Solution Architect
London, GB
5d ago

WPP IT provides IT services for WPP, the world's largest communications services group. As a creative transformation company, WPP is helping its clients transform the future through extraordinary work.

WPP IT is an integral part of that journey and we are proud to provide technology for some of the world's most creative brands.

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Why we're hiring :

At WPP, technology is at the heart of everything we do, and it is WPP IT's mission to enable everyone to collaborate, create and thrive.

WPP IT is undergoing a significant transformation to modernise ways of working, shift to cloud and micro-service-based architectures, drive automation, digitise colleague and client experiences and deliver insight from WPP's petabytes of data.

What you'll be doing :

The Solutions Architect provides technical leadership complex IT Transformation Projects, Assurance of Programme Approach, Designs and Cloud Migration Strategy, producing Architecture standards and road-maps.

Key focus areas Private and Public Cloud, Applications, End User Computing, Infrastructure and Systems Management.

You will also :

  • Be the Design Authority for solutions at the IT Projects
  • Develop and maintain relationships with a variety of architecture and business stakeholders, WPP IT AD, WPP IT Service Delivery, Op Group EA and project managers
  • Run the assessment of current application architecture and definition of the WPP Target Application Architecture
  • Assist in Requirements definitions in-conjunction with the Operating Groups
  • Define Architecture Standards
  • Evaluate the technology solutions for WPP sites
  • Run the assessment of legacy Infrastructure and recommended migration plans
  • Provide architecture direction for Infrastructure services, End User technologies, Infrastructure technologies
  • Be a key player in service Management tooling strategy and product selection
  • Conducting Design reviews with the Operating Groups
  • Working with key suppliers to understand their road-maps and technologies
  • Solution Architecture - Requirements definition, Design and Operational Readiness reviews
  • Working with key technology partners.
  • Innovation labs and testing new technologies
  • Presenting Architecture Strategy and Plans to the business
  • Who you'll be working with :

    The Strategy & Architecture team defines our WPP Enterprise IT strategy, enterprise architecture blueprints / standards and business capability-led roadmaps for WPP IT and leads technology governance across the WPP group.

    We have recently appointed a new Strategy & Architecture Director who is building out a new global team.

    What you'll need :

  • Experience of IT Desktop Refresh Programmes
  • Experience of Cloud Migration
  • Experience and knowledge Application related technology such as Citrix, Apache Technologies
  • Experience and knowledge of Database Technologies eg Microsoft SQL
  • Experience and knowledge of Networking Technologies (Cisco, Meraki, Proxy, Firewalls)
  • Experience and knowledge of End User Technologies (Intune, JAMF, SCCM, Autopilot, Sophos, Forcepoint, Bigfix)
  • Experience of Mobile Device Management (MDM) technologies
  • Experience and knowledge of Cloud Technologies (Azure, GCP, AWS)
  • Experience of Application basic Integration technologies
  • Experience of Application Directory Services, such as Active Directory, OKTA, Azure AD.
  • In depth knowledge of architecture frameworks and methodologies
  • Good understanding of applying Architecture Framework to design business solutions
  • Experience of Solution Architecture for Infrastructure.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate, and strong presentation skills
  • Established and manageed an architecture design review process
  • Broad knowledge of technology developments and trends
  • Proactive analytical expertise and problem-solving approach
  • Good understanding of IT Outsourcing
  • Good understanding of ITIL processes.
  • Architecture Methodology - Roadmaps, Blueprint, Standards and Guidelines
  • Experience of DevOps
  • Experience of Automation
  • Who you are :

    You're open : We are inclusive and collaborative; we encourage the free exchange of ideas; we respect and celebrate diverse views.

    We are open-minded : to new ideas, new partnerships, new ways of working.

    You're optimistic : We believe in the power of creativity, technology and talent to create brighter futures or our people, our clients and our communities.

    We approach all that we do with confidence : to try the new and to seek the unexpected.

  • You're extraordinary : we are stronger together : through collaboration we achieve the amazing. We are creative leaders and pioneers of our industry;
  • we deliver extraordinary every day.

    What we'll give you :

    Passionate, driven people - We champion a culture of people that do extraordinary work.

    Scale and opportunity - We offer the opportunity to create, influence and deliver projects at a scale that is unparalleled in the industry.

    Challenging and stimulating work - Unique work and the opportunity to join a group of creative problem solvers. Are you up for the challenge?

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