Solutions Architect - Agile/Software Design driven
Posted on Dec 28, 2021 by Mercator IT Solutions
Mercator IT Solutions is looking for a Solutions Architect to be part of its growing consultancy arm.
Mercator has enjoyed continued growth over the past year and is now looking to increase its capability in the digital transformation space in both the Private and Public sectors.
Mercator IT Solutions is part of the Mercator Group with offices in the UK, France, Singapore and North America.
Mercator prides itself on empowering its people to provide real value to clients by delivering sustainable software solutions with long lasting benefits. We place personal growth and development at the heart of our business and we give our people the autonomy to own and shape their role.
Mercator is seeking a dynamic, forward-thinking Soultions Architect with excellent communication skills who can help Mercator in its continued transformation. You will be open-minded, happy to work on your own or as part of a team and want to learn new technologies and promote best practice.
You will be responsible for helping to define outstanding digital solutions, understanding the needs of the business and millions of our customers, and provide technical expertise and leadership across multiple agile teams. You must have a strong track record of building and running high volume, reliable and flexible services that are relentlessly user-focused and continually improved through iterative development.
The role will require you to be hands-on and work closely with Product Managers and scrum teams. The role requires an equal balance of technical expertise, gained through current, hands-on involvement in developing real-world systems, and excellent interpersonal skills. You should ideally have experience in development of transformational digital services on brownfield estates and/or rapid development and scaling of very high-volume greenfield services.
Digital, Web and Software development background is a must, particularly around high-volume services. Experience in agile should be second nature (TDD, SCRUM, Kanban etc.) with evolutionary architecture and prototyping, various databases and configuration/deployment/testing solutions.
Solutions Architects carry out a wide range of activities, from actively writing code and breaking down complex problems and identifying steps towards solutions, through to coaching individuals and engaging with non-technical people at all levels of seniority.
Key responsibilities include:
Setting the direction of travel during discovery phases and providing solution oversight during subsequent delivery phases
Providing support and guidance to Architects and the Digital Delivery Centre teams throughout the project life cycle
Liaising with various internal stakeholders and subject matter experts, such as CTO and Security and Digital architects within other digital centres
Recognising emerging risks and issues during solution definition and identify mitigating actions
Developing strong working relationships in high pressure agile environments
Providing hands-on technical leadership in the development, operation and ongoing improvement of complex, transformational digital services ensuring that projects align to the overall digital blueprint
Working with product managers to understand user needs for new and existing services
Acting as the technical authority in prospective, information gathering and scene setting meetings, evaluating technical proposals and making implementation recommendations to senior stakeholders
Working with delivery teams and partners to break technical requirements down into appropriate pieces and to identify key API requirements for integration with internal and external systems
Leading the rapid development of user-driven prototypes to identify technical options and inform architectural approaches, working with colleagues and supplier team members to write tests, code and documentation for new and existing systems
Ensuring that new and updated platforms, products and transactions are thoroughly tested for performance, are able to handle specified load, and can be maintained over the long-term
Ensuring a robust, scalable, open and secure end-to-end solution, with appropriate overall system design and integration points/APIs, to deliver a high quality user experience
Knowledge and Skills
Experience leading and managing development and architecture teams
Significant experience in a Digital Solution Architect/Lead Developer/Development Manager or similar role with leadership and management
Practical experience of designing end-to-end application solutions within a digital environment, including multichannel, mobile and social media
Demonstrable experience of agile practices and techniques
Strong experience in designing and building digital and web solutions, preferably on large transactional projects
A solid background in software development and solutions architecture within Open Source technologies and languages such as Scala, Java, RESTful APIs JSON, NoSQL, MongoDB, Play, Ruby Jenkins, Selenium, Jira, Confluence, Linux, HTML5, Cucumber, Django, Spring, Python, Chef and Puppet technologies.
Knowledge of relational and non-relational databases and experience of handling very large data sets.
Strong business analysis skills with a proven track record of working with a diverse range of business stakeholders
Strong software development and architecture background within open source technologies and languages
Understand a wide range of integration methods and techniques
Knowledge of a broad set of technologies across areas such as system platforms, web, databases, software development languages and tools
Experience of developing and using web based APIs and Micro services
Experience with open source solutions, using and deploying on cloud based platforms
Understanding of web security best practice and security application design
Experience in developing digital services on brownfield estates with Legacy systems.
Innovative thinker - ability to look at the big picture'
The Project is as Follows...
Single Trade Window
Single Trade Window is a Programme of work expected to deliver over 3-4 years. The Future Borders Team within the Cabinet Office is responsible for this initiative.
Traders (eg Hauliers) do not currently have a single Portal or Interface for their suite of services. This initiative is tasked with creating that single Portal for accessing services. The requirement will also include a Guidance Hub. This has a lot of senior focus. The work is sensitive, it has not yet been announced.
Earlier this year, within HMRC, a Safety and Security API was built for Single Trade Window. This went Live. A GUI was not created as it was expected that only large logistic companies and hauliers would use it.Due to a legislative change, there is now a requirement to develop and release a GUI for Safety and Security by July. The SLT acknowledged that this will be difficult.
We're not committing to a comprehensive GUI at this time, though we need to deploy a team to deliver a stripped back MVP of the Safety and Security API by March/April (ideally in Private Beta by then).