Stephanie Gooch

Commercial Architect

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

AWS provides on-demand cloud computing platforms and APIs to individuals, companies, and governments, on a metered pay-as-you-go basis. I am a 'subject matter expert' in cloud cost optimisation. I guide customers through ways to optimise their current and future AWS spend. I focus on large, global and strategic customers and dive deep into their cost and usage data to recommend and educate customers on long-term cost management and optimisation strategies.

Sharing my knowledge with customers everyday and seeing how I can help make their spend more optimal and therefore making the technology used at the customer level more cost effective is really rewarding. I also help develop automation for this so can see how I can help make people's jobs easier.

I normally split my day, firstly helping find specific solutions for customers on cost queries they may have. Then I also develop code in Python to help a wide range of customers using automated solutions.

At university, I studied Mathematics with a year of industrial placement. This gave me an insight into the working world and helped be get on the graduate scheme at KPMG. From there, I worked as a DevOps engineer. I found my passion for cost optimisation while earning a Master's degree in IT. Then I moved to AWS to provide support to a wider customer base.

At the moment, it is to keep doing what I am doing, but always trying to help as many customers as I possibly can!

Alongside work, I teach and compete in Strong (wo)man. This involves picking up lots of heavy things. I have also become even more of a film nerd over the last year and love a good recommendation!

Have dedication, not motivation!