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11 months ago
Location: Watford
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Software Engineering
Category: Architects Jobs
AutoReq ID 128921BR
Job Title Solution Architect
Country United Kingdom
Location Watford
Function KPMG Business Services
Service Line ITS
Service Line Information Over 1,000 people make up KPMG Business Services and they all play a key part in the firm's success. Whether they're in finance, procurement, HR, facilities, marketing or IT, they provide crucial support to the people who work in our UK offices. Flexibility and adaptability. These are just a couple of the things KPMG looks for in its IT Services team. We're a function of KPMG Europe LLP and, as such, we're a group that constantly needs to deliver a highly-flexible, customer-focused service in response to the changing needs of the business.

KPMG Overview KPMG is part of a global network of firms that offers Audit, Tax & Pensions, Consulting, Deal Advisory and Technology services. Through the talent of over 16,000 colleagues, we bring our creativity and insight to our clients’ most critical challenges.

With offices across the UK, we work with everyone from small start-ups and individuals to major multinationals, in virtually every industry imaginable. Our work is often complex, yet our vision is simple: to be the clear choice for our clients, for our people and for the communities we work in.

Job Description Job Title:
Solutions Architect

Business Unit:
IT Services


Reporting Manager:
Reporting to the Technical Design team lead

Work Location:

Travel Required:

The Solutions Architect role sits within IT Services, reporting into the Solutions Architecture manager. The role is responsible for defining and recommending solutions that align with the wider ITS architecture strategy and specifying at a Solutions level the appropriate designs to enable successful implementations.

Primary responsibilities include:

Technical lead within a variety of projects

Production of high level design artefacts

Development of /input into low level design technology blueprints to support the implementation of a designated solution

A point of escalation within the team and to the Architecture Manager

Alignment of solutions with ITS technology standards and governance process

Involvement in the gathering of functional requirements for new services, enhancement and/or upgrade projects

The technical authority for the specific area of technology within a project delivery

Overall accountability at a technical level that solutions meet associated business objectives

Acting in an advisor capacity to the Engineering team during the delivery of projects and solutions

Advising and participating where and when required in Architectural activities to develop and define the future IT roadmaps.

Representing the UK on the relevant Technical Information Group(s) (TIG) where appropriate

When necessary deputise for the Solutions Architecture manager, assist in the management of team resources and responds to any escalations and conflicts

Responsible for product selection, where appropriate, and to maintaining technical relationships with vendors and suppliers

Responsible for mentoring team members, providing guidance and technical expertise

The Solution Architect is responsible for the scoping and design of technology solutions, translating non-functional and functional requirements to systems/technical solutions.

Working alongside the Programme and Project Managers and directly with the Engineering team members the Solutions Architect role will be the technical lead driving the technical delivery of a specific aspect of the project portfolio.

They will be responsible for the overall project design evolving the initial high level designs artefact into detailed low level blueprints (working/advising others in some cases) which will support the overall implementation. The job holder will maintain involvement in the project lifecycle through deployment, evolving the design to support configuration and build activities performed by the relevant Engineering teams.

The Solutions Architect will also have responsibility for influencing product strategy for IT Services and will ensure that solution proposals support both the wider enterprise architecture/technology strategy and the operational capability of the organisation, whilst adhering to the agreed technical standards and overall technical roadmap.


- Participate in business engagement activities for analysis and requirements gathering
- Articulate current practice and capability in consultation with clients
- Produce High Level design documents to support initial negotiation of design with clients and operational stakeholders
- Produce /input into Detailed design documents in support of the development of configuration and build documentation
- Influence the overall product strategy, ensuring early operational ownership and capability development for new demand
- Determine/advise on the training needs of operational staff for proposed solutions
- Act as a consultant to the client on technical specifications for custom development and systems integration requirements
- Evolve designs, where appropriate, into repeatable solutions (patterns)
- Identify and develop practice for early stage concept build and prototyping
- Participate and lead, when needed, technical aspects of project meetings with the client
- Input into the Enterprise Architecture and Technology Roadmap
- Provide development support for junior members of the team and across the ITS department
- Seek out opportunities to improve operational efficiencies and process improvements exposing bad behaviours where encountered;
- Cost effective and commercial awareness for the recommendations made / designs provided;


Must be a team player supporting one another in every aspect of the role

Ability to identify problems and requests from ambiguous or unclear communications

Know when to escalate issues accompanied with solution options

Resilience with high focus on ‘getting things done’

High energy, flourishes in fast paced, dynamic environments

Customer focused

Interest in technology trends and their business applications

Interest in the firm and the overarching strategies at play

Willingness to learn new tools, techniques and skills and willingness to share knowledge of and coach colleagues in the use of tools, techniques and skills

Must have experience in at least one or many of the below technologies:

- General Mobile technologies (MDM / MAM)
- Experience with Mobile Iron and Intune
- Mobile Application design
- Good iOS knowledge with an understanding of Andriod operating systems
- Single sign-on technologies (ADFS, SAML, Oauth, OpenID
- AzureAD and O365 knowledge
- Azure Application Proxy
- Database technologies
- Web server technologies
- Secuirty technologies
- Brokered IntegrationWill come to the table with suggested improvements based on factual evidence
Demonstrates a real desire to complete and finish activities not leaving anything ‘incomplete’ and to a high standard.
Ability to report at senior level across multiple processes and management across a large and complex IT enterprise
Ability to develop and leverage strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders
Decision maker able to act on own initiative seeking guidance as/when appropriate
Ability to work under pressure when dealing with a high volume of change
Experienced in a broad range of technology

Flexible Working While some of our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, we are supportive where possible of helping you to achieve a balance between your home and work demands.

We are happy to discuss individual requirements and our range of flexible working arrangements could be of interest. Furthermore, as part of the recruitment process, we can put you in touch with people who work flexibly so you can understand from them what our culture is like.

Applying with a Disability KPMG are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunity employer and we seek to attract and retain the best people from the widest possible talent pool. As a member of the Business Disability Forum we're committed to ensuring that you are treated fairly throughout our Recruitment Process. Should you be successful after the initial application stage, please discuss any reasonable adjustments that you may require, with your recruitment contact.

KPMG's commitment to diversity
KPMG consistently features in the Sunday Times Best Big Companies to work for, which has been recognised with a special achievement award to mark our 10 years in the Top 25. We are proud of the value we place on individuality; we want you to bring your full self to work and truly maximise your potential. We believe that your individuality helps us to deliver the best results for our clients. Diversity of background, diversity of experience, diversity of perspective - that's the KPMG difference. But, don't take our word for it, find out more about diversity at KPMG.

Returning to work after a break

At KPMG, we appreciate that returning to work after an extended career break can be daunting. We understand that those with experience who have taken a career break have a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer our organisation, which helps us to achieve our business goals. We will support you to refresh your skills, develop your confidence and provide a supportive network across the firm to help you best integrate into the working environment. This role welcomes applications for individuals who have been out of work for 18 months or more and who have previous relevant experience.

Policy for Agencies
KPMG has a commitment to sourcing candidates directly and as such we do not accept speculative CV’s from agencies.

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