chief architect - kent in sidcup

07 August 2018
peter andrews, randstad technologies
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£ 95,000 - £ 115,000 per year, bonus + benefits
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sidcup, south east
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job type
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£ 95,000 - £ 115,000 per year, bonus + benefits
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peter andrews, randstad technologies
0117 311 6466
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job description

Chief Architect - Kent/London

Are you an experienced Head of Architecture or Senior IT Architecthief with a successful track record of managing a team of Application, Solutions and/or Infrastructure Architects? Are you passionate about Agile and new emerging technologies and feel ready to take the lead on a major change and transformation programme? If so, read on…

The company I am working with are embarking on an ambitious IT & Digital transformation programme. To achieve the wider strategic objectives, they require a new Chief Architect. You will be a key member of the senior management team and report directly to the CIO.

This is a new role - required to develop and deliver change, and modernise the technical architecture capabilities of the organisation (transitioning to Agile). You will work in partnership with other IT leaders to develop a compelling plan to design new Architectural standards, processes, technologies and solutions. MS Dynamics CRM is central to their future IT capability with a transition to D365 in the immediate plans, therefore some experience with MS Dynamics CRM is required.

The Architecture team you will manage, will align to the wider business and group IT strategy, ensuring key stakeholders have the appropriate technology landscape in place to deliver a range of new future proof and scalable Product based solutions. They have a 'Microsoft first' approach - therefore we are ideally targeting candidates with an extensive Microsoft background (particularly applications, development and Cloud (Azure)).

Alongside your team management responsibilities, you will lead in the discovery, understanding and use of new technologies and ways of working.

Role & Responsibilities

* Manage a team of multi-disciplined Technical Architects, collaborating with the business product teams to evolve and align the enterprise architecture with the business strategy
* Provide vision and strategic input as part of the Senior IT Management Team
* To look at the bigger picture and challenge conventional ideas and ways of working
* Operate as escalation point for review and approval of application architecture issues
* Advise business stakeholders and technology steering groups on future application design and technology options, highlighting risks, costs, benefits, and target outcomes
* Review, understand and improve governance processes to maximise timely and high quality architectural decision making
* Communicate and roll out architectural decisions, plans, objectives and strategies
* Maintain and develop deep knowledge of emerging technologies, IT industry best practice, technologies and architecture standards
* Review new and existing initiatives and plans for compliance, risk, IT standards, policies, regulatory requirements and architecture plans
* Identify architectural risks and put together alternative proposals
* Hold responsibility for the overall integrity of the architecture

Required Experience & Skills

* Significant knowledge and experience of TOGAF (or equivalent)
* MS Dynamics/D365 experience
* Significant experience implementing Cloud based Microsoft technology (Azure) with an applications/development bias
* Good mix of Applications, Development, Systems, Infrastructure and Cloud solutions
* Excellent/proven leadership and people management skills
* Experience driving a culture of change, transformation and continuous improvement in an Architectural leadership role
* In-depth knowledge and understanding of current digital and technical landscapes, concepts, methodologies, practices and industry trends
* Experience with strategy development for change and transformation programmes - at an enterprise level
* Experience developing close partnerships with 3rd party partners.
* Experience of developing strategies and roadmaps in complex IT environments
* Experience of Enterprise Architecture frameworks and methodologies

This is a great opportunity to join a company at a genuinely exciting time of change, modernisation and transformation.

Randstad Technologies Ltd is a leading specialist recruitment business for the IT industry. Please note that due to a high level of applications, we can only respond to applicants whose skills & qualifications are suitable for this position. No terminology in this advert is intended to discriminate against any of the protected characteristics that fall under the Equality Act 2010. For the purposes of the Conduct Regulations 2003, when advertising permanent vacancies we are acting as an Employment Agency, and when advertising temporary/contract vacancies we are acting as an Employment Business.


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