Solutions Architect

The JM Longbridge Group is recruiting for a Solutions Architect who will be supporting Enterprise Architects working on strategy and technology plan for the next 5 years, shaping and leading projects in the long-run working for a global, multichannel brand.

* Acting as an escalation route for solution architects to help resolve architecture design issues.

* Keeping the programme managers appraised of any changes to risks, issues or solution.


* Acting as Lead Solution Architect on major programmes of work

* Liaising with programme managers and lead business analysts to ensure solution options are recommended in line with the best fit against requirements

* Creating solution options and solution architectures that align with the EA standards and the IT roadmap.

* Creating the Initial Project Evaluation document at the scoping stage of projects, in conjunction with the Enterprise Architects.

* Overseeing the project's Prepare phase to build the high level 'Solution Architecture and Design'.

* Contributing towards policies, standards and guidelines that direct the selection, development, implementation and use of technology across the company

* Supporting Solution Architects by providing advice on solution options and designs

* Taking an active role in vendor selection

Insight & Risk.

* Keeping abreast with developments in the IT industry and retail market space to ensure that the solution architectures are kept in line with industry standard and only deviate for commercial benefit.

* Supporting the Enterprise Architects in identification and assessment of new and emerging technologies and promoting awareness among and beyond the team

* Working with external suppliers to ensure that the appropriate technology direction is set with respect to applications.

* Ensure that the project by project solution design is aligned with the strategic technology direction.


Minimum 3-5 years Solution Architect experience (or equivalent) and educated to degree level in a technical subject.
Ideally TOGAF certified, or equivalent.
Significant experience of designing solutions in one or more domains relevant to fashion retail such as analytics, PLM, WMS, e-Commerce, ERP, HR and Finance systems.
Proven ability to deliver flexible, reliable, supportable, cost effective (packaged and bespoke) IT solutions.
Demonstrable experience in IT industry standards, services, design, architecture principles design, architecture views and viewpoint design, building block design, solutions modelling and systems behaviour.
Good experience of IT Architecture (and underlying frameworks such as TOGAF and SOA) including the development (and ensuring adherence to) architecture principles and standards
Knowledge of relevant technologies including document management, CRM/case management, BPM, web applications, portals, messaging and integration (Middleware), data management, etc.
Proficiency in methods and techniques for structured reviews, including reviews of non-functional requirements, technical documents, test plans, business cases and other key deliverables.

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