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Solution Architect

Company: XL Group
Location: Hartford
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

The Solution Architect is responsible for the coordination and design of technical solution architecture from inception through to delivery of a project, ensuring that the solution addresses the business challenges and constraints and aligns with the strategic technology direction.

You will report to the Head of Solution Architecture

What will your essential responsibilities include?

  • Responsible for defining the overall solution design of a project, covering all layers of the architecture: business, information and technical.
  • Have an up to date view of the vendor market and proven track record for delivering solutions.
  • Support the product selection process and to help ensure product selection is architecturally cohesive with the Enterprise Architecture roadmap.
  • Contribute to the development of Hybrid Cloud Strategy by using knowledge of current state and a future vision of public and private cloud technologies as benefits the needs of AXA XL.
  • Identify research opportunities in line with the business and IT strategy to propose innovative solutions that can quickly and efficiently deliver project requirements.
  • Clearly articulate risks and issues associated with various solution options.
  • Act as the design authority for assigned projects and programs throughout implementation in alignment with architecture governance.
  • Draw upon point expertise from the various domain specialists (e.g. technical architect, enterprise architect, infrastructure architect); responsible for ensuring the coherence and integrity of the overall solution.
  • Work with the Project Management in the vendor selection process and ensure that any product selected is architecturally compliant.
  • Work with Enterprise Architecture in the definition, design, and delivery of technology roadmaps and guidelines.
  • Manage architecture exceptions within the portfolio, including identifying, documenting, taking through exception approval process, and remediation where and when possible.
  • Document high level designs for all change requested and approved to be delivered.
  • Review and approve detailed designs and ensure they meet the intents of the solution.
  • Assist the business with defining non-functional requirements of a solution including operational support requirements.

We're looking for someone who has these abilities and skills:

  • Degree or professional qualifications and Solution Design or Solution Architecture experience.
  • Excellent communication skills, comfortable explaining and presenting solutions and rationale to a technical and non-technical audience.
  • Comfortable making decisions and recommendations and being accountable.
  • A natural enthusiasm for and overall broad knowledge of a range of technologies with an interest in Emerging Technologies and research.
  • Ability to define Solution Architecture involving multiple products & technologies in the areas of Enterprise Application Integration, APIs, Enterprise Service Bus, Event-based architecture, Document Management and Generation, Robotic Process Automation and Natural Language Processing.
  • Hands-on work experience with large-scale implementations of Azure, including experience migrating applications to Azure. Container experience with Kubernetes, OpenShift or other container orchestration platforms.
  • A proven record of thinking through, leading and delivering high quality solutions which can be used to communicate with senior stakeholders.
  • Sound business and technology knowledge with commercial awareness and an understanding of Financial services markets, customers and technologies (experience within the Insurance industry preferred).
  • A background in business and technology across the delivery lifecycle (examples may include solution design, roadmaps, investment submissions, governance or business and data analysis).
  • Demonstrated effectiveness working across multiple business units and with outsourced development partners to achieve results.
  • Track record for being detail-oriented with a demonstrated ability to self-motivate and follow-through on projects.
  • Strong problem-solving skills; the ability to analyze problems and develop actionable and appropriate plans quickly.
  • Knowledge and active use of industry frameworks and tools would be beneficial (e.g. TOGAF, Abacus, etc.).
  • Knowledge and active use of Agile, SCRUM and Continuous Delivery.
  • Knowledgeable in Principles and Standards.

Keywords: XL Group, Hartford , Solution Architect, Other , Hartford, Connecticut

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