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Solution Architect


Job description

Solution Architect


Job Description

You will be required to perform IT design activities, across any function, channel, product, technology or suppliers as required by projects and programmes, and to support Principle and Domain Architects in providing design leadership, design governance, and management of key design knowledge and artefacts (including operating models, application and infrastructure architecture, IT standards and patterns).

What we expect from you:

* To be a recognised technical and solution architect (data, application, integration, infrastructure) with overall accountability for the following in areas of expertise:
* Developing and maintaining architecture principles and standards
* Developing policies, standards and guidelines that direct the selection, development, implementation and use of technology solutions
* Identification and assessment of relevant new and emerging technologies and opportunities that support achievement of stated business goals
* Subject matter expertise in one or more business or technology domains (e.g. digital, payments)
* To be assigned to large or complex programmes/projects as the architecture and technology subject matter expert; this includes:
* Innovation and creativity in developing business and IT solutions
* Supporting project teams in business requirements definition and determining non-functional requirements
* Project/programme cost estimating (including total cost of ownership)
* Manage and resolve design issues as and when they arise
* Acting as the point of escalation if solutions do not meet business expectations, or deviate from principles or the IT Strategy
* To ensure SBAFS architecture standards, policies and design and design governance approaches/processes are understood and adhered to
* To support the Principle or Domain Architect for projects in overall assessment and approval of design and design approach/governance proposals via relevant governance bodies (e.g. Design Authority)
* To support overall capital and revenue budgets and forecasts for technology components of projects and programmes (including estimating costs for solutions and implementation)
* To act as an interface between supplier/partner and SBAFS architecture function
* To maintain an up-to-date understanding of the bank's technology landscape, and a general understanding of the other relevant industry technologies
* To work with external suppliers to ensure that the appropriate technology direction is set with respect to systems, data and technical infrastructure
* Influencing and communicating at all levels across the Bank and AFS
* Manage own deliverables to high levels of quality; review and assurance of others' work

Skills & Qualifications

* Experience as a solution architect on major change or transformational programmes with a broad range of analytical, design and IT skills, preferably in Retail Banking
* Experience of working in a complex sourcing environment with multiple, diverse partnerships
* Well organised and able to prioritise workload in line with tight deadlines and work effectively under pressure
* Broad experience of all architecture domains (including business, data, applications, integration, infrastructure and security) and reference models, standards and patterns
* Business and IT architecture design at the conceptual (high-level), logical and physical (detailed) levels
* Ability to take a strategic view and see the 'big-picture', aligned to the ability to adopt an analytical approach to complex problem solving and consideration of operational implications
* Good level of project management and delivery skills (e.g. facilitation, planning, authoring of design documentation)
* Proven ability to design and deliver flexible, reliable, operable, cost effective solutions
* Demonstrable experience in architecture standards, services, solution design and implementation, architecture principles and architecture views
* Demonstrate an ability to think and reason logically
* Degree qualified, and typically with recognised Architecture / IT qualifications (e.g. TOGAF, ITIL)
* Strong relationship management skills
* Excellent written communication - business and project reports
* Exceptional communication skills - ability to communicate effectively with anyone in any environment, e.g. able to translate complex / technical issues to meet the audience's competency level


* 20% Bonus

* Option to buy extra holidays

* Discounts on your weekly shop

* Flexible working

* 15% Pension

* Fully remote working

* Discount card

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