Senior Solution Architect

  • SSE Plc
  • Ireland
  • Nov 25, 2021
Technology Flexible

Job Description:

We're proud to be a Principal Partner for COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference, and are leading the way to provide the energy needed now, while building a better world of energy for tomorrow.

To reach net zero by 2050, we're looking for people who can bring big ideas, new skills and innovative thinking to help us build a world that's more sustainable and inclusive for you, your family, the community you live in and for generations to come.

So join us on our journey to net zero. Help us power change.

Base Location: Dublin 18

Salary: Salary: circa €64,000 - €96,000 depending on skills and experience + annual bonus

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time 37.5 hours per week| Flexible First options available

About the Department

SSE IT underpins the technology needs of all the different businesses that make up the SSE group. From emerging technologies to data and analytics to cyber security – we power SSE's growth and enable it to generate value, while keeping it secure. As a trusted business partner that helps SSE lead in a low carbon world, we are proud of our service. Working for SSE IT is all about equipping SSE for now and the future.

What is the Role

As a Senior Solution Architect, you'll be responsible for delivering Solution Architectures in line with business requirements, organisation and industry standards, and ensure these maintain integrity within the context of the relevant programme architecture.

A key part of your role will be to provide direction, guidance and solution validation, ensuring adherence to Architecture and Design standards and the Enterprise/Target Architecture, and to establish strong relationships with stakeholders by effectively managing expectations and inspiring confidence in delivery. You'll also perform a design authority role on our Digital portfolio, ensuring the detailed designs and solutions align to the Solution Architecture, managing and resolving any design issues as they arise.

What do I need?

Rather than a solely technical view, you'll deliver fully-rounded Digital IT solution architectures for the business. This should be based on experience of a diverse range of technologies with the ability to quickly comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies. You'll have a strong technical background in analysis and design, and preferably have experience in Digital and data management roles.

You'll demonstrate proven ability and experience in working with stakeholders at all levels, translating business needs into solution architecture requirements and options. Your approach to balancing long-term (strategic) and short-term implications of proposals and outcomes, will be pragmatic and you'll have significant experience in developing solution architectures and exposure to multiple, diverse technologies and processing environments. You'll find motivation not only in providing quality architectural input but also in supporting a large organisation on a journey to become lean, agile and providing cutting edge services to its customers.

You'll already have experience applying architecture frameworks such as TOGAF and SAFe, and working in a structured and methodical way including building and maintaining architecture baselines.

Your ability to establish strong and effective working relationships with key stakeholders, including business sponsors, Business Transformation Leads, Relationship Managers and onshore and offshore delivery teams, is essential to this role. In particular:

- You can partner with product, engineering and business teams to provide technical direction and solutions for a range of digital products

- You bring a product mindset and technical leadership in the production of technical solution designs, high quality functional specifications and other technical/documentation to ensure high quality customer experiences.

- You are a key contributor to the Technology team, and ensure strong partnership across the functions (Engineering, Delivery, Infrastructure, Support, Operations)

You'll have a broad range of experience in IT architecture ideally with a software delivery lifecycle background, and previous participation in, or running of, IT governance functions. You will have engaged in agile contexts and will have experience of interacting with design/engineering teams at the highest level. You'll be familiar with Event Driven Architectures and concrete understanding of:

- Architecting applications with appropriate modern architectural patterns including Serverless, CQRS, Event Driven Services, Microservices, Circuit Breaker, etc

- Implement Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery structures where appropriate

- Data modelling and data architecture design and implementation,

- Documentation of solution (i.e. design patterns, application architecture, data modelling, etc.)

- Cloud frameworks, structures and components

- You will have had exposure to multiple, diverse technologies, and you will experience of delivering solutions through cloud environments.

Life at SSE

If you're considering a career with us, you're probably wondering what's in it for you? From health and wellness to finances and family, we're proud of our benefits package which includes 34 days holiday (plus the option to buy additional days), enhanced maternity and paternity leave, discounted healthcare and a wide range of offers via our SSE Advantage scheme.

At SSE we're proud to celebrate difference. We all have different skills, experience and backgrounds and we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture where you can be yourself. We take pride in a job well done and share the belief that an inclusive culture is key to our success and vision for the future. Above all, safety is at the heart of everything we do at SSE and we live by the mantra 'if it's not safe, we don't do it'.

SSE is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We actively encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required during the application and assessment process, and upon joining SSE.

Next Steps

All applications should be submitted online, and I'll be back in touch after the vacancy closing date to let you know the outcome.

If you would like to discuss any working differently requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact / 01738275846.

Before commencing employment with SSE, you'll be required to fully complete our pre-employment screening process consisting of a basic criminal records and credit check.