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Solutions Architect - Bristol - South West England, Bristol - (6688)
Solutions Architect - Bristol - South West England, Bristol - (6688)

Solutions Architect

Intellectual Property Office
Date Posted
21st April 2017
Other Estate Agency
up to 50,292
£50,000 Per Annum
The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is embarking an ambitious programme of business change supported by a complete refresh of how we support this technically.

We are looking to retire numerous bespoke, legacy applications and replace them with modern enterprise class systems as per our IT strategy. This will transform the way in which we deliver services to the business.

As a Solutions Architect at the IPO you will be responsible for contributing to the design and architectural assurance of IPO solutions. Working in pre and post project implementations with Solutions and Enterprise Architects, you will interact with the business, project teams and any partner organisations or suppliers to ensure that the product set is positioned correctly and that the design is "fit for purpose" and will deliver the expected end-user benefits.

We need an innovative person who is able to identify and recommend improvements that fit in with the strategic direction of the organisation. He/she must be able to demonstrate sound judgement whilst providing accurate, expert and professional advice. The work will have dependencies and impact upon other projects and the person must therefore be able to demonstrate good leadership, communication and collaborative working skills.

The work will be project based and therefore there is a requirement for the successful candidate to have previous experience of delivering results on time and within budget

Main duties

???Contributing to the design and architecture of solutions to meet business requirements and deliver business benefits.
???Assisting with defining and managing the technical scope of projects.
???Working with project teams to construct a project plan that meets business timescales whilst regularly delivering short-term benefits.
???Identifying and understanding the integration points of the solution including data; creating any necessary strategies for data migration and/or federation.
???Capturing requirements during the pre-project or scoping stage and interpreting technical requirements and business needs into a solution.
???Proactively supporting the project manager in the flawless execution of the project by identifying and leading the mitigation of any technical gaps and/or risks.
???Identifying business transitioning points and contributing to the "go-live" plan.
???Keeping abreast of new developments in the industry and gaining an understanding on how new and emerging technologies are being deployed. Utilising this knowledge to advance business solutions.
???Contributing to the creation of best practices through the identification of reusable project-level assets.
???Apply HMG IA technical security controls according to ISO 27001 & the Security Policy Framework (SPF)

Essential skills and attributes

???The ability to translate business and strategic aims into technical solutions.
???Knowledge of technical and application architectures and an understanding of how to apply them to create model-based representations that can be adjusted as required to collect, aggregate or disaggregate complex and conflicting information about the business
???An ability to understand and appreciate the range of technologies and applications used at an enterprise level.

Making Effective Decisions

???Make decisions when they are needed, even if they prove difficult or unpopular.
???Explore different options outlining costs, benefits, risks and potential responses to each.
???Invite challenge and where appropriate involved others in decision making to help build engagement and present robust recommendations.

Leading and Communicating

???Take opportunities to regularly communicate and interact with staff, helping to clarify goals and activities and the links between these and Departmental strategy.
???Communicate in a succinct, engaging manner and stand ground when needed.
???Communicate using appropriate styles, methods and timing, including digital channels, to maximise understanding and impact.

Delivering at Pace

???Take responsibility for delivering expected outcomes on time and to standard, giving credit to teams and individuals as appropriate.
???Plan ahead but reassess workloads and priorities if situations change or people are facing conflicting demands

Desirable skills

???Experience as a technical member of a project or team.
???Demonstrable experience as a technical team lead on business transformation projects
???Able to make senior management presentations.
???Knowledge of applicable products and solutions (and what the competing products are)
???Knowledge of enterprise architecture frameworks such as TOGAF, Zachman etc.
???Knowledge and experience of modelling techniques using a range of modelling tools.

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