Job Description: As a Solution Architect within Hiscox you will create and deliver optimum solutions meeting the business needs. This role sits within the UK Retail team and we require you to be able to engage throughout whole project lifecycle from understanding the business case and requirements to transition into BAU support. This is a key role for the delivery of projects within Hiscox. You will actively contribute to the wider architecture team and work with the Lead Architect and Enterprise Architects to deliver the Hiscox architectural roadmap.
As a Solution Architect you will be expected to take on challenging projects, often spanning more than one application and/or technology and be very delivery focused.
You will take ownership of a Solution Design and communicate it to all members of the project team. This will cover technical, architectural, functional and impact and risk elements of the design and you must be able to convey this to technical and non-technical members.
You will be able to present options, risks, recommendations in a language and a way that shows understanding and technical leadership is essential.
You will make interactions happen with business domain experts and therefore must be comfortable acquiring and using business domain language and knowledge to convey concepts and recommendations.
You will engage with and assist technical teams in delivering the Solution.From understanding testing requirements to being involved with the development of solution using a variety of technologies such as Java (and/or Microsoft .NET)
As a Solution Architect you will be able to engage and operate across a broad range of technologies including relational database systems (e.g. Microsoft SQL Server), integration platforms, application containers, web servers and basic infrastructure such as networking (firewalls, protocols)
You will take responsibility for vendor engagement on projects, inclusive of initial engagement, vendor selection, setting up delivery engagement and hand-over to a project manager for escalations etc.
You will be required to interact with a range of people, from highly technical software developers to Senior Executive stakeholders. This means the ability to change your style and approach is essential. You will be comfortable identifying what a particular stakeholder needs to know or is concerned about to ensure projects address major stakeholder concerns and cadence is recognised.
Person Specification: Technical Skills:
Understanding of Architectural Process; the function of an Architecture Review Board, how to demonstrate architecture principle alignment, implementation governance.
Experience of API design, management and service based architectures (SOA, Micro services, ESBs)
Experience of cloud/Hybrid (Azure preferred) architecture and delivery processes
Knowledge of delivering complex solutions using multiple delivery teams (internal and suppliers)
Good understanding of Integration tools, techniques and best practices
Data Modelling; conceptual, logical and physical schema separation
Experience of software development (Microsoft .NET and/or Java with SQL)
An appreciation of Agile and DevOps best practices
Experience implementing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in solutions would be a bonus
Having worked in an insurance (or regulated) environment would be beneficial
Diversity and flexible working at Hiscox
At Hiscox we care about our people. We hire the best people for the job and we're committed to diversity and creating a truly inclusive culture, which we believe drives success. We also understand that working life doesn't always have to be 'nine to five' and we support flexible working wherever we can. No promises, but please chat to our resourcing team about the flexibility we could offer for this role.
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