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Solution Architect (Technology)


£competitive depending on experience

Reports to the Head of Strategy and Architecture

Responsible for ensuring that any technical applications or programmes designed in house or by our partners is consistent with our overall enterprise-wide architecture and technical environment.

Technology includes Hosting Platforms (Cloud services); Communications Infrastructure; Operating Systems; Networking Services and Integration Methods.

The post holder will be expected to act as a gatekeeper for the development and implementation of new systems and applications (in relation to their architecture), to provide design assurance, and to investigate, develop and make recommendations to the business on architecture related problems or implementations.

· Lead and facilitate the creation of governing principles and design standards to guide technology decision making

· Lead the evaluation and selection of solutions designs

· Oversee the documentation of all architecture design and analysis work and select the appropriate components, technologies and products in support of the global IT strategy

· Ensure innovative and optimal designs are adopted and the integrity of the enterprise-wide architecture is maintained, incorporating experience and best practice

· Review and interpret business requirements to ensure alignment between customer expectations and current or future technology capability

· Ensure accurate and complete architecture related documentation is maintained including definition of current state architecture, future Roadmaps (inc End of Service Life) and where appropriate authoring of Solution Blueprints

· Contribute to the architecture governance forum (Technical Design Authority), ensuring change is managed in an effective and consistent manner through the use and promotion of policies, standards, processes, procedures, technology, tools and techniques

· Contribute to the global IT Strategy and ensure that the relevant contributions are made to the risk and investment Roadmaps.


Experience and Skills:

· A degree in a technical or business management discipline (or equivalent qualification) OR significant experience in an architecture role within the oil & gas industry

· Significant experience in at least two IT disciplines (such as Networking Services or Integration) in a multi-tier global environment.

· Experience of playing an influential role in the selection and design of a significant technical solution that was successfully adopted in accordance with a defined Strategy

· Experience of working in or with a Tier 1 Outsourcing Organization.

· Excellent analytical and technical skills. Fast problem solver.

· Respected as a Leader but also able to be a team player.

· Demonstrates support for the business and its strategy

· Neutral towards technology, vendor and product choices; with a keen focus on business outcomes

· Unflappable in the face of opposition to architectural ideals

· Effective at driving short and mid-term actions that are consistent with long-term goals

· Ability to estimate the financial impact of alternatives

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills

· Ability to balance the long-term ("big picture") and short-term implications of individual decisions


Technical Knowledge:

· Exposure to multiple, diverse technologies and hybrid cloud environments including Cloud Platform Services (IaaS, SaaS and PaaS), Virtual Machines (VM), SD WAN and local networking solutions

· Knowledge of the components of holistic solutions architecture such as cyber security, developing cloud integration and service-based architectures.

· Ability to work with performance and diagnostic tooling

· ‘End to end’ networking knowledge, ideally covering Industrial Controls and Satellite communications.



Certifications or detailed knowledge of:

· Industrial Controls and Satellite Communications experience

· TOGAF certification

· ITIL Foundation or higher certification