Role: Solution Architect Location: Manchester OR Knutsford Contract: 6 Months + Extensions Would you like to join a global leader in consulting, technology services and digital transformation?Our client are at the forefront of innovation to address the entire breadth of opportunities in the evolving world of cloud, digital and platforms. You will be working on site with a market leader, supporting the formation of a world-class Enterprise, Solutions and Technology Architecture capability to service our Customers in the Banking & Financial Services (BFS) industry sectors. Key responsibilities include:Define and develop strategy, roadmap in collaboration with Lead Architect and vision for the Programmes that align with Board approved Purpose, Values, Risk Appetite and Policies and are consistent with wider company level standards.Determining and capturing client needs by employing appropriate frameworks, tools, and techniques to assess the client's business maturity, problem-space / opportunity-space and goalsIdentifying and anticipating client needs above and beyond individual project-level service relationships and provide innovative technology solutionsManage effective relationships and deal openly with all stakeholders (colleagues and clients), taking into account the needs of all stakeholders and influence decisions which, in the long term, are positive for customers and clients, shareholders, colleagues and the communities.Devising innovative approaches for delivering tailored solutions leveraging advanced technical competency and industry knowledgeDelivering comprehensive architectural and technology solutions across multiple technology families, platforms, functional and industry domains using diverse tools, frameworks and technologiesEnsure governance by having peer reviews of the proposed solution and also present to governance forums. Anticipate potential objections and show leadership to adopt the most appropriate view. Maintain ownership of the design throughout the Software Development Life Cycle, ensuring continued alignment to end-to-end designs, reviewing and approving component designs driven from the wider end to end designThis role requires a significantly experienced and confident candidate with relevant full lifecycle architecture, technology and consulting capabilities. The candidate must be/have:SME in one or more technologies/functions used such as banking packages, CRM and Customer solutions, sales & origination, mortgages, payments etcPrior experience of supporting the client in defining the strategy and roadmapHands-on experience to be able to address all aspects of development and design activitiesHands - on in IBM / Microsoft / Oracle or Open Source Technologies used across financial services and be able to proactively learn new technologies and aware of Fin Tech OfferingsHands - on in use of TOGAF Architecture and UML using standard toolsCommunicate clearly and effectively with people from technical, business and senior managerial backgrounds including the ability to translate information technology concepts into business language.Demonstrate people leadership and thought-leadership abilities, Encourages decision-making at the lowest level.Demonstrate effectiveness in listening and understanding business objectives and translating this knowledge into architecture- and security-based solutions comprising measures to mitigate identified related risks and requirements.Visualise, plan and execute any areas of process improvement that increase the efficiency and delivery of a client's enterprise technology domain capabilities.Develop / maintain relevant, (sometimes) tailored and implementable Policies, Baselines, Standards, Guidelines and Procedures.Perform Architecture Risk Assessments, Produce Architecture and Technology Roadmaps & Oversee Follow-on Evaluations and Tests and draw-up Architectural Mitigation PlansKnowledge and understanding of prevailing industry standard frameworks including; TOGAF, Zachman, SOA, COBIT and ITILJava,.NET +, Open Source and Other Technology domains and frameworksDomain experience within Banking Financial Services desirable with one or more of the following :Personal and CommercialCards and PaymentsCapital MarketsMortgages and LendingEnterprise or Solution Architecture experience within with one or more of the following:Digital Channels and Customer Experience DesignAPI and Micro services, Open Banking and PSD2Applying AutomationCloud - Multi and Hybrid and Security deploymentData - Analytics , AI and MLDigital Channels and Customer Experience DesignAPI and Micro services, Open Banking and PSD2Applying AutomationCloud - Multi and Hybrid and Security deploymentData - Analytics , AI and MLIf all of the above is within your skill set and you are interested in the position, please apply today and we will aim to contact suitable candidates as soon as possible.