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Enterprise Integration Architect

Date: Sep 3, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

The role of the Integration Architect is to develop the UK Firm’s integration technology strategy and translate this into a roadmap that determines our investment priorities and transformation portfolio. The integration strategy needs to promote a seamless, end-to-end customer and employee experience by enabling the efficient creation and modification of effective and reusable integration components.

In particular, the strategy should promote the use of modern, Cloud-based technologies; support typical integration use cases; create an operating model that satisfies the demands of the business for integration design, development, testing and release; and establish an integration catalogue that supports the reuse of new technologies, whilst targeting legacy integrations for decommissioning. The Integration Architect should also help to execute and govern the strategy, by helping solution architects and projects to design solutions that are fit for purpose and conform to our standards and patterns.

Key Repsonsibilities
You will need to maintain your core knowledge of integration platforms, wider technology trends and the KPMG technology ecosystem; build integration roadmaps and solutions; and govern relevant technology choices within the Firm.

Core knowledge
- Strong Azure Integration Services knowledge. This includes Logic Apps, Service Bus, Event Grid, API Management, Azure Vault, Gateway, Azure Functions, Azure DevOps and GitHub
- Maintain a high level of technical knowledge incl. current, emerging and future technology market trends and their impact on the business
- Develop and maintain expert knowledge of KPMG’s technology ecosystem, incl. the main applications and technologies that interact with integration technologies
- If required, provide advice to and/or seek to learn from other Member Firms, client teams and/or clients that are seeking to implement or improve their use of Integration technologies

Roadmaps & solutions
- Build and maintain the integration technology roadmap and architecture for KPMG assets, working with Capability CTOs, and business and technical SMEs where relevant
- Ensure that Capability roadmaps are aligned to the integration strategy, and coherent with those of other Capabilities and technology domain roadmaps
- Work with Capability CTOs, technical SMEs and specific projects to analyse and translate business requirements into technical requirements, ensuring that these are feasible
- Ensure that Solution Architects produce designs that are fit for purpose, adhere to relevant standards and patterns, leverage reusable components, and are coherent with wider KPMG technology domains
- Contribute to the selection of specific integration technologies
- Influence business and technology stakeholders to adopt the right technology solutions
- Support the design and implementation of operating models that improve the design and delivery of successful integration deployments
- Escalate risks, issues and critical dependencies to the appropriate leaders as required to ensure the successful delivery of the strategy

Technology governance
- Help to establish, and participate in, the technology assurance process, building reference models and ensuring that standards, patterns and reusable components are enforced
- Ensure that legacy technology is decommissioned to manage and reduce technical debt
- Support the selection and implementation of enterprise architecture tools that help to accelerate and govern technology initiatives

Knowledge, skills, and experience required

Essential (Integration)
- Expert knowledge of Azure Integration Services and other Cloud-based integration platforms, e.g. AWS Integration Services, MuleSoft, Dell Boomi, Informatica
- Good knowledge of integration and data architectures e.g. API management, service buses, adapters, ETL operations and batch transfers, integration and data models, etc.
- Extensive experience in Integration platform implementation with a minimum 6 years acting as technical lead
- Is able to chair and run an architecture design authority for Integration
- Design of complex Integration patterns and reusable components, e.g. based on SSO, JSON, SOAP, XML, SAML, SSL, Web Services, LDAP, JDBC, ODBC, REST, SCP (Secure Copy Protocol) and SFTP

Essential (Other)
- Experience of working with Agile SDLC (Software Development Lifecycle Management) methods - this must include DevOps and CI/CD.
- Understanding of common business analysis techniques and approaches
- Able to explain technical concepts to a non-technical audience in a way that is relevant, easy to consume and compelling
- A high level of general, technical knowledge incl. current, emerging and future technology market trends and their impact on business
- Good understanding of project management concepts, incl. Gantt charts/plans, risks, assumptions and dependencies, etc.
- Good oral and written communication skills
- Good interpersonal and leadership skills
- Ability to leverage networks in KPMG, e.g. to tap into additional expertise if required
- Comfortable working with ambiguity at the beginning of projects, with ability to provide clarity of direction despite this

- Good knowledge of ServiceNow IntegrationHub and IBM on-prem ESB (Enterprise Service Bus)
- Experience of leading offshore teams
- Practical understanding of GDPR and ISO 27001
- Qualified in ITIL and TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework)
- Bachelor’s degree

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