Digital Solutions Architect
What is the role?
The Solution Architect is responsible for defining and assuring the solution architecture for projects and initiatives within it.
This includes high level design, detailed design assurance, and supporting the development and implementation of the solution through all environments to production.
The Solution Architect is responsible for exploring potential solution options and making a clear recommendation by evaluating the fit to business need and enterprise architecture, as well as assessing the feasibility, cost, risk, benefits and the ongoing support implications.
As Solutions Architect you do this by will:
Define and maintain the solution architecture
Work closely with business stakeholders, BAs, POs and wider
Review third party designs
Work with the Enterprise Architect(s) to ensure alignment with IT strategy, principles, enterprise architecture and domain architectures
Lead the selection of any new vendors
Guiding vendor and product selection where required to ensure a strong fit for both the project need and the longer-term business ambitions.
Assist with the planning and estimation process
Ensure the solution is delivered as designed
Challenge existing thinking
Ensure all activities are performed at a consistently high standard with minimal risk to Selfridges and that opportunities to improve are identified and actioned
The Ideal Candidate
How you’ll do it…you will be:
From an omni-channel retail organisation or a Management Consultancy. Covering at least one of the following domains: Ecommerce, Buying & Merchandising, Logistics & Supply Chain, Finance, Omni-Channel Order Management, CRM
Comfortable with both packaged and bespoke applications
Able to work with business stakeholders and communicating complex ideas and solution options in a simple and resonant way
Familiar with modelling tools and techniques – such as
Experienced with different delivery lifecycles and service delivery methods
Able to rapidly analyse and understand functions and operation of existing solutions and capabilities of new technologies
A motivated self-starter, enthusiastic, resilient, personally effective, proactive with a flexible attitude to work
Have strong strategic and analytical problem-solving skills, has a keen attention to detail and a good commercial sense
Able to build strong relationships and credibility
Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Communicate information in a relevant and concise fashion, mindful of and tailored to the audience
Prioritise work and remain focussed on the most critical tasks, ensuring time and resources are used efficiently and effectively
Able to make tough decisions and stick to them when questioned
This guide represents a summary of the role, however all team members are expected to be flexible in the work they undertake, which may change from time to time, according to the needs of the business