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Solution Architect

  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job type: Contract
  • Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire
  • Sector: Other
  • Date posted: 03/01/2018
  • Job reference: J379450A

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Solution Architect - iOS and Android Web applications, Agile, Java, Kubernetes


6 months

At Sky Betting & Gaming we don't have Teams we have Tribes. Each Tribe is made up of small, agile and autonomous squads who work collaboratively with a shared purpose.

So whether you join our Bet Tribe, Early Careers Tribe or anything in between, you will work with a group of people with raw energy, natural talent, and the kind of spirit that helps us think big, act bold, and change the game.

It all means that we've created the kind of workplace that wins awards such as a place on the prestigious list of Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For.

How you'll do it:

Architectural Leadership

  • To provide technical leadership to the tribe's technical teams.
  • To keep up-to-date with emerging technologies and architectural approaches and promote alignment between technology and business strategy.
  • To maintain a good understanding and awareness of competitors' products and services.
  • To form effective business relationships.
  • Collaborate with other architects within your and other areas of the business of the business to help define our architectural principles, vision, lifecycle and underlying framework.

Solution Architecture

  • Awareness of current architectural trends and developments within the market, particularly patterns and technologies being used within Sky Betting and Gaming.
  • Provide governance and technical leadership to ensure the products and services you are involved with are aligned with the design goals.
  • Work with business stakeholders to help identify business goals and align IT strategy.
  • To develop the tribe's technology road map and to gain commitment for architecture initiatives.
  • To maintain an in-depth knowledge of the tribe's technologies and architecture and a good understanding of the wider organization's technologies and architectures.
  • Deliver solution designs and impact assessments to support the delivery of business goals, and help squads to bring these products to life.
  • Identify architectural risks and propose alternatives and solutions.

Data Architecture

  • Collaborate with other teams at SB&G to promote the interoperability of data collected across products and technology teams

Key Non-Technical Methodology

  • Agile (especially Kanban) development culture
  • Working with stakeholders

Other Non-Technical Experience

  • Betting and Gaming industry
  • Project management and team leadership

Technology Agnostic Characteristics

  • High volume, highly available, transactional web applications
  • Modelling, measuring and forecasting capacity
  • Event driven and reactive systems
  • Message based architectures
  • Designing for scalability
  • Relational and non-relational datastores
  • Service based approaches (e.g. REST, SOA, Microservices)
  • Network and web application security
  • General understanding of datacentre technologies (SAN, blades, virtualisation, etc)
  • Automated Testing (especially BDD toolkits), Continuous Integration and Deployment

Key Technologies

  • JS, Java, Kotlin, React
  • AMQP (RabbitMQ), Kafka
  • Kubernetes
  • MySQL
  • NoSQL, document DB (especially one of MongoDB or Couchbase)
  • Redis
  • Linux
  • iOS & Android Web Applications

Other Technologies

  • Content networking (e.g. F5 BigIP, SteelApp, Varnish, Nginx)
  • iOS & Android Native Applications
  • Hadoop (Hive, Spark, HBase)

Suitable candidates should submit their CV in the first instance.

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