Solution Architect

  • Permanent
  • Taunton, South West
  • Posted 9th May 2018
  • £50000 - £55000 per Annum + 27 days hols, Pension
  • Ref: 490295
Solution Architect required by market leading, award winning business based in Taunton. The Solution Architect will work with business stakeholders, technology subject matter experts, IT Architects and delivery teams to perform the necessary leadership, analysis and design tasks related to the development and implementation of enterprise aligned solution architecture designs and decisions.

Main duties:
*The delivery of solutions in alignment with architectural framework.
*To identify solution options, recommendations, costs, issues and risks to business stakeholders.
*To direct the governance activities and ensure enterprise solution design compliance.
*To coordinate solution implementation activities with delivery teams.
*To assist in the communication and improvement of the architecture process, its outcome and business benefit.
*The definition and maintenance of the reference and baseline architectures.
*The research, selection, implementation and maturing of innovative technologies and capabilities.
*To provide consultancy and collaboration with IT and business colleagues across the enterprise.
*To develop and maintain architecture diagrams and artefacts using specified standards and tooling.
*To represent the architecture practice and present the architecture viewpoint at key meetings.
*Peer reviewing of solutions and ideas with delivery teams, SMEs and other architects.
*The mentoring and guidance of junior team members.


Required background:

Solution Design
*Delivery of solution options, decisions, RAID logs, artefacts and deliverables.
*Alignment with architectural direction, policy and standards.
*Aligning solution with corporate direction.
*Reducing complexity, duplication, technical risk and technical debt.
*Defining supportable and cost effective solutions.
*Assurance and design alignment of delivered solutions.
*Working with stakeholders, process owners, project managers, subject matter experts and delivery teams to seek feedback and improve the solution architecture process.
*Mentoring of team members to improve working standards and practices.

Governance
*Accountable for solution architecture approvals and escalation of approvals where required.
*Responsible for the creation of waivers where temporary sub optimal decisions may be required.
*Responsible for the creation of non-compliances where permanent sub optimal decisions may be required.
*Responsible for the definition of new building blocks (e.g. patterns, technologies or applications)

Reference architectures
*Responsible for the creation and approval of reference architectures where enterprise level definitions are required to solve a business or technical problem.

Baseline architectures
*Responsible for the creation and maintenance of baseline architectures to reflect the current state and implemented changes to the architecture.

This excellent role comes with a salary to £55,000 p/a with 27 days holiday (rising to 32 after 5 years), annual salary review, competitive pension scheme, flexible working hours scheme, including up to two days per month flexi-leave, car-share scheme, cycle to work scheme (salary sacrifice) and a season ticket/bike loan to name but a few.

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