Solutions Architect

Posted 31 May 2024
Salary £600-£650 Per Day
LocationBirmingham
Job type Temporary
Discipline Technology RecruitmentInformation Technology Recruitment
ReferenceUoB Solution Architect (Contract)
Contact NameRicky Sharp

Job description

Role: Solutions Architect

Work Type: Initial 3 Month Contract

Day Rate:£600-£650 (Inside IR35)

Location: Hybrid Working Based in Birmingham

Role Summary

This is a critical technical lead role working closely with the Head of Architecture and with key stakeholders at various levels within ITS and the wider business to ensure the delivery of exceptional IT service. Using authorised Architecture Principles, Standards and Patterns and in line with the relevant Digital Strategy and Technology Roadmaps, the Solution Architect will be responsible for supporting the successful implementation of a new research information eco-system. The work will include designing, advising on and implementing an architecture that meets ITS governance standards, business requirements and fits within the time and budget envelopes of the project.

In the role you will define and implement the strategic roadmap for new system technologies across the business as well as proactively assess existing and emerging products and technologies against current and future business requirements.

Utilising knowledge and judgement to prioritise stakeholder needs and manage expectations in accordance with institutional strategies and available resources is also essential and of a high priority in this position. Working directly with the Head of Architecture and Design, this will be a key senior management position within IT Services, taking a leading part in the selection and delivery of digital environments.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for Technical Leadership and influencing key stakeholders to ensure that architecture and design considerations are visible, opportunities exploited, and potential contentions and risks identified and mitigated.

  • Contributing to the process for design, capture and productionising architecture and technology standards and patterns for re-use to enable a standards-based approach.

  • Responsible for engaging with and attending Design Authority Board, (DAB), ensuring that designs are reviewed, and to contribute towards other designs at DAB.

  • Driving the eradication of technical debt related to new designs, underpinning a risk-based approach to design reviews, and ensuring that perfect does not become the enemy of good or better.

  • Designing, recommending, and implementing solutions that not only meet business requirements but also adhere to the standards and guidelines of the ITS strategy.

  • Lead and be accountable for the production, where required, of architectural artefacts such as but not limited to high-level designs, component collaboration contracts, (for integrations).

  • Responsible for designing, recommending, and implementing solutions that not only meets business requirements but also adhere to the standards and guidelines of the ITS strategy.

  • Engaging as a key member of the architecture team reporting to the Head of Architecture and Design.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications, Experience

  • Technical/scientific and/or management/supervisory role in a specialist area. A higher degree may also be held. Where no equivalent qualification is held a proven track record of extensive and substantial work experience in a series of progressively more demanding and relevant roles will be required.

  • TOGAF certification or equivalent relevant experience is desirable.

  • Knowledge of Higher Education in general and its environment would be beneficial.

  • A background in software development or solution architecture with appropriate technology/ coding skills and experience.

  • A detailed understanding of Digital and Technology Strategies, open standards-based architecture and using APIs.

  • A broad technical background in IT, covering operating systems, databases, integrations, cloud-based Software/Platform/Infrastructure-as-a-Service, business continuity and information security.

  • ITIL Service Management Processes and understanding of the full SDLC