Solution Architect

  • Location

    South West England, England

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    £400 - £500 per day

  • Contact:

    Phil Orsborn

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  • Published:

    11 months ago

  • Duration:

    6 months

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My public sector client are looking for a Solutions Architect with the following skills and edxperience. THIS ROLE IS WORKING INSIDE IR35

This is a very technical role. This role works closely with the programme office on all projects which require an ICT design so that it becomes a standard product for use. This role is a technical expert with detailed and expert knowledge across the whole range of ICT areas to be able to provide solutions. These are the "go-to" technical posts within ICT for all new business.

The role has a critical place on council projects and provide expert ICT advice, challenge assumptions and expectations and have a knowledge of cost of supporting the implementation of a project. Good risk analysis skills.

Impact of the decisions they make could be the difference between a successful project outcome to a costly, reputational failure.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

The role holder will have responsibility for providing solutions architecture services (Technical Designs, Diagrams, Technical Assessments, system maps, etc), management of key technologies and a wide variety of applications platforms, and communications systems.

The Solutions Architect is a specialist, not only in ICT generally, but also needs to have highly developed technical specialisms in enterprise level technologies that will enable business outcomes.

They are also responsible for maintaining their expert level of knowledge and keeping up-to-date with the changes in the industry so that the Council can introduce new technologies and innovative solutions. As the council's technical experts they will also share their knowledge with the other engineers within ICT and to other technical teams i.e. partner organisations.

The Solutions Architect is responsible for ensuring that their solution designs are correctly defined, built and transitioned into support including full technical documentation. Requiring them to lead on council wide projects and be responsible for overall delivery, managing any 3rd party engineers or contract staff engaged to deliver projects.

Person Specification

Specific qualifications, knowledge, and skills required for this role:

The Solutions Architect is expected to have a wide and diverse knowledge across IT specialisms.
  • The Solutions Architect will be expected to hold or be studying for, professional qualifications relevant to the Client's technical estate.
  • Solutions Architect will require detailed knowledge of enterprise architecture and technical design concepts, such that they are able to recommend suitable solutions based on solid analysis and knowledge of the Client's architecture.
  • thorough understanding of current project management techniques used in the Client. They will also need to be familiar with system development techniques such as Rapid Development, Scrum, Agile or SSADM.
  • must be analytical and risk aware, designing solutions in terms of people, process, legal compliance, cost and tools.
  • ability to analyse and put into context cost, risk, assumptions and dependencies into a viable proposal.
  • Able to build strong relationships & communicate effectively at all levels both internally & externally, balancing the needs of multiple stakeholder groups, ensuring the expectations are managed.
  • Able to task manage other professionals, which will include their peers and other technical resources within ICT, sometimes at a higher grade in order to address issues and/or arrive at the optimum solution design for a given project etc.

Technical skills

Alongside their chosen specialist knowledge the Solutions Architect will be expected to demonstrate an firm understanding of systems integration strategies relevant to a public body in order to provide advice and consultancy to business areas

  • Demonstrable success in providing design, development and support services to a large and complex corporate infrastructure.
  • Experience of software applications, their support and development, within a regulated environment.
  • Well practiced in the effective application of industry standard methodologies (such as PRINCE2 and ITIL V3) to manage ICT work
  • Practical knowledge of various techniques to identify and interpret customer requirements into workable solutions

Personal skills
  • Experience of working both independently and in a team-oriented collaborative environment is essential
  • Understands user behaviours and how this behaviour effects a user's perception of IT systems, and how such systems should be designed to support user behaviours.
  • Can conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities
  • Can evoke creative and innovative thinking from team members while helping them to bring their ideas to fruition