Experis IT

Solution Architect - Cloud Transformation

£75000 - £90000 per annum
04 Apr 2017
02 May 2017
Chris Hume
Clearance Level
None / Undisclosed
Job Type

My Client are one of the world's leading specialist technology consultancies and they currently have an excellent opportunity for a Solution Architect to work as part of the team creating and enhancing Cloud capabilities for a key client, a leading financial institution, to take the lead on a major cloud transformation.

Key Responsibilities:
· Leading project solution architecture on various levels - from high level outlined architecture to detailed architecture and in some cases high level design
· Hands-on involvement in all phases of project delivery providing architectural input to the rest of the team
· Support the Client in arriving at its 'to-be' solutions for Octonaut (data centre in the Cloud) by bringing understanding, experience and best-practice from the wider industry in the areas of creating data centre in AWS and migrate legacy estate.
· Support the architecting and designing new cloud services or native services adoption
· Support product proof-of-concept, evaluation and selection activities; implementation & integration
· Support Client to evangelise and achieve the benefits associated with the adoption of AWS
· Responsibility for the Solution Architecture Document and other architectural deliverables, supporting the Business Analyst in the production of Use Cases and Use Case model, supporting Data Architect in the production of data deliverables.
· Liaising with stakeholders; both within BTS and the business areas, and also external parties providing architectural steer.
· Solution governance and quality assurance including membership of various Technical Design Authorities
· Review and quality assurance of the artefacts created by external suppliers and internal teams to ensure the quality of delivered solution to fulfil business requirements and adhere to strategic vision.
· Sharing experiences and learning points gained whilst working in assigned projects with the other members of SA community
· Collaborating with other elements within the Solution Delivery department and with all other IS functions, with the objective of delivering successful and predictable outcomes for projects they are assigned to.
· Providing solution for a wide range of technologies
· Working in both traditional waterfall and agile environments.

Keys Skills and Experience:
· Good experience working as a solution architect in AWS space(preferred) or Azure
· Good experience working as a solution architect
· Experience of complex multi-system solution development projects with multi dimensioned
· Process and data requirements
· Hands-on experience of working through the end to end project lifecycle
· Familiarity with working with 3rd party or offshore suppliers to ensure the delivery of high quality designs that conform to the solution architecture defined
· Good overall knowledge of a broad range of technology and technology trends
· Ability to work on-site full-time at the Client offices.
· Excellent verbal and written communication
· Excellent stakeholder management skills at all levels; both internally and externally

Essential Skills:
· Technical background
· A deep and up-to-date understanding of best practice application / solution architectures
· Deep applied experience of the following:
· Linux (RHEL)
· Open Source tooling
· Management of and automation of management systems (Chef)
· Internet technologies (mail/DNS/Web)
· Experience of Amazon Web Services architecture, design and management (Architecture, design & configuration, pricing, management etc.)
· Working experience of Amazon Web Service services and analytical services (e.g. VPC setup and management, Redshift , S3, Glacier, Snowball, EC2, Aurora,Relational databases, NoSQL databases)
· Experience in application migration into AWS
· Proven experience of making Architecture Decisions - must have done it
· Evaluation of Technology Options
· Recommendations based on technical requirements and commercial suitability.
· Multitasking and show evidence of working on multiple projects simultaneously
· Excellent Communication skills being able to articulate solution to non-technical / Management teams in a structured manner (Key Skill)
· Proven experience and desire to operate on all levels (conceptual, high level architecture, low level design).
· Demonstrable experience of successful implementing the above technologies at several clients and associated lessons learned
· Experience with formal architectural methodologies and frameworks, including
· Sound commercial approach to identifying solutions
· Strong risk management skills to manage architectural risk through the project lifecycle
· Demonstrate substantial experience in applying architecture principles to affect changes to a business environment
· Sound commercial approach to identifying solutions

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