Solution Architect

Job Title: Solution Architect
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Birmingham, West Midlands
Salary: £50000.00 - £60000.00 per annum
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: BBBH19609_1562082533
Contact Name: Steph Hoffman
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 02, 2019 16:48

Job Description

As a company, we employ over 1,400 worldwide across our UK, Canadian, European and APAC offices

Award winning for what we do, we are constantly aiming to leverage, implement and utilise technology solutions which will improve the organisations future - state capability

Main purpose of the role:

As a Solution Architect joining our Architecture Team, you will have:

  • Three or more years of IT and Business User Experience
  • A minimum of two years of demonstrated competency in a solutions architect role involving maintaining and improving existing IT/Information systems
  • Experience with at least two IT solution development disciplines, including technical architecture, network management, application development, middleware, database management or operations
  • Ideally, experience of Agile or iterative development methodologies (such as DevOps)
  • Experience of working within a matrix organisation, including reporting into a number of people including technical line managers and project managers
  • Evidence demonstrating ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure of deadlines including expertise in prioritising competing workloads
  • TOGAF or similar industry standard qualifications

Main purpose of the role:

  • Developing and leading on technology and process solution design as required by key stakeholders across all offices
  • Decision maker on technology direction of travel within the defined technology roadmaps
  • Critical business interface translating technology speak into simple understandable business language
  • Critical technology interface translating business requirements into a clearly defined solutions design document for internal or 3rd party consumption

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Working with Enterprise Architect (EA) and Subject Matter Expert (SME) peers to analyse enterprise business context (business strategy and trends), as well as change requirements in other enterprise architecture viewpoints (such as business, information and solution) to derive the technology architecture future state
  • Understanding business drivers and business capabilities (future and current state), and determining corresponding enterprise system designs and change requirements to drive the organisation's targeted business outcomes
  • Designing and leading the implementation of a solutions architecture across a group of specific business applications or technologies
  • Managing and developing the architecture for a broader scope of projects
  • Monitoring the current-state solution portfolio to identify deficiencies through aging of the technologies used by the application, or misalignment with business requirements
  • Coaching, mentoring and collaborating with SME and EA peers to develop technology architecture that enables and drives new business capabilities and operating models
  • Defining the principles, guidelines, standards and solution patterns to ensure solution decisions are aligned with the enterprise's future-state architecture vision
  • Working with the EAs to develop a roadmap for the evolution of the enterprise application portfolio from future to current state (as defined by the solutions architecture)
  • Consulting with EAs and SMEs to ensure application and infrastructure development projects harmonise with systems/infrastructure architecture, and identifying when it is necessary to modify projects to accommodate the solutions architecture
  • Consulting with the Information Security Officer to ensure that any proposed software developments or changes do not compromise the security of the firm's data
  • Liaising with external providers to resolve any issues in the functionality and interoperability of new applications, infrastructure and other services with existing IT systems

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