The Senior Solution Architect primarily works with the business domain experts and business leadership to craft a solution that is fit for purpose from a business perspective. Consequently, they focus their attention on a smaller facet of service (the solution package) to make sure that it operates effectively as part of the whole as well as independently as a stand-alone solution.
They focus on the technical and business feasibility of a solution and ensures that it fits within well-established patterns and guidelines laid down by the enterprise architects and solution practice architects. They also take responsibility for the quality, commercial compliance and technical integrity of the solution being delivered back into the business and work actively with senior technology / platform systems analysts from across the operational space (both internal subject matter experts and those of the chosen suppliers).
Key Result Areas
- Ensures delivery fits within the guidelines laid down by the enterprise / solution practice architects and is in compliance with the IT strategy.
- Oversees the implementation of new solutions to ensure they adhere to the signed off solution architecture designs.
- Understands the fiscal components of a solution to ensure it satisfies the commercial requirements of the business and, is sustainable, adaptable and practical within the RUN model.
- Ability to explain the complex in laymans terms to bring technology to the masses.
- Accepts and lives the company values.
- Accountable for service delivery through own efforts.
- Collaborates effectively with others to achieve personal results.
- Individually accountable for managing own time, tasks and output quality for periods of 3 months to 1 year.
- Plans workload vs work demand for a small team of solution architects.
- Models and defines the financial implications and considerations of potential solutions. .
- Provides options and recommendations to business stakeholders to ensure that they can make the best business. decisions based on the different solution alternatives and patterns.
- Analyses business processes to determine how IT investment could deliver value through improved cycle times, lower costs, improved quality.
- Builds the detailed transition plan for the more effective exploitation of IT investments.
- Defines a solution and ensure that it: Meets the business requirements. Meets the non-functional requirements. Fits within the guidelines layed down by the enterprise / solution practice architects. Is in compliance with the IT strategy. Can be readily leveraged by other parts of the business.
- Responds to stakeholder needs and influences the development of alternative solutions.
- BS Computer Science or similar tertiary qualification is preferable.
- Must have a solid foundation of IT technical skills (ideally should have spent several years as a Lead Solution architect).
- Good knowledge of software modelling
- A strong modelling capability, with detailed understanding of the relationships between technical benefit and commercial constraints
- A solid grasp of IT concepts, patterns, principles and technologies
- Comprehensive knowledge of hardware, software, application, network and systems engineering
- A solid understanding of enterprise integration patterns (EIP) and SOA
- The ability to see how the solution fits within the broader enterprise architecture
- A good knowledge of the Business for which the Solution is being deployed
- The ability to work across businesses to ensure that potential reuse of solutions is explored.
- Interpersonal and leadership skills to bring disparate agendas together for the common good
- Self-confidence and the ability to manage conflict
- Communications skills at all levels (written, spoken, presentation, etc.)
- Ability to explain the complex in layman’s terms – to bring technology to the masses
- Knowledge of IT governance, operations and best practice
- A hunger to explore the potential of innovation, and a keen sense of where best to access innovative thinking (the Solution Architect does not necessarily have to be an innovative thinker, merely knowing where to access and how to exploit innovation)
- Knowledge of financial modelling
- An acute understanding of how to prioritise change and how to manage multiple related change programs
- Basic project management
- Manager of others skills
- Collaboration (Relating)
- Customer First
- Innovation (Perspective)
- Leading with Influence
- Personal Mastery (Learning)