Solution Architect – BFS Domain

  • Market Standards
  • London, England, United Kingdom London England GB
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Cognizant Technology Solutions UK Ltd
  • 21 Mar 18 2018-03-21

Cognizant’s Banking & Financial Services Practice encompasses consumer lending, commercial finance, leasing, insurance, cards, payments, investment banking, wealth management and transaction processing. It is the company’s largest industry segment, serving leading financial institutions in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. These include 9 of the top 10 European banks and 16 of the top 20 North American financial institutions.

Cognizant has been a tremendous success story globally over the last 20+ years. It is a member of the NASDAQ-100, the S&P 500, the Forbes Global 2000, and the Fortune 500 and is ranked among the top performing and fastest growing companies in the world.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Design the solution and lead the implementation for a range of challenging technology projects that require senior technical direction, from significant feature implementations to complete technology modernisations or product installations and integrations.
  • Ensures Technology Platform solutions are aligned with the corresponding Platform Blueprint and Company Platform roadmaps; may be called on to be the Technology Platform Single Point of Contact (SPOC)
  • Focuses on cross-platform integration to leverage and optimize platform capabilities
  • Ensures the engineered environment meets the specification in terms of business requirements, application design and infrastructure requirements, i.e. accountable for the platform integration performance and efficiency
  • Performs hands-on solution architecture design work and actively participates in design and code reviews to ensure both delivery of desired business outcomes and alignment to enterprise standards
  • Works with Business and Data Architects to align and incorporate their input into platform solutions
  • Responsible for coaching and mentoring engineering resources on solution architecture, providing advice, guidance and assistance to less experienced colleagues as required
  • Responsible for providing solutions for the bids(RFPs and RFIs)

Essential Skills:

  • 5+ years of experience working as a solution architect
  • TOGAF certified
  • Experience of complex multi-system solution development projects with multidimensional
  • Process and data requirements
  • Hands-on experience of working through the end to end project lifecycle
  • Familiarity with working with 3rd party or offshore suppliers to ensure the delivery of
  • high quality designs that conform to the solution architecture defined
  • Good overall knowledge of a broad range of technology and technology trends
  • Technical background(Java and .net)
  • A deep and up-to-date understanding of best practice application / solution architectures
  • Past experience of designing systems or components, ideally on large projects (£5M+)
  • Relevant solution architecture skills (i.e. Data, Application, and Infrastructure), and a
  • good understanding of architectural concepts, methodologies and mapping
  • approaches
  • Experience in Cloud (AWS/Azure) migration
  • Experience with formal architectural methodologies and frameworks, including TOGAF
  • Experience in architecture modelling tools (EA Spark/RSA)
  • Proficient knowledge of UML
  • Affinity for change. The ability to identify opportunities and lead others through
  • organizational and technology change
  • Ability to work with imperfect information in the environment of uncertainty whilst still
  • maintaining high standard, evidenced designs and documentation
  • Strong risk management skills to manage architectural risk through the project lifecycle
  • Ability to multi-task to lead solution architecture on multiple projects
  • Good level of commercial awareness, the ability to understand supplier proposals and
  • promote cost effective solutions
  • Experience of working with multiple solution service providers
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Experience in  security architecture

Nice to Have Skills:

  • SaaS application  knowledge and experience(sales force,Servicenow etc)
  • Programme management
  • Interest in hands on coding 

About Cognizant 

Cognizant (Nasdaq-100: CTSH) is one of the world's leading professional services companies, transforming clients' business, operating and technology models for the digital era. Our unique industry-based, consultative approach helps clients envision, build and run more innovative and efficient businesses. Headquartered in the U.S., Cognizant is ranked 205 on the Fortune 500 and is consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world. Learn how Cognizant helps clients lead with digital at or follow us @Cognizant.