Domain Architect

Full Time Dorset IT Job Pro UK

Domain Architect

Remote – occasional visits to the Weymouth Office

Want to help build the architecture function of a leading global fashion retailer? Experienced in delivering solution architecture?

We are looking for an experienced Domain Architect to join a global fashion retail company.

The Role

As a Domain Architect, you will be responsible for the technology architecture in your assigned domain space, both ensuring the long-term health of the area through the creation of roadmaps, standards, and future state architectures and in addition creating high-level solution architectures for key projects and programmes.

You will contribute to the leadership of the architecture function by providing subject matter expertise and guidance on best practices, with a strong strategic awareness of the wider business and technology context.

As a Domain Architect, your responsibilities will include:

Strategy, Governance & Planning

Overseeing and line managing solution architects working in the domain
Taking an active approach to managing your assigned domain space, regularly engaging business leaders together with the relevant IT Programme managers, triaging new business technology demand, maintaining domain technology roadmaps and conducting assessments to ensure the health of the architecture.
Engaging with incumbent and potential technology vendors suppliers to identify opportunities or risks in the domain
Keeping abreast with developments in the IT industry and retail market space to ensure that the solution architectures are kept in line with industry standard and only deviate for commercial benefit
Supporting Enterprise Architects and other Domain Architects to develop and communicate IT strategy and technology plans
Contribute to the architecture community through continual development of artefacts, methodologies and processes, and identification and assessment of new and emerging technologies

Solution Architecture

Engaging with business leaders in understanding their requirements, scoping, discovering and defining solutions, explaining business benefits and use cases and a roadmap to meet their goals
Working with Project Managers, Business Analysts and business stakeholders to initiate projects that develop appropriate technology solutions to solve business problems, including providing technical feasibility assessments, option recommendations and non-functional requirements.
Creating solution architectures that align to the IT principles, standards and roadmap, ensuring any deviations are agreed upon with the Architecture Design Authority board
Creating all required design documentation artefacts including high-level system impact assessments, as-is/to-be blueprints, and solution concept diagrams
Creating system solution options matrices with recommendations for option selection to enable effective decision making (often at steering group/director level)
Accountable for the viability of proposed solutions and responsible for providing direction, advice and guidance on the appropriate approach to the solution throughout the project
Acting as the guardian of the solution, governing scope and integrity to ensure that the solutions delivered align to the solution architecture, and managing and resolving any design issues as they arise
Responsible for communicating the solution and implications to project members and approvers outside
Active involvement in vendor selection processes and management throughout the project lifecycle

About you

IT or related business topic (desirable)
Experience in IT preferably as a solution architect or solution designer on major programmes of work
Significant experience of designing solutions that operate on the core technologies in use e.g. Oracle Retail (ERP), Hybris (E-commerce)
Proven ability to deliver flexible, reliable, supportable, cost-effective (packaged and bespoke) IT solutions, including integration to legacy systems
Demonstrable experience in IT Industry standards, services, design, architecture principles design, architecture views and viewpoint design, building block design, solutions modelling and systems behaviour
Good experience of IT Architecture (and underlying frameworks such as TOGAF and SOA) including the development (and ensuring adherence to) Architecture principles and standards
Proficiency in methods and techniques for structured reviews, including reviews of non-functional requirements, technical documents, test plans, business cases and other key deliverables
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with business stakeholders to establish requirements and manage expectations in non-technical languageIgnite Digital Talent are committed to creating equal opportunities, and welcome job applications from all who are qualified and eligible to work in the UK, regardless of colour, ethnic or national origin, race, gender, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, marital status or family circumstances

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