Senior Solution Architect

United Kingdom
30 Sep 2017
03 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Excellent opportunity for Senior Solution Architect to be part of cutting edge technology team working at a key client site in London.

Cognizant Infrastructure Services – Provides IT infrastructure & Cloud services for clients across industry verticals, including both Consulting/Professional and Managed Services, across Enterprise Computing, Data Centres, End User Computing, Service Desk, Network Services, Environment Management Services, DevOps and Cloud.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Leading project solution architecture on various levels – from high level outlined architecture to detailed architecture and in some cases high level design
  • Hands-on involvement in all phases of project delivery providing architectural input to the rest of the team
  • Responsibility for the Solution Architecture Document and other architectural deliverables, supporting the Business Analyst in the production of Use Cases and Use Case model, supporting Data Architect in the production of data deliverables.
  • Liaising with stakeholders; both within IS and the business areas, and also external parties providing architectural steer.
  • Solution governance and quality assurance including membership of various Technical Design Authorities
  • Review and quality assurance of the artefacts created by external suppliers and internal teams to ensure the quality of delivered solution to fulfil business requirements and adhere to strategic vision.
  • Sharing experiences and learning points gained whilst working in assigned projects with the other members of SA community
  • Collaborating with other elements within the Solution Delivery department and with all other IS functions, with the objective of delivering successful and predictable outcomes for projects they are assigned to.
  • Providing solution for a wide range of technologies
  • Working in both traditional waterfall and agile environments
  • Ready to work on low level design if situation demands

  • Desirable Skills:

    • Good experience working as a solution architect on application migration project
    • Experience of complex multi-system solution development projects with multidimensional process and data requirements
    • Hands-on experience of working through the end to end project lifecycle
    • Familiarity with working with 3rd party or offshore suppliers to ensure the delivery of high quality designs that conform to the solution architecture defined
    • Good overall knowledge of a broad range of technology and technology trends
    • Ability to work on-site full-time at the client offices.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication

    Technical Skills:

    • A deep and up-to-date understanding of best practice application / solution architectures.
    • Past experience of designing systems or components, ideally on large projects (£5M+)
    • Implementation of applications within in large regulated enterprise environment
    • Relevant solution architecture skills (i.e. Data, Application, and Infrastructure), and a good understanding of architectural concepts, methodologies and mapping approaches
    • Experience in complex and significant Oracle (or similar for IBM, Microsoft) n-tier implementations
    • Experience with formal architectural methodologies and frameworks, including
    • TOGAF
    • Experience in architecture modelling tools (EA Sparx, RSA etc)
    • Proficient knowledge of UML
    • Experience in Cloud Computing (Public/Private/Hybrid) specifically on Cloud first application development
    • Basic knowledge of Red hat Linux

    General Skills:

    • Candidates will have experience of working within major corporate or government IT environments where good governance and quality frameworks are in place
    • Affinity for change. The ability to identify opportunities and lead others through organizational and technology change
    • Ability to work with imperfect information in the environment of uncertainty whilst still maintaining high standard, evidenced designs and documentation
    • Strong risk management skills to manage architectural risk through the project lifecycle
    • Ability to multi-task to lead solution architecture on multiple projects
    • Good level of commercial awareness, the ability to understand supplier proposals and promote cost effective solutions
    • Experience of working with multiple solution service providers
    • Ability to work to tight deadlines
    • Reliable, determined, highly motivated & proactive
    • Team player with the ability and tolerance to work with others
    • Can demonstrate innovative and creative approach to problem-solving
    • Good prioritization skills
    • Experience of stakeholder management at all levels; both internally and externally
    • Demonstrate substantial experience in applying architecture principles to affect changes to a business environment
    • Ability to grasp issues of a business nature and explain technical issues in business language
    • Familiarity with, or ability to quickly grasp, the business drivers of the client as well as its primary processes
    • Sound commercial approach to identifying solutions
    • A good understanding of the Financial Services Industry would be a bonus but is not a pre-requisite
    • A deep and up-to-date working understanding of SOA solutions (Oracle ideally, but
    • MS or IBM also)
    • Ability to work with others to deliver continuous improvement
    • High-level data modelling understanding and experience
    • Experience of implementing frameworks such as TOGAF, Zachman, patterns, standards, guidelines and tools to be used for software architecture and then ensuring they are followed as well as experience producing RAID logs/risk registers and managing architectural risk through the project lifecycle
    • TOGAF certified
    • Experience with formal development methodologies (e.g. Prince2, RUP and Scrum)

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