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IT Consultancy


Belfast, Northern Ireland

Closing Date

2024-02-26 00:00:00


Lead Deal Architect

  • Lead Deal Architect

    • Belfast, UK
    • Full-time
    • Department: Managed Services

    Company Description

    Version 1 are celebrating 25 years in the IT industry, this year, and we continue to be trusted by global brands to deliver IT solutions that drive customer success.  We are ranked as third Best Large Workplace in Tech in the UK & we have just ranked as the second Best Place to Work in Ireland!

    Version 1 is not just a Microsoft Gold Partner, an AWS Premier Consulting Partner and an Oracle Platform Partner, we are also an award-winning employer, and our employees are at the heart of Version 1.

    We invest in a strong culture of wellness through programs that help our employees create their journey toward optimal wellbeing. This framework is based on our ‘Strength in Balance‘ theme and is seen again in our Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Team motto, “Bring Your Difference“.  

    The role of Lead Deal Architect is a position with excellent career prospects, suitable for someone looking to make the next step up in their career, who is seeking to work with new technologies, and who wants to be a key driver of our ambitious growth plans over the next few years.

    Job Description

    The Lead Deal Architect (LDA) performs a key role within the Version 1 organisation, working to design and turn Version 1 offerings into defined propositions to meet the business and technological objectives of new and existing clients across Private and Public Sector Markets.

    Working closely with Version 1 commercial and technical portfolio teams, the LDA will identify, qualify and act as overall Solution Owner on new complex business opportunities, utilising Version 1 and wider solution experience to drive architectural and strategic initiatives for our clients. This is a trusted strategic advisory role, providing technical leadership on large scale multi-service tower deals, encompassing transition, managed service support and digital transformation services.

    Significant applied industry experience is a pre-requisite for the role combined with expansive technical prowess, excellent communication skills and the ability to establish and maintain strong relationships with Version 1 customers and colleagues.  The LDA will be a leader capable of steering commercial, pre-sales and delivery teams, utilising the combined expertise of these functions to ensure the delivery of winning propositions balanced perfectly between clients’ technical and commercial evaluation criteria.

    The LDA must have experience of complex bidding environments, associated procurement processes and they will have contributed to all phases of the sales lifecycle from early-stage sales qualification, solutions design and approval, contract negotiation, transition and into steady state service delivery.

    The LDA should also be able to provide input and advice as to how we enhance and improve the Managed Service offering that Version 1 provides, focussing on technical and service innovations.  The aim being to develop our offering, so that it provides real business value to our customers and therefore becomes a more compelling proposition to them.


    Role Criteria

    The LDA will have broad technical experience and will have worked specifically in a pre-sales capacity for a minimum of 5 years and will have a demonstrable track record of success in the design and delivery of integrated multi-tower technical and service solutions. 

    Suitable candidates must possess the following competencies:

    • Experience of leading in a Sales/Pre-sales role to build/qualify a pipeline of opportunities and ensure that Version 1 is positioned appropriately to engage successfully.
    • Evidence role as the Solution Owner/LDA on complex deals, providing technical design authority leadership, technical governance and guidance, to supporting technical tower workstream leads to maintain standard of capability and delivery
    • Development and maintenance of a comprehensive understanding of multi-sectoral IT market trends, product offerings, services and propositions across a range of technical disciplines, for example: Service Desk, End User, Platform & Infrastructure, Network and Applications.
    • Experience leading on the design and development of detailed functional and non-functional/technical solution specifications.
    • Commercial management of complex bid propositions and solutions, ensuring service and resource cost collation, cost review and ‘pricing to win’ analysis
    • Definition of high-level Enterprise IT/Digital Transformation strategies based on consulting-led practices and methods.
    • Design and delivery of innovation programmes e.g. solution proof of value projects
    • Solutions development and capability positioning in formal proposal form in response to RFI/RFP/ITTs
    • Development of strong and effective relationships with senior business stakeholders within key customer accounts.
    • Delegation of work appropriately and effectively to technical & downstream resources and management to successful completion.

    Essential Technical Skills / Knowledge:

    The LDA is expected to bring with them a broad technical knowledge across the IT Managed Services spectrum and be able to hold informed conversations and discussions in relation to these areas with both Version1 teams and our customers.  Examples of the areas of Managed Service that we provide for our customers includes the following:

    • Cloud Platform, Infrastructure and Data Centre technologies
    • Server and storage hardware architectures, solutions and optimisations
    • Cloud Platform Technologies and Services – IaaS, PaaS & Private/Public Cloud
    • Directory Services
    • Mail, Messaging and collaboration
    • Operating Systems (Server & Client)
    • Desktop technologies
    • Systems Management & Monitoring

    Additional Information

    Here's what else we offer:

    • Remote/hybrid working - your choice! Check out our office locations
    • Employee recognition in the form of Excellence Awards and CallOut which are awarded by your peers. Engagement is incredibly important with local engagement teams driving our engagement events! 
    • Great Place to Work award winners - United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Spain and India
    • Private healthcare cover
    • Life Assurance
    • Employer contributed pension scheme 
    • Employee discount scheme
    • Pathways Career Development Quarterly 
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