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Solution Architect - FMO/AHDC

Solution Architect - FMO/AHDC

Posted 31 May by Royal Mail Featured Ended

Job reference number 48095

Solution Architect - FMO/AHDC

Full time


1-2 Broadgate

Not many companies can say they’ve been around for 500 years and were founded by Henry VIII, but we can. Royal Mail is the UK’s designated Universal Postal Service Provider, supporting customers, businesses and communities around the country. We are the only postal company to provide a one-price-goes-anywhere, six days a week service to more than 29 million addresses across the UK.

It is an exciting time to join Royal Mail. We’re a FTSE 100 company, generating revenue of £9,776m in 2016-17. On top of this, we have recently undertaken an extensive review and transformation of the Technology function, one of the largest IT transformation programmes across the UK. With this transformation now complete, there is significant potential for growth and success.

Digital is now at the heart of our business and drives our vision of enabling smarter working - from Front Line colleagues through to Head Office. At the same time we strive to deliver innovative products and services through a world class customer experience.

Solution Architecture at Royal Mail

With a workforce of 150,000 and the complex logistical requirements necessary to deliver 10’s of millions of letters every day and a billion parcels a year, Royal Mail IT has to be world class and so do the Solution Architects that deliver it.

It’s an exciting time to be a Solution Architect at Royal Mail. With over a hundred projects underway at any one time there is a huge opportunity to contribute to the business’s desire to transform and grow.

Over the past 3 years the Solution Architecture team has grown significantly and having demonstrated the value it delivers is set to grow further.

The well respected architecture team now constitutes a number of highly skilled architects. They come from a variety of backgrounds and have varying and complimentary skillsets to support the myriad of technologies deployed at Royal Mail.

Whilst the architecture team is built of a number of individuals it operates as a single function offering a supportive environment, first class training courses and opportunities to learn different skills and techniques across the Royal Mail project portfolio.

Job Role

  • As an Architect you will be responsible for ensuring that Solution Architectures are fit for purpose, deliver against the business needs and are architected appropriately for the longer term strategic needs of the business.
  • You will have the skills and experience to work with key partners / teams to actively  define the architecture of the solution and provide technical leadership to achieve the technical vision.
  • You will do this by working with key stakeholders in our supplier communities and alongside other RMG internal functions.
  • You will ensure that all architecture deliverables are of the appropriate standard and all projects are effectively governed via a formal gating process.

Personal Attributes

  • A ‘can do’ pragmatic attitude that is delivery focused and able to withstand project pressures due to tight timescales and complex IT ecosystems.
  • A team player that can offer support to their team members and have the confidence to ask for help from others within the team when necessary.
  • Experience of having worked in complex outsourced multi-supplier environments and the understanding of how to architect and assure solutions in these situations
  • The ability to work as part of a multi-disciplined project team, able to communicate technical concepts to technical and non-technical stakeholders appropriately.
  • A self-starter able to lead others from a technical perspective and a willingness to take ownership of technical problems and subsequently resolve them by consulting and approving solutions with the relevant stakeholders.

Key Experience and Skills

Essential Criteria

  • C# and .Net - Microsoft
  • Quintiq (highly desirable)
  • Microsoft (.Net, SQLServer, Sharepoint) (highly desirable)
  • Integration and integration patterns.
  • A broad understanding of a variety of technologies, with a deep understanding of two or more of :
    • Dev Ops and Microservices
    • Oracle (DB, Fusion, Service Cloud, Siebel)
    • Java (IDE’s, Jscript, Angular, Node.Js)
    • Networking technologies, eg firewalls, load balancers,  network accelerators, WAN topologies
    • Cloud Services (AWS, Azure, Private, Hybrid)

Desirable Criteria

Understanding of a variety of development methodologies  and techniques:

  • Agile Development / Devops and continuous integration
  • Prince2
  • UML and Archimate

Experience of a variety of business functions and common architecture patterns:

  • Multi-Channel Architectures
  • Logistics & Postal 
  • High Volume Transaction Processing
  • Data Warehousing and BigData
  • Cloud Architectures (Private, Hybrid)

We are an inclusive employer with equality, diversity and fairness at the heart of our values.  We welcome applications from individuals from all different backgrounds and are committed to promoting fair participation and equality of opportunity for all of our job applicants.

Closing Date: 31/05/2018

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Reference: 32275434

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