Job posted28 JanSolution Architect

  • Location: Preston
  • Salary: £600 / Day
  • Type: Contract
  • Posted: 28/01/2020
  • Closing Date: 25/02/2020

Job description

Solution Architect

A Solution Architect is required to work on a ten month contract, with the possibility of extension for our Defence client based in Preston

Overview of the Solution Architect contract role

The role is positioned within the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) which is part of the Chief Technology Officer's organisation. The scope of the role covers the Export Control Programmes led by OCIO. The Solution Architect (Export Control Programmes) role reports to the Export Control Programme Director. The role may be based in either Farnborough or Preston and will require occasional travel to other locations.

Key skills required

  • Perform the role of Solution Architect for Export Control Programmes
  • Produce and manage architecture artefacts
  • Provide design assurance for Export Control solutions
  • Manage technical issues, risks, constraints, assumption and dependencies
  • Support Lifecycle Management and Engineering Lifecycle review processes
  • Demonstrate responsible behaviour by personal leadership and the promotion of security, safety culture, diversity & inclusion and ethical business conduct


  • Liaising with multiple Sectors and Business Units in the scope of Export Control Programmes
  • Documenting and managing high level IM&T requirements
  • Analysing gaps, by Business Unit, between the requirements and existing and planned IM&T programmes, using a structured assessment framework
  • Creation and maintenance of architecture artefacts for Export Control Programmes
  • Design Assurance of Export Control Programmes
  • Review and approval of artefacts produced by IM&T service providers
  • Assurance of validation and verification processes for IM&T solutions
  • Supporting business change activities for the implementation of Export Control Programmes
  • Ensuring traceability from top level requirements through to solution and test artefacts
  • Facilitating information sharing and best practice transfer between all businesses in scope

The Individual

  • Experience as a Solution Architect for complex IM&T programmes in an international environment with multiple stakeholders
  • Experience in the use of industry standard frameworks (e.g. TOGAF, Zachman) to develop enterprise and solution architectures
  • Experience of a broad range of solutions and IS/IT technologies
  • Experience of the identification and management of technical risks, constraints, assumptions and dependencies
  • Experience of service management, ideally with some formal training such as ITIL
  • Experience and knowledge of the company's Life Cycle Management and Engineering Life Cycle processes
  • Certification in IS/IT architecture e.g. TOGAF certificate or ISEB certificate in Enterprise & Solution Architecture at practitioner level
  • Associate or full membership of appropriate professional institute (e.g. MBCS CITP)

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