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Senior Solution Architect

Job Description

Senior Solution Architect required for large Government organisation.  Must have deep experience in AWS, Solution Architecture and Stakeholder management.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop strong stakeholder relationships and work collaboratively with partners to ensure the development of high quality architecture components and design outputs across the business, data, application and technology (infrastructure) domains.

  • Provide triage support to the programme/BAU business change pipeline through the review of change proposals and the development of architecture impact assessments, options papers or other ad-hoc support as required.

  • Support development of whole life costs for architecture solution options

  • Development of tender materials, supplier and product evaluation

  • Evaluate the impact of options on programme/project resourcing and scheduling

  • Work with service management to implement appropriate service architectures for solutions prior to go live.

  • Assure the architecture outputs of peers and partners, challenging and escalating where necessary. 

  • Work across scrum teams to guide, support and ensure solution delivery aligns with the strategic architecture and expected programme/project outcomes and objectives.

  • Support the definition and refinement of functional and non-functional requirements.

  • Maintain architecture models and views in the architecture repository.

  • Contribute to architectural design forums and attend (or chair as required) the Technical Design Authority. Attend project/service boards and BAU service reviews with business stakeholders and incumbent suppliers as required.

  • Horizon scanning and technology research 

Skills / Experience: 

  • At least 5+ years’ experience in a senior solution architecture role 

  • Successful management and delivery of technical solutions across a complex, multi-partner environment 

  • Excellent decision making and critical thinking skills. 

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal/coaching skills. 

  • Strong communicator (oral, presentation and written), stakeholder management and collaborative working with partners/suppliers. 

  • Broad Knowledge across architecture domains including agile methods and cloud services. 

  • Practical knowledge of architecture models (TOGAF) and agile/DevOps delivery methods and tooling

  • Broad/practical knowledge of cloud services, especially AWS, ideally with an AWS qualification e.g. Practitioner or Architect

  • Experience of the government security requirements and Government Digital standards i.e. Technology Code of Practice / Service Manual.