Solution Architect – Online Retail (NP-SolArchRetail) Birmingham, England

Salary: GBP70000 - GBP85000 per annum
Solution Architect – Online Retail

My online retail client’s technology team is going through an exciting period of transition and major investment. – this includes a number of strategic programmes to deliver amazing technology and business solutions to support ambitious global growth plans. At the heart of these plans is the rebuilding of their digital platforms and channels to provide the best shopping experience for customers. The plan is designed to enable the organisation to really put their mobile experience first, enable personalisation and support a data driven organisation.

The Payments team help customers transact all around the world. The company are adding new payment methods for different countries and improving their acquiring and settlement processes. The team also are building systems to improve their fraud detection and calculate sales tax for a global market.

This is a permanent opportunity based in Birmingham (short walk from all main Birmingham rail stations) and paying up to £85K for the right person. Ideally you will have a background in software design and engineering. Experience in high-volume, cloud-based and distributed systems would be a significant benefit, as will experience in payment systems and eCommerce.

About the role:

As a Solution Architect for the eCommerce Domain you will be accountable for:
• Responsibility for the design of enterprise-grade software solutions to support the eCommerce platform
• Ensuring that the correct software integration patterns and practises are followed, and designed to high technical standards
• Responsible for identifying, assessing and selecting the most appropriate technologies, architectural styles and patterns needed to deliver a software solution
• Support project and programme management to understand, communicate and manage technical dependencies across platforms and projects
• Develop strong relationships with Architects, Business Analysts, Software Engineers and other Platform Teams across the organisation in order to guarantee that solution designs map to the requirements of the business and are aligned to the strategic roadmap
• Work with external partners to ensure that their output adheres to the company’s standards
• Ensure that any non-functional requirements, environmental or technology constraints are captured, considered and addressed as part of the solution design
• Guide and mentor within the teams you work with, and provide feedback to the line managers around performance and reviews
• Seek out and actively promote ideas and techniques in the community – both within the company and externally
To achieve this you will need to:
• Work with other the Architects throughout platform/programmes and those from external vendors and partners
• Remain abreast of the work that the internal and external teams operating in your area are undertaking
• Consider the impact of design decisions on a variety of quality attributes, as well as functional requirements, to ensure that non-functional requirements such as scalability, performance and resilience are met.
• Effectively communicate technical designs to both technical and non-technical audiences.
• Be familiar with the use of modelling languages and artefacts to convey designs and be comfortable translating them into a higher level view, through selection of the appropriate medium for the given audience.
About you:
• Minimum 5 years of experience in leading the design and implementation of systems powering an organisation of significant scale, including eCommerce or Multi-Channel. This may have been as a Software Architect or a Solution Architect.
• A background in a retail organisation would be a significant benefit, including knowledge of key Retail concepts as well as the organizational, business and technical challenges that they face.
• Strong architectural and technical background; significant experience of delivering both custom solutions and of integrating enterprise applications, and associated architectural patterns and styles
• Appreciation of a variety of architectural styles such as Service Oriented Architectures including Microservices, Event Driven Architectures, Client-Server Architectures, REST etc.
• The ability to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders ranging from software engineers up to executive board members
• A sense of urgency and the ability to work in a multi-tasking manner and to leverage your prioritization skills to cope with working in a fast-paced environment and adapting to rapid change
• Ability to assess 3rd party products and technologies, along with being able to evaluate whether to take a build or buy approach.
• Good experience of working with globally distributed cloud architectures would be a useful addition
• You must be effective and comfortable in fluid situations and able to deal with ambiguity
• Demonstrate influencing, negotiating and problem-solving skills
• The ability to clearly communicate across different levels of the business and IT

Please apply for immediate review: