Head of Solution Architecture
OCS Group limited
Birmingham, GB, GB
10d ago

OCS are embarking on a major programme of technology transformation which will deliver significant new capabilities both to our clients and our internal organisation.

To support this, we are looking for a technically strong Head of Solution Architecture to develop and execute on high level architectures for projects that make best use of our existing and emerging technologies.

This role reports to the Group CTO, and is accountable for ensuring that the content of OCS project architecture deliverables accurately reflects the current and future capabilities of the OCS application and infrastructure estate.

You will analyse and document solution options, support any procurement activities and own the development of all solution architecture documentation, working closely with the wider IT team to develop proposed solutions that meet customer and business requirements, align to the IT strategy and principles, and are scalable and extensible to meet future needs.

You will work with delivery partners and technology vendors to ensure that detailed design and build activities conform to your high-

level architectures, and will manage any architecture risks and issues that arise during the process.

You will run and administer a technical design authority to govern project architecture deliverables, and will maintain architecture risk and decision logs and a repository of architecture documentation.

You will contribute to the development of a new enterprise architecture practise, including the creation of current and future state architecture models, architecture principles and standards and architecture processes, and the communication of these across the organisation.

Your recent experience will mainly be with enterprise applications, enterprise integration (ESB, ETL, SOA), process automation and enterprise information (warehousing, reporting and analytics).

A solid understanding of infrastructure and security architecture is also required for this position.

Responsibilities will include :

  • Using documented business requirements, develop solution options and high level architecture documentation and manage the approval and sign off process
  • Engaging IT resource as required to ensure alignment to IT strategy, architecture and principles and safe service introduction of your solutions
  • Contributing to the development of current and future state architecture models, architecture principles and standards and architecture processes
  • Developing long-term relationships with colleagues, delivery partners and technology vendors
  • Managing risks and issues associated with the architecture process and escalate where necessary
  • Responding to project requests in a timely fashion
  • Reporting regularly on progress to relevant governance forums and bodies
  • Experience required :

    Education / Qualifications

  • A good level of education
  • No formal qualifications are required for this role; however, exposure to TOGAF, Zachman, ITIL, CoBiT, Prince2 frameworks or similar would be an advantage
  • Working experience / Personal attributes

  • Strong experience in solution architecture with a background in technology (business applications and enterprise integration in particular).
  • Experience of working in a facilities management environment is advantageous

  • Exposure to IT architecture processes and best practise
  • Experience in the following technical areas is highly advantageous :
  • SAP (CRM, ECC, BW, BO, HCM, PI, SUP)
  • Facilities management applications
  • ESBs (BizTalk, Azure Logic Apps and others)
  • Process Automation (Bizagi, MuleSoft)
  • Electronic forms
  • Internet of Things (Predictive Analytics, Big Data, real-time monitoring and alerting)
  • Data warehousing and analytics
  • A career history showing progression within technology roles within a challenging, changeable environment comprising multiple business systems and a need for synergy
  • A track record of delivering world class architecture solutions within a large, complex commercial operation where flexibility and value for money are key success factors
  • Ability to think strategically and evaluate options in the short, medium and long term
  • Ability to cope in a technically complex and fast-changing environment, and to respond calmly and rationally to changing aspirations in a deadline-driven situation
  • Ability to develop innovative solutions to meet business requirements and to bring new ideas to the Enterprise Architecture team for consideration
  • Strong planning and organising skills including the ability to manage several work streams simultaneously
  • Excellent documentation skills with the ability to explain complex solutions to a variety of stakeholders
  • Excellent communication skills with a capacity to present, discuss and explain issues coherently and logically both in writing and verbally
  • Good influencing and persuasion skills with the ability to enthuse and inspire multidisciplinary teams and build successful relationships at all levels
  • Clear decision-making ability with the facility to judge complex situations and assess when to escalate issues
  • Ability to balance conflicting and changing demands through prioritisation and a pragmatic approach
  • Good team player, self-motivated and able to work on own initiative
  • Able to resolve differences professionally and effectively when projects are intent on a certain direction that may differ from the architectural vision and roadmap
  • Pragmatic in approach, highly delivery and outcome focused
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