Solutions Architect - Basingstoke
Context Recruitment are proud to be partnered with this industry leading, household brand-name organisation. This is an exciting time to join this FTSE 250 equivalent organisation, which has sites and people spread widely across the south, as they embark on a journey of significant business and technology transformation with significant investment. To support this transformation, they therefore now have a unique opportunity for an experienced Solution Architect to join their IT Strategy and Architecture team.
Reporting to the Head of IT Strategy and Architecture within an internal consultancy style function, you will work with business leaders and key stakeholders, shaping their vision by applying your skills in designing high performing technology solutions. Identifying and selecting information systems which meet business challenges and deliver agreed operational benefits to the organisation. Getting just as much involved in the business case and commercials as the technical architecture and high-level design this role will play a vital part in our client's goal of delivering a customer-focused, modern and connected business.
You will be skilled and knowledgeable across a broad range of technologies including infrastructure, networking, business systems, mobility and databases (ideally within Microsoft Technologies; 365, Dynamics etc) . Currently undergoing a major shift to "cloud first".
Your main responsibilities will include:
Working with business leaders across the organisation to decide how technology can facilitate the organisation and departmental strategy.
Challenging the way in which business leaders think about potential IT solutions, persuading process managers to modify the way in which the business operates to ensure that new solutions provide operational benefits in line with the IT roadmap.
Architecting, specifying and selecting information system solutions, whilst considering functionality, security, data, integration, infrastructure and performance coordinating resource from IT team and external providers.
Building and maintaining businesses' current and future Application Architecture model.
Working alongside the Data Architect to develop and maintain current and future Data Architecture.
Assume responsibility for the business system component of business cases, covering infrastructure, development, licenses, support and implementation.
Working with the Project Managers to develop high-level project schedule resource plans for implementation projects and to ensure that projects are delivered in line with the target application architecture.
Maintaining an in-depth technical understanding of the estate's current and potential technical capabilities
Investigating technologies and sustain a strong knowledge of business solutions that could support the organisation's goals.
Extensive technical understanding of innovative technologies covering business systems, infrastructure, mobility, networking, and databases ideally within Microsoft technologies.
Previous experience of designing IT solutions and producing detailed, commercially astute, and convincing business cases.
Proven ability to succeed in a role where influence, persuasion and networking are key.
Strong organisation and facilitating skills, able to manage workshops, meetings and events
Excellent MS Office skills (Visio Lync, Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
A critical thinker with strong problem solving ability
In return, our client is offering a competitive salary of up to £65,000 PA.
In addition, you will receive an exceptional benefits package, including 33 days holiday (including bank holidays), buy/sell holiday options, flexible working, and one of the highest pension contributions we are aware of and more.
Based in Basingstoke, flexible working options. Modern, vibrant office and fantastic people