Director Solution Architecture

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:


The design and communication of high-level structures to enable and guide the design and 
development of integrated solutions that meet current and future business needs. In addition to 
technology components, solution architecture encompasses changes to service, process, 
organization, and operating models. The provision of comprehensive guidance on the 
development of, and modifications to, solution components to ensure that they take account of 
relevant architectures, strategies, policies, standards and practices (including security) and that 
existing and planned solution components remain compatible.


Key Responsibilities:


Specialist advice


• Actively maintains recognised expert level knowledge in one or more identifiable specialisms.
• Provides definitive and expert advice in their specialist area(s).
• Oversees the provision of specialist advice by others, consolidates expertise from 
multiple sources, including third party experts, to provide coherent advice to further 
organisational objectives.
• Supports and promotes the development and sharing of specialist knowledge within the 



• Builds on and refines appropriate outline ideas for the evaluation, development, 
demonstration and implementation of research.
• Contributes to research goals and funding proposals. Collects and analyses qualitative 
and quantitative data as required.
• Creates research reports to communicate research methodology, findings and 
• Presents papers at conferences, contribute significant sections of material of 
publication quality, and presents reports to clients.
• Contributes to research plans and identifies appropriate opportunities for publication 
and dissemination of research findings.
• Makes an active contribution to research communities.
Emerging technology monitoring
• Monitors the external environment to gather intelligence on emerging technologies.
• Assesses and documents the impacts, threats and opportunities to the organisation.
• Creates reports and technology roadmaps and shares knowledge and insights with others.


Solution architecture


• Leads the development of solution architectures in specific business, infrastructure or 
functional areas. Ensures that appropriate tools and methods are available, understood 
and employed in architecture development.
• Within a change programme, leads the preparation of technical plans and, in liaison with 
business assurance and project staff, ensures that appropriate technical resources are 
made available.
• Provides advice on technical aspects of solution development and integration (including 
requests for changes, deviations from specifications, etc.) and ensures that relevant 
technical strategies, policies, standards and practices (including security) are applied 
• An expert in the retail & Omnichannel domain and well versed with Omnichannel features and 
have led successful implementations in past. With the ability to handle independent discussions 
with business teams to lead a new Omnichannel implementation of capabilities like Click & 
Collect, Ship From Store, Marketplace integrations, Omni returns & so on.
• Working knowledge of open-source technologies around Microservices, Kafka, CI/CD, build & 
deployment tools, monitoring, NoSQL Databases
• Working knowledge of cloud set up (preferably AWS) with expertise in Microservices set up, DB 
set up, event streaming transformations, Docker orchestration etc.
Business analysis
• Investigates operational requirements, problems, and opportunities, seeking effective 
business solutions through improvements in automated and non-automated 
components of new or changed processes.
• Assists in the analysis of stakeholder objectives, and the underlying issues arising from 
investigations into business requirements and problems and identifies options for 
• Works with stakeholders, to identify potential benefits and available options for 
consideration, and in defining acceptance tests.
• Contributes to selection of the business analysis methods, tools and techniques for 
projects; selecting appropriately from predictive (plan-driven) approaches or adaptive 
(iterative/agile) approaches.
Requirements definition and management
• Plans and drives scoping, requirements definition and prioritisation activities for large, 
complex initiatives.
• Selects, adopts and adapts appropriate requirements definition and management 
methods, tools and techniques selecting appropriately from predictive (plan-driven) 
approaches or adaptive (iterative/agile) approaches.
• Obtains input from, and formal agreement to, requirements from a diverse range of 
stakeholders. Negotiates with stakeholders to manage competing priorities and 
• Establishes requirements baselines.
• Ensures changes to requirements are investigated and managed.
• Contributes to the development of organisational methods and standards.


