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Senior Solution Architect

Job Description and Requirements

Job Purpose:

The Senior Solution Architect plays a significant role in the solution definition, implementation and governance of the overall solution implementation as per the best practices, architecture standard guidelines and reference architecture. 
The Senior solution architect may be deployed permanently or temporarily as part of agile squads to facilitate agile delivery as well as may be deployed permanently or temporarily as part of platform teams operate in waterfall delivery 
mode.

Both deployment models will demand from the senior solution architect to work closely with the software engineers, testers, other architects, platform owners and/ or squad members in order to define and execute resilient, 
reusable, secured, scalable and highly performing solution architecture that meets platform owners’ expectations in line with the architecture governance framework, technology roadmap and best practices.

The successful candidate will perform work that involve close interactions and technical guidance in multiple functional areas such as software development, testing, UX/ UI, different squads and architects in the organization in addition to 
external parties such as consultants or solution/ technology vendors. This individual will also seek to ensure the optimum utilization of existing technology, promote open standards, cost effectiveness and resilience as per the enterprise architecture guiding principles.

Key Results

1. Technology solution articulation and definition.

Performance Measures: Meeting business units/ platform owners requirements and roadmap

Main Tasks:

  • Understand the business requirements in order to articulate thoughtful solutions taking into considerations all functional and non-functional requirements into consideration in line with the reference architecture and technology roadmap
  • Drives end-to-end solution development
  • Definition and governance of an effective solution implementation promotes innovation, open standards & cost effectiveness in support of the organizational goals, objectives and strategic requirements.
  • Analyzes different patterns and trends to propose the best fit to meet the business requirements and as per the architecture governance framework and technology roadmap.
  • Provide consultancy and support to business units/ platform owners in identifying and implementing effective solutions.
  • Act as a technical advisor to the platform owners, squad members and software engineers throughout the lifecycle of the solution definition and estimation.
  • Maintain a high awareness of technology and industry trends.

2. Ensure the alignment of the information, data, technology & business architectures:

Performance Measures: Solutions alignment across different architecture domains while meeting business objectives and priorities.

Main Tasks:

  • Ensure an open dialog with other organization’s architects & Enterprise Architecture to maintain a constant alignment and promote synergies.
  • Proactively promote collaborations with other architects (Data, technical, security & solutions) in order to ensure the right alignment and leverage of existing technology, solutions design and deployment patterns

3. Solution governance and documentation:

Performance Measures:

  • Number of dispensations and Alignment to the reference architecture
  • Well informed stakeholders about the architectural standard practices and guidelines
  • Up-to-date and accessible blueprints

Main Tasks:

  • Provide technical consultancy to different IT and business stakeholders in technology best practices and problems analysis in technology solutions.
  • Propose architectural enhancements in order to realize security, agility, performance and cost effectiveness.
  • Maximize the leverage on existing technology capabilities to meet the business requirements.
  • Promote resilient, secured and cost effective design, deployment and integration patterns.
  • Present, justify and properly document the introduction of new technology, design, integration or deployment pattern as per the enterprise architecture governance framework

Person Specifications

Education:

  • Master or Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems management or related field.
  • Enterprise Architecture certifications such as TOGAF or other.

Experience:

  • More than 15 years of experience in information technology where mostly spent in solutions definition, implementation and architecture.
  • More than 6 years of experience in software development/ systems designs.
  • Experienced in different integration patterns, tools, technology & trends.
  • Experienced in Microservices and SOA principals, guidelines and supporting technology.
  • Strong understanding of object-oriented analysis and design, and/or client/server systems.
  • Experiences in cloud native principals, designs and deployments.
  • Experienced in 12-factor app principals.
  • Experience in applying proven architecture design methodologies and tools.
  • Wide experience in developing customer-centric solutions.
  • Wide experience in developing critical, high resilient and secured solutions.
  • Experienced in working with different open sourced technology.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Comprehensive knowledge and outstanding technical skills of software designs, data flow/ analytics and different integration solutions.
  • Exposure to multiple, diverse technologies and processing environments.
  • Demonstrate exceptional technical skills across applications, information processing and integration domains.
  • Experienced in development lifecycle and different software development technology, frameworks and coding standards.
  • Ability to challenge the conventional wisdom regarding technology trends.
  • Ability to understand the long term and short term perspectives of a solution.
  • Ability to assess and analyze the wide enterprise impact of a solution.
  • Ability to comprehend and articulate solutions based on events driven computing
  • Knowledge of systems, components and architectural principles and practices followed in distributed computing architecture
  • Knowledge of key integration patterns and tools such as event based, messaging, ETL, ESB & microservices based integration.
  • Knowledge of best practice API development, deployment, governance and management practices.
  • Strong understanding of technology trends and their application in Financial Services.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and promote innovative.
  • Knowledge of different cloud deployment models and cloud taxonomies.
  • Knowledge of data processing architecture involving different streaming and batch processing techniques.

Behavioral Competencies:

  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Demonstrate critical and systems of thinking ability
  • Ability to negotiate and influence
  • Disciplined, organized
  • Flexibility / Adaptability 
  • Visionary
  • Works collaboratively
  • Performance driven