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Solutions Architect

Date: Nov 23, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

Role Purpose
The role of the Enterprise Architect is to help the Firm deliver its business strategy through technology. They must therefore translate the business strategy into the equivalent technology strategy; challenge the business strategy based on emerging and future technology trends; help business Capabilities to design and govern their technology roadmap, i.e. a portfolio of technology transformation projects that deliver the business and technology strategies; influence business and technology stakeholders to adopt the right technology solutions; and escalate risks, issues and critical dependencies to the appropriate leaders as required to ensure the successful delivery of the strategy.

Key Responsibilities
You will be required to maintain your core knowledge of wider technology trends and the KPMG technology ecosystem; build roadmaps and solutions; and recommend relevant technology choices within the Firm.

Core knowledge
• 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 support one or more KPMG Capabilities, e.g. Tax, Audit, etc.
• Develop and maintain expert knowledge of at least one technology-specific domain, e.g. infrastructure, data, security, etc. including the main applications and technologies that interact with this domain
• 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 specific technologies and/or methods

Solution Architecture
• Acting as the lead solution architect on projects
• Creating and developing the requisite documentation – Conceptual and Solution Architecture Design documents
• Contribute to governance processes where applicable – this will include helping the project navigate the Technology Assurance Process
• Work closely with the Strategy & Architecture team, development teams, other architects and 3rd party suppliers.
• Create & maintain a detailed view of existing architecture. In order to help manage the transition to future state architecture.
• Identify business/project risk and mitigate or communicate as necessary.
• Ensure progress updates are communicated to relevant parties both formally and informally.
• Carry out additional duties as may occur from time to time as instructed and agreed by leadership.
• Assist the CIO and CTO with key enterprise application and platform reviews. And other strategic initiatives that affect functional areas.
• Develop relationships within the KPMG business and technology functions.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Essential (Solution Architecture)
• Business focused, with the capability to communicate and convey messages to both technical and business stakeholders.
• All round competence in Application, Integration, Data, Technology and Security architecture
• Good understanding of SaaS, Cloud hosting and Integration technologies
• Stakeholder management to ensure the solution the end-to-end solution is designed and developed to meet requirements and best practice standards.
• Broad understanding of software development lifecycle with experience of Agile and Waterfall methodologies
• Knowledge of at least one technology domain, incl. Application Architecture; Automation; Data Science & AI; Data; Integration; Infrastructure / Cloud; Security; and DevSecOps
• Good knowledge of at least 2-3 other domains
• Good knowledge of EA governance incl. steps required, e.g. Info Sec approval, conceptual and solution architecture reviews, security assessments, pen tests, code reviews and service acceptance criteria
• Good understanding of technical debt, incl. its causes, how to measure it, and remedial actions incl. decommissioning
• Experience in Enterprise and Solution Architecture roles
• Qualified in ITIL and TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework)

Essential (Other)
• Experience of working with Agile SDLC (Software Development Lifecycle Management) methods
• 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 Business Architecture, incl. business and technology strategies, operating models, process models, business and technology capability models and taxonomies
• Experience of leading offshore teams
• Practical understanding of GDPR and ISO 27001
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

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