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  • Job reference: RMS0173259

Solutions Architect

  • Sector: ICT
  • Location: London
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Date posted: 23/01/2017
  • Duration: ongoing
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The Role:
We are looking for someone to drive change within the organisation, working with existing management and tech teams to promote the use of modern engineering practices and technologies within the business, and enable transformation at the highest levels.
You will be responsible for contributing informed strategic planning to our existing technology, and for overseeing the design and delivery of new services built on top and alongside them.
You will also be an evangelist for modern cloud architecture - being knowledgable about current developments in cloud technology and architectural practice, and identifying appropriate candidates for their use within the business.
You will be working 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 and Public Transport sectors, and to support our Solutions Delivery Director in defining our Business Technology and Products Strategy.

 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

 Software Delivery Director and Solutions Development Director
 Technical Architects and Project Management
 Sales and Bidding
 Leadership Team (including the Executive Board) and Clients/End Users

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:
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
 Recent commercial experience in deploying production workloads in Amazon Web Services (AWS)
 Amazon Web Services Technical Architect - Associate certification or equivalent experience
 More than three years experience in developing software using Java
 More than three years experience in using automated deployment and Coninuous Integration tools such as Chef, Terraform and Ansible
 Experience managing Agile software development teams at a senior level
 Experience of architecting software using Microservices / Twelve Factor App / Immutable software patterns
 Experience of Agile Product Management
 Use of Open Source software in commercial settings

Desirable Skills / Qualifications:
More than three years experience in developing software using modern Javascript technology, e.g. NodeJS, Angular
 Working knowledge of a modern open source RDBMS (MySQL, PostgreSQL, etc)
 Working knowledge of a NOSQL database
 Working knowledge of networking (protocols, architectures, topologies)
 Experience of using queuing technologies (eg MQTT)
 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

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