Solutions Architect

Solutions Architect

Location:
Guernsey, Haywards Heath or Manchester
Salary:
up to £84,000 (depending on level of experience) plus excellent benefits package
Department:
Technology and Data
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We’re First Central Insurance & Technology Group (First Central for short), an award-winning innovative insurance and technology organisation, delivering market-leading motor insurance, underwriting, distribution, finance, technology and legal services.
 

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Solutions Architect to join our Technology and Data team in either Salford Quays, Manchester, Haywards Heath, West Sussex or our offices in Guernsey.

Our Architecture team are currently working on some fantastic projects and are looking for someone who is pro-active, creative, self-motivated, who loves to deliver business success and can drive the technology solutions forward supporting our highly ambitious and exciting plans. This role is pivotal in engaging with delivery teams and leveraging Agile development methodologies, whilst effectively documenting and communicating technical solutions.
 
Working in a highly empowered environment, your input and expertise will be valued, as you own the solutions from inception to delivery, involving enterprise-class internal platforms, COTS (Customisable Off the Shelf) products and cloud services, whilst collaborating with Programme and Engineering teams and third parties.
 
You’ll be working closely with business stakeholders at all levels and translating business objectives into operational, functional and technical solutions and supporting the Head of Architecture through recommendations and enabling the governance of internal and external solutions. 
 

To be successful in this role, you’ll need to:

  • Engage with senior stakeholders, translating business goals to deliverable solutions and outcomes.
  • Have experience of the full SDLC process, ideally within regulated and consumer-focused industries at volume. It’s likely you’ve worked as a software engineer earlier in your career.
  • Create and present Architecture to formal governance boards.
  • Integrate internal and external systems.
  • Collaborate with multi-disciplined teams remotely.

Skills, knowledge & experience

  • Knowledge of analysis, design and modelling techniques, ideally within a formalised framework (TOGAF, Zachman etc).
  • Experience in creating target architectures and transition states based on desired business outcomes, delivering solutions from inception through to implementation.
  • Experience of defining technical solutions including integration with enterprise class COTS (ERP, CRM etc) and cloud services.
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills with the ability to convey technical terms to a non-technical audience.
  • Experience of working for high-volume, data-driven organisations.
  • Experience of architecting within Agile delivery methods e.g. scaled Agile or scrum.
  • Understanding of retail insurance business would be advantageous.
  • Experience of technical product delivery within Microsoft technical stack would be advantageous.
  • An interest and exposure in emerging and maturing technologies (IOT, Blockchain, RPA, AI, etc.)

What can we do for you?


We believe we can offer you a great working environment as we’re so passionate about our people. Here are just some of the benefits and perks that we offer…

  • Fantastic training and development opportunities
  • Employee benefit packages to suit your lifestyle
  • Flexible working
  • YOUday – we give you an extra day off to celebrate a special day
  • The opportunity to take a paid day off each year to do charity work
  • A health cash plan
  • Help with travel expenses
  • The opportunity to buy additional holiday
  • Company pension scheme
  • Group life assurance
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Professional subscription fees paid

Employee wellbeing is high on the agenda here too. We provide a weekly free fruit delivery, discounted membership at a local health club and access to an Employee Assistance Programme, which promotes physical and emotional wellbeing at work and at home. In addition, we provide wellbeing events throughout the year to support physical and mental health.

For further information on what we can offer and to learn more about this role, feel free to contact our dedicated Recruitment team.

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Benefits

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Flexible working

We support colleagues who wish to work flexibly whilst meeting the needs of the business.

YOUday

If it’s your birthday or you just fancy some me-time, get an extra day off for whatever you want.

Holiday Extra

We give you two opportunities each year to buy or sell up to five days of holiday.

Volunteering

Get a day off each year to take part in volunteering activities.

Health cash plan

Claim money back on your healthcare costs, such as dental check-ups and eye tests.

Season ticket loan

We provide interest-free loans to cover the cost of season tickets for rail, bus or car parking.