Solutions Architect (Financial Services)

Shareforce Limited
London (Greater)
11 Jan 2018
10 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Solution Architects work onsite with clients to help them achieve their business aims by providing architectural, domain, and delivery expertise at the solution level. Whilst projects usually have a strong technology element, the Solution Architect will focus on relating technology capabilities and building blocks to the business drivers and goals. Candidates will have demonstrated the ability to architect, design and estimate complex software solutions and ensure these are achievable within the client's environment. The role requires someone with a passion for the detail, an understanding of governance, experience in system integration, and the ability to frame and deliver a compelling solution roadmap.


  • Creating and owning architecture deliverables within client projects, specifically within the digital banking / digitalisation domain
  • Understanding the business and organisational context of client engagements and using this knowledge to identify opportunities and reduce risks
  • Playing an influential role in pushing digital banking projects to delivery, interacting with design authorities, IT teams, and business stakeholders as necessary
  • Representing Icon professionally in customer engagements, using excellent inter-personal skills to develop and realise further opportunities for the company
  • Supporting pre-sales proposals and propositions in the form of client meetings, approach and estimation for solutions
  • Leading technical and non-technical colleagues and clients through the delivery lifecycle
  • Recognising emerging market trends and future requirements, building appropriate knowledge and capability to inform clients and keep Icon at the front of the market

Skills & Experience:

  • A strong technical and solution architecture background built upon software engineering experiences within a digital banking / digitalisation environment
  • A track record of owning and delivering solutions across a broad spectrum of the project delivery lifecycle in involving mixed shore resources
  • The ability to communicate efficiently upwards (to business), downwards (to IT teams) and laterally (to peers, vendors, and client side staff)
  • Familiarity with technology concepts, roles, and terminology, and the ability to work closely with application architects and modellers
  • The ability to serve as an active participant in architecture groups and forums communicating solution strategy and design in conversation, documentation and presentations

In addition to the above, the following background experience would be highly beneficial:

  • Consultancy / customer facing experiences within a software vendor or enterprise scale services environment
  • Financial Services domain knowledge with practical experience of mobilising technology to meet the market dynamics effecting the financial services domain (Risk / Cost / Customer)
  • Pre-sales experience and comfort engaging with clients to demonstrate capability and understand requirements

Additional Information:

  • Salary Offered: Competitive base + 20% bonus + 10% pension
  • Travel profile: Candidates should be willing to work at client site (predominantly in Central London) in the interest of meeting with customers and collaborating with colleagues
  • Applicants must have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom and will be required to partake in pre-employment background checking

About our client.....
Our client is an award winning technology consultancy working with some of the largest financial services companies in the world. Established in 2009 as the result of a management buy-out, we count some of the world's leading financial services companies among our customers; including HSBC, Citi, Lloyds, BAML and RBS. As a result of our success, we have embarked on an exciting period of growth, leveraging excellent customer sentiment and a people centric approach to our business to further develop our position as one of London's leading independent technology consulting firms, competing for and winning exciting projects within the London market for payments, digitalisation and systems integration.

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