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Solutions Architect

  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job type: Contract
  • Location: Telford, Shropshire
  • Sector: IT
  • Date posted: 25/07/2018
  • Job reference: J390216A

Solutions Architect

Telford

3-6 Months

As a Solutions architect you will be working within an exciting dynamic driven team who will guide and support the vision for large scale organisational and technical change to enable a sustainable DevOps culture to become embedded.

You will demonstrate the ability to perform a range of complex work to develop designs for our key areas, understanding technical handoffs between parts of the organisation and analysing the overall workflow to enable optimisation of our workforce and identification of less efficient processes.

Familiar with DevOps implementations with a strong track record of delivery in enterprise scale environments. Familiar with systems development life-cycle and typical problems associated with the implementation of information systems, from initial concept through development and implementation to operation and support. Has detailed practical knowledge of the organisation's IT infrastructure and software development and maintenance methods, tools and techniques. Is conversant with the organisation's IT strategy, policies and standards, and any industry regulations/constraints. Has a good appreciation of risk management, change management, configuration management, reliability and safety methods and the use of metrics. Demonstrates high standards of professional behaviour in dealings with clients, colleagues and staff. Has in depth knowledge of at least one specific area and a broad understanding across a wide field along with a record of applying such knowledge successfully in a variety of situations. Possesses strong inter-personal skills, especially in handling contacts of all types and at all levels.

Skills and Knowledge required:

  1. Listen to the needs of the technical and business stakeholders and interpret between them. Capable of proactive and reactive communication. Translates technical concepts between Software Engineering, Delivery Management and Service Management so they are understood by all.
  2. Be capable of applying strategy, using patterns, standards, policies, roadmaps and vision statements. Able to challenge them and provide guidance. Capable of producing strategy for technology that meets business needs. Able to create, refine and challenge patterns, standards, policies, roadmaps and vision statements. Senior roles tend to be more proactive as they set the strategy. Junior roles tend to be more reactive, responding to the strategy.
  3. Be capable of evolving and defining governance, and taking responsibility for collaborating and supporting in wider governance. Knows how to assure services delivered by Architects across sets of services. Understands technical governance and is able to participate in or deliver the assurance of a service. This capability becomes increasingly critical at senior role levels.
  4. Make decisions characterised by managed levels of risk and complexity and recommend decisions as risk and complexity increase. Capable of resolving technical disputes between wider peers and indirect stakeholders, taking into account all views and opinions. Capable of making and guiding effective decisions, explaining clearly how the decision has been reached. The ability to understand and resolve technical disputes across varying levels of complexity and risk.
  5. Design systems characterised by medium levels of risk, impact and business or technical complexity. Works across multiple services or a single large or complicated service. The ability to work with business and technology stakeholders to translate business problems into technical designs. Creates an optimal design through an iterative process, aligning the user need with the system requirements and organisational objectives.
  6. Understand trends and practices outside their team and how these will impact their work. Able to understand how their work fits into the broader strategy and historical context. Capable of considering the patterns and interactions on a larger scale. The ability to look beyond the immediate technical problem and identify the wider implications. 'Zooming out' in three dimensions - knowing relevant historical context & future impact, understanding how current work fits in broader contexts and strategies, and looking for deeper underlying problems and opportunities.)

SFIA - Solution Architecture - Level 5

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 (including security) are applied correctly.

SFIA - Consultancy - Level 5

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.

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