Solution Architect

London, UK
20 May 2019
27 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you based in Norwich, York, Bristol or London and looking for a new challenge?

IT is the key enabler for Aviva to achieve its strategy. A really strong, innovative and forward-looking IT function is the cornerstone of our challenge to disrupt the industry and fulfil our digital ambitions.

The pace of change here is fast. There are numerous opportunities to develop and implement forward-thinking technology solutions to support our business.

Come and join our team: you'll have loads of opportunity for personal development and our leaders across IT will support you on awesome, challenging and innovative work.
At Aviva we are looking to transform the way in which we engage with our customers. Digital technology is key, and agile methodologies are at the heart of our strategy. As a Solution Architect, you are responsible for the end-to-end solution designs that drive this vision forward. You will also be part of a wider global architecture practice and will be passionate about driving, improving and promoting the process and delivery of architecture (and its value) across the organisation.
Role Purpose
You will be expected to
  • Be passionate about defining the end-to-end solutions for IT change programmes which support our customers.
  • Create end-to-end designs that are fit for purpose from a functional, non-functional, service, and security point of view.
  • Deliver solutions that move our overall architecture forwards, in line with Aviva's IT Strategy.
  • Drive improvement in design quality.
  • Provide technical direction and support to our business and technology stakeholders in delivering change.
Key aspects of the role:
Solutions and Assurance:
  • Create solutions and design for projects to meet Aviva's standards for technology, ensuring they meet our ambitions for availability, security, resilience and performance.
  • Perform early triage and shaping of IT initiatives to support investment decisions and initial delivery planning.
  • Complete design options with associated costs, benefits and risks to enable investment decisions.
  • Ensure compliance to policies, standards and target architecture. Support the representation within your area of responsibility in all appropriate broader governance bodies and processes.
  • Be responsible for the integrity of end-to-end solutions, including transition states used to achieve target state.
Technical Leadership:
  • Provide leadership on key designs to ensure the long-term strategic goals of Aviva IT are met as well as short term project needs.
  • Ensure design artefacts are produced to support service, security, architecture and engineering.
  • Peer review the design artefacts of others.
  • Provide coaching, mentoring and training to less experienced Solution Architects as required.
Experience / Skills Required:
  • You'll be passionate about technology and how to exploit it for the benefit of our customers.
  • Excellent design and architecture skills.
  • Experience of agile delivery methods.
  • Strong technical experience, This may be broad experience with the ability to apply it across a variety of customer and business scenarios; or strong domain specialisms to maximise the benefits of technology in key areas such as Business Intelligence or Pensions.
  • Experience in cloud technologies is desirable (esp. Amazon Web Services).
  • Financial acumen to support development of business cases and to inform key design decisions.
  • Strong analytical capability and background.
  • Ability to think long-term strategically and operationally.
  • Strong personal impact and influence.
  • Good stakeholder and relationship management at all levels.
What will you get for this role?
  • Salary of £41,000-76,000 depending on location, skills, experience and qualifications.
  • Generous defined contribution pension scheme.
  • Annual performance related bonus and pay review.
  • Holiday allowance of 29 days plus bank holidays and the option to buy/sell up to 5 additional days.
  • Up to 40% discount for some Aviva products through "My Aviva Extras" plus discounts for Friends and Family.
  • Excellent range of flexible benefits to include a matching share save scheme.
We care about the wellbeing of our employees:
How you feel at home, work and all aspects of your life are important to us. Our programme - 'Be Healthy', 'Be Mindful', 'Be Secure' and 'Be Awesome' supports your physical, mental, financial and social wellbeing.
Here are just a few highlights:
  • You'll be able to download Aviva Digital GP - a 24/7 personal GP service that enables you to get a video consultation with a GP and pharmacy service at the touch of a button.
  • We offer all UK employees subscriptions to Headspace for FREE.
  • We have subsidised 70% off the normal gym membership prices, meaning for a reduced monthly fee you will have access to a wide range of fitness venues.
Additional Information:
One of Aviva's core values is Care More, and this is brought to life through the flexible ways we like to work. This may include working from home some of the time, or flexible work schedules to accommodate parent and carer responsibilities, further studies and hobbies.

Our diversity and inclusion policies and initiatives are shaping an environment where everyone feels welcome regardless of age, disability, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, culture, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, maternity or those with other caring responsibilities. Our approach helps to ensure that Aviva is a place which values difference and provides equal opportunities for all.

As a disability confident employer we guarantee to interview anyone with a disability, (As defined in The Equality Act 2010) whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. (By 'minimum criteria' we mean that you must provide us with evidence which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence required, as well as meeting any of the qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential). Please apply through the website and then email the contact listed in the advert to notify us that you meet the conditions for the guaranteed interview scheme.

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