Solutions Architect

Ref: ZR_6456_JOB  ·  Posted on 20 September 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.

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
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