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Belfast, Northern Ireland

Closing Date

2022-06-21 23:00:00


Solution Architect - Research and Engineering

  • Job description

    Our Operate business helps organisations transform and run complex operational processes that often create challenges and hinder their progress. Harnessing the power of tech and data to drive performance, Operate brings together innovative minds with a distinctive mix of subject matter knowledge and operational skills to deliver results that make the difference. We work with some of the most recognisable organisations worldwide in delivering large scale operational programmes and managed solutions.  Underpinning all of this is our commitment to ensuring our people are equipped with tomorrow's skills to drive success for our clients today.  


    The Role


    We’ve invested £40m into the creation of our Advanced Research and Engineering Centre in Belfast, part funded by Invest NI. We’re creating a team of engineers and technologists who’ll work within a bigger innovation ecosystem, including government, University academia and business, to help our clients take giant leaps, rather than incremental steps.


    Our Advanced Research and Engineering Centre, based in Belfast, delivers pivotal breakthroughs to uncover the next generation of operational technology. As part of a team of innovative thinkers, you’ll work together to design solutions that will define the next decade and beyond.


    As our dedicated Solutions Architect, responsibilities will include;

    • Take ownership of solutions with the associated stakeholder management and expectation setting including taking ownership for the understanding of a business problem and for the delivery alongside others

    • Create the solution that delivers the target business outcome making the best use of the systems, processes and people we have

    • Navigate through complexity and working, where possible within existing guidelines whilst being confident enough to identify, explain and argue where those guidelines may lead to a non optimal solution

    • Bring all of your skills and experience to align teams to your solution you’ll be a leader who can bring others on the journey and get the right stakeholder buy in up front and during the delivery process

    • Work with the business, product owners,project managers, developers and testers in a hands-on way to ensure that the solution is developed in the right way but with enough flexibility to identify any issues as early as possible and modify the solution design accordingly

    • Work on rapid engagements developing proof of concept and MVP (minimum viable product) systems to prove out business cases and to be involved in demonstrating those to business stakeholders



    Skills and experience


    • Experience in a solution architect role with background being a developer

    • A solid understanding of modern cloud architecture, microservices, data and  best industry practices on system design - Cloud (any of Azure (microsoft Azure) / AWS (Amazon Web Services) / GCP (Google Cloud Platform) / Hybrid Cloud

    • Knowledge of how products are built, deployed, and maintained in production environments combined with deep understanding of modern DevOps best practice and tooling

    • Ability to balance an understanding of organisational constraints (budgetary / Timelines / other product offerings) alongside technical capability, available resource, existing infrastructure

    • Being able to inspire, motivate and influence others to buy into proposed solutions, willingly accept challenges and be prepared to defend and adapt

    • Produce high level (and occasionally lower level) design documents showing data flows, security, infrastructure layers, interfaces, protocols, etc.  whilst ensuring both functional and non-functional requirements are adequately addressed and documented in any solution

    • Demonstrating confidence representing team and area in senior level meetings and engaging with senior leadership teams

    • Understanding capabilities and limitations of platforms, services and frameworks and using that knowledge to recommend the parts that will make up any solution

    • Understanding the impact of agile development practices and ensuring the solutions designed have the ability to be delivered in an iterative phased approach

    • Understanding of modeling environments to run cost effectively and where appropriate scale and shrink on demand. Familiar with containerisation and the supporting tools (e.g. Docker / Kubernetes)

    • Practical application of cyber security and data protection best practice to align with all applicable regulations and firm security policies


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