• Permanent, Full time
  • Schroders Investment Management
  • 2019-02-17
  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • Competitive
  • Full time

Solutions Architect

Solutions Architect

Team Overview

IT at Schroders is not just about technology; it's about problem solving using cutting edge technology to support the business and deliver high end solutions. We encourage innovation and value excellence. We are a global function that's managed locally and this allows us to develop and deploy systems and processes across our international offices. To learn how we've grown, explore our interactive timeline to see how we've been shaping financial futures since our very beginnings.

We also recognise that successfully balancing personal and professional commitments brings out the best in our teams and therefore all roles in Global Technology are reviewed for suitability for flexible working arrangements, with this specific opportunity available to applicants from 3 to 5 days per week. We passionately believe that individual performance is enhanced by embracing the whole individual and structuring a working environment that supports them.

Role Overview

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 Product Technology space (Domain).

The Client Reporting program is going to concentrate on the following tasks:

• Creation of cross-asset, multi geography reporting components.
• Identify Golden/Master Source data required for Client Reporting and facilitate the on-boarding of that data into a new Global Data Warehouse (GDW) application.
• Expose GDW data and other data sources to a 3rd party Client Reporting front end.

Key Responsibilities:

• Guide and support change projects through solution design and architecture governance.
• Identify and manage technical debt in their domain (solution and architecture runway debt).
• Manage Business Application catalogue in their domain.
• Work on IT strategies, design patterns etc
• Own technical tools catalogue.
• Plus other responsibilities set within their own IT domains.

G eneral 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 - pushing back when required to do so.
• 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.
• Strong understanding of Asset and Wealth Management Distribution data technology models.
• 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.
• Azure nice to have.

Personal Attributes

• Able to clearly and concisely articulate solutions, challenges and proposed architecture.
• Have a clear strategic capability to define future architecture with the principles of SAFe and larger strategic objective.
• Able to clearly and concisely articulate solutions, challenges and proposed architecture.
• Inspiring and collaborative leader, model of agile leadership approach.
• Collaborative team member.
• Friendly, approachable, enjoys working with people from a variety of backgrounds.
• Proactive and self-organised.
• Problem solver, comfortable taking the initiative in challenging and ambiguous circumstances.
• Capable of remaining positive when under pressure.