Responsible for the overall application systems design, balancing requirements against resource utilisation and architectural factors. Is knowledgeable in all aspects of designing and constructing application systems and comfortable in developing requirements and design specifications for new and existing applications. Focuses primarily on the end to end application solution to guide the solution towards the long term needs of the organisation.
Areas covered include the following: data, work flow, integration, encompassing applications, hardware platforms, interfaces with peripheral systems, internal and external checks and controls, and the evaluation of 3rd party vendor solutions.
Serves as a technical design leader in the integration of application solutions and architecturally significant components. Prepare architecture and design blueprints that cover the required stakeholder viewpoints. Perspectives should provide integrated views including; business capabilities and associated functions, processes, information flows, application and systems composition, technologies (infrastructure) and security. Carries out research and consults industry experts with regards to best practices and technology trends. Develops application design guidelines, standards and patterns.
Gives input into the strategic technology direction of the organisation from a logical, physical and application architecture perspective. Sets the future direction and develops the migration plans for the applications to meet the business and architectural objectives of the organisation.
Ensure synergy between business processes and systems design, identifying opportunities for process optimisation through system enablement.
Bachelor degree in either Information Systems, Informatics or Computer Science or Engineering (or equivalent work experience)
Honours or Masters in Information Systems, Informatics, Computer Science or Engineering is preferred
TOGAF/ Zachman Certification
8 -10 years and/or relevant industry and experience in relevant discipline of which at least 5 years within the solution design or architecture sphere
Cloud services experience
Azure or AWS experience
Migration from on premise infrastructures to cloud environments
Methodologies and Ontologies: SDLC, Togaf, Zachman, SOA, Object Orientation and Webservices/ ESB/ Middleware
Technical Competencies: Microsoft Office Products , IT Architecture , Project management, Unified Modelling Language (UML) and Rational design toolset application
? Ability to adapt to constantly changing environment and quickly build understanding of the business and IT context/landscape
? Ability to work under pressure in terms of strict deadlines and complex work environments
? Drive own delivery of projects to meet deadlines
? Ability to professionally present Architecture to various different forums (for example at Exco and Technical Governance Forums)
Develop and communicate Solution Architectures in response to Business Requirement Specification documents for implementation of new architectures
Approve changes to Principles, Standards and Reference Architectures as a result of a Solution Architecture delivered to meet a Business Demand
Provide expert advice to project teams regarding the design of major corporate systems.
Build customized solutions to meet a client's unique business needs for complex changes and new architectures
Mentor internal and external stakeholders on the use of the tools, framework and artefacts.
Key Performance Areas:
Architecture methodologies, frameworks and processes
Ensure alignment with emerging Technologies and possible recommendation of new technologies based on best practices and industry standards
Significant knowledge of client/server and internet systems architectures
Application Architecture and Design
Database Platforms and design
Practical business solutions implementation
Information Security fundamentals and architectures
Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making
Systems Analysis: Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes
Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
Deductive Reasoning: The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense
Inductive Reasoning: The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events)
Excellent communication skills: Ability to engage with high-level stakeholders, both verbal and non-verbal
Ability to communicate a deep understanding of the business and a broad knowledge of technology and applications
Technical Literacy: Possess a high level of technical literacy, which helps them determine how a software solution fits into an organizations current structure and assists in the development of specifications and requirements
Analytical Assessment: A high level of analysis to examine current systems and determine overall project needs and scope
Schedule Management: Extensive time management skills to determine development schedules and milestones and ensure that deliverables are completed on time
Team Leadership: To oversee and direct development teams throughout the project development lifecycle, experience with team leadership and motivation is essential
Ability to translate strategy and strategic objectives into measurable and executable projects
Experience working on large project(s) incorporating processes and procedures and standards
Creativity, self-confidence, and flexibility