Solution Architect

Job Title: Solution Architect
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: City of London, London
Salary: £90000.00 - £100000 per annum
REF: 4356_1525971952
Contact Name: James Wood
Contact Email:
Job Published: 10 months ago

Job Description

Responsible for receiving requirements and delivering high quality, innovative, simple, business-focused IT solutions, that maximise efficiency from new/existing IT, working in collaboration with other business units.

Leads the development of solution architectures for complex systems, ensuring consistency with specified requirements agreed with customers.

Lead and develop a team providing solutions for the enhancement of this Insurance broking systems.

Main responsibilities and key activities:

  • Establish the Solution Architecture function as a pragmatic and well respected force for good within the insurer (this will include improving maturity, capabilities, people, skill base, etc).
  • Work with other teams to analyse requirements, evaluate proposed change and identify appropriate and cost effective solution options.
  • Ensure compliance with IT Strategy, Enterprise Architecture and Transformation roadmaps and governance.
  • Develop selected solutions into appropriate and cost effective solution designs.
  • Contribute to the production and maintain the business logical and physical models and actively participate in creation of appropriate models and capabilities.
  • Monitor technical progress, informing project management of major technical issues and making recommendations on their resolution.
  • Influence change to new/existing systems through liaising with the business governance, process and procedures.
  • Act as a Team Leader for staff assigned to Projects and Support activities
  • Conduct performance development reviews, coaching and training for staff under your direct management (as appropriate to their status).
  • Take an active part in the matrix management of the resource pool to ensure adequate progress through assigned projects.
  • Understand the business policies, and ensure adherence to them in all aspects of your work.
  • Report regularly on process improvements to Senior IT Management
  • Conduct all aspects of line management responsibilities throughout the employment lifecycle to include; recruitment and attraction, communication and engagement, performance, development and coaching activities
  • Demonstrate appropriate leadership and management behaviours as outlined in the behavioural frameworks.
  • Take a proactive role within the leadership team, including deputising for the Head of IT Strategy and Architecture when asked to do so.
  • Forge a close and productive working relationship with Enterprise Architecture.
  • Manage contract and permanent resources ensuring costs are monitored and recharged accordingly to ensure departmental budget objectives are achieved.
  • Ensure the correct skills are forecast, developed and engaged as appropriate to the needs of the business in a timely manner.

Key Skills and Competency Requirements:

  • A minimum of 3+ years' experience in an Insurance Broker
  • Ability to develop people and appropriate skill base.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and motivational skills.
  • Sound knowledge of capabilities and application of the business technology base.
  • Excellent analysis and documentation skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Excellent solution design skills
  • Develop strong working relationships working collaboratively with internal and external teams and partners.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the business strategy.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Enterprise and Solution Architecture.


  • Proven IT project management skills.

Next steps

  • If you're interested in this Solution Architect role, click 'apply now' or for more information and a confidential discussion on this role or to find out about more opportunities in Change Management contact James Wood at Oliver James Associates on 020 3861 9200 or email