Central England Co-Operative Careers

Solutions Architect
Full Time

Salary
£50000
Hours
39
Contract Term
Permanent

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Location:
IT & Digital - Staffordshire

Job Description

As one of the UK’s largest Co-operative societies our colleagues are the key to our success, which is why we want the very best people as part of our team.

About the role

As an experienced Solution Architect, you will provide expertise in defining, designing, implementing, and managing the adoption and adherence to enterprise architecture technologies, strategies, processes and standards. Reporting into the Head of IT Architecture, you will participate in producing architectural deliverables including system and solution designs. You will also work with cross-functional teams to coordinate and ensure consistency of implementation across platforms. You will contribute to and validate the technical and operational feasibility of solutions, which may require prototyping and test bedding. You will also be responsible for analysing, designing, and optimising end-to-end solutions for customers.

You will be

Helping to ensure that relevant solutions are aligned with the Enterprise Architecture plan

Designing appropriate architectures for new or revised in-house solutions

Identifying and mitigating technical risks

Understanding, managing and reducing complexity with IT landscape

Baselining current applications and providing a clear roadmap for improvements

Collaboration in providing an independent, unbiased view of the implications of business and technology scenarios within and across enterprises

Providing a common language across domains

Specifying and designing large or complex systems.

Ensuring that the system design balances functional, service quality and systems management requirements.

About you

Possess a broad technical knowledge across the full IT operating environment and integration platforms

Technical knowledge to cover:

Application architecture, understanding of component and tiers

Data architecture, understanding data sources, the mastering of data and the definition, management, manipulation and enrichment of data

Integration architecture, how data is passed and presented between systems

Technology / Infrastructure architecture, understanding those components that support the above (e.g. servers (by role), storage and networks (zones / subnets / VPNs) and security)

Previous experience in a systems development, deployment or technical management role

Deep analytical skills and strong retail technology background

Ability to communicate technical concepts to business users in a straightforward way

Ability to translate technical concepts, and data into meaningful business impact assessments

Experience of cloud vendors (Azure/AWS) and cloud-based implementations

Experience of vendor selection and evaluation

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Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the most successful independent co-operatives in the UK with gross sales in excess of £1bn and over 8,800 colleagues operating across 16 counties from the heart of England to its eastern shores.

Central England Co-operative colleague enjoy a wide range of benefits, including Society Membership, colleague discount on purchases, pension and health scheme.

Our main business activities include retail food and funeral services, although our diverse retail interests range from coffin manufacture to florist shops and travel agents, as well as the management of a significant property portfolio.

At Central England Co-operative Society we are all individual, like you. We value your individuality and welcome applications from all members of society regardless of personal characteristics.

We have an ambitious growth strategy centered on new site development to deliver continued success. In 2013 we were proud to be named UK Co-operative of the Year in recognition of the contribution we make to our members, local communities, the environment and wider society, as well as our strong business performance.