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Technical Architect

Job Description and Requirements

Job Purpose:

The Technical Architect plays a significant role in the solution definition, implementation and governance of the technical and infrastructure implementation as per the best practices, architecture standard guidelines and reference architecture. The solution architect may be deployed permanently or temporarily as part of cloud agile squads to facilitate agile delivery as part of the cloud platforms as well as may be deployed permanently or temporarily as part of different infrastructures platform teams operate in waterfall delivery mode. Both deployment models will demand from the technical architect to work closely with the software engineers, testers, other architects, platform owners and/ or squad members in order to define and execute resilient, reusable, secured, scalable and highly performing technical architecture that meets platform owners’ expectations in line with the architecture governance framework, technology roadmap and best practices.

The successful candidate will perform work that involve close interactions and technical guidance in multiple functional areas such as software development, testing, infrastructure & DevOps engineers, different squads and architects in the organization in addition to external parties such as consultants or solution/ technology vendors. This individual will also seek to ensure the optimum utilization of existing technology & platforms, promote open standards, cost effectiveness and resilience as per the enterprise architecture guiding principles.

Key Results:

1. Technology solution articulation and definition.
Performance Measures: Meeting business units/ platform owners requirements and roadmap.

Main Tasks:

  • Understand the business requirements in order to articulate thoughtful technical solution taking into considerations all functional and non-functional requirements into consideration in line with the reference architecture and technology roadmap.
  • Drives end-to-end solution development.
  • Definition and governance of an effective solution implementation promotes innovation, open standards & cost effectiveness in support of the organizational goals, objectives and strategic requirements.
  • Analyzes different patterns and trends to propose the best fit to meet the business requirements and as per the architecture governance framework and technology roadmap.
  • Provide consultancy and support to business units/ platform owners in identifying and implementing effective solutions.
  • Act as a technical advisor to the infrastructure and cloud platform owners, related squad members and software engineers as part of a DevOps operating mode throughout the lifecycle of the solution definition and estimation.
  • Maintain a high awareness of technology and industry trends.

2. Ensure the alignment of the information, data, technology & business architectures.
Performance Measures: Solutions alignment across different architecture domains while meeting business objectives and priorities.

Main Tasks:

  • Ensure an open dialog with other organization’s architects & Enterprise Architecture to maintain a constant alignment and promote synergies.
  • Proactively promote collaborations with other architects (Data, technical, security & solutions) in order to ensure the right alignment and leverage of existing technology, solutions design and deployment patterns.

3. Solution governance and documentation.
Performance Measures:

  • Number of dispensations and Alignment to the reference architecture.
  • Well informed stakeholders about the architectural standard practices and guidelines.
  •  Up-to-date and accessible blueprints.

Main Tasks:

  • Responsible for the overall technical solution design and ensure its implementation governance as per the architecture governance framework and technology roadmap.
  • Ensure the governance and adherence to all defined Enterprise Architecture standards, quality measures, functional & non-functional requirements.
  • Promote and ensure the adherence to Enterprise Architecture guiding principles throughout the lifecycle of the solution definition & implementation.
  • Define, model and maintain the articulated solutions in proper documentations and standard repository as per the Enterprise Architecture guidelines.
  • Provide technical consultancy to different IT and business stakeholders in technology best practices and problems analysis in technology solutions.
  • Propose architectural enhancements in order to realize security, agility, performance and cost effectiveness.
  • Maximize the leverage on existing technology capabilities to meet the business requirements.
  • Promote resilient, secured and cost effective design, deployment and integration patterns.
  • Present, justify and properly document the introduction of new technology, design, integration or deployment pattern as per the enterprise architecture governance framework.

Education:

  • Master or Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems management or related field.
  • Enterprise Architecture certifications such as TOGAF or other.

Experiences:

  • More than 10 years of experience in information technology where mostly spent in work related to cloud environments and operating models such as IaaS & PaaS, DevOps operating model, technical & infrastructures solutions definition/ implementation.
  • More than 3 years of experience working with different infrastructures technology solutions.
  • More than 3 years of experience working in cloud & DevOps based environments.
  • Experienced in different integration patterns, tools, technology & trends.
  • Experienced in Microservices and SOA principals, guidelines and supporting technology.
  • Strong understanding of PaaS components and eco-system.
  • Experiences in cloud native principals, designs and deployments.
  • Experienced in 12-factor app principals.
  • Experience in applying proven architecture design methodologies and tools.
  • Wide experience in developing customer-centric solutions.
  • Wide experience in developing critical, high resilient and secured solutions.
  • Experienced in working with different open sourced technology.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Comprehensive knowledge and outstanding technical skills in cloud platforms designs, Technology and its integration tools.
  • Outstanding knowledge of different data stores (relational/ semi and non-relational) solution designs & deployments.
  • Experienced with virtualization and containerization solutions/ environments. 
  • Exposure to multiple diverse cloud technologies and environments.
  • Demonstrate exceptional technical skills across applications, information processing and integration domains.
  • Ability to challenge the conventional wisdom regarding technology trends.
  • Ability to understand the long term and short term perspectives of a solution.
  • Ability to assess and analyze the wide enterprise impact of a solution.
  • Ability to comprehend and articulate solutions based on events driven computing.
  • Knowledge of systems, components and architectural principles and practices followed in distributed computing architecture.
  • Knowledge of key integration patterns and tools such as event based, messaging, ETL, ESB & microservices based integration.
  • Knowledge of best practice API development, deployment, governance and management practices.
  • Strong understanding of technology trends and their application in Financial Services.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and promote innovative.
  • Experienced with CQRS, advanced logging and monitoring tools.
  • Knowledge of data processing architecture involving different streaming and batch processing techniques.

Behavioral Competencies:

  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Demonstrate critical and systems of thinking ability
  • Ability to negotiate and influence.
  • Disciplined, organized
  • Flexibility / Adaptability 
  • Visionary
  • Works collaboratively
  • Performance driven