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Director of Architecture

Job Title: Director of Architecture
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London, London
Salary: £100000 - £130000 per annum
Start Date: ASAP
REF: J6214
Contact Name: Vikki Bayfield
Contact Email:
Job Published: about 1 month ago

Job Description

Director of Architecture - London - £100,000 - £130,000

The Director and Lead IT Architect plays an integral role in leading and managing the IT Application Architecture team in building a holistic view and roadmap of the business application strategy and technology.


  • Act as a visionary and strategist for IT Solutions
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the IT Application Architecture team
  • Cultivate positive and collaborative relationships with business stakeholders
  • Collaborate with the business architecture team to evolve and align the enterprise architecture with the business strategy
  • Lead and provide oversight into the development and maintenance of the current and future state enterprise architecture
  • Support business and IT strategic planning and product development teams as required
  • Develop, communicate, Implement and promote architecture governance processes and related standards and policies
  • Define and maintain best practice guidelines and standards for application architecture
  • Serve as point of escalation, review, and approval for application architecture issues
  • Advise business and technology groups on future application options, outlining risks, costs, benefits, and capabilities
  • Collaborate with architects, solution designer, business analysts and project managers on a wide range of technology projects, including software development, package implementations, and infrastructure upgrades/changes
  • Identify and maintain an application lifecycle management approach
  • Communicate and market architectural decisions, plans, goals and strategies
  • Gain organizational commitment for enterprise level application architecture and related initiatives
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of IT industry best practices, technologies, architectures and emerging technologies
  • Review new and existing initiatives for compliance with IT standards, policies and architectural plans
  • Identify architectural risks and propose alternatives and solutions and retain responsibility for the overall integrity of the architecture
  • Build and maintain excellent relations with key stakeholders including PMO, Delivery teams, Infrastructure, Security, Network, Product and various business functions

Essential Skills:

  • Strong leadership and negotiation skills with business and technical groups
  • Strong organizational and people management skills
  • Coaches and mentors other solution architects
  • Demonstrated ability to build consensus amongst many stakeholders
  • Comfortable with ambiguity
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams to promote open communication and teamwork
  • Experience with enterprise architectural frameworks, service oriented architecture and building architecture roadmaps
  • Demonstrable experience in developing and implementing enterprise, business application and data architectures
  • Experience with enterprise architecture tools
  • Ability to establish, implement and enforce appropriate standards to meet business requirements
  • Understanding the IT architecture discipline, processes, concepts, and best practices
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems or related program
  • Minimum 5 years of related experience in the implementation of structured design and architecture processes and design experience with large-scale, mission-critical applications

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