Job Title: Senior Solution Architect
Location: Potters Bar, Isle of Man, Bristol
Job Type: Permanent
Who we are
Canada Life looks after the retirement, investment and protection needs of individuals, families and companies. We help to build better futures for our customers, our intermediaries and our employees by operating as a modern, agile and welcoming organisation.
Part of our parent company Great-West Lifeco, Canada Life has operated in the United Kingdom since 1903. We have hundreds of respected and supported employees committed to doing the right thing for our customers and colleagues.
Canada Life is transforming to create a more customer-focused business by providing our customers with expertise on financial and tax planning, offering home finance and annuities propositions, and providing collective fund solutions to third party customers.
What we are building
We now need a Senior Solution Architect to support the transformation and the future growth of the business within the IT function, so it can simplify our IT architecture by removing our legacy systems and investing in modernised, lower-cost technology systems, and deliver a digital platform that provides a single view of our customers.
The Senior Solution Architect (SA) will be responsible for leading and delivering the definition and description of IT solutions and ensuring validation of these solution architectures.
Taking an overall view of all aspects of the solution works with a wide range of colleagues and stakeholders, creating a solution that addresses requirements, complies with standards and conventions, regulation, security, non-functional needs, understanding as-is and to-be, solving problems and developing decisions where trade-offs are required.
The SA supports and coaches other architects and engineers and takes leadership of complex solution work, taking the team on the solution journey supported by architecture and delivery methods. Takes ownership of architecture domains and technologies.
What you will do
Design solutions in a technology environment
Develops solution views such as current and target state, business, application, information and technology view
Negotiates and navigate with stakeholders on the flexible facets of the solution
Leads and facilitates selections and architecture decisions
Can be consulted by others to get an understanding of the solution
Embraces re-use, principles and patterns
Support the delivery lifecycle
Provide architecture support in preparation of projects
Work to several SDLC methods, waterfall, incremental, agile
Ensures that operational requirements, based on the engineering of systems considerations (usability, reliability, availability, adaptability, manageability, maintainability, performance and security), are met to the extent required by the current and projected business need
Fine tunes models and designs to account for technical realities that are revealed during implementation
Supports transition to service
Guide and coach other architects and engineers
Take leadership in collaborative problem solving
Establish a trusted adviser relationship with the business
Communicate the solution to stakeholders at all levels
Supports the development of the architecture method and continuum
Who you are
Track record in delivering complex, enterprise solutions
Capable of making and guiding effective decisions, explaining clearly how the decision has been reached.
The ability to understand and technical disputes across varying levels of complexity and risk.
The ability to work with business and technology stakeholders to translate business problems into technical designs.
The ability to look beyond the immediate technical problem and identify the wider implications.
Understands technical governance and is able to participate in or deliver the assurance of a service.
Capable of producing strategy for technology that meets business needs. Able to create, refine and challenge patterns, standards, policies, roadmaps and vision statements. Proactively setting strategy.
Proficiency in both on-premise and cloud native technologies and solutions
Proficient with enterprise integration patterns and micro service architectures
Familiar with technologies such as API Management, Service Bus, Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and Cloudera, Cosmos DB, SQL Server, Oracle, Power BI, Qlik
Experienced with implementations leveraging CI/CD, DevOps, Blue/Green A/B, Infrastructure as Code
Experience with methods and standards such as TOGAF, BPMN
Experience with recent IT topics such as Automation, Machine Learning, Digital
What you will like about working here
As a Canada Life colleague, you will receive a competitive salary and comprehensive reward package including income protection, private medical insurance and life assurance, along with a generous pension and bonus scheme. You will also receive the support you need with your personal and professional development.
Our focus is to have an engaged, committed and motivated work force, operating in a high performing and collaborative culture. We want to create an organisation that offers opportunities for all our people to develop their skills and talent, and build rewarding careers with us.
Diversity and inclusion
Canada Life is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Our role as an employer of choice is to provide the right environment for talented people to do their best work, by respecting, understanding and valuing individual differences.