Solution Architect

Category: Architecture
Main location: United States, Texas, Houston
Position ID: J0822-1089
Employment Type: Full Time

Position Description:

The Solution Architect – SSW & NBD owns the architecture delivery of Solution architecture for business (in this context SSW & NBD business domain) projects, programs and products. Solution Architects (SA) are responsible for delivering solution guidance and designs to projects and running operations. Key objectives are: fit for purpose IT solutions, the right portfolio fit, technical integrity, right TCO (total cost of ownership) through its life cycle and a good fit with the IT technology direction of client. The resulting High Level Designs have a measurable impact on the effectiveness end solution getting deployed in production and measured by stakeholder satisfaction.

This SA position resides in the Architecture Platform & Data (APD) organization, with a stickiness to certain LOB segments. In this case the segment is SSW & NBD Segment under UP/IG/NE/PT.

The solution designs need to have fit for purpose and fit for future solutions, technical integrity, the right TCO (total cost of ownership) through its life cycle. The Solution Architect is accountable for the high-quality architectural design and implementation - compliant with Architecture -, IRM -, and Supportability standards and strategies as well as IT General Controls. The Solution Architect ensures that existing reference architectures, technology services and other reusable elements are leveraged to the maximum degree and that the solution design conforms to the business segment architecture.

This role is based in Houston, Texas.

Your future duties and responsibilities:

• Being the point of call for all architecture aspects of an IT Project.
• Being able to address and integrate the: Business Process, Data, Application, Technical and Information Security aspects of an IT Solution.
• Ensure projects solution architecture is documented using the relevant templates, tooling and conforms to standards.
• Coach detailed designers and business analysts in projects during their design work.
• Reviewing and accepting the detailed design of an IT solution.
• Support Segment Architects and reviews through the Architecture Review Board as required.
• Take an active role in documenting, improving & maintaining the Reference Models in Systems Architect. Lifting project deliverables to the Conceptual and Logical levels.
• Follow IT Technology developments in the market and leverage this knowledge in architecting solutions in Company.
• Ensure solutions are ‘future proof’.
• Stay in touch with development of standards and standard services in IT at Organization. To ensure the latest service developments are taken into account.
• Pro-actively contribute to the development of the Architecture community and be an ambassador for Architecture.
• Interact with stakeholders on architecture issues and strategic improvements where such expertise is required.
• Maintain knowledge of compliance and regulatory requirements, including data privacy regulations (e.g. GDPR), and ensure that those are included in architecture design decisions.
• Responsible for championing and embedding Security by Design and Privacy by Design in projects, and to ensure that the appropriate design decisions are made, documented, and implemented.
• Work with IRM and DPO/SECO in case of unclarity around L&R requirements.
• Participate in architecture assurance activities, working closely with other Architecture disciplines.
• Work closely with the Business Lead Architect and Lead Segment Architects.
• Ensure architecture artifact quality and retention in appropriate tools, e.g. SNOW, Enterprise Architecture Repository, BiZZdesign.

Required qualifications to be successful in this role:

• 8 years in digital and IT with some years of (business-focused) digital and IT stakeholder management experience. You have a proven track record of digital and IT architecture impact and success.
• Previous working Solution architecture experience.
• Stakeholder engagement is key to this role.
• Use, derive and promote relevant guidelines, standards, reference architecture, tools, templates and stored artefacts to deliver architecture (solution, data, technical) in projects. Able to apply TOE standards and how to raise step-outs if needed. Assess vulnerability of technology and to explain relevant IRM strategy for Architecture.
• Use and promote the standard architecture tools for creating and storing key architecture artefacts (focus on Bizz Design), fosters reuse.
• Ensure architecture artefact quality and retention in appropriate tools.
• Experience in a multi-disciplined IT environment with strong background in Application architecture.
• Delivery-oriented with a focus on results. Agile and Product focused delivery is a must-have.
• Knowledge of and experience with client's foundational hyperscaler, data platform, IPaaS, authentication and authorization, connectivity architectures are must-have.
• Cloud (AWS and Azure) knowledge, Open source technologies, Platform mindset, Data and Analytics platform, API-based integration architecture, CNCF landscape/Cloud native architecture preferred.
• TOGAF certification and knowledge of BizzDesign preferred.
• Ability to work in virtual teams, across time, geographical, and cultural boundaries.

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Skills:

  • Solutions Architecture

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