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Solution Architect - End 2 End Metadata Architect

  • Salary: £500 - £580 per annum
  • Job type: Contract
  • Location: West London, London
  • Sector: Other
  • Date posted: 02/10/2017
  • Job reference: J375098A

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Sky is Europe's leading entertainment company and serves over 22 million customers across five countries. Our business in the UK and Ireland has come a long way since starting out as a satellite broadcaster in 1989 and we're not stopping there. We're home to award-winning teams for everything from Customer Service to Marketing, from Technology to Finance, meaning there's plenty of opportunity for you, no matter what your career goals.

This role reports directly to the Lead Architect in the Content Platforms department part of OTT Global TV Platforms & Apps Software Engineering unit, but will work closely with other domain architects, technical leads, and software delivery teams across all of OTT Global TV Platforms & Apps Software Engineering, Group TV and Digital Platforms (TVDP), and the other Technology divisions

A Solution Architect will have systems architecture responsibility for a number of development projects working closely with Business stakeholders at an early proposition stage to shape Technology's approach to support a product/proposition (both on new products & propositions and extending Sky's portfolio of products & propositions). There will be an on going engagement and collaboration with delivery teams where the Solution Architect will support the teams in defining an appropriate solution to deliver a product or proposition; provide specific expertise and support around key requirements areas such as security, performance, scalability, availability and resilience. The Solution Architect also has responsibility to align solution architectures with the prevailing technical strategy and technical governance of OTT Global TV Platforms & Apps Software Engineering, TVDP, and Sky Technology.

A specific focus for this role is in supporting Sky's End to End Metadata platforms covering acquisition, rights management, scheduling and planning, ingestion, processing, enrichment and publication of Content Metadata to Sky's Online Content Discovery capabilities (Search, Recommendations, Online Electronic Programming Guide), Broadcast platforms, Video On demand Content Management Systems and Data Analytics Platforms

Your key responsibilities:

You will be accountable for the definition of solution designs which balance the needs of the business with the evolution of the technical landscape by:

  • Working with business leaders at an ideas stage to ensure they are aware of how technology can help them meet their business challenges;
  • Creating and delivering innovative end-to-end solution designs for products that meet the requirements of the sponsor while maintaining the overall integrity of the Technology systems estate;
  • Supporting the individual product streams in the maintenance and construction of their system roadmaps;
  • Working with delivery teams assisting them in aligning to the overall solution architecture and adjusting the architecture as needed in the face of changes to requirements through to product launch;
  • Working with delivery teams in developing solutions that are secure, highly responsive, scalable, highly available, and resilient in the face of failure of dependent components and systems;
  • Ensuring solution designs align with prevailing Technology strategy, and the relevant technology and corporate policies (such as security, data management and retention, PCI, etc.).

The main focus of your solutions architecture work will be in support of the Content Metadata platforms and the integration of those components with the other TVDP Platform components and Sky capabilities providing services to Sky's products such as Sky Digital TV Set Top Boxes, Sky Go, NowTV, Sky Sports Mobile TV, Sky Store, AdSmart etc.

You will work with the Content Platforms Lead Architect in articulating and evangelising the overall mission & vision of the department. You will support delivery teams with aligning to department technical strategy and technical governance processes.

You will achieve this by:

  • Providing expertise on open source tools and systems, and thought leadership around agile development practices;
  • Identifying the key technologies, components and practices that deliver value to TVDP OTT Global TV Platforms & Apps Software Engineering, TVDP, and Sky Europe;
  • Evangelising strategic technologies and best practices to help spread acceptance within the delivery teams;
  • Supporting the definition of guidelines for architecture and solutions design within the department and helping projects to deliver within those guidelines;
  • Participating as subject matter expert on internal working groups and forums as requested; and also representing Sky UK in technology, standards and professional forums as appropriate;
  • Maintaining your own personal skills and knowledge in the field of software architecture and design.

As a key member of the TVDP OTT Global TV Platforms & Apps Software Engineering team, you will:

  • Personally demonstrate Sky UK's core values and operate within their principles;
  • Provide leadership to the software design and architecture community including external parties;
  • Deliver effective and open communications within the team and department;
  • Ensure Sky UK's health and safety policies and procedures are followed, report any safety issues to management, and participate in Sky's objective to be a safe and healthy workplace.

Your skills:

  • Hands on, demonstrable, experience of defining solutions architectures that deliver all platform aspects of one (or more) of Rights Management, Scheduling & Planning, Programme Metadata Aggregation, Enrichment and Publication systems.
  • Hands on, demonstrable experience of defining and delivering architectural solutions that support very high numbers of peak concurrent users, that are highly available, and highly resilient in the face of dependent component failures.
  • Deep understanding and delivery experience of building web-oriented distributed systems architectures.
  • Experience of using Agile software development methods within the IT, Media and Telecoms industries to deliver iterative solutions.
  • Excellent understanding of the inter-relationships between different architectural areas and also business areas.
  • Demonstrable track record in software engineering working within a software delivery team
  • Demonstrable track record in a software and systems design and/or architectural capacity working in the Media industry delivering Rights Management, Scheduling & Planning, Programme Metadata Aggregation, Enrichment and Publication services.
  • Demonstrable track record in the design and delivery of leading edge strategic business solutions from concept through implementation.
  • Has undertaken all stages of the systems delivery lifecycle working closely with software engineering teams implementing your solutions.
  • Demonstrable record of establishing, developing and maintaining 3rd party vendor relationships and maximising the benefit from those relationships.
  • Demonstrable track record of working effectively with senior stakeholders within the business (including Technology, Product Management, Sales & Marketing).
  • Working with self-organising Agile software development teams
  • Ability to anticipate business needs and translate them into technical solutions.
  • Ability to conceptualise and design platforms capable of supporting multiple systems or applications.

If you're ready to work in a dynamic environment alongside talented people who take pride in delivering great results, apply today

It's our people that make Sky Europe's leading entertainment company. That's why we work hard to be an inclusive employer, so everyone at Sky can be their best.

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