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Cloud Cost Optimization Specialist

Your New Role…

WBD is looking to embrace a dynamic and entrepreneurial individual that has the one team mentality. The Cloud Cost Optimization Specialist reports into the Cloud Cost Management (Cloud FinOps) team within WBD’s T&O group. The team is responsible for overseeing the global and multi cloud footprint for WBD Inc with a critical mission focused on promoting, governing, and implementing economical consumption. The Cloud Cost Optimization Specialist will partner with architects and engineers to advise on resource optimization, waste management, capacity management, KPI development and maintenance, and tagging and alerts enhancements.

Your Role Responsibilities…

The Cloud Cost Optimization Specialist will be a critical member of the team working directly with our cloud clients, leadership, and vendors:

  • Monitor cloud consumption in various accounts and projects to mitigate waste and to determine areas of resource efficiency
  • Work with account owners and engineers on an ongoing basis to advise on cloud resource setup in light of operational and financial trade-offs
  • Comprehend complex architectural diagrams for new and existing projects to derive cost impact and advise on the cost mechanics and alternatives of the various cloud services
  • Recommend savings opportunities related to cloud commitment purchases (Reserved Instances, Savings Plans, Spot, Committed/Sustained Usage..etc)
  • Track utilization of cloud reservation/savings plans and work with teams to re-purpose freed up capacity
  • Evaluate and investigate data patterns and anomalies to derive insightful knowledge that can inform strategic and operational decisions
  • Leverage the cloud CMDB and other tools to advise on strategies for resource mapping, tagging, and maturity
  • Analyze cloud services and deployed resources volume to inform contractual negotiations relating service discounts and commitment levels
  • Participate in building, maturing, and governing Cost Optimization policies and best practices
  • Act as subject matter expert in advising on new and existing cloud services and resources across cloud vendors
  • Participate in automating, integrating, and maturing the Cloud FinOps team’s processes and data

Qualifications & Experiences…

  • HS Diploma/GED required; BS degree preferred
  • +5 years experience working as a cloud specialist, engineer, developer, or architect
  • Experience in core cloud services architecture and cost mechanics (Compute, containers, database, serverless, storage..etc)
  • Advanced understanding of AWS cloud platform, Cost Explorer, Cost and Usage report, and services
  • Knowledge of GCP cloud platform, console, and services
  • Experience in DevOps/SRE practices such as CI/CD, IaC, and expertise with Linux and Windows stacks
  • Experience in cost management tactics such as enterprise wide discount programs and commitment plans (Reserved Instances, Savings Plans, Spot, Sustained Use/Committed Use Discounts,..)
  • Experience in navigating and managing cloud CMDB
  • Experience with 3rd party cloud optimization tools and in utilizing data from monitoring tools to advise on optimization opportunities (New Relic, Splunk, CloudWatch..etc)
  • Experience with developing scripts via Python (other languages might be applicable) to implement automated cost optimization control policies
  • Ability to connect various services using related product APIs
  • Possess an AWS Solutions Architect certification, or ability to attain within 6 months is required
  • Please be advised that this is a HYBRID role. Working onsite 3 days per week is required for this position.

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  • Company: Warner Bros. Discovery
  • Published: 25th July 2023
  • Closing Date: 30th July 2023
  • Country: United States
  • Type: Full-time
  • Seniority: Mid-level Contributor
  • FinOps Certifications Required: None