Solution Architect
Halfords
Redditch Worcestershire
2d ago

As one of our Solution Architects you'll be responsible for creating architecture visions, high level solution designs and architectural designs for assigned projects or internal architecture tasks.

You'll look at the end-to-end solution delivery as well as to the broader IT landscape to ensure that where possible the solution options are compliant with the IT Strategy and Architecture Principles for the organisation

You'll also provide council on technology changes and high-level estimates and impacts on new initiatives and add detail to user stories for features and job stories for integrations in scrum-led projects.

As a key member of the team you'll assure that the solution will technically deliver and meet the needs of the project and business goals.

To be the design authority on projects ensuring adherence to standards and the Target Architecture

Furthermore you'll develop the relevant subject matter expertise or identify and utilise individuals with relevant expertise to assist and be involved in high-profile, large-scale complex technology projects and programmes.

  • Planning
  • Financial Responsibilities
  • Operational Responsibilities
  • Stakeholders
  • Leadership and People Management (or Teamwork)
  • Assesses the impact of project initiatives on the existing architecture and supports the prioritisation of these changes
  • Understand Halfords as a commercial enterprise, and places consideration for the needs of the customer and our colleagues at the heart of designs
  • Provides direction and guidance on projects ensuring adherence to standards and the Target Architecture
  • Works with the project stakeholders in understanding and shaping business requirements ahead of the design phase
  • Supports the Business Analysts in determining and defining non-functional requirements
  • Creates solution options and architecture designs, Indicating pros, cons, risks and a recommended option of the best fit to the business requirements and technology strategy.
  • Produce high level solution design, including as is’, to be’ and transition states as well as views for components, interaction flows, interfaces, technology, design decisions, non-functional requirements and compliance.
  • Assess and understand technical debt implications of solutions, creating dispensation and remediation plans
  • Accountable for orchestrating the low-level designs from vendors and internal technical teams closely collaborating with with system engineers ensuring they align to the high-level design and fulfil functional and non-functional requirements.
  • Responsible for the low-level integration design and integration patterns required for assigned projects. Including C4 diagrams, Domain Data Models, Detailed Behaviours, Observable States, Integration Events and Story Maps
  • Provide advice and guidance on the appropriate approach to the solution throughout the project
  • Owns technical risks and issues
  • Performs the design authority role on projects ensuring that the detailed designs and solutions delivered align to the solution architecture, manages and resolves any design issues as they arise
  • Uses commercial awareness to ensure that all investments made best support the requirements of the organisation
  • Ability to design security policies, define principles, security controls and measures and design to prevent security threats, mitigate security risks and vulnerabilities
  • Maintains an up-to-date understanding of the main technology base, and a general understanding of the other technology bases which together form the overall technical direction
  • Keeps abreast with developments in the IT industry and related market space to ensure that the architectures are kept in line with industry standard and only deviate for commercial benefit
  • Promotes and encourages enterprise and innovation throughout the team, in looking for new answers and delivery of a fresh approach
  • Contributes to continual improvements of ways of working, business process and technology innovation
  • Creates technical documentation for service transition
  • Develops, coaches, motivates, energises and inspires fellow team members
  • Leads by example to design and develop standards, promoting best practice across IT and the wider organisation
  • Work with other architects to co-ordinate the identification and assessment of new and emerging technologies and promote awareness among staff and business management to enhance the solution architecture
  • Oversee the quality and appropriateness of the work performed to ensure it delivers measurable business benefits
  • Use depth and breadth of industry knowledge to co-ordinate the identification and assessment of new and emerging technologies and promote awareness among staff and business management to enhance the solution architecture
  • Continually looks for and recommends improved ways of working, embracing and advocating change
  • Promotes collaboration across teams
  • Success measures

  • Operational Responsibilities
  • Solutions technically deliver and meet the needs of the business on time and budget
  • Provision of timely architectural and risk insight to all relevant projects
  • Ensures the solution fits with the Target Architecture and adhere to defined standards and appropriate exceptions are documented and approved
  • Ensure solutions fulfil architectural and IT governance requirements
  • Stakeholders
  • Solutions add value to Halfords, supporting strategic objectives
  • Customer satisfaction scores confirming delivery to expectations
  • Be a recognised authority on solution architectures by Technology colleagues and those in the wider organisation
  • Leadership and People Management (or Teamwork)
  • Recognised by team members and stakeholders for consistent and good quality delivery
  • Technical Skills

    The following skills would be desirable :

  • Platforms (Microsoft Azure, Salesforce, SAP, EPOS)
  • Database Technologies
  • Integration patterns (API’s, Microservices, SFTP)
  • Understanding of Architectural Frameworks (e.g. TOGAF)
  • Tooling (Postman, Swagger, VS Code)
  • Key Skills / Experience

    A proven track record in a business aware IT architecture role, with experience of working in a FTSE 250 business.

    Experience of developing and implementing integration platforms and architectures in a dynamic environment.

  • Excellent business acumen, ideally with Retail bias
  • Strong analytical and negotiation skills
  • Strategic thinker
  • Driving clarity and action against business goals, putting the customer at the heart of everything we do
  • Able to mentor and lead others
  • Strong commercial awareness
  • Able to articulate and summarise findings clearly and succinctly to senior managers
  • Great stakeholder engagement and cross-functional working skills with internal stakeholders and external partners
  • Flexible work from home options available - However, some travel at times will be required to our support centre in Redditch, Worcestershire.

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