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Solution Architect

Job Description

Job Description

Reporting into the Engineering Chapter Lead, you will be part of the Engineering Chapter, and will work closely with the Engineers, Delivery Leads, Technical SMEs as well as other members on the programme.

What you'll be doing:

You will be working with a team of Solution Architects initially supporting a wide-ranging programme to continue the transformation of our technology estate responsible for technical project definition within the programme, the end-to-end design and supporting our delivery partners. As part of this role, you will

  • Collaborate with all technology and business leaders, engineers, and other areas of the organisation on alignment with technology strategy, roadmaps, prioritisations and key design decisions for the programme.

  • Understand delivery breakthroughs and drive collaboration across the stakeholders & technology practices to achieve program delivery targets.

  • Guide and put in place principles, patterns and designs to support the rationalisation and simplification of solution architectures for the programme

  • Support governance and provide assurance on key architectural decisions that have impact on the programme

  • Work with suppliers/partners to optimise value and alignment of their solutions with DLG strategic directions.

  • Provide guidance and knowledge share on architecture for Engineering Chapter.

  • Possess strong communication skills; ability to deliver advice and messages to a varied stakeholder group to enable cross-organisational groups of people communicate effectively and resolve problems

Candidate Description

Are you a Solution Architect with experience in architecture, design and delivery of complex business technology solutions and products in an agile environment?

As a member of the Technology Enabling Tribe, you will provide the business with the required technology platforms to owning the end-to-end solution architecture.

Direct Line Group are looking for someone willing to challenge the status quo but build strong collaborative relationships within a Program and across Centres of Excellence & Tribes.

  • Experience in owning and delivering the end-to-end architecture for complex business solutions covering Applications, Data, Integrations & API economy, Cloud, Infrastructure, etc.

  • Strong experience providing direction and guidance on all technical aspects of the architecture, ensuring technical integrity and adherence to relevant enterprise strategies, guardrails, roadmaps, standards, and principles

  • Technical expertise to act as the trusted advisor for delivery teams to ensure coordinated architecture and achieve a joined approach for delivery.

  • Stakeholder management skills that are highly influential across a broad group of technologists and business stakeholders.

  • Strong communication skills: ability to deliver advice and messages to enable cross-organisational groups of people communicate effectively and resolve problems

  • Experience developing others through a combination of training, coaching and mentoring on architecture

  • High self-awareness and the impact own behavior has on others

  • Open mindedness and effective ways at facilitating and teaching new concepts and ideas.

  • Eagerness to continually develop self through high quality training and the latest industry trends with regular, guided self-reflection and mentoring. Be an expert in at least one architectural and business domain, always looking to expand knowledge.

Employer Description

Here at Direct Line Group, we recognise the importance of flexibility, not only in our personal lives but also in the way we work. Our mixed model way of working offers a 'best of both worlds' approach combining the best parts of home and office-working, offering flexibility for everyone.

How much you'll be in the office depends on your role, and we'll consider the flexible working options that work best for you. You can find out more about our flexible working approach or please get in touch with the team to discuss.

Life at DLG

Direct Line Group is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and we're committed to making DLG a truly inclusive place to work.

We recognise and embrace that people work in different ways and we'll always adapt as much as possible so you have the best and most comfortable working environment that we can offer. We know you're more than a CV, and the things that make you, you, can bring real potential to DLG.

If you need us to make any adjustments to our recruitment process, speak to our recruitment team who will be happy to support you.