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Solution Architect

Job Title: Solution Architect
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Reading, Berkshire
Industry:
Salary: £100 per hour + Market Rates
Start Date: Subject to Clearance
Reference: 1709-49_1505403441
Contact Name: Emma Broderick
Contact Email: emma.broderick@sitecgroup.com
Job Published: September 14, 2017 16:37

Job Description

Sitec are currently looking to recruit a Solution Architect for a private nuclear MoD establishment in Reading. The post is for an estimated 6-12 month contract and is paying competitively on an hourly basis.

Job Overview
The Client is currently in the process of modernising both their business and secure working environments. In the OFFICIAL space this will allow the client to take advantage of the opportunities offered by Microsoft Office 365 for external collaborations, public cloud computing capabilities and other commercial SaaS products. In its higher security environments the work is focused on introducing and exploiting private cloud equivalents.

The Solution Architect is a key member of the client's IS Modernisation solution architecture team with responsibility across both the OFFICIAL and above OFFICIAL, high security environments. The main focus of this role will be designing and implementing new capabilities within the business from a number of different stakeholder groups across a large portfolio of projects.

In addition to the technical aspects of this role, this position will also include stakeholder meetings with both internal and external service providers.
It is expected that role will encompass the initial design setup and deployment of new solutions followed by the transition to live services with members of the operational team whom will oversee production application and infrastructure support.

Key Dimensions
* The Solution Architect will report to the IS Modernisation Programme Architect
* The Solution Architect will work closely with IS Delivery/Project Managers
* The Solution Architect will liaise extensively with other project architects within the Modernisation Programme.
* The Solution Architect will also liaise with the IT/Infrastructure Operations Team, the Application Support Team and with external vendor support teams.
* The Solution Architect will also be required to provide support and guidance for new emerging projects.

Main Role and Responsibilities
* Provide direction and leadership to all aspects of application architecture, infrastructure and application design
* Provide guidance on the selection of IT solutions (including software packages) for projects. Being able to evaluate the potential impacts on the business such as license costs, phasing out of legacy systems, training etc.
* Select the appropriate design standards, methods and tools and ensure they are applied effectively
* Takes full responsibility for the overall system architecture
* Works with the business analyst and/or elicits the business requirements to ensure the technical solution meets the business need and can be delivered on the chosen architecture
* Identifies the commercial impacts of changes in the analysis and implementation model and reports these to project management.
* Solution Design and Quality Assurance
* Production of high quality technical documentation covering the setup and implementation of design patterns
* Contribute to the development of Infrastructure standards, best practices and organisational capability

Work Experience
* Proven design, planning and implementation experience with on-premise and cloud hosting environments.
* Strong experience with virtualisation technologies
* Proven design, planning and implementation experience with SQL and Oracle database platforms
* Design, planning and implementation experience with Windows Server technologies

Technical Skills
* Technical design experience with Microsoft Azure
* Infrastructure planning, integration and deployment
* Solution architecture
* Awareness of Microsoft licensing models
* Well-developed communication skills
* Networking (TCP/IP, DNS, VPNs, reverse proxies, routing, switching etc.)
* Azure Networking (VNETs, Express Route, VPN Gateway, Traffic Manager, NSGs)
* Security (firewall configuration, IPS/IDS etc.)
* Understanding of common database technologies (e.g. backup/restoration, replication/mirroring)
* Understanding of common internet technologies (e.g. e-mail, web servers, web services)
* Experience designing for disaster recovery
* Storage technologies (SAN, NAS, RAID configuration, caching etc.)
* Experienced producing multi-tiered, load-balanced, redundant infrastructure architectures
* ARM Templates and Windows PowerShell

Capabilities and other qualities
* Able to work independently
* Self-motivation
* Ability to set own goals and manage towards them
* Good client presentation skills

Qualifications
* Bachelor's degree in Information Security, Computer Science or related field required or equivalent industry experience.
* Professional qualifications / Microsoft Certifications

Willing and able to obtain and maintain a high level of security clearance necessary for the role

This vacancy is being advertised by Sitec, part of the Sitec Group. The services advertised by Sitec are those of an Employment Business

This vacancy is being advertised by Sitec.