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Solution Architect

The successful candidate will work with customers alongside the commercial & technical teams to develop a deep understanding of their business or technical problems and help form a vision of the solution we can deliver. 

Job purpose

  • To create and define solutions, based on clear reasoning, in collaboration with the wider technical team to deliver both new and existing projects to support the business objectives
  • To collaborate and contribute to the pre-sales process to build and engage the customer with the proposed technical solutions
  • Drive high level technical decisions in collaboration with analysts and technical teams which build value, manage risk and enable an organised and controlled software solution build
  • To initiate and engage in a collaborative customer journey that is committed to delivering positive experiences and outcomes
  • To work closely with the commercial and technical teams to ensure capabilities are clearly represented as part of the offering to customers and the best solution is proposed, in line with the customer needs

Key responsibilities

  • Understand the customer and their business at an enterprise level to be able to create and design a vision for technical transformation and delivery of value
  • Translate the vision into winning project proposals by contributing to the bid process making sure quality, competitive output from pre-sales and sales teams is of a high standard 
  • Harness prototyping and mockups to explore and test solutions, working with the technical team

Behaviours and qualities

  • An articulate communicator and influencer and gains the confidence of others
  • Demonstrates good technical understanding, across multiple technical disciplines
  • Able to relate to clients across all levels, with empathy and confidence
  • Able to take decisive action and lead others
  • A collaborator who drives projects with velocity
  • Assertive and tactful
  • Responsive and adaptable

Experience/qualifications

Essential 

  • Software engineering background
  • Extensive experience working in the software industry:
  • in different subject areas / market segments
  • with both new and old systems of different levels of maturity
  • different platforms and languages (including at least either C# or PHP)
  • Demonstrable understanding of the design principles and architecture of large and complex software systems
  • University education or equivalent software industry experience 
  • Experience of preparing technical business requirements
  • Understanding of full end to end software lifecycle (from initial idea to end of life)

Desirable

  • Knowledge of project management practices and the Agile/Scrum environment
  • Awareness of user experience from an architecture perspective
  • Experience with prototyping or wireframing

The salary range for this role is between £45,000 – £55,000 per annum, plus a wide range of other great benefits.

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