Solutions Architect, Business Applications, Internal Services, Open to flexible working
Following creation of a new team within Deloitte internal IT Services (ITS), a Solution Architect is required to help lead technology change within the organisation and ensure all new services across the North West European and Global Member Firms are architected in line with strategy and best industry practice.
We are proud to offer flexible working arrangements which allow our people to choose the most suitable working arrangement that works for them. If you would like to hear more about our flexible working arrangements, please let us know.
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The Solution Architect will work on a variety of projects concurrently and own the end to end design from inception through to the completion of delivery. This will involve exposure to a range of business challenges and working with a range of subject matter experts (including 3rd parties) as well as implementation teams to help address them.
Key responsibilities include:
- Technical leadership to define and articulate pragmatic and commercially viable solutions to business challenges or opportunities. Includes ensuring all business, application, information/data, infrastructure and security elements are defined to sufficient detail which allows implementation teams to progress. Testing, release/transition and operational/support/service considerations also need to be covered
- Ensuring all functional and non-functional requirements are met for a particular business challenge or opportunity, or any exceptions are justified, agreed with all applicable stakeholders and signed off
- Working with the Enterprise Architecture team to ensure solutions align with business and technology strategy, or seeking and agreeing (minimal) dispensations where this makes sense for the organisation
- Leading and coordinating subject matter experts (SMEs), both internal and external to Deloitte, where these are involved with solution design and subsequent implementation
- Identification of “quick wins” or short term transition architectures (e.g. a minimum viable product) which enables prompt realisation of business benefits at reduced risk, complexity and cost
- Troubleshooting complex and often intermittent technical challenges
The role does not require any line management responsibility but will involve working with diverse teams within an inclusive team culture where people are recognised for their contribution.
The role will report to the Head of Solution Architecture
Your work, your choice
How long does impact take? How long is a piece of string? How many seconds does a solution contain? How can we possibly tell? After all, impact can be huge or small. Immediate or years in the making. At Deloitte we believe the best impact is the value we add, not the hours we sit at our desk.
We, therefore, carefully consider agile ways of working, both formal and informal, that allow for the best impact for our people and our clients. If the working pattern you are looking for is not specifically indicated below, we are happy to discuss alternative arrangements.
Location: Gatwick or Milton Keynes, with occasional travel to London and other Deloitte sites
Suggested work pattern: Permanent full time (professional working day, Monday to Friday)
Your professional experience
- A team player with a can-do, pragmatic, hands-on and innovative style of working
- Experience of designing and delivering pragmatic and commercially viable solutions to new and existing business challenges or opportunities. Must be able to demonstrate experience of defining the business, application, information/data, infrastructure and security elements of a solution and how this met functional and non-functional requirements (including how any exceptions or dispensations were handled)
- Outstanding communication skills, both oral and written, including ability to articulate solutions to a senior as well as a detailed/technical audience
- Ideally you’ll have a development background (.NET),
- Extensive knowledge of operating systems, system security, hardware and database management (predominately Microsoft stack including Azure, LAMP and Open Source would be beneficial)
- Experience working within software development or SaaS / cloud architecture groups
- Understanding of Front end and back end technologies (e.g. SAP, .NET, C#, SQL Server, Azure, Apache) and a demonstrated ability to adapt to new technologies, learn quickly and pass on this knowledge onto other team members
- Working knowledge of DevOps tools, automation and methodologies used to deploy solutions within a Cloud platform
- Managing security review meetings. Ability to influence cross-functional teams of DevOps engineers and developers driving a security culture
- Understanding of test frameworks for automated testing/compliance
- Experience in Agile and Waterfall delivery methods in a large-scale Programme Delivery environment
- TOGAF accreditation or BCS Chartered Professional, or Fellow in Solution Development & Architecture
- AWS and/or Azure Certified
- Cyber security related certifications/designations, such as: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
- Project Management certification (PRINCE2).
- ITIL V3.0 Foundation certification.
- Microsoft Certified Professional.
- Familiarity with industry compliance and security standards (e.g. ISO27001, PCI-DSS)
- Experience working with Digital, Machine Learning, Non-structured data Forensics
Your service line: Internal Services
At Deloitte, we’re all about collaboration. And nowhere is this more apparent than among our 2,000-strong internal services team. With our combined specialist skills, we provide all the essential support and advice our client-facing colleagues need, right across the firm. This enables them to focus all of their efforts on delivering the best service possible to their clients. Covering seven distinct areas; Human Resources, Clients & Industries, Finance & Legal, Shared Services, National Quality & Risk Management, IT Services, and Workplace Services & Real Estate, together we live, breathe and deliver the Deloitte experience.
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