Solution Architect Team Lead

Chandler's Ford
19 Apr 2019
13 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Working for KITS you’ll experience an exciting mix of collaboration, innovation and creativity within a high performance fast paced environment. We set ourselves challenging goals and have high expectations of what we deliver to Kingfisher.

We think work should be rewarding, fun and sociable, and we want our people to get the most out of every day. We therefore look for people who live our values, and have the skills, knowledge, energy, and passion to deliver the KITS strategy.

The Role

As a Solution Architect Team Lead, you will have line management responsibility for a team of Solution Architects providing solution design expertise into projects and programmes across Kingfisher. You will be accountable for the team delivery, ensuring they are engaged, effective and operating within the Architecture Governance Framework. You must be able to step into the role of Solution Architect, if required, to support peaks in demand.

With an awareness of the latest innovations and trends in technology, your team will be responsible for identifying and recommending solutions that best meet the business need and are aligned with the IT strategy and roadmaps. They will work with experts across application, integration and infrastructure to create holistic solution designs that put the needs of customers and colleagues first.

Encouraging effective communication of design decisions and recommendations to stakeholders will be an important aspect of the role.

What you will be doing

In this role, you will be leading a team of Solution & Data Architects with responsibility for the day to day management of resources and quality of deliverables. You will work with the Portfolio team to review demand for Solution Architecture resource onto projects and manage the effective allocation of those resources. You will play an active role in developing the IT Architecture function within Kingfisher, with joint ownership of Solution Architecture processes.

You will be driving continuous improvement in the Solution & Data Architecture capability within Kingfisher, including embedding the wider understanding of the role & its contribution. Alongside this, you will be encouraging the development of individuals within your team to enable them to realize their potential.

What we are looking for

To be successful in this role, you will be curious about the business and the challenges it faces with the skills & passion needed to lead and motivate a team in times of change. You will care about the development of individuals and will be proactive in helping them achieve their career goals and have a proactive mind set. You should be self-driven and will help to drive a culture of continuous improvement within the team.

You will have a real enthusiasm for architecture and design, be logical and pragmatic but also imaginative and creative in solving problems. You will be customer focused and able to consider potential options from the perspective of our customers and colleagues, with the ability to translate business needs into functional and technical requirements and clearly articulating the difference.

As Solution Architect Team Lead, you will be a great team player and a good communicator who can engage with stakeholders and explain IT solutions in simple, easy to understand ways.

Becoming part of Kingfisher is a fantastic opportunity, we want to be able to provide our employees with roles that engage them, alongside a competitive benefits package that allows our employees to feel a valued part of our team.

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