Principal Software Architect
London, GB
2d ago
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  • Principal Software Architect

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    About Us

    Smiths is always looking for curious minds. For new colleagues who want responsibility and relish a challenge. Those who would like to use their talents to help make the world safer, healthier, more efficient and more connected.

    We're proud that we've been helping propel the human world forwards during our 160 year history of innovation. By looking at things differently.

    By adapting and never standing still. And by always thinking big.

    Today we're an aligned global business of five divisions and around 22,000 colleagues,that touches the lives of millions every year across five vibrant global markets.

    Smiths Detection is a global authority on the application, management and manufacture of world-class detection and screening technology.

    We deliver the solutions you need to protect society from the threat and illegal passage of explosives, prohibited weapons, contraband, toxic chemicals and narcotics.

    Known for our best-in-class expertise, equipment and support, customers rely on Smiths Detection to help them make the world a more secure place.

    With over 40 years’ experience, our mission is to use technology to develop innovative solutions and services which uphold the free flow of trade and make the world a safer place.

    So whether you're an experienced professional or just starting out on your career, our global scale and focus on growth means great career opportunities for the right colleagues.

    There's never been a better time to join Smiths. And help us create the future.

    Job Description

    Smiths Detection’s CORSYS is an innovative global security platform designed to transform the way government agencies and organizations secure and manage their ports, airports, infrastructure and border checkpoints.

    It brings all security operation information together onto a single, integrated and secure platform to achieve 100% data inspection of all cases.

    Using insights produced through machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and data science, CORSYS enables people to make informed decisions quickly to protect against any border security threat.

    Smiths Detection is looking for dynamic, innovative and motivated software architects to be the part of its global platform and applications development team in Technology group.

    The purpose of this role is to develop, sustain and enhance the technical architecture of Smith’s cloud (and on-premise) based Platform CORSYS and its applications.

    The position is based in Bangalore.

    Principal Software Architect is part of the overall Platform and Application Architecture group, working closely with Sales, Products & Technology, Program Management, Service and overall business management to deliver successful pursuit outcomes and grow customer engagement, intimacy and our opportunity pipeline.

    This person uses skills to contribute to the development of company objectives and principles and to achieve goals in creative and effective ways.

    He / she Applies advanced technical principles, theories, and concepts and is viewed as an expert within the company. The role also requires engagement with third party providers of software and hardware to develop a complete solution that complements the Smiths Detection product range and expands the market share for Smiths Detection.

    This is a hands-on technical role.

    Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provides technical leadership and guidance to multiple development teams within the Platform & Application development organization.
  • Owns the Platform and Application Architecture.

  • Works on unusually complex technical problems and provides solutions which are highly innovative and ingenious.
  • Propose architectural design in alignment with business requirements and able to justify technically the design considerations between the different available technologies
  • Assess, review, test and implement various architectures and design patterns and work with the delivery teams to ensure alignment to the architecture.
  • Have oversight over the architecture, working with your technical leads to ensure the systems and solutions you develop are flexible, loosely coupled and deliver performance that is appropriate for business need.
  • Ensure an efficient software methodology is in place, aligned to agile / lean principles, learning and iterating frequently, highly collaborative and regularly improved.
  • Picks up a software component and contribute in hands-on development.
  • Align to the DevOps principles and toolsets being established with high degrees of automation throughout the development process.
  • Continuous integration, continuous deployment and continuous operational monitoring are baseline goals.

  • Ensure that security, reliability and performance are embedded into the team skills, development process and architecture.
  • Engage across the organization with business partners to gain buy-in on prioritization, with agreement on the key performance metrics which will be impacted.
  • Measure and monitor the solutions you develop, regularly reviewing operational metrics to validate the effectiveness of your product in meeting customer needs.
  • Excellent knowledge of modern platforms and tools, using the correct product where appropriate, especially open source and open standards.
  • Communicate through email, presentations, informal meetings right across the organisation (including senior management and executive team) to share learnings, insight and plans, gathering feedback and influencing in the process.
  • Role model self-driven skill development within the team, promoting learning events and facilitating individual needs.
  • Help develop and participate in wider skill development and recruitment activities such as hackathons, conference events, university partnerships, etc.
  • The Individual

  • Must possess at least a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical / Electronics Engineering and / or Computer Engineering / Science or equivalent. Master degree is preferred.
  • Should possess at least 15 years of work experience as a software and systems architect.

  • Must have demonstrable experience working on complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors.
  • Must have thorough knowledge of public cloud service offerings (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS).
  • Good knowledge Infrastructure as Software (Container Orchestration, Observability, CI / CD).
  • Very good knowledge of system, network and application infrastructure design e.g. fog or edge computing, networking design, virtualization, containers and cloud native design.
  • Understanding of Modern security practices.
  • Good hands-on knowledge in modern API platform design, Web based applications.
  • Good hands-on experience in Microservices Architecture Patterns.
  • Knowledge of modern data architectures (e.g. event driven architectures, data democratization, platform approaches to support ML / AI at scale, stream processing, and integrating real time analytics into customer applications)
  • Hands-on experience with programming languages such as Java, Python, C / C++, Go, Ruby.
  • Should have worked in Agile software development environment.
  • Should be familiar with DevOps.
  • Ability to translate general market requirements and customer needs into technical requirements (or roadmaps), ability to explain technical concepts to non-technical audience esp.
  • to explain economic benefits of the technical solution.

  • Able to relate to both technical and non-technical people and to negotiate within the allowable parameters of the product to get the best outcome for the business
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Experience in digital development / Security Operations end use market understanding the customer needs and the solution requirements preferred.
  • Diversity & Inclusion

    We believe that different perspectives and backgrounds are what make a company flourish. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, economic status, disability, age, or any other legally protected characteristics.

    We are proud to be an inclusive company with values grounded in equality and ethics, where we celebrate, support, and embrace diversity.

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