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IT Solution Architect

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The Solution Architect role is responsible for the development of solutions for new or existing projects. They spend at least 20-40% of their time interfacing directly with the business representatives. They are responsible for the overall success of the solution design and cost development. They provide leadership and initiative to deliver new and complex high quality solutions to the business in response to varying requirements. They incorporate knowledge of leading edge products and technology in conjunction with industry and business results. They utilize a combination of Eurofins standard and custom solutions and they develop simple or complex -possibly multiple years- solutions  and associated cost elements, all with the goal of ensuring consistent delivery of high quality services and/or solutions which meet business and technical requirements. They contribute to the development of standards by challenging the existing one and proposing updates, present non-standard solutions to the Technology Review Board in order to obtain validation from the architect community and to obtain guarantee of the manageability of these solutions. They are key players within the IT organization, collaborating on innovative ideas and using proven approaches to deliver a winning solution design. A solution architect can also be brought to follow up on a project once the solution has been accepted, as "guardian of the design".

Typical Responsibilities (non-exhaustive list):

 

  • Collect Business "Wants & Needs", interact with (possibly senior) business representative and/or business relationship managers

  • Define & explicit the requirements of the solution

  • Perform Solution Design activity, delivering a valid and viable architecture

  • List elements of cost of the solution

  • Participate in the design review process and support the overall Enterprise Architecture Management process.

  • Interact with both infrastructure and development to reach optimal solution based on Eurofins standards and practices

  • Liaise within the corporate Enterprise Architecture Office for standardization of best practices, update of infrastructure/solution guidelines and design of reusable components

  • Hand-over to a project team or participate to the delivery of the solution (depending on the size of the project)

     

    Personal Skills

     

  • Excellent communication with technical or Business leaders ; able to articulate a complex idea in an intelligible way

  • English spoken and written

  • Capable to establish trust based on outstanding technical expertise

  • Ability to work under minimal supervision

  • Detail-oriented. No nonsense attitude

  • Passionate about technology

  • Ability to travel 10-20% of his/her time

     

     

    Desired Skills and experience

     

  • 5+ years experience in solution architecture or equivalent

  • Proven experience in solution design principles, practices, system development methodologies, and software life cycles with experience in a combination of system and application architectures

  • Systems Thinking - ability to see how parts interact with the whole (big picture thinking)

  • Good all-round understanding of infrastructure in general. Practical and hands-on experience in infrastructure areas including Microsoft Windows Server technologies, virtualization platforms including VMware, Cloud Computing (IaaS/PaaS/SaaS) is a plus

  • Experience coordinating vendor solution delivery and partnering effectively with vendors to meet business needs