Solutions Architect

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    Farnborough, Hampshire

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    3 months ago

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Solutions Architect



Competitive Salary and Benefits Package

Security Clearances will be required

Specific Responsibilities
My clients IT department provides technology design, development and support services to the wider group, its subsidiaries and its customers across the globe.

The IT Department manages some 400 applications, 20 networks, 11 domains and around 500 firewalls; design and advise on solutions which operate from around 100 additional networks operating in a dozen countries and at the highest government security classifications.

Solution Architects within IT play an important role ensuring that the solutions they produce align with roadmaps established by the Enterprise Architecture (EA) practice, and complies with EA Standards, Principals & Policies.

As a consumer and contributor to EA, SA's leverage their expertise to design and develop standards and solutions that support the introduction of new and emerging technologies in a safe and secure manner. The design patterns and guidance that they develop will become reusable design artefacts.

Focussed on converting business requirements into designs that ultimately deliver to the functional and non-functional requirements, the SA will rely on design patterns from previous experiences, published reference architectures, and on guidance from the EA Sponsor. The SA is accountable for balancing architectural concerns of the projects with the concerns of the Enterprise.

The Solution Architect is the development or design authority for each project. The SA will provide motivation & guidance to the entire project & implementation teams during the systems design, implementation & early life support lifecycle. Each SA must ensure buy-in from the support and implementation teams, so that the teams are motivated to match the implementation to the detailed design of the solution.

Key Accountabilities
Work with Business Analysts to ensure that the Business Requirements, Functional Requirements and Non-Functional Requirements are suitably documented and are fit to determine the solution, can be tested against, and detailed enough to prove that the solution will deliver to the requirements.

Defining and articulating complex solutions for large scale / high impact projects, including business, application, data and infrastructure impacts along with testing and implementation considerations through defined design & approval process.
Developing pragmatic, commercially feasible architectures, considering all functional as well as non-functional requirements (e.g. performance, capacity, accessibility, security, usability)

Work in association with the Lead Solution Architect to ensure that quotes for design timescales / technical costs are increasingly accurate as progress is made through the design cycle.

Leading a multi-disciplinary team of application, data and infrastructure professionals to implement the architecture, including those distributed across geographical boundaries

Troubleshoot complex and intermittent problems to tight timeframes whilst under pressure

Provide strategic consultation to subsidiaries projects and service development initiatives in defining or designing business processes and functions, as well as in researching, identifying and internally marketing enabling technologies based on customer requirements

Key Capabilities / Knowledge
Solution architecture: Uses appropriate tools, including logical models of components and interfaces, to contribute to the development of systems architectures in specific business or functional areas. Produces detailed component specifications and translates these into detailed designs for implementation using selected products. Within a business change programme, assists in the preparation of technical plans and cooperates with business assurance and project staff to ensure that appropriate technical resources are made available. Provides advice on technical aspects of system development and integration (including requests for changes, deviations from specifications, etc.) and ensures that relevant technical strategies, policies, standards and practices are applied correctly

Consultancy: Takes responsibility for understanding client requirements, collecting data, delivering analysis and problem resolution. Identifies, evaluates and recommends options, implementing if required. Collaborates with, and facilitates stakeholder groups, as part of formal or informal consultancy agreements. Seeks to fully address client needs, enhancing the capabilities and effectiveness of client personnel, by ensuring that proposed solutions are properly understood and appropriately exploited

Technical specialism: Maintains an in-depth knowledge of specific technical domains, and provides expert advice regarding their application. Can supervise specialist technical consultancy. The knowledge can be any aspect of information or communication technology: Process, Data and Application, Infrastructure or Networks and Security.

Emerging technology monitoring: Monitors the market to gain knowledge and understanding of currently emerging technologies. Identifies new and emerging hardware and software technologies and products based on own area of expertise, assesses their relevance and potential value to the organisation, contributes to briefings of staff and management.

Supports strategic direction: Undertakes objective, systematic analysis and draws accurate conclusions based on evidence. Recognises the links between interconnected issues. Identifies problems and works to resolve them. Thinks laterally, identifies, implements and promotes improved work practices.

Achieves results: Values specialist expertise and capitalises on the knowledge and skills of others within the organisation. Contributes own expertise to achieve outcomes for the business.

Supports productive working relationships: Actively listens to staff, colleagues, clients and stakeholders. Involves others and recognises their contributions. Consults and shares information and ensures others are kept informed of issues. Works collaboratively and operates as an effective team members.

Displays personal drive and integrity: Adopts a principled approach and adheres to company values and Code of Conduct. Acts professionally at all times and operates within the boundaries of organisational processes and legal and public policy constraints. Operates as an effective representative of the organisation in internal forums.

Communicates with influence: Seeks to understand the audience and tailors communication style and message accordingly. Listens carefully to others and checks to ensure their views have been understood. Checks own understanding of others' comments and do not allow misunderstandings to linger.

Experience & Qualifications

  • Preferably Degree qualified or equivalent experience
  • Relevant domain level certification such as CCDP / CCIE, MCSE, OSCP, LPIC-3 etc. or equivalent providing evidence of advanced domain level knowledge and capabilities
  • Extensive experience in designing secure solutions for in a complex IT environment
  • Minimum of SC security clearance will be required, capability to achieve DV is desirable