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Solution Architect

  • Salary: £500 - £580 per day
  • Job type: Contract
  • Location: London
  • Sector: Other
  • Date posted: 18/10/2017
  • Job reference: J375894A

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Solution Architect

Duration- 6 month contract

Location- Osterley, West London

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.

The TVDP division of Sky Technology is responsible for designing, building and operating all the IT systems that Sky uses to interact with its customers. This includes over the web, via applications on set top boxes and games consoles and other streaming media devices, and via mobile applications. TVDP also develops systems and applications in support of Sky's customer management platform and its customer contact centres. The TVDP department is responsible for driving the convergence and the expansion of our TV services internationally, as well as developing and operating the shared TV platforms and serve the UK business for its local needs.

Your key responsibilities

This role reports directly to the Solution Engineering Manager in Group Connected Apps department, which is part of OTT Global TV Platforms & Apps Software Engineering unit. The Solution Architect 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.

The Solution Architect will be responsible foremost for solution design within the Client Application arena; including Mobile, PC/MAC, Console and other widely used client platform technologies. The Solution Architect must align solution architectures with the prevailing technical strategies and technical governance of OTT Global TV Platforms & Apps Software Engineering, TVDP, and Sky Technology. There is a fundamental necessity to preserve customer experience during the solution design phase for projects that have been introduced to the Group Connected Apps department; this should be achieved through a thorough understanding of resiliency, reliability, availability and security facilitation/practices. The role will require the Solution Architect to seek continuous improvement and optimisation of client applications in line with technological change both from a Sky Software Engineering perspective as well as at the wider enterprise level. This demands the Solution Architect to be highly opportunistic in a highly changeable and fluid business where driving out features & functionality is at the forefront of the focus. The Solution Architect will also be responsible for producing and maintaining a set of key documents pertaining to solutions designed, and technical implementation guidance for development teams/technical analysts.

A specific focus for this role is in supporting the following within Sky's application portfolio: Sky Q, Sky Go, Sky+, Sky Kids, Sky Cinema and Sky Sports Mobile TV applications.

Your skills

  • Relevant Enterprise Architecture qualification e.g. TOGAF
  • Hands on, demonstrable, experience of defining solutions for client applications across Mobile/PC/MAC/Console platforms
  • Hands on, demonstrable experience of defining and delivering architectural solutions that support 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 Personalised Search and Recommendation 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).
  • Demonstrable experience of business acumen and a solid understanding of how technology work streams interact and cross with business initiatives.
  • Demonstrable experience of working with multiple product streams through the entire lifecycle in an Agile environment
  • Working with self-organising Agile software development teams
  • Ability to anticipate business needs and translate them into technical solutions.
  • Ability to effectively document technical solutions for a varied audience and convey these through physical demonstrations.
  • Ability to conceptualise and design platforms capable of supporting multiple systems or applications.
  • The ability to apply modelling techniques as needed to data, logical and physical architectures.
  • Good consultancy and influencing skills, working within strong technical environments.
  • Demonstrates a desire to maintain quality across documentation, development practices and other team outputs
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm for playing a key role in ensuring departmental delivery is protected at all times; being highly approachable and available to facilitate on-time delivery

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

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