Solution Architect

OLDOffice Locations: Atlanta, Farmington

Description

Job Title:                     Solution Architect

Job Specialism:          Architecture
Division:                      Information Technology
Reports To:                 Enterprise Architect

Key Relationships:     Strategy and Innovation, Engineering, Data Management, Infrastructure, Operational & Managerial Staff, Business Analysts, Project Managers, Business Stakeholders

Job Summary:

The Solution Architect is responsible for leading the definition, documentation, selection and communication of new and updated technology solutions. They utilise their knowledge of Beazley’s existing capabilities, as well as a broad knowledge of other relevant and emerging technology, to help guide and shape new solutions. The Solution Architect takes guidance from Enterprise Architecture to ensure that all proposed solutions align with the business and technology strategies. The solution architect is part of the technical architecture community, and will collaborate and share knowledge accordingly.

The Solution Architect works with business stakeholders from the ideas stage onward to ensure designs meet their needs, and that the stakeholder is aware of how technology can help them meet their business challenges.

The Solution Architect is responsible for:

Defining the solution options for business challenges,

Aligning the solution options with the technology strategy,

Ensuring the solution meets business needs,

Challenging complex technology and IT led solutions,

Documenting architectural decisions, patterns and designs.

Scope of Activities:

  • Analyse requirements to extract those of architectural and design significance,

  • Document solution options that will meet the requirements and governance frameworks, balancing the goals and constraints of the solution,

  • Work with Change Delivery to ensure that the delivered system is consistent with the agreed architecture and delivers value to the stakeholders,

  • Understand, advocate, and support the Beazley technology strategy,

  • Ensure solutions are aligned with the business and technology strategies,

  • Utilise the Architectural Development Method (ADM) to ensure a consistent and governable approach to architecture within Beazley,

  • Ensure a collaborative approach for solution design across all areas of IT,

  • Provide architecture support and guidance for Beazley IT teams and external vendors,

  • Provide expert advice on industry and application trends,

  • Ensure that capabilities, where practical, are consolidated in order to increase the value of IT as a service.

General

At Beazley we are committed to doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do.  It is important that within all your interactions both internally and externally you adhere to this principle through adoption of Beazley’s core values and behaviours – PIED and Being Beazley.  

  • Adopt the Beazley culture of Professionalism, Integrity, Effectiveness and Dynamic that contributes to an internal environment of teamwork and promote a positive brand image and experience to our external customers.

  • Comply with Beazley procedures, policies and regulations including the code of conduct.  Undertake training on Beazley policies and procedures as delivered by your line manager, the Talent Management development or assurance teams (compliance, risk, internal audit) either directly, via e-learning or the learning management system.

  • Display business ethics that uphold the interests of all our customers.

  • Ensure all interactions with customers are focused on delivering a fair outcome, including having the right products for their needs.

  • Comply with any specific responsibilities necessary for your role as outlined by your line manager, the Talent Management or assurance teams (compliance, risk, internal audit) and ensure you keep up to date with developments in these areas.  This may include, amongst others, Beazley’s underwriting control standards, Beazley’s claims control standards, other Beazley standards and customer relationship management.

  • Carry out additional responsibilities as individually notified, either through your objectives or through the learning management system.  These may include membership of any Beazley committees or working groups.

Personal Specification:

Education and Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, systems analysis or a related field of study, or equivalent experience,

Knowledge/Experience/Skills

Previous knowledge and active use of industry frameworks such as TOGAF, Zachman, and PEAF will be of advantage. The Solution Architect will have a good grounding with modelling tools such as Avolution Abacus and Sparx Enterprise Architect, or have the ability to quickly pick up these tools. Ideally they will have a thorough understanding of the challenges facing the business and will have a deep awareness of technology, media, tools, trends and adoption rates.

  • Familiarity with information management practices,

  • Exposure to multiple, diverse technologies and processing environments,

  • Knowledge of business re-engineering principles and processes

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including teamwork, facilitation and negotiation,

  • Excellent problem solving, analytical, and technical skills,

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills,

  • Strong modelling capability with the ability to clearly represent complex ideas graphically

  • Familiar with a variety of modelling approaches, tools and model repositories

Competencies

  • Ability to balance the long-term and short-term implications of individual decisions,

  • Ability to translate business needs into architectural requirements,

  • Ability to estimate the financial impact of architectural alternatives,

  • Ability to evaluate and understand the risk and reward of a proposed solution,

  • Ability to propose multiple solutions to business problems,

  • Ability to rapidly comprehend the functions and capabilities of new trends and technologies,

  • Ability to translate complex domain specific concepts into knowledge that can be understood and consumed across domains.

Characteristics

  • Highly supportive of the business and of its ideals and strategies

  • Neutral toward technology, vendor and product choices; more interested in results than in personal preferences,

  • Ability to work with projects and change initiatives to deliver their goals without compromising the delivery of the wider IT strategy,

  • Effective at driving short-term actions that are consistent with long-term goals,

  • Is motivated by long-term results.





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