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Technical Solutions Architect

Posted on Mar 23, 2020 by DCV Technologies

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
IT
Immediate Start
Annual Salary
Full-Time

Technical Solutions Architect

Are you an experienced Technical Solutions Architect ideally with a Development background with experience / responsibility for 'translating' business requirements into IT solutions, taking into account the complexity of existing IT systems, through effective negotiation of the priority of scope and requirements, to help the organisation get best value from its IT investment.

The Solutions Architect is required to design and provide technical support, through the delivery of solutions that meet the requirements of the business, support the IT Strategy, and are aligned with the IT architecture. Architecture considerations include data, applications, infrastructure, integration, interfaces, security, scalability, and performance, as well as product transition and support documentation.

The Solutions Architect will represent projects to the IT governance process, and support stakeholders in representing the project to the broader corporate governance.

In collaboration with other key stakeholders and contributors, the SA will produce the detailed technical sections of architecture documents and artefacts, including code examples required by development teams. Once completed, they will then review these deliverables throughout the development and delivery stages, and be accountable for the outputs being as requested, and fitting with the company and IT Strategy/roadmap.

Technical specification:

  • Mulesoft ESB, AWS SNS, or relative integration experience.
  • Understanding of Salesforce CRM.
  • Deep understanding of AWS components and product features.
  • Microsoft technologies (Azure, O365, SharePoint, Windows Server, Active Directory, DNS) and .Net architectures.
  • Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and MySQL database technologies.
  • Drupal content management system.
  • Atlassian (Jira, Confluence, BitBucket).
  • Knowledge of agile ways of working, specifically scaled agile (SAFe).
  • Knowledge of service management best-practice, based on ITIL V3.

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • Translate business requirements into cost-effective IT solutions, taking into account the complexity of existing IT systems, working with a number of technologies including, but not limited to, Salesforce, Mulesoft, AWS, Drupal, and Microsoft.
  • Support the development of the overall IT Strategy, and technical architectural blueprint.
  • Analyse enterprise architecture artefacts, and validate the completeness of technical and business requirements for the purpose of designing sound technical solutions and services, highlighting inconsistencies and gaps.
  • Develop and ensure compliance to technical architecture standards and policies (across application, integration, data, and security layers), as aligned with enterprise architecture standards and policies.
  • Design technical solutions and services to meet business and operational requirements.
  • Ensure that technology architecture roadmaps and blueprints are developed, maintained, and integrated within the process of the overall IT Strategy development and technology planning, including service transition.
  • Define architectural considerations across data, applications, infrastructure, integration, interfaces, security, scalability, and performance, as well as product transition and support documentation.
  • Produce options and, where necessary, conduct feasibility studies, for delivery of the business requirements and key non-functional requirements.
  • Estimate the cost of implementing requirements and advising on high risk/high cost/complex solution/service aspects where these could be omitted/reduced, or where requirement change could result in a more cost-effective and lower risk implementation.
  • Utilise the overall IT architecture strategy to recommend project delivery approach, typically reuse, package purchase, in-house build, or outsourced build.
  • Accountable for the production of system designs, according to agreed design standards and patterns, while taking account of the differing requirements of in-house and outsource development approaches.
  • Set functional, non-functional, and architectural acceptance criteria, and evaluate potential products against those criteria.
  • Maintain a holistic understanding of technology and services estate, and specific IP.
  • Work with the Enterprise Architecture Team, to define and maintain the overall IT architecture, applications portfolio, architecture vision, and design patterns, and promote these within IT, and to the business.
  • Provide consultancy services to the business teams, to help the business maximise the capability from current and future IT technologies.
  • Track and understand emerging technologies. and advise on the use of them while developing solution designs.
  • Provide consultancy services to IT functions in customer groups, to support their technical queries.

Non-financial authorities:

  • Authority to represent the company with third party suppliers.
  • Occasional travel in the UK (if required to attend IT conferences).

Primary customers/stakeholders Internal:

  • Company staff in IT and across all business units, up to Director level.

External:

  • Technology providers and suppliers, partner consultancies and other organisations, IT functions for external stakeholders.

Personal Specification

  • A high degree of personal initiative, with the drive and ability to meet challenging goals and work closely with developers.
  • Flexibility to recognise, adapt, and work effectively within diverse situations, with various individuals or groups with differing perspectives and objectives.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with an ability to influence stakeholders up to Director level, and across the organisation.
  • The ability to perform well under pressure, with strong problem-solving and negotiating skills.
  • Possesses determination and persistence.
  • Demonstrate strong analytical ability and attention to detail.

Reference: 869584068

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