• Permanent, Full time
  • Schroders Investment Management
  • 2018-07-19
  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • Base Salary + Bonus + Pension + Benefits
  • Full time

Solutions Architect

Schroders Distribution IT are seeking an experienced Solutions Architect who has worked in the finance sector to join a major project. The successful candidate will still be close to technology and have strong stakeholder management skills.

Schroders Global Technology (GT) function is organised into a number of teams, distributed across Schroders global offices, with technology hubs in London, Luxembourg, Singapore and New York.

 

The software engineering and technology change function is split between 4 domains: Investment, Portfolio Operations and Data; Distribution and Product; Corporate and; Digital. In addition there are teams which operate as shared services to provide Technology Infrastructure, Production Services (production support, release and access control), Quality Assurance, Information Security and Business Management (change management, assurance and reporting).

 

Our application estate is comprised mainly of commercially available off the shelf software packages best suited to Schroders operational needs, complimented by a number of internally developed proprietary systems to support the specific needs of the clients and products that our colleagues support.

 

The Global Technology vision is to ensure a stable operating environment that can function at multiple speeds, that focuses on value delivered to our external and internal customers. With a culture of excellence through collaboration, innovation and continuous improvement, Global Technology will enable Schroders to deliver the best outcomes for clients and shareholders.

 

In order to ensure that the emergent technology needs of our clients, regulators and internal stakeholders are able to be met quickly and effectively Schroders is undertaking the Leading Enterprise Agile Programme (LEAP) within Global Technology. In order to ensure this is achieved without compromising the stability and security of the platform, Schroders Global Technology is implementing a bespoke agile operating model, based on the SAFe methodology, which ensures that technology support and infrastructure is unaffected and the requisite governance and control is in place.


Overview of role


The Solution Architect is responsible for ensuring the technical solution (comprising multiple applications) delivered to meet a specified set of business requirements meets the Enterprises goals i.e. takes into account the perspective of Business Processes, Data, Technology and Infrastructure. The Solution Architect role has a reporting line into Enterprise Architecture and the Domain the sit in.


Key duties


• Work with Customers, stakeholders, and Suppliers to establish Solution Intent; help establish the solution intent information models and documentation requirements
• Drive architectural initiatives in the program level and participate in feature analysis
• Influence and drive adoption common modeling, design, and coding practices at the program level
• Participate in the strategy for building and maintain the ART Architectural Runway in support of upcoming business features
• Define subsystems and their interfaces; allocate responsibilities to subsystems; understand solution deployment, and communicate requirements for interactions with solution context
• Define, explore, and support the implementation of program enablers to evolve solution intent; work with System Architects and Agile Teams to implement, explore, or support them
• Synchronize solutions for data security and quality; Infrastructure; scability, performance and other NFRS
• Participate Feature Prioritisation
• Drive architectural initiatives in the program level and participate in feature analysis

 

General and Technical skills


• Know Safe/Agile methodologies
• Understanding and capable of modelling different aspects of a solution using industry standards (e.g. BPMN 2 for business modelling, UML for Class Modelling, …)
• Be organised and communicate strongly
• Understand the value of commitments to delivery made by the Agile team
• Keep stakeholders updated on Architectural initiatives and be able to explain the rationale behind them
• Have a very strong technical background and knowledge of industry trends
• Have a very strong understanding of the business domain in which s/he works but be informed by the Enterprise Architecture

 

Qualifications


• Completed Leading SAFe course and examination

 

Personal Attributes


• Capable of remaining positive when under pressure
• Strong strategic thinking and analytical skills, combined with ability to derive and implement required tactical measures
• Friendly, approachable and collaborative team player who enjoys working with people from across the firm
• Continuous improvement mind-set, challenges the status quo and seeks self improvement
• Problem solver, comfortable taking the initiative in challenging and ambiguous circumstances
• Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English



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