Solution Architect – Integration

N Brown Group
17 Jun 2017
16 Jul 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
JD Williams / N Brown group is a leading FTSE 250 internet and catalogue home shopping company with over 150 years of distance shopping experience and is now seeking a Solution Architect based in Manchester to join its expanding team.

Best known by our 3 power brands; Simply Be, Jacamo and of course JD Williams, we turned over £818 million in 2014/2015, with a pre-tax profit of £86.2 million. Our vision is to become a leading digital retailer and to continue to expand our active customer base of over 4 million, becoming the universally loved experts in fashion that fits by helping our customers` look and feel amazing through our trusted family of over 20 brands.

What you`ll be responsible for as Solution Architect:

- High level solution design, strategy and governance of the end to end architecture.
- Supporting the Enterprise Architecture definition and maintenance of the architecture roadmap, providing valuable input into N Brown strategy.
- Provision of estimates and timings to Programme and Project Managers for the creation and support of architectural artefacts.
- Development of solutions and architectural artefacts to programmes and projects based on agreed scope and plans.
- Ongoing contribution to the review and continuous improvement of the enterprise architecture and architecture standards.
- Managing contribution to the development of standards and patterns for the implementation of applications based on a Service Orientated Architecture.
- Continually monitoring and keeping abreast of industry best practice, standards and methods with regard to N Brown`s current and potential future architectures.
- Building and developing mutually respectful, positive relationships with business and IT colleagues, partners and suppliers.
- Providing new ideas and different approaches to the Chief Technology Officer and enterprise architecture team.

To be a successful Solution Architect you will have the following skills and experience:

- Integration technologies and standards including   – XML, JSON, SOAP, REST, MQ, JMS, SFTP.
- Delivering high level designs using industry standard notation (eg. UML process flow/sequence diagrams) to articulate complex orchestration tasks to technical delivery teams.
- A pragmatic approach with the ability to use your experience to understand what works and what doesn`t, to strive to reduce complexity and improve supportability.
- Ability to apply emerging technologies to reduce cost to serve and maximise speed to market.
- Leading teams of Technical Architects to deliver and govern the technical design.
- Communicating complex technical problems.
- Working effectively with 3rd party and offshore development teams.
- Planning the deployment and service management – eg. Release Management, Deployment, Continuous Integration (CI), service monitoring and alerting.
- Delivering designs capable of meeting stringent non-functional requirements relating to performance, security and scalability.
- Naturally resilient, tenacious and results driven with excellent communication and influencing skills.

In return, you'll receive a competitive salary as well as an enhanced benefits package including car allowance, market leading pension scheme, private healthcare and an incredible colleague discount.

Employees in our business may have access to our customers` personal data therefore for a number of our roles, offers of employment are subject to a satisfactory criminal record check. Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an individual from obtaining a position with N Brown Group