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IT Solution Architect

Permanent @Garniche Jobs UK in IT
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  • Job ID 207317

Job Description

The Solutions Architect will demonstrate competencies across four key areas:

Translates Business Strategy and Requirements into Solutions Architecture

Understands business drivers and business capabilities (future and current state) and determines corresponding enterprise system designs and change requirements.
Understands emerging technology trends and disruptions and the practical application of existing, new, and emerging technologies to enable new and evolving business and operating models.
Translates business and technical requirements into an architectural blueprint to achieve business objectives and documents all solution architecture design and analysis work.
Analyses the technology industry, competitors, market trends, and determines any potential impact on the enterprise.

Leads Solutions Design and Analysis

Leads evaluation, design and analysis for the implementation of a solutions architecture across a group of specific business applications or technologies based on enterprise business strategy, business capabilities, value-streams, business requirements and enterprise standards.
Creates high level architectural designs to guide and contextualise solution development across products, services, projects and systems (including applications, technologies, processes and information).
Creates reference architectures focused on detailed design principles, decision points, detailed APIs, major systems and dependencies between business and IT.
Manages and develops the architecture for a broader scope of projects or products, working closely with application architects that manage and design architecture for a single project or product or initiative.

Orchestrates Solutions Delivery

Designs and directs the governance activities associated with ensuring solutions architecture assurance and compliance.
Defines the principles, guidelines, standards and solution patterns to ensure solution decisions are aligned with the enterprise's future-state architecture vision.
Facilitates the evaluation and selection of software product standards and services, as well as the design of standard and custom software configurations.
Monitors the current-state solution portfolio to identify deficiencies through aging of the technologies used by the application, or misalignment with business requirements.
Identifies the organisational impact (for example, on skills, processes, structures or culture) and financial impact of the solutions architecture.

Facilitates and Collaborates to Deliver Business Outcomes

Consults with application and infrastructure development projects and products to fit systems or infrastructure to architecture and identify when it is necessary to modify projects to accommodate the solutions architecture.
Supports a community of practice (CoP), guiding and helping agile teams, product owners, and application architects to align with the overall enterprise architecture governance and assurance.
Essential:

Skilled at influencing, guiding and facilitating stakeholders and peers with decision making.
Ability to articulate new ideas and concepts to technical and nontechnical audiences and understand the long-term ("big picture") and short-term perspectives of situations
Ability to translate future-state business capabilities and requirements into solution architecture requirements
Trusted and respected as a thought leader who can influence and persuade others
Technology neutral: remains unbiased toward any specific technology or vendor choice, and is more interested in results than personal preferences
Displays intellectual curiosity and integrityKnowledge/Skills

Excellent interpersonal skills in areas such as teamwork, facilitation, and negotiation
Strong leadership skills
Excellent planning, organisational, analytical and technical skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Knowledge of financial models and budgeting
Experience in 2 of the following architecture disciplines; application, infrastructure business
Understanding and knowledge of system development life cycle methodologies (such as waterfall, spiral, agile software development, rapid prototyping, incremental, synchronise and stabilise, and DevOps)
Understanding and knowledge of IT service management (ITSM) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
Knowledge and understanding of different modelling languages (such as UML and ArchiMate)Desirable:

Bachelor's degree in computer science, information-technology, engineering, system analysis or a related study, or equivalent experience
Minimum of five years of experience in at least two IT solution development disciplines, including technical or infrastructure architecture, network management, application development, middleware, database management or cloud development
Exposure to multiple, diverse technologies, platforms and processing environments
Understanding of network and security architecture
Good understanding of strategic and new and emerging technology trends, and the practical application of existing, new and emerging technologies to new and evolving business and operating model