Solution Architect required by a Financial Services Company to be based in their Head Office in Darlington and are offering up to 57.5k. Reporting to the Head of Infrastructure and Support you will take ownership of the Solution Architecture, reviewing existing architecture and identifying risks. Furthermore you will be responsible for suggesting improvements in order to mitigate those risks. Transferring knowledge to the employees around you will be a key element of this position.
Main Duties Include: Ownership of the Solution Architecture and Infrastructure Sizing documents Keeping the company up to date on life of product Review existing architecture and identify areas of risk Review and agree on a hosting design document and ensure it is aligned with all documentation Review of CMDB (configuration management database) against sizing documents to ensure consistency Discover the best products and systems for any improvements with respect to cost, technology and/or performance Present any relevant POC (proof of concept) as required to ensure improvements Review change requests for impact analysis with respect to architecture and update documentation Review the interface design of the application team to ensure it is aligned with documentation Organise and chair technical design authority meetings Capacity planning for Production and non-Production environments Deal with problems in Production and non-Production as they arise, and carrying out effective Root Cause Analysis exercises Ensure security related attributes (SSL/TLS) are considered, defined and implemented Work with Testing Team to understand requirements Work with infrastructure teams to support PT (Penetration testing) and OAT (Operational acceptance testing) Participation in Penetration testing and resolving observations
Skills and Experience: Ability to explain architecture to an application team. Able to influence at all levels of business Ability to understand and identify an organisations needs (through Solution Architecture, Technical Design, Deployment Instruction, Infrastructure Sizing documents, as well as non-functional requirements) Demonstrated leadership in a previous Systems Architecture lead role Demonstrated expertise across Systems Architecture and Engineering life-cycle from estimation through operations & maintenance Demonstrated large-scale IT operations experience & responsibility Ability to understand new and emerging technologies and have demonstrated the implementation of appropriate technologies to meet business needs across multiple organisations Knowledge of database design (specifically Oracle and SQL) and application interfacing (through API calls)