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Solution Architect

Bristol, England, United Kingdom | Permanent | Full time

Solution Architect

  • Bristol, England, United Kingdom
  • Full time
  • Closing on: Jul 11 2022

Bank of Ireland Group is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to fostering an inclusive workplace which values and benefits from the diversity of our workforce.

Bank of Ireland are delighted to be recruiting aSolutions Architectto join our UK Mortgages IT Engineering & Delivery team!

This position offers the opportunity to work in the financial sector which is very dependent on high quality technology solutions.

This IT team plays a very key role in both supporting the business at Bank of Ireland and shaping its future.

Who are we?

The BOI UK Mortgages IT Engineering & Delivery Team are responsible for all change activity on their core Mortgage platform and related systems, delivering change in accordance with both Republic of Ireland and UK regulatory requirements and business priorities.

What is the opportunity?

Our ambition is to deliver digital solutions that are flexible, scalable and secure to enable our customers, colleagues and communities to thrive.

This key role will be instrumental in driving positive change within our UK Mortgages IT Engineering & Delivery Team providing the link between Solution Architecture, Application development colleagues and various stake-holders.

As a Solutions Architect, you will also ensure proposed solutions are suitable in relation to Business, Infrastructure & Security requirements whilst also considering constraints within the current landscape and recommending opportunities for embracing new technologies.

Key Accountabilities

Accountable for delivering effective solution designs within the UK Mortgage platform

Shape and agree the solution architecture for projects, ensuring alignment with Architecture Roadmaps, strategies, principles and standards as published and communicated by IT Architecture.

Engage with partners at all levels to ensure end-to-end solutions have been identified, fully understood and supported by all partners, aligned to the business need, fit for purpose and provide return on investment.

Contributor to overall solution planning, providing input into the estimation process as well as highlighting technical risks, issues and assumptions

Produce required design artefacts.

Engage with key partners in the enterprise architect function and across the business

Ensure solutions align with strategic architecture principles and direction

Review the designs produced by the technical teams to ensure alignment with the overall solution design

Review requirements and monitor change requests to ensure solution designs are fit for purpose

Present solutions to the BOI Architecture Review Board (ARB) for approval and ensure the approved solution is adhered to throughout the SDLC.

Present solutions to Service Operations teams to support transition and Security Review teams.

Guide the solution design ensuring alignment with the approved Solution Architecture as well as with all relevant/applicable Bank standards

Guide and consult with project management to ensure delivery models embraced are suitable and cost efficient

Who are you?

Essential Qualifications

3rd level degree in similar subject area or equivalent experience

Essential Skills & Experience

  • Solid technical architecture background with understanding and/or hands-on experience in solution architecture
  • Substantial knowledge of a wide range of technical platforms and systems architectures
  • Proven ability in designing, influencing and delivering a strategic end-to-end solution in partnership with a diverse range of clients and/or partners
  • Demonstrated understanding of risk identification and management
  • Track record of effectively managing in a complex partner environment up to and including an organisation's leadership team
  • Proven compelling written and verbal communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to make technical conversations relevant to business and vice versa.
  • Attention to detail
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-vendor environment and across a range of SDLCs with a focus on delivering quality outcomes
  • Ability to work independently with minimal guidance
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet demanding timelines

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Experience

  • Experience in designing solutions including API integration projects and programmes working in complex, multi-vendor change delivery organisations
  • Knowledge of REST / SOAP services and design
  • Financial services experience, especially Mortgages.
  • Knowledge of AWS integration would be beneficial
  • Experience in modern engineering practices and technologies
  • Continuous improvement and innovative mind-set
  • Knowledge of API security standards such as mutual authentication and OAuth and OIDC would be beneficial
  • Experience in Software Development and designing technical solutions using Service Orientated Architecture (SOA)

Key Competencies

  • Customer Focused - People Manager
  • One Group, one team - People Manager
  • Agile - Leader
  • Champion Transformation - Leader
  • Manage Risk - People Manager

Where Agency assistance is required Bank of Ireland Recruitment Team will engage directly with suppliers. Unsolicited CVs / profiles supplied to Bank of Ireland by Recruitment Agencies will not be accepted for this role.

Bank of Ireland Group is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to fostering an inclusive workplace which values and benefits from the diversity of our workforce.

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