Solution Architect
The Automobile Association
Basingstoke
42d ago

Company description

We are the AA. And we keep everyone’s show on the road. There for our customers wherever and whenever they need us, we’re always ready for anything.

That’s why, for over 100 years, we’ve continued to evolve and adapt. Today, as the nation’s number one motoring organization, we offer a range of excellent products and services to millions of customers.

This is the job

As the Solution Architect you will support project development by bridging the specific business problems and issues to the technologies that support them.

You will have a knowledge of the enterprise architecture, as one of your functions is to ensure compliance with the architecture in the application design.

The role is project facing, and provides two areas of support : a business focus in ensuring the correct alignment of the technology with the business needs, and a technology focus in ensuring the technology used is complying with the architectural strategy and standards.

What will I be doing?

  • Working with the Head of Architecture and Enterprise Architecture team in the continual improvement of the AA architecture development methodology, framework, strategy, and architecture principles.
  • Supporting the Head of Architecture in the proliferation of sound architecture practice, strategy, and principles.
  • Identifying and engaging with business stakeholders and providing assistance in the identification of future business capabilities, solution requirements, and develop a solid appreciation on the business context.
  • Maintaining current application architecture views and defining target and transitional application architecture views.
  • Work with Data and Technology Architects to define data and technology architecture views.
  • Identifying and managing architecture exceptions during the definition of target and transitional architectures.
  • Identifying and managing design exceptions during the application design and development lifecycle.
  • Supporting the Head of Architecture in the population, review, analysis, and management of the architectural requirements.
  • Providing project analysis, design, and implementing support during the application development lifecycle.
  • What do I need?

    Capability, Knowledge and Experience :

  • Knowledgeable in the use of architectural modelling tools such as RSA, Abacus, Mega, or similar package.
  • Appreciation of Web development technologies and languages.
  • Appreciation of Web Content Management Systems (WCMS).
  • Experienced in Cross Domain Customer Experience Management (CX).
  • Appreciation of Mobile Applications and Technologies.
  • Appreciation of Social Media technologies.
  • Experienced in Content Targeting and Personalisation.
  • Experienced Web Access and Identity Management.
  • Experienced Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Appreciation of Policy Administration systems.
  • Experienced in Customer marketing and bulk communication systems.
  • Appreciation of Digital Marketing concepts and solutions.
  • Appreciation of the Internet of Things (IoT), an appreciation of vehicle telematics would be beneficial.
  • Education and Qualifications :

  • Certified to TOGAF Level 1 or equivalent architecture framework.
  • Additional Information

  • Communication and Presentation - A core requirement for a Domain Architect is being able to effectively communicate to different audiences.
  • It is important to be able to communicate ideas clearly and concisely in written documents (graphics or text), and to present these coherently and logically.

  • Project Management Domain Architects should demonstrate the pragmatic and practical ability of the architecture to be implemented.
  • Key to this is an understanding of the issues involved in project development, the language of project managers and, therefore, the ability to engage with the project managers in the deployment of the architecture.

  • Domain Knowledge Domain Architects need to be aware of not only what is currently happening in their specific area of expertise, but also of forthcoming advances and plans, ensuring these can be incorporated into the overall architecture where appropriate.
  • Architectural Training - For an architecture team to work together, there should be a common language, approach and understanding to discuss and develop architectural artefacts.
  • For the AA knowledge of TOGAF is required.

  • Modelling - The ability to model the organisational strategies (current and future states) with capability or process maps is a key requirement.
  • These models are used to determine impact and "what if" scenarios for investments and strategic direction.

  • Company Strategy - The key input to the architecture processes is an understanding the company business and IT strategies.
  • Domain Architects should therefore show an awareness and understanding of these strategies, and of their potential impact.

  • Operational Awareness - Domain Architect need to be aware of the current IT operational issues and direction, and ensure that operations are kept informed of future-state plans.
  • Intellectual Integrity - In many cases, the Domain Architect must present unbiased architectural opinions and recommendations to senior management for their decisions.
  • This requires an independent and objective approach to the issues in focus.

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