What will you be doing?
Responsible for creating technology solutions, and stage 0 costs, to meet business requirements, in line with Cluster and Group IT Strategies and Architectures.
Work with supply chain (including external) as appropriate.
Adding clarity to business requirements; challenges business requirements and demands to ensure high quality candidate solutions are created
Identifying common or duplicative needs across SBU, Cluster & GTIS
Thinks outside of the box to support the business in delivering its strategic objectives rather than just responding to a pre-defined request,
Works with project managers and Global Technology Sourcing to advise on supplier and cost options, and to ensure that the validity of the overall solution is fully represented and considered in any RFI / RFPs process, or in the creation and evaluation of proof of concept solutions
Takes responsibility for ensuring that solutions adhere to architectural and quality standards and policies.
Working with the relevant project manager and Lead Solutions Architect, responsible for ensuring that the outcomes delivered by projects are consistent with the original solution specified.
This will be achieved by reviewing project design artefacts (e.g. Stage 1) and the impact of significant change requests.
Able to rationalise between different solution options in a complex environment and define pros and cons based on a driving forces from a commercial, operational and technology viewpoint.
Advice and Guidance
Provide advice and guidance to business stakeholders in shaping the portfolio of technology solutions to be provided to the business
Contribute to broader architectural governance activities by participating in peer reviews for other solutioners. Form part of broader solutioning community in Barclaycard COO for advice and guidance.
Maintains detailed awareness of, takes fully into account as necessary, and promotes throughout the organisation, any relevant statutory, internal or external regulations, standards and codes of good practice.
Is capable of contributing to the definition of such regulations, standards and codes.
Actively contributes to the development and promotion of Barclaycard COO.
Provide coaching, mentoring and some informal task based supervision of less experienced solutions designers.
Working with the relevant Lead Solutions Designer and CTO, supports the creation of an appropriate IT Strategy for the relevant business area.
Supports the Systems Planning process to ensure interdependencies are understood and that the proposed plan is viable.
Influence the relevant business strategy to maximize the effective use of technology.
Maintains knowledge of relevant technical specialism(s) at the highest level, by reading relevant literature, attending conferences and seminars, meeting and maintaining contact with other leading practitioners of the technical specialism and though playing a major role in appropriate learned, professional and trade bodies.
Build relationship with manufacturers, supply channels and SI partners.
Also maintains knowledge of wider industry regulations, standards and trends.
Keeps in close touch with, and contributes to current developments in the relevant technical specialism (s) within Technology, own industry and outside.
Is fluent at articulating best practice
Where appropriate to role, is a recognized authority in the technical specialism.
What we’re looking for :
University qualifications in Computing or Technology related subjects
Solution Development - Able to create fit for purpose technology solutions which address the combined challenges of : meeting business need, deliverable within reasonable constraints, correspond to organisational strategic guidance
IT Architecture - Familiar with integration and implementation issues and their architectural implications. Excellent understanding of best practice architectural and design methods with proven innovative and leading edge thinking (e.
g. Domain Driven Architecture, building for resilience, scalability, performance, etc.)
Technical Knowledge - a very good understanding of Salesforce technology.
Stakeholder Management - Able to challenge stakeholders creatively and professionally to create solutions which meet all of the above criteria but which are not necessarily obvious responses to pre-defined requests.
Software delivery and deployment patterns (e.g. Continuous Delivery, Continuous Integration, etc.)
Skills that will help you in the role :
Project Delivery - Understands different project methodologies, project lifecycles, major phases, dependencies and milestones within a project, and the required documentation needs.
Vendor Evaluation Ability to understand how and where third part products could be deployed. Good knowledge of vendor evaluation and selection best practice.
Planning - Experienced with planning, estimating, staffing, organising, and working on multiple projects. Has monitored and dealt with critical paths and risks areas
Service Delivery - Good understanding of concepts of service delivery and support and how this can be affected by technical delivery
Where will you be working?