Solution Architect

Solution Architect

Guernsey, Haywards Heath or Salford Quays
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We’re on the hunt for a talented Solution Architect to join our Technology team in Haywards Heath - West Sussex,  Salford Quays - Manchester or Guernsey.

You’ll work with the Head of Architecture, Business Services team and technical products to help develop the business requirements.

You’ll be responsible for understanding the business’ requirement for a technology solution so that the appropriate solution can be designed and delivered. It’ll be your responsibility to articulate that requirement to the architecture and development teams and then communicate the technical solution back to the underlying business stakeholders.
Job responsibilities
  • Work with the Head of Architecture to assist in the definition of the Enterprise Architecture and Focus Product Strategy
  • Review internal and external solutions, making recommendations to the Head of Architecture ensuring alignment to our Technology and Strategies
  • Analysing, developing and communicating designs for creation of both high-level and detailed design documentation
  • Contribute to the management of development backlogs, sprints and deliveries
  • Support relationships with the other areas of the business to ensure requirements can be developed
  • Work to agreed prioritisation and deadlines of requirements for development 
  • Assists in the identification of root causes and fixes for major incidents
  • Ensure compliance with company and other relevant standards/regulations at all times

Skills, knowledge & experience
  • The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) Certification is desirable
  • Knowledge of analysis, design, modelling techniques and architectural patterns
  • Understanding of the retail insurance business, together with identification and management of risk
  • Understanding of user stories, user cases, sequence diagrams and other solution specification techniques
  • Ability to create and maintain sets of reference architecture documentation
  • Knowledge of a structured yet agile approach to delivery
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good time management and organisation skills
  • Commercially focused and results driven 
  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic 
What can we do for you? 
We believe we can offer you a great working environment as we’re so passionate about our people. Here are just some of the benefits and perks that we offer…
  • Fantastic training and development opportunities
  • Employee benefit packages to suit your lifestyle
  • Flexible working
  • A day off for your birthday
  • The opportunity to take a paid day off each year to do charity work
  • A health cash plan
  • Help with travel expenses
  • The opportunity to buy additional holiday
  • Company pension scheme
  • Group life assurance
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Professional subscription fees paid
Employee wellbeing is high on the agenda here too. We provide a weekly free fruit delivery, discounted membership at a local health club and access to an Employee Assistance Programme, which promotes physical and emotional wellbeing at work and at home. In addition, we provide wellbeing events throughout the year to support physical and mental health.

If you’d like to work for an award-winning employer in a fast-paced environment, please apply now!

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