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Job Description

Ensure that the AL Business Strategy is supported by the use and application of proper technology systems architecture to achieve its goals. This is to be done within the organisations’ risk appetite while optimising operational efficiency and resilience.  

The Solutions Architect will also play a pivotal role in driving technology innovation within the organisation and thus enable organisational agility. This is a strategic role with clearly defined objectives linked to delivering the AL Digital Strategy.
 

Key Responsibilities

  • Define and set up the architecture governance, framework and methodology to manage the Architecture technical assets of the organisation

  • Develop the Architecture artifacts required for each architecture area including but not limited to strategic analyses, internal and security controls, workflow and systems intergration, application views, data flows and systems of capture and record; including infrastrustural views, databases and systems, cloud, storage and networks. 

  • Create an architecture repository that will include Best Practice for SDLC, Cloud, Data, ITIL, Agile methodologies

  • Integrate architecture into IT delivery by developing Target State Architectures over a 3 year outlook

  • Develop the Solutions Architecture Designs needed during the Study, Design and Delivery phases of a project aligning to our adopted delivery framework, to ensure the organistion is doing the right things in the right way and for the right reasons. This includes the Total Cost Of Ownership for any technology stack and close adherence to technical design standards.

  • Work with internal IT teams and Suppliers to ensure the AL best practices are integrated into our solutions

  • Contribute and recommend innovations and ongoing improvements the organisation can make to become more agile and responsive to business needs

Key Interfaces

  • IT Team

  • Change Management Team

  • All business areas across the  AL Group

  • 3rd party Suppliers

 

Person Specification

Knowledge / Experience

  • TOGAF or similar qualified

  • ITIL Foundation qualified

  • Extensive experience in a busy IT department, with preferable experience as a developer and exposure to enterprise architecture

  • Financial Services background essential

  • Broad knowledge of technologies across the IT landscape

  • Ability to influence key stakeholders and drive collaboration across the organisation

  • Analytical and problem solving skills, including ability to plan and review

  • Highly computer literate; with strong Business Analysis skills

  • Cloud Architecture experience preferable

Competencies

  • Customer Focus

  • Performance Focus

  • Expert IT Knowledge

  • Planning & Reviewing

  • Communication & Confidence