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Senior Solutions Architect - Capital Markets

Employer
Colt Technology Services
Location
UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
23 Feb 2021

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Sector
Technology & New Media
Contract Type
Permanent
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Job Details

Role purpose

Role holders will act both as an engine to increase sales and as the solution owner for all of the design engagements. He/She will predominantly support the Capital Markets vertical within the Enterprise Sales organisation to meet and exceed Colt objectives in selling Colt services, by being the technical point of contact within the account team.

The role consists of helping sales generating, designing and closing opportunities on their list of accounts. For each opportunity he/she is engaged on, the role includes gathering and translating customer requirements into a high level technical and service design, to ensure client satisfaction by meeting their defined technical expectations:

  • Opportunity detection, generation, qualification and requirements gathering.
  • Solution design including underlying technical architecture, service definition and transition plan.
  • Technical and product expertise to the customer during the presales stages.
  • Overall solution costing.
  • Presentation of that solution to the customer.


Key Accountabilities
  • Help evangelise customers to detect and generate opportunities.
  • Become and act as the trusted advisor for key stakeholders inside the customer's organisation.
  • To be the customer's technical consultant, allowing a review of the customer's current services and leading to a reengineered solution for better performance, cost savings and easier management for the customer and the network.
  • Meet and work closely with the customer to understand their business objectives, needs, requirements and compelling criteria to better shape the solution and translate them into a high level technical and service design that integrates smoothly into the customer environment.
  • Understand current and emerging technologies to provide the customers with the information needed to make informed telecommunications decisions. Look at Colt offerings and provide a complete solution for a customer based on industry-proven technologies.
  • Pro-actively drive and lead strategic account development with Sales & Sales Specialists on named accounts. Ensure client satisfaction by meeting their defined technical expectations.
  • Ensure timely and accurate qualification of opportunities.
  • Partner with the sales team to recommend the most appropriate solution to the customer.
  • Liaise between the customer and Colt Engineering, Design, Delivery and Operations, to ensure each is aware of the customer solution and to create an effective installation.
  • Ensure Colt is focusing on solutions we can win and are aligned to Colt strategy.
  • Own the solution during the assess and design phase, up to ordering.
  • Mainly focus on customer requirements and deviations from the Colt service catalogue.
  • Ensure the functional design is aligned to industry trends and is cost efficient.
  • Manage 3rd Party partners and all Colt concerned departments to design a fit for purpose and a deliverable solution.
  • Manage the cost of the different elements that build the solution to ensure it best fits the customer's requirements and is most cost effective.
  • Document the final Solution design to a level of detail and rigour that enables customer to comfortably contract with Colt for a clearly defined service and solution and service outcome.
  • Document the final Solution design to a level of detail and rigour that enables all relevant technologies and services to be identified for internal approval.
  • Identify and quantify the associated gaps and risks including mitigation plans in conjunction with Commercial/Bid management, and other sales supporting entities whenever appropriate.
  • Maintain a high degree of and thorough knowledge of all Colt products, services capabilities.
  • Maintain a high degree of and thorough knowledge of the customers he/she is supporting selling to.
  • Act with autonomy in managing work load and provide leadership in acting on a sales opportunity.
  • Actively participate in specialist communities to ensure that successful innovative solutions and best practices are promoted and shared.
  • Demonstrate and apply advanced technical and architectural knowledge.
  • Apply innovative architectural thinking to the mission, strategy and vision that delivers positive impact and results to the business.
  • Demonstrate thought-leadership across the organisation to be recognised within the technology industry.
  • Functional leadership of design teams in the solution business to develop best-fit solutions and assure highest quality offers.
  • Professional business oriented attitude with the ability to drive the Win Phase and influence on C-Level.
  • Adherence to Colt governance processes, tools and sales methodology.


Role requirements

Experience:
  • Substantial experience in a Pre-Sales position.
  • Proven and successful experience in working with Sales.
  • Proven track record in successful customer solutions design in the Financial Services or Capital Markets sector.
  • Strong technical knowledge in market data products, software or related financial services.
  • Strong technical understanding of financial exchange operating models and related markets-related technology.
  • Experience in working with international teams.
  • Proven track record in business and ICT transformation solutions.
  • Proven track record in business and ICT transformation solutions presenting to Senior Leadership and C-suite audiences.
  • Proven expertise of how to apply architectural thinking to mission, strategy and vision in innovative ways that deliver positive impact and results to the business.


Skills / Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Telecommunications or related field.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Commercial and Sales acumen - good understanding of pricing strategies, financial analysis methods and negotiation strategies.
  • Proven technical skills and overall excellent understanding of building solutions with technologies applicable to Financial Services and Capital Markets including ultra-low latency networking solutions, multicast, routing, switching, Ethernet, IP, MPLS and optical technology.
  • Industry level certifications such as FISD FIA or Cisco CCNA would be preferred although not mandatory.
  • Ability to partner with technical and business-oriented teams.
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