We are looking for a Portfolio Architect to join a client facing team who enable my client's systems to be integrated with new and existing clients. This role will see you work closely with many clients and third parties to build architectures for the integration of greenfield and brownfield solutions.
The ideal candidate would have knowledge within the insurance markets and again ideally in the warranty side of things. It is essential that you can demonstrate previous client facing work you have undertaken as well as examples of SaaS based integrations.
The role is based in SW London although home working is set till the end of March at the earliest with the potential of 1 - 3 days in the office after then. The company is embarking on a 5 year roadmap which will see a great deal of change and expansion both in product sets and technology adoption.
The brief I have on the role:
The Lead Portfolio Architect is responsible for the overall architecture, IT strategy and project design for the Client and New Business portfolio. They are a key member of the architectural leadership team and will lead a team of Solution Architects delivering solution design across all projects and initiatives in the portfolio. They will be working closely with business leadership, IT leadership, and Architecture leadership, they will deliver the architecture roadmaps and strategies that define the direction and target vision for the business, shape early project definition (ideas phase) work and produce design documents for projects within their business domain. A key part
of the role is to manage and contribute to the reference architecture artefacts, particularly where these are pertinent to the projects within their business area.
Architectural leadership of the portfolio -
o Work closely with business leadership and enterprise architecture lead to define the
architecture vision, strategy, and roadmaps. Work closely with the aligned Enterprise architects to align the portfolio technology road map
o Work closely with the aligned Head of Portfolio and business analyst to shape early engagement on projects within the business
· As Client and New Business Portfolio Architect you will work closely with the clients to help
inform their IT departments of our capabilities and the technology roadmap.
o Produce ideas phase architecture assessments and artefacts.
o Act as a trusted partner of the business, helping to select opportunities and technologies that measurably improve business KPIs
o Support the Head of Portfolio in management of the overall portfolio, providing architecture input as required.
Provide Solution Architecture for projects and programmes - 40%:
o Work closely with project / programme leadership and sponsors to define the programme
/ business vision, strategy, delivery mechanisms and structure.
o Produce project design artefacts as required by the projects
o Manage the day to day tasks of any solution architects working on programmes within
o Identify business requirements that affect enterprise architecture and provide solutions
that integrate into the clients overall architectural vision and strategy
o Provide organisational expertise to align solution architecture and technical design to
o Ensure the overall technical integrity of the project / programme
Leadership and Line Management of Solution Architects - 20%
o Provide coaching, mentoring and manage performance.
o Represent the team at various governance forums
o Drive engagement and a positive working environment across the business analysis team
and wider team.
o Contribute ideas and drive continuous improvement activities across both the business
analysis and wider team.
o Manage architectural engagement and work items across the team, working with Portfolio
leadership to agree the architecture tasks and allocations.
o Agreeing resourcing levels with portfolio leadership and recruiting architects as
Contribute to the reference architecture - 10%
Defining strategies, standards and patterns. As a member of the architecture leadership
team, peer review artefacts and govern the overall architecture
· Strong communication and Stakeholder management skills both internally and in delivering
· Strong collaboration skills demonstrating the ability to work harmoniously with all
disciplines in serving our business customers
· Well-developed analytical thinking & problem solving skills.
· Subject matter expertise in both the business and technology domains they are aligned to.
· Expertise in both BTB and BTC integration
· Programme / Portfolio level architecture definition.
· Large programme or portfolio delivery of SOA systems design, development and delivery
· Producing architectural roadmaps (as-is, to-be and transitions)
· Delivering IT related commercial propositions relating to new bids and tenders
Please let me know if the salary range on the role is just too low for you as this may change and I do not want you to miss an opportunity if it does.