Solution Architect

UK-Newcastle upon Tyne
Job ID
2017-17099
Category
Information Services (IS)
Position Type
full-time

Overview

Job purpose: In support of Sage’s vision, the IT function has moved to a single global operating model.  As a consequence, we have moved to a new IT management structure, aligned functionally, supported by regional and local representation.  Our mission is to transform the way IT is delivered to customers and colleagues across the world with the emphasis on simplicity, mobility, and efficiency.  Architecture and IT strategy will be core to enabling our colleagues to focus more on our customers and increasing revenue by providing unified global IT platforms, multi-channel customer engagement and a consistent customer experience across the globe.

This role is responsible for the definition and design of solutions to support the global finance transformation and standardisation of Sage back-office systems.  This responsibility includes but is not limited to; working closely with the business analysts and stakeholders to understand requirements and translate them into designs and IT deliverables, liaising with the delivery teams on technical detail, overseeing builds and ensuring alignment with architecture, and representing finance projects and related architectures on global governance boards.  You will work alongside the broader architecture team and its domain specialists to ensure the design encompasses all non-functional requirements of the solution and ensure strategic fit with the Sage target architecture.

On a day to day basis you will work closely with project teams and be the voice of architecture.  You will work within the existing framework and according to architecture principles and ensure the project and architecture leadership teams are kept informed of progress through the standard reporting methods and forums.

 

Key accountabilities and decision ownership: (8 or 10 max)

  • To work closely with the business analysts and users, understand requirements and translate into IT deliverables
  • To define and design the solution architectures to support the global transformation of the Sage finance function
  • To work with domain architects on technical details and non-functional requirements of solutions
  • To work closely with the delivery teams and oversee development of solutions
  • To provide architecture governance and represent solutions at project and architecture board meetings
  • To report on project progress to the project manager and architecture leadership
  • To work with the Enterprise Architects and business leaders to build functional and product roadmaps
  • To work with Architecture leadership and contribute on IT strategy

 

Skills, know-how and experience:

Must have:

  • Experience of designing global enterprise and solution architectures across internal systems specifically within finance functions
  • Team player with experience of working with distributed and global teams
  • Working with senior business stakeholders, helping to shape thinking and strategy by providing support and educating in the art of the possible
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to articulate and present complex information concisely to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills, prepared to challenge conventional thinking

Ability to drive change and rally others behind an agenda

 

Key performance indicators:

  • Solution designs and patterns for projects and initiatives
  • Improved solution architecture standards and processes
  • Architecture governance of projects/initiatives through to implementation
  • IT roadmaps for key products/initiatives aligned with IT strategy
  • Quality of relationships with Architecture and IT

Quality of relationships with business leadership

 

Technical / professional qualifications:

  • Degree in information Technology / Computer Science / Software Engineering
  • Enterprise Architecture / Frameworks certified – TOGAF (at least), Zachman, DoDAF, FEAF
  • Experience with Business Analysis/Architecture and Architecture design tooling and notational standards

Company Information

Our Story


Sage is the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, supporting the ambition of the world’s entrepreneurs.

 

Like many of the businesses we serve, Sage began as a small business and has grown beyond what seemed imaginable. Today over 13000 colleagues now support millions of entrepreneurs across 23 countries as they power the global economy.

It is these entrepreneurs who are the drivers of prosperity and it’s our privilege and honour to serve them. We take real pride from how many of our customers have flourished and, that our products have grown with them as they moved from start-up to successful, international businesses.

In a world where only the voices of the biggest are heard, we will always fight to hear the voice of the entrepreneur.

 

An innovator today and tomorrow     

Our smart people use the smartest technology to reinvent and simplify business accounting - working with a thriving community of entrepreneurs, business owners, tradespeople, accountants, partners and developers. 

We enable our customers to focus on their business and help them to leapfrog to the future.

 

Inventing the future 

We are changing the way that millions of businesses track the movement of money through their business. We are also changing the way we do business. And as a FTSE 100 business we believe in a socially-responsible world and we are active in supporting our local communities and invest in making a real difference through the philanthropy of the Sage Foundation. Our Sage Foundation is based on the 2+2+2 model - 2% of free cash flow, 2% of colleagues' time and up to 2 free products each year to charitable organizations. Colleagues are empowered to give to the causes that matter to them.

Our customers make life-sacrifices. They take risks to follow their dreams and pursue their passions and, on this, global prosperity is built. They deserve a bigger voice and we will always work hard to champion this noble cause.

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