Lead Solution Architect
Shop Direct
Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
4d ago

The role

also has a focus on promotion and leadership of the architectural vision both inside the architecture team and across the wider technology and business teams.

Digital Customer Experience (DCX)

The Digital Customer Experience (DCX) tribe is striving to create world class customer experiences across our Mobile and Web platforms.

We are in control of building this exciting future and are looking for like-minded individuals to help make this a reality.

We need people with strong backgrounds in digital retail to help us on this journey as we strive to define, design, build and run frictionless experiences that sets The Very Group apart from other online retailers in delighting our customers.

Scope of the role :

Working within the DCX Tribe, we need your help defining and delivering a technology platforms and capabilities to support ever changing world-class customer experiences, evolving standards and the architecture practice.

Working with the Chief Technical Architect, you will be responsible for defining the policies and standards that guide technology delivery.

You will have significant experience in modern, cloud based technology standards and practices, have experience in delivering technology change in a fast-paced agile environment, how to optimise the delivery flow of engineering teams and how to make the right technology choices as the right time.

You will be experienced in actively addressing the most complicated risks, issues and dependencies including managing dependencies where ownership exists outside of the team.

We need the right person to help identify innovative ways to unblock issues whilst evolving our architecture towards a defined target.

As a practitioner in Agile and Lean practices, you'll know how to manage complex technology delivery in a fast-paced environment which is obsessed over continuously improving customer experiences.

To be successful in the role, we need a top communicator, someone who can mediate between people and explain complex technical concepts to non-technical audiences, particularly someone who is confident communicating with stakeholders at all levels.

Someone who understands the evolutionary nature of technology delivery in an agile environment. As you may imagine, our stakeholder expectations are high and we'll need you to facilitate discussions about high risk and complexity even within constrained timescales.

We want to be known as the best in class for this space, so here you can speak and represent the community to large audiences inside and outside of the Very Group.

In line with expectations above, our Lead Solution Architect will be responsible for the solution architecture of a large tribe.

At this level, you will be expected to :

  • Be an expert within the architecture discipline
  • Work alongside several multi-functional squads to shape and structure the technology platform that realises the business and product vision to create value to both customers and our business
  • Manage a team of Senior Solution Architects.
  • Coach and mentor Technical Leads and Senior Engineers.
  • Network and communicate with senior stakeholders across the Tribe and the wider Very Group and proactively seek out opportunities for digital transformation.
  • Support multiple teams, finding and using best practice and emerging technologies.
  • Inspire other Architects, Tech Leads and Engineers and help them understand how to deliver the goals of the Tribe in line with our technology and business strategy.
  • Be responsible for technology governance, solving complex and high-risk issues and delivering architecture designs.
  • Owning and managing complex solution architectures that span multiple Tribes.
  • Package

  • Generous and competitive starting salary
  • 30 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Regular salary reviews and career progression
  • £6500 per year additional benefits allowance
  • Remote / Office split
  • Bonus
  • Matched pension at 6%
  • Brand discount up to 25%
  • Cycle to work scheme
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