JOB TITLE: Solutions Architect
LOCATION: Remote until safe to return to the office in Kingston upon Thames
PAY RATE: £575 per day (Umbrella)
START DATE: ASAP
DURATION: 3 months minimum
IR35 STATUS: Inside
To act as a consultant in the field of Solution Architecture for the authority and provide advice and consultancy both at a strategic and tactical level to ensure that IT&D business solutions meet service objectives and are architecturally aligned, robust and fit for purpose.
To engage with the services through Technology Boards, and other service engagement channels, to review business drivers, needs and strategies and understand implications for the application, processes infrastructure and data architecture. To contribute to the development and maintenance of a technology roadmap that supports delivery of the each of the council's services strategies and priorities.
To provide direction and guidance on the development of, and modifications to solution components to ensure that they take account of relevant architectures, strategies, policies, standards and practices. To ensure compliance of new and existing solution designs with the agreed strategy and architecture.
Work with the services through Technology Boards and other service engagement channels to review service business drivers, needs and strategies and understand implications to the application, processes, infrastructure and data architecture and potential impact on IT&D business solutions delivery.
To contribute to the development and maintenance of a technology roadmap that supports delivery of the each of the council's services strategies and priorities, in accordance with strategic direction.
Advise on the best solution approach including IT&D prioritisation, indicative timescale and high-level options ensuring adherence to the business solutions strategy, architectural standards and technology roadmap and the effective use of resources.
Provide advice and consultancy to the organisation in solution design. Work with other architects, technical specialists, IT&D management and senior service stakeholders to develop and implement the technical roadmap, in accordance with the strategic direction.
Works closely with application portfolio specialists, developers and other technical specialists in the development of solution architectures for complex systems, ensuring solution consistency with specified requirements and design throughout the solution lifecycle.
KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
Thorough understanding of concepts and principles of effective solutions architecture
Strong knowledge of service drivers and requirements
Strong knowledge of business analysis
Knowledge of new and emerging technologies and industry best practice
Ability to monitor architectural standards, e.g. TOGAF so that solutions meet current Government requirements and align with industry best practice.
Strong analytical skills, including a thorough understanding of how to interpret customer needs and translate them into clear business requirements.
Ability to make architectural improvements that will have a significant effect on value for money/service effectiveness for the authority.
Architecture work experience in similar environment / complex organisation
Experience in dealing with people at all levels of the organisation (Executive, senior managers and operational managers)
Experience in using requirements definition methodologies.
Excellent experience in process and data analysis and design
Experience of using solution architecture tools.
Experience of implementation of formal change management
Design authority experience.
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