Systems design


• Adopts and adapts appropriate systems design methods, tools and techniques selecting 
appropriately from predictive (plan-driven) approaches or adaptive (iterative/agile) 
approaches, and ensures they are applied effectively.
• Designs large or complex systems. Undertakes impact analysis on major design options 
and trade-off.
• Makes recommendations and assesses and manages associated risks.
• Reviews others' systems designs to ensure selection of appropriate technology, efficient 
use of resources, and integration of multiple systems and technology.
• Ensures that the system design balances functional and non-functional requirements.
• Contributes to development of systems design policies and standards and selection of 
architecture components.


Software design


• Selects, adopts and adapts appropriate software design methods, tools and techniques; 
selecting appropriately from predictive (plan-driven) approaches or adaptive 
(iterative/agile) approaches.
• Specifies and designs large or complex software components.
• Undertakes impact analysis on major design options, makes recommendations and 
assesses and manages associated risks.
• Specifies prototypes/simulations to enable informed decision making. Evaluates the 
quality of others' systems designs to ensure adherence to standards and identifies 
corrective action, if needed.
• Ensures that the system design balances functional, quality, security and systems 
management requirements.
• Contributes to development of organisational software design and architecture policies 
and standards.

Programming/software development

• Designs, codes, verifies, tests, documents, amends and refactors complex 
programs/scripts and integration software services.
• Contributes to selection of the software development approach for projects, selecting 
appropriately from predictive (plan-driven) approaches or adaptive (iterative/agile) 
• Applies agreed standards and tools, to achieve well-engineered outcomes.
• Participates in reviews of own work and leads reviews of colleagues' work.
Data modelling and design
• Sets standards for data modelling and design tools and techniques, advises on their 
application, and ensures compliance.
• Manages the investigation of corporate data requirements, and co-ordinates the 
application of data analysis, design and modelling techniques, based upon a detailed 
understanding of the corporate information requirements, in order to establish, modify 
or maintain data structures and their associated components (entity descriptions, 
relationship descriptions, attribute definitions).
• Manages the iteration, review and maintenance of data requirements and data models.
Systems integration and build
• Identifies, evaluates and manages the adoption of appropriate tools, techniques and 
processes (including automation and continuous integration) to create a robust 
integration framework.
• Leads integration work in line with the agreed system and service design.
• Monitors and reports on the results of each integration and build.
• Designs and builds integration components and interfaces.
• Contributes to the overall design of the service and the definition of criteria for product 
and component selection.
• Contributes to development of systems integration policies, standards and tools.
Relationship management
• Identifies the communications and relationship needs of stakeholder groups.
• Translates communications/stakeholder engagement strategies into specific activities 
and deliverables.
• Facilitates open communication and discussion between stakeholders, acting as a single 
point of contact by developing, maintaining and working to stakeholder engagement 
strategies and plans.
• Provides informed feedback to assess and promote understanding.
• Facilitates business decision-making processes. Captures and disseminates technical 
and business information.
If required: People Management / Resource Management:
• Supports resource planning and may have full responsibility in recruiting process.
• Implements resource plans, including conducting recruitment interviews.
• Facilitates selection, assessment and on-boarding processes, and internal resource 
• Contributes to transitioning of resources, complying with relevant statutory or external 
regulations and codes of good practice.
• Ensures appropriate leadership skills are present at every level through creating a 
motivational and supportive work environment in which employees are coached, trained 
and provided with career opportunities through development
• Allocates the different work to the respective employees considering experience, 
complexity, workload and organizational efficiency
• Continuously monitors and evaluates team workload and organizational efficiency with 
the support of IT systems, data and analysis and team feedback and makes appropriate 
changes to meet business needs.
• Provides team members/direct reports with clear direction and targets that are aligned 
with business needs and GIT objectives
Key Relationships:
• Global IT
• Respective business function (GOPS, Finance, HR, Brand Marketing, Wholesale/Retail)
• HR Management
• Controlling

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Job Title:  Director Solution Architecture

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Gurgaon
TEAM:  Engineering
State:  HR
Country/Region:  IN
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  364458
Date:  Sep 30, 2021