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Senior Architect - 115K

Posted 07/07/2021
£100,000 - £115,000 per annum
Full time

Senior Architect
£100,000 - £115,000 per annum

This role is a key position within a newly built team responsible for the delivery of technology innovation and digitisation initiatives across the business. It will play an important role in helping to foster a culture of technology excellence, automation, digitisation and better exploitation of data to further enable and accelerate the growth ambitions.We are looking for a hands-on architect with strong tech experience that can gude our engineering teams and see through the implementation of e2e platforms.

Role Accountabilities:

* To support OE's in identifying and realizing the benefits of specific Digital and automation initiatives, as well as of agile, DevOps and CI/CD practices in general.
* To support define and implement technology best practice

Key Responsibilities:

* To assist in the delivery of Technology strategy
* To own and define architecture artefacts, guardrails and technical implementation guidelines in a clear and concise manner
* To define the detailed platform architecture for full stack digital insurance solutions and get the buy-in from the CTOs
* To review and provide recommendations on platform architure and microservices down to the code level and guide the engineers
* To synthesise requirements underlying feature requests, recommend alternative technical and business approaches, and facilitate engineering efforts to meet aggressive timelines
* To define and support the delivery of integration technologies, APIs etc. including back to front office, legacy to digital and internal and external/ partner integration.
* To identify a process & set of KPI's that monitor/drive the automation and digitisation efforts
* To be the champion of Agile ways of working, and platform thinking driving ideas and solutions
* To work with variety of internal and external partners, to run RFI's, RFP's and POC's at pace to support business requirements.

About You

* University degree (Master's equivalent) in Computer Science, Engineering, or Mathematics.

Professional Experience:

* 10+ years of relevant, broad engineering experience and executive level presence
* 5+ years of experience as the lead technologist/architect for a major product or service
* Hands-on technology experience that include java, javascript, .NET, data streaming, MQ, SQL, NoSQL, TypeScript, Docker, React, Kafka, Test automation tooling, CI/CD pipeline tools, AWS, Azure and GCP
* Experience mentoring/training the engineering community on complex technical issues
* Team player and able to work in an environment of high levels of change and diversity of activities
* Highly proactive requiring little day to day direction and enjoy working at pace
* Internal or external consultancy experience with multiple partners and priorities
* Experience of leading teams and senior stakeholder engagement
* Experience of integration of internal/ external and front to back office technologies incl. on premise and cloud environments.
* Insurance or Financial services experience as a senior architect

Leadership Qualities:

* Ability to negotiate, persuade, coach and bring the team together in implementing new ideas
* Communicates with impact, negotiates skillfully in demanding situations and effectively influences across all levels including senior and non-technical leaders
* Thinks strategically in defining solutions balancing business needs with technical, focusing on commercial outcomes
* Establishes, maintains and develop strong relationship within the OEs including at senior levels
* Leading and managing a topic unaided end to end
* Take multiple and divergent data points to reach a conclusion that is presented in an understandable format to stakeholders

Soft Skills:

* Effectively navigate in ambiguity, shaping up new initiatives working with the relevant stakeholders with business impact
* Applying the nuances of influencing based on the situation, knowing when to push and when to ease
* Strong negotiation and advocacy skills
* Presents well and with conviction
* Good listener but can speak up if and when required
* Actively network and build bridges across teams with different cultures and working environments

Oliver James Associates

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