Solution Architect

Job Title: Solution Architect
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: City of London, London
Salary: Negotiable
REF: 50447_1522252660
Contact Name: Joe Laramee
Contact Email:
Job Published: about 1 year ago

Job Description

Job Purpose:

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 the Society's systems.

Main responsibilities and key activities:

Establish the Solution Architecture function as a pragmatic and well respected force for good within the Society (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 Society's 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 Society's 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 Society 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 Society in a timely manner.

Key Skills and Competency Requirements:

Ability to develop people and appropriate skill base.
Excellent interpersonal, communication and motivational skills. 
Sound knowledge of capabilities and application of the Society's 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 Wesleyan's business strategy.
Knowledge and understanding of Enterprise and Solution Architecture. 

Desirable  Proven IT project management skills.