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IT Solution Architect
An IT Solution architect helps to determine architectural designs following the strategic goals set by the architecture team and the IT management for the various short-, mid- and long-term projects. This includes assisting on working out a vision and staying up to date on new architectural trends in the market. You must be able to define cost-effective options to solve architectural challenges, making correct, objective trade-offs, keeping the holistic application landscape and end goal in mind. As IT Solution Architect, you have a key function in being able to understand business needs and translate those into an architecture that fulfills those needs and can be used by the development & design teams to work on, having of course a collaborative mindset to work with the teams around you. We expect our IT Solutions Architect to already have experience with architecting solutions and being able to act as part of a team, while at the same time be proactive, independent and not afraid to take initiative when required.
1. General IT architecture
- Maintain the application landscape
- Keep yourself up to date on new technology trends in your domain
- Be able to present your message to a business-oriented audience as well as to a technical audience.
- Work with architecture modelling tools (Enterprise Architect Sparx) to keep the documentation up to date
- Be a team player and spread architectural knowledge in the team and company
2. Solutioning for Projects and Change Requests
- Translate requirements into Solution Architectures
- Apply patterns and principles
- Ensure workshops with business and IT representatives so that a coherent and aligned solution is created
- Follow-up adherence to the architecture during implementation stages of a project
- Make sure that solutions fit in the long-term strategy
3. Ensuring patterns and principles are followed and remain up to date
- Keep the patrimony of patterns and principles up to date with what is used
4. Work on Architecture vision
- Apply new technology trends in the market
- Work out long-term roadmaps
- Minimum 5 years of experience in a similar position.
- Fluent in English and at least one of the national languages.
- Knowledge of Enterprise Architecture and its sub-disciplines: business, information, application & infrastructure architecture, etc.
- Knowledge of Enterprise Architecture frameworks (e.g. TOGAF), methods and tools (e.g. Sparx Enterprise Architect)
- Excellent Knowledge of system-to-systems interoperability approaches: Enterprise Application Integration (EAI), Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Microservices, Open APIs, complex event processing, Queueing systems, etc. and associated governance
- Able to implement and adapt architecture frameworks to customer-specific contexts and content
- Able to work with key stakeholders to define, formulate and evolve strategic roadmaps and blueprints
- Knowledge of the full software development life cycle (SDLC)
- Knowledge of modeling techniques, e.g. ArchiMate, UML or BPMN
- Notions of project methodologies, e.g. PRINCE2 or Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
- Limited experience with DevSecOps and Cloud deployment models
- Notions of application development technologies, e.g. .NET or Java/JEE
- A conceptual, creative and critical thinker
- Passionate about change and eager to push it forward while managing expectations
- A natural communicator, able to explain complex topics in an understandable way to different stakeholders in both business and IT
- Able to prioritize and deliver within agreed timelines
- Highly autonomous, proactive and responsible
- Proven communication and presentation skills, capable of coaching small groups
- good reporting methods
- Understand company dynamics and the role an architect plays in that
- Able to adapt easily in a new team.
- Proactive attitude and ability to apply high quality standards.
- Be a flexible team-player attitude and you’re accurate, committed and eager to learn
- Be pragmatic and eager to help the department evolve towards a structured organization