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  • Job reference: RMS0173259

Solutions Architect

  • Sector: ICT
  • Location: %location_text_region%
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Date posted: 18/11/2016
  • Duration: permanent

The Company:
Our client has invested in our future by creating a digital platform, with the flexibility to provide high integrity control solutions through to data analytics and consumer apps deploying the latest digital technologies. Their origins lie within British Rail and provide solutions that transform beyond rail, across transport markets and beyond

The Role:
PRIMARY PURPOSE OF ROLE

To work with our development and delivery teams to translate our Business Technology and Products Strategy into solutions for our diverse client base in the UK Rail & Public Transport sectors, and to support our Solutions Delivery Director in defining our Business Technology and Products Strategy


KEY ELEMENTS OF ROLE

* Establish and lead the review of solution delivery with Technical Architects and Project Management to ensure compliance with defined strategy and architecture, and highlight and assess impact of deviations
* Ensure good design principles are maintained so that non-functional requirements such as performance, scalability, availability, reliability and security are appropriately addressed
* Communicate complex IT architecture in business terms to internal and external decision makers, engaging with them to explain technical drivers and how such solutions/strategies address their current and future needs
* Mentor our Technical Architect resources, embedding the technical architecture strategy in their thinking and delivery, and encourage collaborative sharing of best practices and design patterns throughout the development team
* Review the technology landscape to bring in new ideas, support and encourage innovation. Lead ongoing appraisal of developments in technology and application systems and assess how these will impact our products, business and architecture strategy
* Accurately estimate packages of work and assist with bids for new work
* Build business cases for new technology implementations and discuss with the Executive Board for approval where necessary


The company deploys the following technologies:

* Industrial Control Systems with demanding requirements for resilience, availability and security
* Increasingly using Hybrid Cloud architectures to deliver services that improve both Operations and Customer Experience in Public Transport
* Increasingly looking to exploit public cloud for data acquisition, big data analytics and applications

Essential Skills / Qualifications:
* Experience in any of the following both public and private cloud environments; high volume messaging and data streaming; big data analytics; building scalable and extensible platforms using services and microservices
* Significant background in hands-on Solutions Architect roles and experience in leading and shaping architecture resources, capabilities and strategy
* Must have excellent communication skills (listening, understanding and conveying)
* Be open to, and knowledgeable on, the relative merits of a wide range of technologies and solutions to ensure the right fit is always achieved

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