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Solution Architect

Shaping Cloud Ltd - Manchester

Full-time (Permanent)
Published on
26 May 2023

Your primary responsibilities are:

  • Understanding problems, needs, requirements of our clients, capturing these and playing them back to confirm understanding
  • Designing solutions, or leading on the design of solutions, to ensure our clients are able to solve their problem or achieve their goals
  • Quality assurance of technical delivery for our clients – occasionally stepping in to help ensure a successful outcome

Key Responsibilities

Your regular day to day duties will include, but may not be limited to:

  • Discovery, Review, and Assessment:
    • Define scope of data / information to capture, based on engagement scope and deliverables
    • Analyse data captured to identify needs, constraints, and opportunities – informing solution design
    • Summarise findings in easy to understand outputs (words, diagrams, schematics, presentations)
    • Make recommendations prioritised according to client context
    • Help technical and technical leadership stakeholders to understand and get on board with way forward
  • Solution Design:
    • Work closely with client stakeholders and/ or internal teams to ensure requirements are reflected appropriately in solution designs (e.g. Applications, Networks, Security)
    • Design (and test designs) cloud-first solutions, with Azure as the base platform for non-SaaS services
    • Identify where automation is best used to implement the design(s)
    • Develop technical roadmaps for implementation / adoption
    • Ensure all designs are making the most of latest innovations and are secure-by-design
    • Keep key client technical stakeholders supportive of designs through positive engagement and knowledge transfer
    • Work closely with internal technical teams to develop and deliver proof of concepts (PoC)/ pilots where required
    • Pre-sales – support sales and bidding processes through swift high level designs and approaches to go into winning proposals, occasionally part of bid team to provide assurance and answer queries during presentations
  • Quality Assurance:
    • Oversee technical delivery to ensure delivery is as per design, or modify designs where necessary
    • Provide leadership and guidance to internal technical teams, when needed to ensure they stay on track to deliver as intended
    • Peer review designs from other architects and be open to peer review of own designs – with overall intention for all designs to be high quality, viable (technically), and feasible (affordable / deliverable)
    • Feed into customer success processes to ensure successful outcomes for our clients and the company

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert
  • Experience designing and delivering solutions in Azure (hands-on technical experience)
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of DevOps and common tooling for automation
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF)
  • Evidenced ability to produce presentations and documentation to present complex technical information in simple language and diagrams
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Good communication and client management skills, including written and verbal English

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