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Senior Solution Architect / Lead Solution Architect

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    Luton, Bedfordshire

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    IT Architecture

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  • Salary:

    £80000 - £100000 per annum + 30% bonus / benefits

  • Contact:

    Ian Clark

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    about 2 years ago

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Senior Solution Architect / Lead solution Architect / Chief Solution Architect

My client a global E-commerce company are currently looking for a Programme Manager to join their established team.

This is a great opportunity to join a team of high-quality, innovative and like-minded people, who are driving the development of compelling cloud-based solutions to leapfrog my clients capabilities.

As part of this we are looking to hire a Senior Solution Architect who we expect to align to the Commercial domain, but with the experience and flexibility to lead solution work in other domains as appropriate. This highly capable member of the team will work closely with the other architects, the business stakeholders and the delivery teams, and may also be asked to take on additional line management responsibility of other Solution Architects.

The role:

  • To lead the solution architecture definition for complex end to end solutions, working with technical architects covering each solution component, and Enterprise Architects driving the long-term architectural direction.
  • Produce high quality, comprehensive Solution Blueprint materials demonstrating a balance of different functional & non-functional drivers and requirements, effective understanding of solution risk, and alignment to broader IT strategy and standards.
  • Provide architectural guidance to third party vendors / development teams to assure the delivered solution realises the design.

Owning & defining solution architectures:

  • Working with external parties, suppliers and internal members of the IT team and business units to research, define and document the systems architecture and high level designs for major new initiatives, primarily though not exclusively in the Commercial domain
  • Identifying key areas of technical risk or complexity, proposing appropriate Proofs of Concepts (POCs) and spikes, working with stakeholders to curate a story backlog, and leading a team to gain hard evidence to influence the end architecture design
  • Providing high level estimates for projects to facilitate prioritisation of demand and portfolio management
  • Working with the programme solution architects, business analysts and business stakeholders to coordinate the collection of non-functional requirements for each component / platform in the end to end architecture
  • Engaging with technical architects and other solution architects to understand and define the end to end solution architecture, outlining appropriate component responsibilities and boundaries, producing interaction diagrams explaining how the solution hangs together
  • Clear communication of the defined solution to the delivery and service teams (both in house and third party)
  • Ensuring key factors such as total cost of ownership, ongoing maintenance, a broad understanding of risk etc. are considered in the definition of the solution.

Assuring component design alignment & solution delivery:

  • Gaining an appropriately deep understanding of the technical solution for each component, steering key technology and design decisions, aligned to the relevant solution assurance processes
  • Holding vendors to account to ensure documentation meets the architecture standards, aligns to the defined end to end solution, as well as meets its business functional and non-functional requirements
  • Collaborating with the Service Delivery team to define the support model for platforms and components in the end to end architecture
  • Reviewing and assessing aspects of detailed design that deviate from the proposed solution architecture, published technical strategies, policies, standards etc.

Playing a leading role in shaping and maturing IT architecture:

  • Work as part of the core Solution Architecture team to evolve and continuously improve ways of working, templates, engagement with other teams and so forth
  • Work with Technical Architects, particularly those aligned to Commercial domain systems, to ensure there is a strong, productive relationship between Solution Architecture and Technical Architects, and to help with their maturity improvement where needed


  • Experience of designing/implementing solutions, including (desirable):
    • Large, multi-technology, multi-vendor solutions
    • eCommerce platforms (ideally Hybris)
    • Process orchestration
  • Integration with third party service provider APIs
  • Experience of SOA, API Design and distributed architectures.
  • Practical experience of agile project delivery aligned to high quality solution architecture
  • Demonstrable experience of designing high quality software solutions in line with business needs and timescales
  • A good working knowledge of eCommerce solutions with a high degree of commercial awareness
  • Active participation in a maturing architecture practice / community
  • Be confident in presenting solution architecture and strategy to both and IT and business audiences
  • The ability to understand complex concepts and communicate them in a simple manner
  • The ability to communicate well on both a business and technical level, to all levels of the organisation

Senior Solution Architect / Lead solution Architect / Chief Solution Architect

If you are interested in the above, pleasy apply now.