Solutions Architect

Location:
Bristol
Vacancy Type:
Permanent
Department:
Operations & IT
About The Role

We are recruiting for a Solutions Architect to join a market leading insurer and legal services provider DAS in the IT Department in central Bristol.

The Solutions Architect will be responsible for defining high level, and detailed IT solution designs and options in conjunction with Tech Leads and SMEs in support of strategic business initiatives, smaller business driven projects and IT Foundations projects, ensuring the they adhere to key DAS IT strategic goals and Customer Operations and IT (COIT) Principles.

You will be instrumental in the investigation and research into the use of new technologies and lead proofs of concept, taking a hands-on approach, to demonstrate the value of new technologies and creating sound business cases to support the procurement process.

In addition this role will support the COIT Leadership Team in developing and maintaining a set of COIT Principles by owning the IT Principles that will be used to guide technical solutions. The role will also provide architecture governance by validating that solutions built are done so in line with the COIT and IT principles and designs.

As a Solutions Architect, you will:

  • Support the IT Management Team in developing an IT Strategy in line with the published ERGO IT Strategy and that aligns with and enables business strategy, collaborating with ERGO, the Project and Change Team, Information Management and Outsourcing.
  • Support the IT Management Team in defining and maintaining a set of IT and Design principles that are easy to understand and apply across technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Investigate new technology opportunities, and feed these into business projects and discussions.
  • Support the delivery of ‘Proof of Concept’ projects and Hackathons to demonstrate and showcase new technology opportunities.
  • Provide technical leadership across IT, introducing and championing new technologies.
  • Construct clear and concise business cases for on boarding and use of new technologies, winning the support of the IT Management Team to champion these initiatives.
  • Produce ‘fit for purpose’ solution designs that meet stated business requirements, key business goals & milestones and constraints.
  • Ensure that detailed technical designs (led by the departmental Tech Leads) adhere to agreed designs and principles.
  • Provide appropriate technical support for product selection and procurement, software and solution design across the business.
  • Support the IT, IM and PCM teams in producing high level impact assessments and estimates to support project prioritisation and pipeline resource planning.
  • Ensure non-functional requirements including security, capacity, stability, performance, operational support, sustainability and total cost of ownership are considered and included in solutions design.
  • Understand business requirements and support & advise on the development of business cases for applications, systems and solutions.
  • Be able to undertake business analysis and requirements gathering for small, non-strategic, change requests.
  • Support IT Risk Management by proposing appropriate risk mitigation and control measures.
  • Build close relationships across teams within the IT department and with other technical teams and business departments across the company.
About You

The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience of Solutions Architecture, ideally TOGAF (or similar) qualified.
  • Knowledge of the development and implementation of IT strategy.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of IT solutions & architecture across:
    • Application solutions
    • Infrastructure
    • Cyber security
    • Operations
  • Demonstrable experience of designing solutions for deployment as cloud based solutions.
  • Familiarity with ITIL service management processes.
  • A working knowledge of the business analysis discipline and processes.
  • Experience in the use of Sparx EA a distinct advantage.
  • Experience of working in a Regulated Industry and Structured environment.
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering added business value through the adoption of new technology.
  • An ability to communicate and influence technical and non-technical stakeholders, using language appropriate to the audience.
  • Ideally you will be comfortable working in a traditional development environment and have experience in working as part of an agile development team. Knowledge and experience in DevOps would be an advantage.
About The Company
As a market leader in the Legal Expenses Insurance market we have undergone rapid growth in recent years.

Thousands of businesses, motorists and individuals defend or pursue legal action each year safe in the knowledge that DAS are paying their legal bills. We have always been aware that it is the people that really make it happen; the quality of our people defines the quality of the company and the standard of service we offer.

DAS who are owned by the ERGO Insurance Group, one of the major insurance groups in Germany and Europe hold the coveted Investor In People award, demonstrating our dedication to the development of the best staff in the industry. At DAS, we don’t simply talk about our values they are at the heart of everything we do. They guide us with the way that we work and provide the framework for how we do business. ‘Doing the right thing’ is central to our behaviour – from building  trust, being accountable, putting our customer at the heart of everything that we do which we believe drives performance

We believe it is an exciting time to join DAS. You can expect an organisation that will challenge and develop you to progress your career.  

By giving you every opportunity to develop yourself professionally and personally, we also pride ourselves on having an open, inclusive and high energy culture that encourages a fun working environment and places our customers at the very heart of everything we do.

If you are keen to become part of our exciting future then we would love to hear from you. In addition to the very genuine development opportunities we provide we also offer an extremely generous reward and benefits package.