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Solutions Architect - Watford - C grade

Date: May 27, 2019

Location: Watford, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

AutoReq ID141806BR
Job TitleSolutions Architect - Watford - C grade
CountryUnited Kingdom
FunctionKPMG Business Services
Service LineITS
Service Line InformationOver 1,000 people make up KPMG Business Services and they all play a key part in the firm's success. Whether they're in finance, procurement, HR, facilities, marketing or IT, they provide crucial support to the people who work in our UK offices. Flexibility and adaptability. These are just a couple of the things KPMG looks for in its IT Services team. We're a function of KPMG Europe LLP and, as such, we're a group that constantly needs to deliver a highly-flexible, customer-focused service in response to the changing needs of the business.

KPMG OverviewKPMG is part of a global network of firms that offers Audit, Tax & Pensions, Consulting, Deal Advisory and Technology services. Through the talent of over 16,000 colleagues, we bring our creativity and insight to our clients’ most critical challenges.

With offices across the UK, we work with everyone from small start-ups and individuals to major multinationals, in virtually every industry imaginable. Our work is often complex, yet our vision is simple: to be the clear choice for our clients, for our people and for the communities we work in.

Job Description
Job Title: Solutions Architect
Business Unit: IT Services
Grade: C
Reporting Manager: Design and Architecture Manager
Work Location: Watford
Travel Required: Yes

Role Synopsis:
The Solutions Architect role sits within IT Services, reporting into the Design and Architecture manager. The role is responsible for defining and recommending solutions that align with the wider ITS architecture strategy and specifying at a architectural level the appropriate designs to enable successful implementations.

Primary responsibilities include:

- Technical lead within a variety of projects
- Production of high level design artefacts
- Development of input into low level design technology blueprints to support the implementation of a designated solution
- A point of escalation within the team and to the Design and Architecture Manager
- Alignment of solutions with ITS technology standards and governance process
- Gathering of functional requirements for new services, enhancement and/or upgrade projects
- The technical authority for the specific area of technology within a project delivery
- Overall technical accountability for ensuring solutions meet associated business objectives
- Acting in an advisor capacity to the Engineering team during the delivery of projects and solutions
- Advising and participating where and when required in Architectural activities to develop and define the future IT roadmaps.
- Representing the UK on the relevant Global Technical Information Groups (TIG’s)
- Responsible for supporting the Architecture Manager when represending the UK on the Global Standards Group and where appropriate the Architecture Review Committee (ARC)
- Responsible for product selection, where appropriate, and to maintaining technical relationships with vendors and suppliers
- Working with other areas of ITServices to communicate Global Standards and support their compliance with them ahead of any changes
Key Accountabilities:

- The Solution Architect is responsible for the scoping and design of technology solutions, translating non-functional and functional requirements to systems/technical solutions.
- Working alongside the Programme and Project Managers and directly with the Engineering team members the Solutions Architect role will be the technical lead driving the technical architecture and design of a specific aspect of the project portfolio.
- They will be responsible for the overall technical design on projects, from the initial high level designs artefact into detailed low level blueprints (working/advising others in some cases) which will support the overall implementation. The job holder will maintain involvement in the project lifecycle through deployment, evolving the design to support configuration and build activities performed by the relevant Engineering teams.
- The Solutions Architect will also have responsibility for influencing product strategy for IT Services and will ensure that solution proposals support both the wider enterprise architecture/technology strategy and the operational capability of the organisation, whilst adhering to the agreed technical standards and overall technical roadmap.

- Participate in business engagement activities for analysis and requirements gathering
- Produce High Level design documents to support initial negotiation of design with clients and operational stakeholders
- Produce input into Detailed design documents in support of the development of configuration and build documentation
- Influence the overall product strategy, ensuring early operational ownership and capability development for new demand
- Determine/advise on the training needs of operational staff for proposed solutions
- Act as a consultant to the client on technical specifications for custom development and systems integration requirements
- Evolve designs, where appropriate, into repeatable solutions (patterns)
- Participate and lead, when needed, technical aspects of project meetings with the client
- Input into the ITS Technology Roadmap
- Provide development support for junior members of the team and across the ITS department
- Seek out opportunities to improve operational efficiencies and process improvements by delivering cost effective and commercially aware recommendations and designs provided
- Track compliance with standards across technologies and provide direction and support for initiatives to maintain the technology portfolio in a supportable and compliant state.
Essential Criteria:

- Able to build strong relationships both within technical communities and the wider department and business.
- Must be able to work collaboratively and inclusively as part of a team
- Strong problem solving skills applied tenaciously, with a desire for clarity.
- Good communicator. Able to convey complex technical ideas to varied audience from senior stakeholders to supporting colleagues with a clear and concise approach
- Decision maker who is able to act on own initiative and seeks guidance as/when appropriate
- Resilience with high focus on ‘getting things done’ and fully completing any work undertaken
- High energy, flourishes in fast paced, dynamic environments
- Customer centricity
- A pssion for technology, its trends and their business applications
- Keen interest in the firm and the overarching strategies at play
- Willingness to learn new tools, techniques and skills and willingness to share knowledge of and coach colleagues in the use of tools, techniques and skills
- Must have considerable experience in more than one (preferably many) of the below technologies:
- Encryption Technologies
- Cloud Technologies
- Documentent Management
- Cloud PaaS
- Database technologies
- Web server technologies
- Secuirty technologies
- Risk Analysis and Mitigations
- Architectures for both Internal and Externally facing applications
- Knowledge of Industry Standards (eg. OASIS)
- Brokered Integration
- Previous experience of working in a matrix managed environment, reporting at senior level across multiple processes and management across a large and complex IT enterprise
- A track record of confidently developing, influencing and leveraging strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders
- Used to working under pressure in environments with a high volume of change

Our DealIf the chance to work with interesting clients and innovative technology wasn’t rewarding enough, we’ll motivate you in other ways too. At KPMG you can expect real responsibilities and opportunities to grow professionally.

‘Our Deal’ sets out all the different ways you’ll be rewarded at KPMG. Among other things you can benefit from honest conversations about your career as well as a range of other rewards. In all these ways and more, we have created an environment that can bring out the best in you.

Flexible WorkingWhile some of our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, we are supportive where possible of helping you to achieve a balance between your home and work demands.

We are happy to discuss individual requirements and our range of flexible working arrangements could be of interest. Furthermore, as part of the recruitment process, we can put you in touch with people who work flexibly so you can understand from them what our culture is like.

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