Director, Cloud Architecture

Job Locations
US-CA-San Francisco | US-NY-New York


At First Republic, we care about our people. Founded in 1985, we offer extraordinary client service in private banking, private business banking and private wealth management. We believe that personal connections are everything and our success is driven by the relationships we form with our colleagues and clients. You’ll always feel empowered and valued here. 


Incredible teams doing exceptional work, every day

In Technology, we support First Republic’s employees and clients through the acquisition, integration and management of the Bank’s information technology systems and services. We drive innovation and explore emerging technologies so our people can be productive and focus on what matters most – providing extraordinary service.


The mission of the Cloud Architecture team at First Republic is to design the cloud platform to support cross-functional teams in all lines of business (LOBs) at the bank. This encompasses not only the cloud’s foundational architecture, which enables deployments into the cloud amongst our federated internal development partners, but also development in support of facilitating migration to the cloud.


The Cloud Architecture team is seeking a leader to further drive and deliver on our cloud platform strategy. You will be directing a team of cloud architects who are designing our next generation of infrastructure using major Public Cloud Providers (e.g. AWS, GCP, Azure, etc.) in a secure, compliant, and efficient manner. Working in small Agile teams empowered to move rapidly to meet objectives, these teams consist of engineers, cloud architects and scrum-masters organized to deliver enterprise-grade capabilities and applications to our internal colleagues across the bank.


This position will be responsible for the bank’s high-level cloud strategy and design.  In this role, you will supervise a team of cloud architects, which are distributed across multiple scrum teams. These cloud architects act as product owners on these scrum teams, prioritizing and designing solutions that the scrum teams implement.


What you’ll do as Director of Cloud Architecture:

  • Own the overall design of First Republic’s cloud architecture,
  • Champion First Republic’s cloud first & cloud smart approach,
  • Work with our stakeholders to prioritize their requests to be undertaken by the scrum teams, 
  • Partner with Enterprise Architecture, Information Security Architecture, and other architects in the company on solution design, strategy, and organizational change,
  • Contribute to the successful migration of applications from our internal virtualized environments to our Public Cloud
  • Elevate the delivery execution of multiple agile engineering squads through:
    • Responsibility for squad work prioritization and scope,
    • Responsibility for target state architecture
  • Elevate the maturity and expertise of individual architects by:
    • Ensuring that critical skills are identified, cultivated, and reinforced,
    • Contributing to our standards of training and knowledge, and via
    • Mentorship and coaching
  • Elevate the excellence of our department by:
    • Advocating for and creating new design patterns,
    • Improving our onboarding experience for new architects,
    • Meaningfully contribute to the recruitment of new architects
  • Elevate the engineering excellence across First Republic:
    • Evangelize, educate, and consult with peers to promote DevSecOps best practices with an emphasis on automation, CI/CD, infrastructure as code, and immutable infrastructure, and
    • Educate internal teams on the benefits of using public cloud architecture





You could be a great fit if you have:

  • 4+ Years of experience with managing engineers or architects in an agile environment,
  • 5+ Years of experience with one or more Enterprise Server Operating Systems, (Windows/Unix/Linux),
  • 4+ Years of experience with a Public Cloud Provider (e.g. AWS, GCP, Azure, etc.),
  • 4+ Years of solution architecture,
  • 3+ Years of experience with Infrastructure as Code (e.g. Terraform),
  • 3+ Years of experience with Ansible, puppet, or chef,
  • Experience with Agile/Scrum,
  • Experience with DevSecOps

Desired Personal Qualities

  • Curiosity and intellectual honesty,
  • Patience with how an environment is currently, with an eye towards refactoring the environment into what it should be,
  • Detail orientation and craftmanship,
  • A desire to solve real business problems,
  • Determination and fearlessness working outside your comfort zone,
  • Bias towards action and an ability to work autonomously while navigating uncertainty,
  • Empathy for our clients and stakeholders in both technology and business roles,
  • Willingness to drive cultural change

Our Tools


There are a lot of tools in play, and we can’t expect candidates to know them all. Here’s some examples to give you a flavor of what we do:

  • Kubernetes: OpenShift (RedHat’s Kubernetes distribution), EKS, Docker, Helm and other container tools ,
  • CI/CD tools: Artifactory, Jenkins, HashiCorp Vault, Spinnaker, etc.,
  • Cloud: AWS, Terraform, Ansible,
  • Operational: NewRelic, Splunk, AquaSec, Codacy, etc.,
  • Operating Systems: Our deployment target is mostly Linux, but we support developers using Windows, MacOS, and Linux,
  • Supported platforms:js, SpringBoot, .NET Core, Python/Flask, front-end frameworks (Angular, Vue, React, etc). Really anything that can run in a container,
  • Databases: Postgres, MongoDB (Atlas), MS SQL Server, Snowflake


Job Demands:

  • Must be able to review and analyze data reports and manuals; must be computer proficient.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively via telephone and in person.


Own your work and your career — apply now

Are you willing to go the extra mile because you love what you do and how you can contribute as a team? Do you want the freedom to grow and the opportunity to take charge of your own career?  If so, then come join us.


We want hard working team players. You’ll have the independence to learn, lead and drive change. A culture of extraordinary service, empowerment and stability — that’s the First Republic way.


We believe that a diverse range of backgrounds and ideas has and will continue to be fundamental to the future success of First Republic.


If you are curious to learn more about this opportunity, we'd love to hear from you.


This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as assigned to meet the ongoing needs of the organization. The Company is an equal opportunity employer. In this regard, the Company makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities in order to enable them to perform all essential job functions, unless doing so creates an undue hardship.


First Republic is subject to federal laws that restrict the employment of individuals with certain types of criminal histories, including FDIA Section 19 and FINRA. To the extent not inconsistent with our obligations under those federal laws and regulations, First Republic will consider qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles and San Francisco ban-the-box laws.


For New York City-based roles: Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that, effective December 27, 2021, all private sector employers?in New York City will be required to ensure that their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend work in the office. Reasonable Medical or Religious Accommodations may be requested if applicable to you. Please view New York’s Guidance on Accommodations for Workers for more information.


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