Solution Architect

Posted 8 March by Spring Technology
Solution Architect

The Company
Spring Technology are currently working in partnership with a UK leading software solutions provider to recruit an experienced Solution Architect to join our clients successful development team. You will be joining a market leading software provider who are recognised as an Investor in People.

The Role
To lead, direct and motivate the Release and Configuration team in their deployment of releases to time, quality and budget and to maintain environments to meet project requirements. Responsible for cradle to grave management of the solution architectural, including design, deployment, support and configuration component of projects to time, quality and budget

The Responsibilities
*Provide leadership, management and motivation to the Release and Configuration team in their deployment of the Company software applications to schedule, ensuring the mandatory requirements are met and that staff are motivated, qualified and supported;
*Ensure that releases are deployed successfully to time, quality and budget;
*To maintain environments hosted by the Company ensuring project requirements are achieved;
*Work collaboratively and professionally with customers and stakeholders ensuring the Company is perceived by all to be a high-quality service provider who can be trusted to deliver a consistent level of service;
*Constantly strive to improve the quality of the deliverable by introducing industry best practice, finding new ways to tackle problems and maintaining innovative and proven processes in-line with the customer and internal stakeholders;
*Accountable for the release and configuration service and associated procedures / processes;
*Take personal responsibility for personal development of the team including recruitment, appraisals, objectives, training and development;
*Prevent issues from impacting end users through proactive technical management of environments / technology and ensuring system availability;
*Quality assurance of the release and configuration service.
*Work with existing and new customers to translate business requirements into Architecture Designs and fit for purpose Microsoft based solutions through the complete project lifecycle;
*Undertake requirements gathering, planning, estimating, design and technical and architectural compliance assurance of Microsoft solutions;
*Provide support and guidance to both Project Managers and Technical Architects on Microsoft solutions;
*Provide architecture and technical direction and expertise to the Microsoft Development teams;
*Active participation in project planning, team meetings, reviews, retrospectives, sprint and release planning, demos and other meetings;
*Ensure all Microsoft development work meets the agreed architecture and coding standards and take personal accountability for assuring design documentation and coding;
*Adhere to, proactively maintain and improve agreed practices, accreditations, procedures, quality and development standards;
*Identify, review, select and recommend new technical products which can be used to improve the overall quality of the Architecture practice;
*Assist in the recruitment of the Architecture and Development team members as required;
*Carry out estimation of effort for projects;
*Provide pre-sales support to the Sales team as required

The Requirements
*Good working knowledge of configuring, customising and implementing Microsoft solutions;
*In depth understanding of the software development lifecycle;
*Knowledge of configuration management and change control documents and procedures.
*Knowledge of server builds, backups, restores, upgrades and patches;
*Knowledge of SQLPlus, TCP/IP, DNS, RedHat Enterprise Linux;
*Experience of implementing process improvements and CMMI;
*PRINCE2 qualified;
*ITIL Version 3
*Microsoft accreditation;
*Good knowledge of Microsoft CRM, SharePoint, .NET, MS SQL Server and MS SQL Report Services;
*Microsoft Windows, Exchange Server and Network infrastructure knowledge desirable;
*Good knowledge of business processes.
*TOGAF 9.1 or other similar EA Framework Certification
*Experience managing service capacity, performance and availability activities preventing impact to services and transitioning services into operations with proven minimal disruption or risk;
*Ability to define and control service and infrastructure components, including the management of DSL and CMDB systems;
*Experience of deploying quality updates / releases with appropriate training, knowledge share and documentation for stakeholders;
*Experience owning processes covering all elements needed to build, test and deploy a release package into operational environments;
*Experience implementing, practising and improving processes and functions in a technical environment;
*Skilled in stakeholder liaison for an IT service;
*Skilled in meeting Service Level Agreement targets, adhering to contractual requirements, as well as stakeholder expectations, invoking escalation procedures where necessary;
*Experience producing statistics to manage volumes and trends in a technical environment, as well as value add solutions based upon the output;
*Experience of performing data drops into development and test environments and management of clustered service environments.
*Experience of all aspects of software development lifecycle;
*Strong analysis, design and development skills;
*Broad experience of commercial software development environments;

Spring Technology is acting as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy.

Spring Technology is an Equal Opportunities employer; we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

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