Middleware Integration Solution Architect, Banking, Brussels

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6 months
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The Middleware and Frameworks Group at my client, a large international bank based in Brussels, is currently seeking a Middleware Integration Solution Architect.

The key task is to design end-to-end solutions and assemble/integrate various components and/or services in order to achieve the desired business solution (see list below of Middleware components).

Together with the other Solution Architects (called Integration Technical Domain Owners"), the successful candidate will take an active part in key IT projects contributing to the implementation of the bank's IT Vision.

In collaboration with different stakeholders like Technical Domain Owners, Product Owners, Application Owners, the successful candidate will:

Understand the business needs, translate them in technology and technical design, and promote the proposed solution to the respective stakeholders in order to obtain the buy-in.

Drive or contribute to the elaboration of high-level technical designs by aligning business requirements with existing Middleware Services and Information System Architecture guidelines to meet strong non-functional requirements (eg availability, security, performance, total cost of ownership etc.)

Support the Technical Design Authority (TDA) or act as a TDA in mid-to-high complex cross platform integration problems by validating and contributing to High Level Technical Design document elaboration and sign-off.

Assess Middleware Service impact of technology evolution and of new business requirements.

Be able to assess the advantages and disadvantages of using different service solution models (ie. internal hosting, external hosting, managed services, ASP, cloud models like IaaS, PaaS, SaaS,.


Experience in a Production environment (incident management, service delivery).

Experience in analysis, design, and integration of OLTP-intensive applications spread over multiple platforms and communicating via synchronous and asynchronous protocols (eg messaging, web services, file transfer).

Experience in the design and implementation of data management and reporting applications (business intelligence, Datawarehouse).

Experience in the design and implementation of Extranet communication applications (B2C) with strong security requirements.

Experience in the integration of externally hosted applications (eg cloud).

Conceptual knowledge of application life cycle management based on agile methodologies (ie SCRUM).

negotiation/presentation to senior management at the bank.

Middleware components:

Application Servers/Transaction monitors: IIS, COM+, WAS, JBoss, CICS.
Messaging systems: MQ, Axway Synchroni Gateway, etc.

File transfer: Connect:Direct, etc.

Security Tools: Nexus, Gemalto, Application FireWalls, etc.
Databases: SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, etc.

Data Replication: QRep, etc.
BI products: Sybase IQ, Cognos, etc.
Content Management: Documentum, Sharepoint, Fax, etc.

The role would suit a senior technical consultant, solution engineer or enterprise architect but with a solid technical knowledge - this role is NOT project management or team leading.

- Ideally you will have work experience in the Banking sector.

Language: English.