history, celebrating it's bicentenary in 2022. We are proud of our history and future-focused, having expanded into new technologies through our NewLaw division, Ashurst Advance, and our consulting arm. Our in-depth understanding of our clients and commitment to providing excellent standards of service have seen us become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments in all areas of commercial law. To find out more please visit .

In order to comply with regulatory and client requirements, Ashurst will undertake appropriate vetting of staff. When applicants accept a job offer, Ashurst, alongside a specialist provider, will undertake professional verification and background checks. These checks are only undertaken with consent, and in accordance with our legal and regulatory obligations.

Department/Role overview:

Ashurst is transforming it's approach to new technology adoption. We are building a global Cloud Centre of Excellence to accelerate and optimise our use of cloud services.

We are seeking a Cloud Economist to become a founding member of our team. As a passionate cloud advocate, you will use your financial and technical expertise to develop and establish global best practices in cost and vendor management to ensure that Ashurst achieves the best possible value from public cloud.

You will advise on approaches to improve all aspects of cost management, from tagging of resources through to the use of cloud native technologies and licence optimisation. You will be a key member of the team designing cloud platforms that are fit-for-purpose, aligning with industry best practices and Ashurst's Digital Strategy

Main responsibilities:

Partner with the wider architecture team, finance, procurement, IT and our internal customers to develop that solutions are cost optimized throughout their lifecycle
Define metrics, KPIs and reports for cost and chargeback management
Provide insight needed to make investment decisions when moving services to the cloud
Build and maintain rolling Cloud expenditure forecasts
Become a Terms of Service (ToS) expert
Ensure database and applications are right-sized
Monitor and analyse billing and metering to optimize subscription plans
Review implications behind feature updates
Act as an ambassador between Ashurst and cloud service providers
Stay appraised of the latest technologies/tools and champion new mechanisms to better understand and manage cloud costs

Risk and Control: Ensure that all activities and duties are carried out in full compliance with our regulatory requirements and internal policies.

Essential skills and experience:

2+ yrs experience in cloud cost visibility, cloud cost optimisation and cloud cost management preferably within Azure.
Working knowledge of Microsoft volume licensing, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365
Strong verbal and written communications skills, with the ability to simply and clearly communicate technical concepts to a non-technical audience
Able to work in teams remotely in a global context
Able to learn and understand current business processes and help to model new processes/procedures.
Excellent analytical skills
Excellent prioritisation and time management skills, with the ability to work across a number of major projects simultaneously.
Experience of managing and developing productive working relationships with vendors
Uses initiative - 'can do' approach.

Desired skills and experience:

Working towards or achieved FinOps certification
Experience of using PowerBI to interrogate data and create business insights
Experience of Enterprise Architecture and Service Management frameworks



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