This role performs the necessary analysis and design tasks related to the development of technology architecture (TA). The enterprise technology architect is responsible for defining the TA process and leading the effective integration of this process with other related business and IS processes. This is both a planning and implementation role and includes activities within the capability of enterprise architect roles. The candidate would need to be an experienced architect likely having more than 3 years experience in a similar role and would ideally have some knowledge of working within a complex distributed financial services environment.
The core responsibilities of the Technology Architect include:
- Define the technology architecture frameworks and its constituent artefacts i.e. how the technology architecture is to be modelled, its views, viewpoints, perspectives, concerns and how its assets are to be catalogued
- Define the target enterprise technology architecture, vision, strategy, principles, blueprints, patterns and standards
- Demonstrate how the target enterprise technology architecture supports the business, information and application target architectures
- Articulate using the technology architecture framework, the current technology architecture, and its constraints, drivers for change and assessment
- Define a technology architecture roadmap that supports the business, information and technology roadmaps
- Develop technology consolidation strategies and demonstrate the costs and benefits to the enterprise of such strategies
- Focus on the standards and technologies for performance qualities of enabling systems and infrastructure, such as reliability, responsiveness, availability, scalability, security, recoverability, etc.
- Evaluate and select the enterprise’s server hardware, operating system, job control, etc., and the enterprise’s networking hardware. Manage the network topology
- Support the Applications Architect in determining the application framework
- Balance quality issues (cost vs. robustness), and hardware architecture
- Monitor performance benchmarks
- Support Solution Architects to size applications and select the hardware and configuration to use.
- Establish a process to monitor existing systems for performance, and draft infrastructure migration plans if necessary
- Establish technical operation centre (TOC) command-and-control structures for auto-discovery, event monitoring, trouble ticketing
- Prepare solutions based upon requirements analysis.
- Engage with and manage key stakeholders.
Technology architecture is a large and complex subject area consequently the Enterprise Technology Architect will need to work in conjunction with the following technology architects/departments and support the following
- Validate and extend if required the technology architecture framework and its constituent artefacts to accommodate the Network Architecture models, views, viewpoints, perspectives, concerns and cataloguing of its assets
- Define the target network architecture, vision, strategy, principles, blueprints, patterns and standards
- Articulate using the technology architecture framework the current network architecture, constraints and assessment of that current state
- Develop the roadmap to achieve the target network architecture – explicitly demonstrating the constraints in the current estate and how each transition stage overcomes those constraints, to support the technology, application, information and business roadmaps
- The design principles, physical configuration, functional organisation, operational procedures, and data formats used as the basis for the design, construction, modification, and operation of a network.
- Have the ability to identify and specify the products and services required to build and sustain data communication networks
- Have sufficient knowledge of distributed computing architectures to define network architecture strategies to support that capability
- Demonstrate how the target state security architecture supports the business, information, application, service, E-commerce and technology architecture requirements
- Monitor security guidelines, standards, industry practice, etc.
Work with the various deployment teams to both govern the implementation of any design and the technical assurance. This is a key requirement.
The Ideal Candidate
- In depth knowledge of Windows Server operating systems / Red Hat Linux
- SQL Server dB technology
- Automation / Environment Provisioning software
- Virtualisation (eg VMware)
- ESB / Messaging / File Transfer
- x86 Converged Hardware
- Enterprise back up technologies
- SAN/NAS technologies
- High level understanding of networking
Leadership and team building are key elements to the development and sustainability of a successful architecture. The applicant must possess a mix of good technical skills and the ability to lead a team of highly skilled individuals from diverse backgrounds with different levels of experience to successful solutions – in this role as an architect
- Communication – possess the ability to identify the audience and select the right level of communication for that audience. Must be articulate; possess the ability to communicate with a diverse range of individuals in different communication media. Possess and be able to write in a clear and precise manner on complex technical issues
- Relationships – Must be able to build strong relationships with key stakeholders with a wide range of skills and abilities, including those who do not have a technical background. Strong negotiation and problem-solving skills are also necessary. Must be able to build relationships with vendors and system integration partners to level where the best outcomes for IFDS are assured
- Demonstrates and maintains a broad knowledge of technology solutions, current trends and techniques and actively communicates new technology developments.
- Lead solution analyst experience on major projects
- Working knowledge of architecture development tools and techniques
- Ability to translate business requirements into design options that are i) cost effective ii) efficient iii) reusable; iv) that comply with IFDS architectural principles and standards; and that v) enhance the business process
- Experience of COTS package implementations including large packages and custom solution design
- Experience of using standardised business models as a means of driving technical architectures
- Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills
- The ability to provide support and direction within a constantly changing environment within the context of a dynamic ever-changing business
- Innovative approach to IS and its use
- Reference salary based on experience
- 25 Days holiday
- 6% non-contributory pension scheme
- Life Assurance (4 x salary)
- Family healthcare
- flex benefits scheme