Solution Architect

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You are the architecture lead for our client's most critical projects or services. A technologist at heart, you are passionate about planning and building compelling services and products. You will motivate and inspire a project delivery team to deliver robust and cost-effective IT solutions. You will stay ahead of innovative technologies and demonstrate your understanding through effective and rapid delivery. The choices you make will define the fitness for purpose of our IT capabilities and ultimately the success of our business.

You believe that delivering an effective solution depends on several key factors: a deep understanding of business need; rigorous project planning (with a bias for short-term action); and fostering strong relationships. You will operate in a dynamic and delivery-focused environment, with the resources of one of the world's most forward-thinking IT departments and leading IT vendors at your fingertips. You are confident working across cultures and can help make sure the voice of each team member is heard.

You lead a delivery team directly or by influence. You will play an integral role in building the team's skill set while demonstrating your leadership values through delegation, motivation and trust. You will not just lead, but "do". Our culture is exploring, thinking and doing, and you will live this every single day.
Developing the capability of your teams to deliver the most agile and commercially cost-effective solutions is one of your top priorities.

You will build strong relationships across the business and IT. You will understand the long-term needs of the solution you are developing, and enable delivery by building a rapport with team members both inside and outside of the client.

You rigorously develop solution architectures, seeking practical solutions that optimize and re-use capabilities. You will care passionately about the integrity of the IT capabilities you develop. You will be responsible for designing and building solutions that best meet the business needs and are aligned with the IT strategy and roadmaps.

You are an excellent technologist, you have a passion for understanding and learning. You will bring good hands-on skills in key technologies, and an ability to rapidly assess new technologies with a commercial mindset.

A Bachelor's (or higher) degree, ideally in Computer Science, MIS/IT, Mathematics, hard science or equivalent work experience.
A confirmed background in architecture with real-world experience of architecting, designing, and delivering large IT projects. You love envisaging the art of the possible and making that a reality.
Deep-seated functional knowledge of key technology sets. You are comfortable rolling up your sleeves, getting involved, and diving into delivery challenges.
Experience in building and leading a tight-knit delivery team. You accomplish exceptional project outcomes in a respectful and supportive culture.
A proven grasp of architecture development and design thinking in an agile environment. You adapt delivery techniques to drive outstanding project delivery.
Experience developing others to build architecture capability across an organization

You have had exposure to adjacent technology domains such as other platforms, networks, and cyber security.
You have good interpersonal skills including the ability to relate complex topics in simple and accessible language.

Technical capability:

There is a diverse range of technologies in use at the client including Azure, AWS, SAP, Microsoft technologies, Unix, Linux, Process Control and Integration Networks as well as wide range of apps both general purpose and specific to the Energy Industry.

Mandatory Technical skills and experience:

  • Cloud Transformation and Migrations
  • Cloud-native technologies
  • End to end Infrastructure and Networks
  • Data aggregation
  • Application, Data and Network security

Essential Skills:

  • Architecture and Design Assurance
  • Requirements Definition and Management
  • Solution Architecture
  • Microservices
  • Technical Specialism
  • Professional Development
  • Systems Integration
  • Innovation
  • Information Assurance
  • Data Analysis
  • Database Design

Desirable Skills:

  • Emerging Technology Monitoring
  • Systems Design
  • User Experience Analysis
  • Business Risk Management
  • Capacity Management
  • Network Design
  • Service Acceptance
  • Systems Development Management
  • IT Strategy and Planning
  • Business Modelling
Start date
6 months w/extension
Cirrus Nexus
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