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Solutions Architect

Northampton, United Kingdom
Closing date
Mar 27, 2023

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
As a Barclays Solution Architect, you'll be in charge of creating technology application solutions for applications to meet Consumer Finance business requirements in line with RFT and Group IT Strategies and Architectures. You'll work closely with application product delivery teams to ensure that those solutions are fit for purpose and help them with architecture related challenges through delivery. You'll assist the development of systems strategies and roadmaps for the supported business area and provide ad-hoc consultancy.

Barclays is one of the world's largest and most respected financial institutions, with 329 years of success, quality, and innovation behind us. We offer careers that provide endless opportunity - helping millions of individuals and businesses thrive and creating financial and digital solutions that the world now takes for granted.

Working Flexibly
We're committed to providing a supportive and inclusive culture and environment for you to work in. This environment recognises and supports ways to balance your personal needs, alongside the professional needs of our business. Providing the opportunity for all our employees, globally to work flexibly empowers each of us to work in a way that suits our lives as well as enabling us to better service our customers' and clients' needs. Whether you have family commitments or you're a carer, or whether you need study time or wish to pursue personal interests, our approach to working flexibly is designed to help you balance your life. If you would like some flexibility, then please discuss this with the hiring manager, and your request will be reviewed subject to business needs.

Hybrid Working
We are currently in the early stages of implementing a hybrid working environment, which means that many colleagues spend part of their working hours at home and part in the office, depending on the nature of the role they are in. We're flexible on how this works and it may continue to change and evolve. Depending on your team, typically this means that colleagues spend a minimum of between 20% to 60% of their time in the office, which could be over a week, a month or a quarter. However, some colleagues may choose to spend more time in the office over a typical period than their role type requires. We also have a flexible working process where, subject to business needs, all colleagues globally are able to request work patterns to reflect their personal circumstances
Please discuss the detail of the working pattern options for the role with the hiring manager.

What will you be doing?
• Accelerating our journey to Cloud (internal and external public cloud) and our strategic Data Platform
• Optimising use of infrastructure and licenses to drive down total cost of ownership
• Adding clarity to business requirements; challenges business requirements and demands to ensure high quality candidate solutions are created
• Thinking outside of the box to aid the business in delivering its strategic objectives rather than just responding to a pre-defined request
• Taking charge of ensuring that solutions adhere to architectural and quality standards and policies.
• Assisting the Director of Architecture in providing advice and guidance to business stakeholders in shaping the portfolio of technology solutions, and the estimating process
• Contributing to broader architectural governance activities by participating in peer reviews for other solutions architects/designers
• Working with the relevant CTO Architects, supports the creation of an appropriate technology strategy and roadmap for the relevant business area

What we're looking for:
• Excellent knowledge of integration and implementation issues and their architectural implications, and of best practice architectural and design methods
• Can describe existing technology infrastructure across major functions / departments and has a comprehensive grasp of emerging technologies
• Ability to produce solutions which are technically innovative and leading-edge thinking
• Knowledge of the products/functions with the ability to apply business analysis skills overlaid on to the technology landscape to create fit for purpose technology solutions

Skills that will help you in the role:
• Working knowledge of the key issues in implementing secure systems
• Broad and solid knowledge of the concepts and roles behind service delivery and systems support
• Understanding different project methodologies, project lifecycles, major phases, dependencies and milestones within a project, and the required documentation needs.
• Knowledge of Consumer Credit Risk or related financial areas (e.g. Liquidity, Market Risk)

Where will you be working?
Northampton was the birthplace of Barclaycard in 1966 and we've been based in Pavilion Drive since the building opened in 1997. This state-of-the art energy efficient building holds up to 2,500 staff. The office location is perfect for travel from the midlands and London alike as we are based just off the A45, it is easily accessible by both car and bus routes.

The Barclays Technology Campus, just outside Manchester, is our transatlantic tech command centre for information security in the UK. It's the vital strategic powerhouse behind our global operations. Radbroke is a place where big ideas become realities. Where the talent in the world can build careers full of scope, variety and reward, by creating the technical solutions that meet today's demands, answer tomorrow's questions and redefine the future of finance.


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