Specialist Solution Architect

Role purpose:The Senior Specialist: Solution Architect is responsible for designing and leading the implementation of solutions and capability architecture for a particular business capability/user journey, according to the overall digital vision and target architecture. This role is responsible for the technical analysis and holistic solution design of future capabilities and features, including external dependencies, cross-domain APIs, and technical enablers/stories. This role is responsible to drive the design and delivery of complex and fit-for-purpose, business strategy aligned, cross-domain technology solution blueprints. This role is responsible for reviewing the target architecture vision and roadmap, evaluating and prioritizing roadmap items, and translating them into designs and non-functional requirements. This incumbent is responsible for providing support to engineering to ensure the development of technical stories is aligned to defined architecture paradigms, principles, and patterns. This role is responsible to ensure that VFS remains within the Payments guard rails, and maintains industry compliance. This role is required to manage the solution designs across multiple service providers and systems. This role may be involved in RFPs and POCs. Your responsibilities will include:Translate the overall digital vision and target architecture into corresponding solution designs and change requirements, as per the business roadmap.Create architectural designs aligned to the local and global payments roadmap.Translate business requirements into feasible solutions.Work with various technology providers to create innovative solutions.Design end-to-end solutions and cross-domain integration and APIs.Define non-functional, operational, and quality requirements for solutions.Define technical stories to enable business capabilities, foster re-use of existing components, and accept technical features following demos.Collaborate to plan the release of technical stories.Provide technical guidance to delivery teams to ensure alignment.Facilitate solution compliance to security, privacy, and regulatory needs.Manage technical debt and technology obsolescence at the solution level.Advocate adoption of new technologies into solutions.Perform peer reviews of designs.Contribute to the design forum and improve the architecture processes.Perform workload estimation.Collaborate with stakeholders such as enterprise architecture, security, and infrastructure for solution input and approval.Produce option papers for executive review.Mentor junior colleagues.Collaborate closely with the business and IT teams.Payments industry experience acquiring or issuing.Payments experience in POS devices or e-commerce or m-commerce.Solution architecture and design.Feasibility analysis.Business capability/customer journey architecture governance in agile software delivery.Technical enablers, integration APIs, and detailed technical and operational story design Infrastructure design.Estimation techniques for scaling agile.Technology Innovation: scouting, screening, and evaluation.Cost of ownership of technology, application portfolio management.Web-scale cloud-native architectures including IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS.The ideal candidate for this role will have:Closing date for Applications: 10 April The base location for this role is, Midrand, Vodacom Campus.The Companys approved Employment Equity Plan and Targets will be considered as part of the recruitment process. As an Equal Opportunities employer, we actively encourage and welcome people with various disabilities to apply.Vodacom is committed to an organisational culture that recognises, appreciates and values diversity & inclusion.
Johannesburg, GT, ZA