Solutions Architect - Data

Gerrard White
Reigate, UK
23 Aug 2019
26 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
We are currently recruiting for a Data focused Solutions Architect to join a leading brand in financial services, offering a great working environment, during an exciting period of change and transformation across the technology landscape.

The Solution Architect is responsible for developing the architecture and technical direction of IT Applications, ensuring that the use of technology is aligned with the overall company direction and business strategy regarding applications, data and infrastructure. The Solution Architect will influence the activities of other IT teams to ensure that IT strategy and architectural goals are achieved through the wider virtual architecture team.

The Solution Architect will liaise with the business to align architecture strategy to business direction, whilst educating business users on the benefits of good design and service based architecture. The Solution Architect will work closely with the Delivery Managers and Product Owners within IT to ensure that the agreed solutions are implemented according to the architectural design.


Able to influence the strategy for future investment of IT department budget to enable the growth of the company.
Influence the scope and direction of R&D projects to agreed budgets and timescales.
Responsible for ensuring that design solutions are fit for purpose and comply with the strategic goals of the Architecture Team.

Strategic Technology Planning

Develop a close understanding of the company's direction and business strategy
Responsible for creating and maintaining relevant architecture principles.
Build relationships with business functions and other IT teams to identify the potential application of emerging technology
Responsible for ensuring that new projects and initiatives meet agreed technical principles and are consistent with the strategic technology direction.
Responsible for building and maintaining a repository of technical documentation to disseminate an understanding of our data architecture.

Technical Architecture

Understand the technologies in use within the company and by business partners
Responsible for defining non-functional requirements for systems
Define and develop the overall technology data architecture philosophy and 'big picture', including hardware platforms, operating systems, cloud, RDBMS, middleware, etc

Data Architecture

Work with the Enterprise Data Architect to define overall data architecture strategy and 'big picture'.
Work with Technical Leads to develop and design a variety of big data solutions, translating design specifications into software solutions.
Responsible for providing technical leadership in designing, developing and deploying different components with a focus on high availability, low latency and scalability in a distributed environment.
Responsible for developing data architecture standards and guidelines, and work with product teams to ensure that these are applied correctly.
Responsible for promoting the Data Architecture Team vision across the IT department and the business.


Ability to think problems and solutions through clearly
Ability to grasp new concepts and relate these to business situations
Proven expertise in Big Data Architecture
Experience working with a cloud platform preferably AWS
Knowledge of a Database technology. Relational or NoSQL
Must have experience in design and development of analytics and reporting.
Extensive Data Modelling experience
Some experience of Data Science and Machine Learning
Having the drive and initiative to learn whatever is necessary to explore new and existing solutions
Previous background working in high traffic, highly transactional online environments
An understanding of streaming technologies such as AWS Kinesis or Apache Kafka would be beneficial
An understanding of Serverless / Lambda principals is desirable
Probably educated to degree level or equivalent.

Please send your CV or contact Alex Williams at Gerrard White Consulting for more details

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