Principal, IT Architect, London, United Kingdom 115 views


Requisition ID

15779

Office Country

United Kingdom

Office City

London

Division

VP, Human Resources & Corporate Services

Dept. / Bus. Group

MD IT Office

Business Unit: IT Architecture

Contract Type

Fixed Term

Contract Length

3 years

Posting End Date

29/11/2019

Purpose of Job

The Principal, IT Architect is responsible for the definition and promotion of the Enterprise Reference Architecture, which provides a strategic framework to which all business systems initiatives will be aligned. The Principal, IT Architect is further responsible for defining the overall architecture and design of IT solutions, and guiding the system development teams in the elaboration of solutions within the defined architecture. The role interacts with primarily with all IT teams, but also engages with many of the business functions across the Bank.

Background

The role is part of the IT Architecture team responsible for enterprise and solution architecture within the IT department. The role provides contribution into defining the overall strategic architecture framework, and understanding, elaborating and describing solutions within it. It works closely with IT management and business stakeholders to promote a consistent approach to and understanding of both project and strategic priorities. The role involves anticipating the kinds of systems and technologies that the Bank will need to deploy in order to meet future business demands

Accountabilities & Responsibilities

  • Contribute to development and maintain the Enterprise Reference Architecture (ERA), to give a clear strategic framework to guide the elaboration of solutions.
  • Maintain a roadmap of strategic programmes, in order to realise the ERA in an effective incremental fashion.
  • Define and maintain the structure and processes for the Architectural Knowledge Base, to enable a consistent and efficient approach to the retention and re-use of architectural knowledge assets. [note: actually maintaining the knowledge base itself is NOT primarily in this role]
  • Explain and promote the ERA within and beyond IT to develop understanding and effective sponsorship of strategic architectural priorities.
  • Provide technical guidance and advice to projects from an early stage, ensuring they follow an optimal direction from the outset
  • Ensure that solutions are technically sound and will function as expected in production. Any operational risks or considerations of the technology solution should be understood and agreed before implementation
  • Ensure that solutions are an appropriate balance between short-term delivery needs and medium-term strategic aspirations. All deviations from agreed roadmaps should be explicit and agreed through appropriate governance
  • Help develop and run an effective process governing technology strategy and project solutions
  • Guide and mentor the Architects within the team to promote their skills and their knowledge of the Bank’s IT landscape and strategies.
  • Research trends in architectural approaches and technologies to provide high quality advice to management on opportunities and architectural implications of new initiatives.

Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications

  • Contribute to development and maintain the Enterprise Reference Architecture (ERA), to give a clear strategic framework to guide the elaboration of solutions.
  • Maintain a roadmap of strategic programmes, in order to realise the ERA in an effective incremental fashion.
  • Define and maintain the structure and processes for the Architectural Knowledge Base, to enable a consistent and efficient approach to the retention and re-use of architectural knowledge assets. [note: actually maintaining the knowledge base itself is NOT primarily in this role]
  • Explain and promote the ERA within and beyond IT to develop understanding and effective sponsorship of strategic architectural priorities.
  • Provide technical guidance and advice to projects from an early stage, ensuring they follow an optimal direction from the outset
  • Ensure that solutions are technically sound and will function as expected in production. Any operational risks or considerations of the technology solution should be understood and agreed before implementation
  • Ensure that solutions are an appropriate balance between short-term delivery needs and medium-term strategic aspirations. All deviations from agreed roadmaps should be explicit and agreed through appropriate governance
  • Help develop and run an effective process governing technology strategy and project solutions
  • Guide and mentor the Architects within the team to promote their skills and their knowledge of the Bank’s IT landscape and strategies.
  • Research trends in architectural approaches and technologies to provide high quality advice to management on opportunities and architectural implications of new initiatives.

Further information

  • The initial assignment for this role will be leading the architecture on our Banking Transformation programme. This multi-year initiative is introducing modern processes and technology to our core Banking functions. It combines new cloud-based capabilities with existing line-of-business systems.
  • The successful candidate will be leading a team of four architects to make pragmatic decisions balancing short-term and long-term imperatives. The overall programme context is relatively complex so this role needs an equal balance of technical and soft skills.
  • Essential experience includes working with and supporting development teams using agile methodologies, e.g. Scrum, and applying agile at scale, understanding what this means in the architectural space, in terms of cadence and challenges.

Diversity is one of the Bank’s core values which are at the heart of everything it does. A diverse workforce with the right knowledge and skills enables connection with our clients, brings pioneering ideas, energy and innovation. The EBRD staff is characterised by its rich diversity of nationalities, cultures and opinions and we aim to sustain and build on this strength. As such, the EBRD seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities and works in an inclusive environment. The EBRD encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of the EBRD member countries to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. As an inclusive employer, we promote flexible working.

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