Head of Solution Architecture

Recruiter
RTM
Location
Coventry, West Midlands
Salary
Competitive
Posted
14 Oct 2019
Closes
18 Oct 2019
Ref
1297262105
Contract Type
Full Time
Head of Solution Architecture

Coventry

Our client, a highly successful and mature tech firm, are seeking a new Head of Solution Architecture to lead and develop their Solution Architecture team.

The Role
  • Management:
  • The role will include leading a team of c.12 - Delivery Solution Architects (x6) and Infrastructure Solution Architects (x6).
  • Delivery Solution Architects are responsible for the technology element of delivering the solution to customers. They oversee all technical aspects of the projects and work in conjunction with a Client Executive and a Project Manager to form the "Leadership Triangle". Triangle provides critical leadership of both the delivery team(s) and the customer.
  • Infrastructure Architects are responsible for working under the guidance of the overall Delivery Solution Architect to design the underlying hosting platform of the solution. This can range from an on-premise deployment within a customer's own data-centre to working in conjunction with the DevOps team to deliver a public cloud deployment. Includes all aspect from technical architecture/design through to commercial cost projections and scaling effects/DR/HA on both.
  • Best Practice:
  • You will be required to bring best practice process and frameworks into the team to ensure efficient and structured delivery mechanics.
  • Budget Responsibility:
  • Budget responsibility for the team ensuring revenue opportunities recognised to full potential. Manage the team to a budget working with key stakeholders within the organisation to look at staffing levels, utilisation, revenue recoverability and internal cross charging to maximise use of the team and revenue opportunities.
  • Escalation Point:
  • Act as key escalation point for all technical operational issues using a variety in stakeholders to ensure efficient handling and resolution. Work in conjunction with Group CTO to proactively manage risks and issues across all operational deliveries.
  • "Cloud First" Delivery - Change Management:
  • Active promotion of "cloud first" delivery. Upskilling internal resource, as well as building the necessary collateral to proactively guide customers' thinking and expectations. These efforts require this role to be a key change-agent throughout this process..
  • Strategic Roadmapping:
  • Working with the Group CTO and Head of Software Architecture to provide key input into the Product roadmap (especially but not limited to the non-functional aspects) and how those changes realised in the core product are made to the benefit of operational delivery efficiency and quality.

Essential
  • Experience as the lead/head of a team of Solution Architects
  • Experience as a Solution Architect (ideally for an IT Managed Services company)
  • Experience with Cloud based service offerings

Desirable
  • Experience with Retail clients

Other Information:
  • Primarily office based (Coventry) however must be flexible to travel when necessary (UK/Europe).

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