Solutions Architect

Ref: ZR_6571_JOB  ·  Posted on 09 November 2021

Introduction

Looking for a Solutions Architect to be in charge of the ‘big picture’ and ensure that the application, infrastructure and project teams are working to requirements and also within the enterprise architecture.

  • Candidates must have PREVIOUSLY had one technical discipline (application, infrastructure, networks, cloud) but not currently in a technical architecture role.
  • Must have experience of creating architecture collateral and understand the importance of architectural artefacts.
  • Must have led delivery rather than just been part of it.
Key responsibilities

The Solutions Architect will demonstrate competencies across areas:

Translates Business Strategy and Requirements into Solutions Architecture:

  • Understands business drivers and business capabilities (future and current state) and determines corresponding enterprise system designs and change requirements.
  • Understands emerging technology trends and disruptions and the practical application of existing, new, and emerging technologies to enable new and evolving business and operating models.
  • Translates business and technical requirements into an architectural blueprint to achieve business objectives and documents all solution architecture design and analysis work.
  • Analyses the technology industry, competitors, market trends, and determines any potential impact on the enterprise.

Leads Solutions Design and Analysis:

  • Leads evaluation, design and analysis for the implementation of a solutions architecture across a group of specific business applications or technologies based on enterprise business strategy, business capabilities, value-streams, business requirements and enterprise standards.
  • Creates high level architectural designs to guide and contextualise solution development across products, services, projects and systems (including applications, technologies, processes and information).
  • Creates reference architectures focused on detailed design principles, decision points, detailed APIs, major systems and dependencies between business and IT.
  • Manages and develops the architecture for a broader scope of projects or products, working closely with application architects that manage and design architecture for a single project or product or initiative.
  • Analyses the business-IT environment (run, grow and transform the business) to detect critical deficiencies, legacy and technical debt, and recommends solutions for improvement (systems of record, differentiation and innovation).

Orchestrates Solutions Delivery:

  • Designs and directs the governance activities associated with ensuring solutions architecture assurance and compliance.
  • Defines the principles, guidelines, standards and solution patterns to ensure solution decisions are aligned with the enterprise's future-state architecture vision.
  • Facilitates the evaluation and selection of software product standards and services, as well as the design of standard and custom software configurations.
  • Supports product managers in EOL (end of life) product decisions to maintain, refresh or retire products, services or systems (including applications, technologies, processes and information).
  • Develops a roadmap for the evolution of the enterprise application portfolio from future to current state (as defined by the solutions architecture).
Skills & experience
  • Skilled at influencing, guiding and facilitating stakeholders and peers with decision making.
  • Ability to articulate new ideas and concepts to technical and nontechnical audiences and understand the long-term ("big picture") and short-term perspectives of situations
  • Ability to translate future-state business capabilities and requirements into solution architecture requirements
  • Ability to propose and estimate the financial impact of solution architecture alternatives
  • Ability to work creatively and analytically to solve business problems and propose solutions
  • Trusted and respected as a thought leader who can influence and persuade others
  • Technology neutral: remains unbiased toward any specific technology or vendor choice, and is more interested in results than personal preferences
  • Displays intellectual curiosity and integrity
  • Motivated and driven by achieving long-term business outcomes
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and lead cross-functional teams

Our client is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive workplace and welcomes applications from all backgrounds.

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