As a leading recruitment agency partnering with a major financial institution, we are excited to present an outstanding opportunity for an Infrastructure Solutions Architect. You will play a vital role in delivering solutions that are simple, scalable, secure, and supportable, while also being involved in emerging technologies to enhance your skills and raise your profile across the organization.
To excel in this role, you will need experience in defining infrastructure solutions for complex enterprise systems with a customer-oriented and operationally resilient approach. Your responsibilities will include:
- Developing and implementing digital operational resilience guidance, standards, and patterns for architecture and engineering teams to align with.
- Identifying operational and resilience risks, proposing solutions, and re-engineering processes to mitigate risks and prevent future weaknesses.
- Defining target architectures and roadmaps to address technology vulnerabilities related to critical technology services.
- Designing innovative, performant, secure, and resilient infrastructure solutions with a customer-first mindset.
- Participating in service mapping workshops with the Operational Resilience team and critical business service representatives.
- Collaborating with the Architecture Community of Practice to ensure alignment across technology domains.
- Maintaining a repository of design artifacts and associated technology roadmaps, facilitating operational handover during service introduction.
- Continuously developing your skills and staying updated on industry trends, best practices, technologies, and customer trends.
- Building your brand and network across the organization.
- Minimum 7 years of experience across multiple IT roles, including at least 5 years in an Architecture role within a large organization, preferably in a regulated industry.
- Proven track record of end-to-end solution design, encompassing requirements gathering, high-level/low-level design, governance, and execution consultancy for significant enterprise IT technology infrastructure deployments.
- Demonstrated skills in risk management, including identification of operational resilience risks and developing associated mitigation plans.
- Broad knowledge of compute, network, and storage infrastructure pillars, with experience designing solutions across physical, virtual, and cloud environments.
- Proficiency in designing infrastructure to support monolithic and container architectures using IaaS, DBaaS, CaaS, or PaaS across on-premise and/or public clouds.
- Thorough understanding of operational resilience, with a track record of delivering highly resilient solutions across different availability tiers.
- Strong knowledge of core network and security principles, including VxLAN, SDN, WAF, load balancing, and firewalls.
- Familiarity with core infrastructure monitoring and APM products.
- Excellent communication skills, with the ability to convey complex technical concepts clearly to peers and management colleagues, and strong collaboration and stakeholder management abilities.
- Commercial and vendor management acumen, keeping up to date with IT trends and innovations in the market.
- Experience architecting change in a highly regulated environment.
- Natural leadership qualities, inquisitive nature, and a passion for solving complex problems through technology.
- Exposure to Infrastructure as Code and leading automation tooling, including blueprint/playbook build, provisioning, and cloud integration.
- Systems integration experience across disparate technology stacks, both on-premise and off-premise.
- Knowledge of enterprise integration solutions, including eventing and file-based systems.
- Experience working with and managing technology vendors and trusted third parties.
- Familiarity with digital banking solutions such as web/mobile channel integration and digital payment solutions.
- Previous experience in digital operational resilience or similar domains.
- Industry-recognized certifications in public cloud, virtualization, containerization, or automation would be advantageous.
- Relevant architecture certifications like TOGAF or CITA would be beneficial.
Competencies for Your Role / Behaviors for Success: To thrive in this role, the following competencies and behaviors are essential:
- Customer Focus: Maintaining a strong focus on delivering value and excellent experiences to customers.
- Commercial Growth: Contributing to the growth and success of the organization through innovative solutions and opportunities.
- High Performance Teams: Collaborating effectively with cross-functional teams to achieve shared goals and deliver exceptional results.
- Risk Management: Demonstrating a keen understanding of risk management principles and applying them to decision-making processes.
- Accountability & Decision Making: Taking ownership of responsibilities and making informed decisions aligned with organizational goals.
- Communication & Influencing: Communicating technical concepts clearly and persuasively, influencing stakeholders at all levels.
- Leadership and Change: Exhibiting leadership qualities, embracing change, and driving positive transformation within the organization.
- Operational Excellence: Striving for excellence in operational processes, efficiency, and continuous improvement.