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Lead Solutions Architect

Closing date
31 Jan 2022

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Technology & New Media
Contract Type
Full Time
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Lead Solutions Architect opportunity working as part of the Strategy and Architecture team for a leading Research & Development organisation.

The Lead Solution Architect is key to helping the Enterprise Architecture Director deliver successful design and implementation of the systems and solutions, to establish good architecture practice, appropriate team structure, high quality documentation and a measurable improvement in the quality and success of the architecture function.

Lead Solution Architect is line manager to the Solution Architecture team while also delivering as an SA themselves on key projects and activities; responsible for ensuring that high level designs deliver the business value expected, improves customer experience, aligns to the target architecture, and are optimised to facilitate future change. Solutions Architects are also needed to ensure that subsequent low-level design work and challenges remain aligned to the high-level design.

Key responsibilities:
  • Aligning the skills within the SA team with business demand, identifying staff developmental needs, managing training, and coaching to establish the necessary skills and behaviours
  • Understand business drivers and business capabilities (current & future state) and determine corresponding solution designs and change requirements to achieve business outcomes.
  • Challenging business requirements and identifying and mitigating architectural significant risks
  • Design and lead the implementation of a solutions architecture across a group of specific business applications or technologies
  • Work with partners and vendors to ensure their design work, high level, detailed designs, and implementations are aligned with the overall Enterprise Architecture.

Key experience required:
  • Experience Leading a Team of Solution Architects
  • Minimum of seven years of design and implementation experience as a Solution Architect, within large and complex digital transformation projects and products.
  • Experience across Agile application development, domain driven design, commercial off-the-shelf software, APIs, middleware, servers and storage, and database management.
  • Have exposure to multiple/diverse technologies and new and emerging technology trends, and their practical application.
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