About the role
As part of the Solution Architecture team, the Solution Architect will work across the Thames Water technology landscape, working with technology teams (internal and external) to design and communicate architectures and high-level structures to enable and guide the design and development of integrated solutions that meet current and future business needs.
Undertaking day to day activities including development of solution designs, strategic alignment assessments and growing technology capabilities.
You will be involved during the lifecycle of a project as the technical interface between the project / business and IT. This role will also ensure that business requirements for changes to service, process, organisation, operating model technology components and solutions must demonstrate how agreed requirements are met.
Reporting to the Lead Solution Architect, the Solution Architect will focus on:
Know your customer: Engaging with our clients in scoping, discovering and defining solutions that meet their business, technical and service objectives. Working collaboratively as part of a virtual client engagement team, facilitating discussions on the art of the possible, using architectural collateral to provide insight and tailor materials for different audiences. Be their trusted advisor and challenge their thinking.
Take the lead: Provide design and thought leadership, with effective delivery of new product introductions, customer solutions and business change. Ensure delivery is focused on solutions that realise business outcomes, provide the maximum business benefit and commercial advantage to Thames Water.
Be realistic, think forward: Ensure solutions are deliverable in timeframes committed and have passed all appropriate solution governance. Solutions should be scalable, repeatable, and utilizing existing standard services as much as possible.
Quality Assurance: Use defined controls and feedback loops to assess and maintain the quality of SA outputs, your own and those of your peers.
Key duties & responsibilities:
Production of indicative technical proposals and solution documents. Production of solution design documents and traceability to requirements.
Creation of innovative solution designs both technical and service solutions.
Work with the portfolio leads, Business Analysts and other architects to ensure that any requirements which are not fully met or any options or considerations which require a business decision are discussed and agreed to ensure the most appropriate business outcome.
Provide comprehensive guidance on the development of, and modifications to, solution components to ensure that they take account of relevant architectures, strategies, policies, standards and practices and that existing, and planned solution components remain compatible.
Assists/leads in the development of systems architectures, ensuring consistency with specified requirements agreed with external and internal customers and ensure systems architectures balance functional, service quality and systems management requirements.
Ensure that appropriate standards (corporate, industry, national and international) are adhered to and assist with the programme's target design, policies and standards, working proactively to achieve stable, viable designs, and ensuring consistency of design across projects within the programme.
Follows and assists in the development of the organisation's technical strategies, policies, standards and practices, ensures that they are applied correctly whilst co-ordinating design activity within a programme or project throughout the life of the project.
This role enables you to monitor technical progress and inform project management of major technical issues and makes recommendations on their resolution. Own the solution design integrity throughout the entire delivery lifecycle.
Input into supplier tendering and selection process, supporting clients to assess and compare technical capabilities and risks to delivery.
To be successful you will have the following skills and experience: