Solution Architect

Vodafone UK
United Kingdom
05 Oct 2017
03 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
IT Solution Architect - Newbury
£60k - £70k + excellent benefits

Technology at Vodafone

Millions of people interact with Vodafone Technology every day without even realising it. Our products deliver many essential services that critical to the lives of many different people. We connect all sorts of businesses including banks, shops and the media to and critical services such as the emergency services. Our technology and network is the backbone to everything we deliver and without it we wouldn’t have a business. That’s why we’re investing heavily in it and we need talented people to help us deliver the next wave of innovation.

About the role

Working as a Solution Architect within UK IT you will be will be accountable for all technical platform evolution in your area, based on continuous technical improvements and through transformation demand from business growth and project and programme releases. .

As a Solution Architect you will be working closely with the IT and Technology teams, Product Vendors, Operations Teams, and fellow Architects to build and maintain system roadmaps that will drive Application and Infrastructure upgrades to drive out of box functional and non-functional improvements

You will be expected to have a deep understanding of all applications and infrastructure delivering capability in the domain; this will enable you to direct delivery partners in best practice design, configuration, and development. You will have accountability for high and low level designs for upstream solutions ensuring the adherence to Architecture Principles

Core Responsibilities
  • Design future roadmap for the retail and logistics; and ensure sure new projects and deliveries are aligned with the overall strategy and existing roadmaps
  • Participation in design reviews and assurance activities throughout the Development lifecycle, ensuring compliance to Domain systems capability, domain roadmaps, and technical target architecture throughout the development life cycle.
  • Close Co-operation with the Business to understand and help them build their strategic vision, and to align it with the technical roadmap. Close co-operation with IT and Technology Architecture & Design community across Vodafone.
  • Challenge up stream requirements and design activity to ensure a fair compromise of functional and non-functional requirements are being considered in releases
  • Maintain system platform measures ensuring they will continue to meets business SLA’s, performance goals, and that the technical direction is consistent with strategy, principles, and design patterns.
  • Being a Technical Single Point of Contact (SPOC) and functional and technical expert for the application portfolio within the domain.
  • Use experience to provide estimates of cost and timescales for projects under early consideration.
  • Supporting the Domain lead in assuring and challenging supplier technical scope and pricing; keeping on top of the use of model estimation tools as agreed with Supply Chain Management.
  • Contribute to and understand the Wider IT Strategy. Qualifications/Experience Desired
  • Proven experience as an IT Solution Architect
  • Strong experience and proven ability in delivering Technical Systems Roadmaps.
  • Excellent Architecture, Design, Development and Delivery Technical Lead skills, ideally in Telecoms
  • Good understanding of how technical solution will impact the business
  • Understanding of Retail, Logistics and Supply Chain applications would be highly beneficial
  • Excellent Stakeholder Management skills – ability to influence and drive change
  • Extensive experience of working closely with IT and Technical teams to help drive delivery against strategic technical roadmaps.
  • Clear Logical Thinker and problem solver, able to think outside the box.
Why Vodafone?

Joining Vodafone is more than a job, what we do matters. We don’t just carry minutes, texts and data – we carry people’s lives. And that’s a huge responsibility. If you think for a minute about the people you rely on…the likelihood is they rely on us.

Customers are at the heart of everything we do and we want to make a difference to the lives of our customers, and the communities in which we live and work. We support our people to give something back to the causes that mean the most to them through helping them give time and money to the charities they love.

And what’s it like to work here? We have created an environment where you can look forward to coming to work and are empowered to be at your best. We offer flexibility in how you work that helps you do your job in a way that suits you, opportunities to help you grow and progress throughout your career, and a choice of benefits to suit your lifestyle.

Commitment from Vodafone

Vodafone is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the very best people by offering a flexible, motivating and inclusive workplace in which talent is truly recognised, developed and rewarded. We believe that diversity plays an important role in the success of our business and we are committed to creating an inclusive work environment which respects, values, celebrates and makes the most of people’s individual differences - we are not only multinational but multicultural too. At Vodafone you will have access to our excellent flexible benefits programme that you would expect from any global company.

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