Education: Ideally degree educated but not pre req
Qualifications: Industry standard
Overall requirement & purpose:
The Principle IT Architect will be the focal point for all strategic solutions within the IT function.
Principal Duties, Responsibilities & Accountabilities:
Working within a global team in managing and providing all levels of IT Technical solution design. The IT Architect will be skilled across the full lifecycle from inception, innovation, solutions scoping and shaping, through to project delivery and run. A significant amount of IT experience, extensive technical understanding, strong consulting, stakeholder management and leadership skills are essential.
In this role, the IT Architect engages closely with other business units to develop and execute innovative, competitive solutions / projects, leveraging a wealth of previous experience in deploying solutions, implementation, management and service.
Own the architecture of our solutions and systems, including the enterprise roadmap
Setting the standards, principles and building blocks to shape all of the IT initiatives
Ensure that the IT initiatives fit with our infrastructure, data management, service, operations and policies, advising on any required changes to these as our services develop
To provide strategic IT advice across all aspects of infrastructure & application portfolio as well as assisting in the shaping of our strategy
Be the focal point for all strategic technical aspects relating to the development of the IT services as we move to the cloud, DevOps, refresh our core business systems and develop strategic solutions
Liaise between IT and the other technology divisions and initiatives at to ensure that the IT service delivers to the whole business in an efficient and cost effective manner
Take an active role in assisting the commercial relationships with suppliers
Play an active part in capacity planning, service management, security and all other aspects of the IT service to ensure that the business continues to receive an excellent yet affordable service
Duties will vary and be revised due to the nature of the IT Support environment (above is a guide and not a comprehensive list of responsibilities)
We expect the Chief IT architect to bring:
Very strong presentation skills, with excellent communication capabilities, both written and verbal
Able to lead workshops and meetings to elicit requirements and develop solutions
Extensive experience of delivering transformation.
Principle IT Architect
Strong Enterprise Architecture experience including, Infrastructure, Applications, Data and Business domains
Experienced at producing multi-tier, high-availability infrastructure architectures in an Enterprise & cloud environment adhering to DR, Business Continuity and availability best practice
Understanding of Hybrid Cloud solutions and experienced in integrating public cloud into traditional hosting/delivery models
Business and technology solution design, project management, development, delivery and run.
Systems transformation, design and implementation
Strategically oriented, but able to lead all aspects of technical delivery
Core Behavioural Skills:
Strongly customer-focused, used to providing support to demanding users
Confident individual with the good interpersonal skills, able to deal with people at all levels and communicate to users in a clear, non-technical language
Analytically minded, able to break down and understand information
Must be comfortable with working in a fast-moving, dynamic environment
Good organisational skills, used to managing and prioritising own workload
Ability to report on progress, timescales, outstanding and completed activities
Company Values Statement:
We endeavour to create a work environment that reflects the culture of the company, and we encourage every member of our staff to embrace our commitment to be:
Professional, Quality Driven, Goal Orientated
Customer Focused, Continuously Improving
Flexible, Open & Integrated