It Solutions Architect

*Reference: JHB-MM-1*Solution ArchitectResponsibilities and Accountabilities * Accountable for the creation of technology solutions to meet business requirements, in line with the IT strategy, architecture and security. * Support the development of systems strategy and plan for company's area with specific responsibility for early management of IT change demand. * Ensure that the outcomes delivered by projects are consistent with the original solution specified by IT e.g., supports the project manager to resolve technical issues during build. * Work with the vendors, business analysts and system analysts to design solutions. * Provide ad-hoc consultancy as required to senior business stakeholders on matters relating to technology solutions. * This will involve provide specific content knowledge of company's solution components. Although dome detailed SME input will be provided by vendors the Solution Architect with be required to co-ordinate this activity. * Adding clarity to business requirements; challenging business requirements and demands to ensure high quality candidate solutions are created. * Thinking outside of the box to support the business in delivering its strategic objectives rather than just responding to a pre-defined request. * Advising on supplier and cost options and ensuring that the validity of the overall solution is fully represented and considered in any RFI/RFP process, or in the creation and evaluation of proof-of-concept solutions. * Work with the Design Forum to consult on quality of the IT business solution and architectural soundness of the design. * Present architecture solutions to the Architecture Review Board for final ratification and sign off. * Continuously identify opportunities to improve and streamline IT business solutions. Requirements * Deep understanding in working with the TOGAF framework * Excellent technical drawing skills * Strong knowledge of application development, integration and security methodologies * Work experience in software development and working in an Agile team (SCRUM) * Knowledge of how to perform system analysis to enhance design objectives * Knowledge of testing best practices with contribution to overall test approach * Excellent written and oral communication skills. * Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment. * Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment. * Willing to work evenings and weekends work to meet deadlines. * Ability to take complex technologies and translate them to lesser technical audiences * Bachelor's degree program in information systems or a related field * Excellent listening and interpersonal skills. * Excellent analytical, mathematical, and creative problem-solving skills * Keen attention to detail * Ability to conduct research into systems issues to derive sustainable solutions. * Highly self-motivated and directed Additional Requirements * Bachelor's degree program in information systems or a related field * Minimum of 5 years in IT Solution Architecture role * Experience in Retail and Financial Service (Banking and Fintech) Industries R
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