Integration Solution Architect

Location Manchester
Discipline: Retail Banking
Job type: Permanent
Contact name: Charlotte Housley

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Job ref: 012682
Published: 14 days ago

Integration Solution Architect

Manchester/ Home Based
 Band B

Who We Are

We are different. We want to make a real and positive difference in the world. We are on a journey.

The Co-operative bank has a lot to be proud of since the launch of the Ethical Policy in 1992, which remains unique in UK high street banking. We don't just give our time and money to charity. We champion real issues - changing all of the UK's Banks approach to financial abuse and also turning down business which doesn't meet our values.  

We believe our approach to banking, with values and ethics at the centre of everything we do, sets us apart and remains the key reason why our customers choose to bank with us.

We are Manchester city centre based in a recently re-furbished head office close to public transport hubs (Train, Tram and Bus). 

Outline of the role

We want a delivery focussed Integration Solution Architect that will be required to work on implementing solutions on technologies such as APIs through Mulesoft, ETL through Datastage and Batch through IWS, supporting the delivery of our transformation to become the UK's Digital Ethical Bank.

This role will bridge the gap between the business and technical IT teams whilst defining and aligning solutions to the appropriate technical products. The Integration Solution Architect will take technical leadership of the specific team deliverables and assist the development team in meeting project costs, milestones and key deliverables. They will ensure that solutions are scalable and secure and can be successfully transitioned into BAU operations

The Integration Solution Architect will also oversee and approve designs, which are either created by external partners or internal bank teams ready for our development teams to implement.

It is critical that the Integration Solution Architect works closely with IT teams and be the bridge to the Enterprise Architect community to review designs and align with strategic direction. They will act as a facilitator to determine design decisions. They will ensure that all work that they complete is using approved solutions and in line with Bank Architecture.

This role will also actively contribute to the strategy and roadmap for the IT solutions for the bank.

What I need to do

*       Be a thought leader in your area of expertise, develop and own the architecture of the domain and projects you work on.

*       Be a leader able to develop and coach less experienced team members.

*       Support our awesome engineers to design services our customers and colleagues love and deliver our Technology strategy

*       Immerse yourself in understanding the existing technology estate and lead our thinking, by crafting an evolutionary architecture, acting as the bridge to our enterprise architecture vision. Help deliver your product by producing high quality, practical, flexible designs and knowledge artefacts that are aligned to the architecture principles, patterns and standards within the bank.

*       Collaborate closely with the project to size up the solution and ensure designs are fit for the overall business requirements and user stories in an agile way to deliver outcomes & sprints goals on your roadmap

*       Build your network, becoming the recognised expert in the bank for your area of expertise

*       Have fun and love what you do!

How will I succeed

*       By living and demonstrating our unique ethical values in everything you do

*       By being passionate about what you do, embracing your team, engaging with internal stakeholder customers, and applying industry expertise to mature the architectural vision

*       By collaborating with the bank’s architecture community to innovate, re-use and improve the components and services which deliver business value, whilst avoiding technical debt, unless there is a proven tactical advantage

*       By showing a passion for learning and developing your skills and expertise particularly as we see a proliferation of cloud products and agile delivery methodology.


What I need to know          

*       Relevant experience matters most! A BA/BSc degree is always respected, but in today’s world we also recognise skills and experiences can be formed in other ways too

*       Are you primarily skilled in new technologies but also aware of and comfortable working with traditional legacy architecture? Have you implemented or worked on solutions to integrate cloud based / COTS solutions into a legacy / mainframe environment?

*       Do you have an understanding of agile delivery and a passion for agile working? Do you appreciate how the agile ways of working and the mind set and culture enables teams to deliver real business value, and what this means in your architecture role?  Are you able to bring others on an agile delivery journey?

*       Do you have an architectural track record you are proud of, with experience of designing complex solutions? Do you know which patterns to apply to distributed systems to ensure stability and reliability of your products?

*       We love receiving applications from candidates who have UK banking experience in online, mobile, payments, sales, mortgages, security but if you think you have some awesome transferable skills from different industries, we like to embrace the difference!

What will I need to show

*       We are the Co-operative bank… and we’d love you to show the same passion we exhibit every day for the role of technology in delivering an extraordinary user experience and business value

*       We are looking for motivated individuals who influence because of their experience and credibility, not by 'turning the volume up'! Good communication skills with people at all levels is important, including simplifying complex technical messages for non-technical colleagues

*       Our colleagues are committed to delivering change and solving complex challenges quickly, with support of course!

*       Ownership of a portfolio of work and draw together technical similarities and opportunity for standardisation

*       We value an eye for business, great organisation and prioritisation skills and we favour an analytical and logical approach to problem solving, including demonstrable aptitude for effective conceptualisation, pattern recognition, and design skills

*       The ability to assess rapidly changing technologies and apply them to business needs, remaining unbiased to specific technologies or vendors, providing an objective and fact-based viewpoint

What resources are available to me

*       We want you to succeed! So, we will work with you to provide access to all the skills required to architect your solutions

*       Your colleagues will include engineers, product owners, delivery managers and more. Teams will be set up to deliver awesome technology in agile ways. You will also have access to other key skills (information security, subject matter experts - to name a few). We also work with third party technology partners to complement teams when required

*       We like to be adaptive to individual needs. If you want support in one area more than others, we like to tailor your coaching, mentoring and/or support to help you succeed and be happy and productive at the bank

*       We believe in teams working together to deliver at pace, but in today’s world we all have flexible needs. If you have any adjustments required to help you work well and deliver awesome results, just let us know – we’d be happy to discuss!

What decisions can I make

*       We love you to make decisions, especially about your solution roadmap, technology components, solution design evolution and the principles, patterns and strategies to be used in development

*       At the Co-operative bank we believe that empowered colleagues and teams are much better than command and control. That doesn’t mean we don’t provide support either and we will do our very best to support you, to help you make the best decisions that will delight customers

We believe this is a unique, exciting and career defining opportunity. If you’re excited too, we look forward to hearing from you!