Solution Architect

Job Titles:
IT, Telecomms and Communications
£60,000 to £90,000 per annum
Extensive: Medical, Dental, Pension, Gym, Bonus, Much more
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Ensuring the firm’s strategy, the ISS strategy and market technology trends are aligned in the enterprise’s processes and systems.

The role is key in ensuring that the delivered IT solutions are of a high quality, secure, adhere to ISS policies and strategy as well as being ‘fit for purpose’.

Key Responsibilities: 

Act as a technical authority on projects, representing the technical solution articulately across all levels
The Solution Architect will advise all areas of the ISS department and the business on architecture concepts and principles. This includes influencing key stakeholders towards changes which develop the technology platform inline with the strategy.

Examine areas of the ISS function, looking for opportunities to improve the services we offer to the Practice and our clients. whether that service improvement is seen as a quality/ productivity improvement or a cost reduction.

The Solution Architect identifies and defines product selections and influences product procurement. They govern the technology platform, providing guidance and endorsement for significant changes and new solution selection required by the business or ISS.

Brings strong business understanding to the technical delivery of ISS solutions

Specialist level IT knowledge in multiple IT core technology areas.

Key responsibilities:

  • Solution Architect will keep abreast of industry developments and maintain strong links into both the Service Delivery and Practice.
  • Carry out vendor product assessments for suitability of use within IT environment.
  • Specification of all technologies to be deployed within the IT environment.

As an ISS Solution Architect, the role is accountable for:

  • Solution design, scope definition and implementation of Business and ISS projects.
  • Engage with members of Architecture team to create and maintain ISS Policies and Roadmaps
  • Engage with Service Delivery teams to create new ISS Standards
  • Engage with Lead Developers in software design within the overall solution.

Definition of Operating Systems standards and the creation of standard builds for their delivery by project teams
Ownership of monitoring requirements for hardware, application software and Operating Systems; delivered by internal systems or by service partner


Provide design endorsement and serve as the architecture authority for ISS, covering all architecture domains.
Maintain architectural and strategic trend knowledge of the following technology areas:

  • Windows Server OS
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Oracle
  • SQL 2012 & 2014
  • Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop, Provisioning Server, HDX MediaStream & Secure Gateway
  • Applications Tier 1 & Tier 2
  • Microsoft App-V
  • VMWare
  • SAP

Maintenance and communication of architecture artifacts that are aligned with the aims of the Business and ISS strategy
Collaborate closely with ISS stakeholders in development of product roadmaps and strategy.

Ensure that projects implement change that is global in nature and adhere to appropriate regulatory/compliance requirements.
Exploit the technology platform identifying areas where technology can provide “competitive advantage”.

Research new technologies relevant to business goals and the technology platform.

Maintain an excellent knowledge of technology platform and communicate this to all areas of the business.

Design Authority Membership:

As core members of the ISS Design Authority team, The role is responsible for reviewing proposed solution designs and implementation plans to ensure that they are practical, achievable solutions to the problem. In this capacity the Solution Architect is responsible for the following:

  • Conduct technical reviews for projects and major infrastructure changes
  • The preparation and maintenance of system and subsystem design documentation including:


  1. design of the infrastructure,
  2. preparation, updating and ownership of specifications, diagrams, and other documentation associated with the design of the system;
  3. submission of reports, as required, on the progress of the work;
  4. working closely with the Operations Lead to ensure that the technical design is suitable for production ;
  5. Collaboration with project, development and support teams in the preparation and provision of information for maintenance of the system;
  6. Review 3rd party/supplier work if part of a project.
  7. Maintain an expert knowledge of the technical infrastructure as well as its Business Processes. Develop and manage an appropriate design and best-in-class ‘knowledge-base’.
  8. Quality assurance of 3rd party work done on behalf of the project is adequate for the proposed application or system.Assist Service Delivery when required in analysing problems, identify trends and correlations and recommend changes to the technical infrastructure.

Skills/ Experience/ Qualifications Required:

  • Display an eagerness for change and continuous improvement and will display strong communication, ownership and team leadership skills.
  • The ability to plan, manage and review activities efficiently will be essential.
  • Creative and open to new ideas and initiatives
  • Self-motivated with proven motivational and leadership skills
  • Articulate and confident communicator at all levels of the organisation and external parties.
  • Pragmatic and logical decision maker
  • Education/Qualification
  • University Graduate calibre

Practical Skills:
Practical and commercial experience in a strategic and/or development role within an IT systems driven environment.
A strong understanding and appreciation of mainstream technology and mainstream technology providers is essential.

Worked in an international organisation – appreciation of cultural differences and styles.

Understanding of the core concepts and key principles of software development.

Proven understanding of the techniques of system development and service management disciplines.

Technical Skills:
Experience of Enterprise Architecture and large scale systems design principles.
Strong written skills, in particular specification documents, technical authoring and procedures

Interest in technology and applications of technology; keeps up with advances in technology

Previous experience of building and maintaining effective working relationships at all levels.
Negotiating skills.