CoE Enterprise Solution Architect – UK OR NETHERLANDS HOMEBASED

Job Details

Centre of Excellence: Enterprise Solution Architect – UK OR NETHERLANDS HOMEBASED with office attendance as required. Salary in early 6figures + bonus etc..

Job purpose

  • Accountable for the integrity, robustness & efficiency of the end-to-end Business/IT solution design for all Lines of Business Across our footprint. Responsible for delivery of the end-to-end Business/IT Solution Architecture addressing the immediate and long term business & IT objectives aligned with Delivery Roadmap and IT vision & strategy. Work closely with country and T&I MDs to provide pragmatic solutions to everyday business problems.


Key Accountabilities

  • Deliver Business/IT solutions that bring clear business value while endorsing the Architecture Master Plan and corresponding Reference Architectures that underpin our financial thesis and its associated targets (Rev, OCF, FCF, Capex % of Rev) manifesting in concrete IT solution architecture design artefacts
  • Cultivate an evolution of consolidated TCO efficient Business/IT solutions driving RGU growth.
  • Drive harmonization of business processes and rationalization of IT assets across the footprint.
  • Identify, define and propose value-add opportunities for automation of current operations or products and services.
  • Create opportunities for moving capabilities/functionality as needed between products through architecture consistency.
  • Define & architect re-usable IT solution enablers creating an IT eco-system that facilitates delivery of cost effective product roadmap.
  • Contribute towards increasing percentage of deploying standard solution components vs. custom ones.
  • Ensure that Customer Experience, Security, Privacy & Operational Simplicity aspects are embedded in the design process & artefacts.
  • Ensure that IT solutions are regulatory compliant.
  • Influence the development of technology roadmaps in the IT domains, aligned with evolving market requirements while leveraging industry innovation.
  • Define, create, collaborate, communicate and maintain solution frameworks, models, taxonomies, patterns, technologies, processes, and standards within application domains.
  • Maintain and improve relationships with key vendor partners: influencing their roadmap to maximize investments, understanding the product release strategy & the emerging technologies corresponding impact on the existing architecture plans.
  • Support the Business/IT Transformational initiatives through effective evaluation of the IT solution suppliers, directing definition of renewed application landscape and enabling business & IT agility, resulting in shorter product time-to-market and reduced TCO.
  • Create and promote collaborative working with key stakeholders across the footprint.
  • Support the annual budget submission process through supplying of convincing effort & estimations for realization of the defined business objectives. Contribute to budget management through efficient use of resources and vendor recommendations to create additional value for the business.
  • Support IT Delivery planning process.
  • Support/Execute RfI/RfP processes leading the selection of new technology products or suppliers.
  • Support/Execute R&D/PoC to validate technologies and design patterns
  • Maintain and improve relationships with key customers & peers.
  • Maintain a visible presence at technical summits, conferences etc
  • Champion change and effectively manage implementation of new ideas.
  • Stay current with emerging architecture thoughts, methods, and technologies
  • Exercise staff oversight to ensure new operations plans, policies, procedures, and transition/migration plans are consistent with the overall company goals and objectives.

Knowledge & Experience

Preferred education / qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in computer science with significant exposure to enterprise applications development and systems architecture in a large-scale international business environment.
  • Extensive subject matter expertise and thought leadership track record across IT and other technology domains
  • Experience in providing technical leadership in software design and building scalable and highly available solutions
  • Experience in a Cable / Telco industry
  • Strong understanding of the economics associated with related architectures
  • Solid understanding of software design patterns and enterprise integration patterns.
  • Strong understanding of Business operations.
  • Extensive experience of vendor selection and negotiation
  • Extensive experience of major initiatives inception, initiation, financing and planning, and portfolio planning and Long Range Planning and Budgeting, including capes and opex management
  • Experience in working in a Matrix organization.
  • Experience in developing a collaborative working relationship with customers and suppliers
  • Experience in improve intra / inter departmental business processes efficiencies
  • Experience with agile methodologies

Skills & Abilities

  • Strategic thinker with both technical and business process background
  • Excellent analytical abilities to lead business re-engineering initiatives
  • Strong problem solving and decision making skills
  • Excellent leadership, communication, management and team motivation skills
  • Professional and mature team player, credible at all management levels
  • A passion for the strategy, organizational and people aspects of change and for making a difference
  • Excellent communication and customer management skills with the ability to influence at different levels within an organization
  • Self-motivating professional that excels in a fast-paced constantly evolving environment
  • Result oriented, team player, accurate and professional
  • Strong aptitude for and interest in new and emerging technologies.
  • Ability to manage a multicultural team.
  • Ability to work in a team environment that requires quick turnaround and quality output.
  • Able to cope with pressure and demanding timescales without comprising quality and integrity
  • Deals confidently with senior Executives

Leadership Skills and Abilities Expectations:

 Co-creates and executes Strategy

  • Implements on the T&I objectives as reflected in the company’s strategic objectives and the pillars of one promise, one plan, one company

Innovates with a customer focus

  • Surprises and delight our customers and innovates based on the needs of tomorrow

Entrepreneurial Drive for Results

  • Tenacious and relentless in their drive for results. Striving to achieve simplicity for our customers and employees

Lives One Company

  • Works across our matrix/footprint to achieve the best outcome for the business, our customers, employees and shareholders

Leads and Inspires

  • Authentic, transparent and considerate. Works hard to create a Winning Team