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Technical Solutions Architect

  • Location

    Swindon, Wiltshire

  • Sector:

    IT Architecture

  • Job type:

    Contract

  • Salary:

    £550 - £580 per day

  • Contact:

    Amy Harris

  • Contact email:

    amyh@montash.com

  • Salary high:

    580

  • Salary low:

    550

  • Job ref:

    tsa170418_1523951833

  • Published:

    4 months ago

  • Duration:

    24 weeks

  • Expiry date:

    2018-04-24

  • Startdate:

    ASAP

  • Consultant:

    #

Montash have been engaged by a leading Financial Services Company to source a Technical Solutions Architect for an initial 24 week contract based in Swindon.

Project Objective/Overview

The objectives of this project are to deliver changes that:

  1. a) provide incremental capacity and performance improvements to support the 'Digital First' Strategy of 50% active current account holders
  2. b) Scale up the existing infrastructure and maintain the capability for the Banking App to operate from a single data centre (in the event of the loss of one data centre), without degradation of service.
  3. c) Improve the resilience of the Banking App and any related technology components, so that service outage is minimised and availability SLA is met.
  4. d) Improve capability and processes to enable the future resilience of the digital platforms and its related technology.

The role of the Technical Solutions Architect is to identify how existing technologies can be enhanced to provide this additional resilience.

The IA platform which supports integration between front-end applications and back-end ledgers is running an older version of Windows, on obsolete hardware, which is not scalable and is unlikely to support the 50% mobile activation strategy, or to provide sufficient resilience in the near future (operational risks already exist)

Options are:

  • to upgrade/replace the IA platform with similar technology (Windows/IIS/.Net) and port web services to this.
  • To migrate services to the strategic NEM platform.

The Technical Solution Architect needs strong business facing skills to consider the impact to the design as a result of changes to business process and business requirements.

It is likely that an additional project will be added to the requirement to bring the RRF up to 100% which is the SWIFT payments application upgrade where the project has dependencies on NBS 2016 cloud services build and 2 Factor Authentication.

Essential Technical Skills

* Application architecture

* Digital platforms
* Systems Integration and middleware
* Forms and Business Process Management (BPM)
* IT Security, Service & Support Models

Essential Competencies

TECHNOLOGY: Complexity of changing multiple aspects of already deployed systems whilst maintaining business continuity

  • BUSINESS: Business domain knowledge (banking sector)
  • PROCESSES: Comprehensive knowledge of cross-functional processes.

Essential Industry/ Project Specific Experience

  • Mobile applications
  • Internet banking services
  • SWIFT

Essential Other

  • Strong stakeholder management, communication and presentation skills
  • Documentation & approvals of architecture artefacts
  • Collaboration with Enterprise Architecture & other domain architects
  • Understanding of & alignment with the governance structure throughout the project lifecycle