Solution Architect

 

Purpose

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, organisation, 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 Accountabilities

Specialist advice 

  • Actively maintains knowledge in one or more identifiable specialisms.  
  • Provides detailed and specific advice regarding the application of their specialism(s) to the organisation's planning and operations. 
  • Recognises and identifies the boundaries of their own specialist knowledge. 
  • Collaborates with other specialists, where appropriate, to ensure advice given is appropriate to the needs of the organisation. 

 

Research 

  • Within given research goals, builds on and refines appropriate outline ideas for research, including evaluation, development, demonstration and implementation.  
  • Applies standard methods to collect and analyse quantitative and qualitative data.  
  • Creates research reports to communicate research methodology and findings and conclusions. Contributes sections of material of publication quality.  
  • Uses available resources to update knowledge of any relevant field and curates a personal collection of relevant material. Participates in research communities. 

 

Emerging technology monitoring 

  • Supports monitoring of the external environment and assessment of emerging technologies to evaluate the potential impacts, threats and opportunities to the organisation.  
  • Contributes to the creation of reports, technology roadmapping and the sharing of knowledge and insights. 

 

Solution architecture 

  • Contributes to the development of solution architectures in specific business, infrastructure or functional areas. Identifies and evaluates alternative architectures and the trade-offs in cost, performance and scalability.  
  • Produces specifications of cloud-based or on-premises components, tiers and interfaces, for translation into detailed designs using selected services and products.  
  • Supports a change programme or project through the preparation of technical plans and application of design principles that comply with enterprise and solution architecture standards (including security). 

 

Requirements definition and management 

  • Defines and manages scoping, requirements definition and prioritisation activities for small-scale changes and assists with more complex change initiatives.  
  • Follows agreed standards, applying appropriate techniques to elicit and document detailed requirements.  
  • Provides constructive challenge to stakeholders as required.  
  • Prioritises requirements and documents traceability to source.  
  • Reviews requirements for errors and omissions.  
  • Provides input to the requirements base-line. Investigates, manages and applies authorised requests for changes to base-lined requirements, in line with change management policy. 

 

Software design 

  • Undertakes complete design of moderately complex software applications or components applying agreed standards, patterns and tools.  
  • Assists as part of a team in the design of components of larger software systems.  
  • Specifies user and/or system interfaces.  
  • Creates multiple design views to address the concerns of the different stakeholders of the design and to handle separately functional and non-functional requirements.  
  • Assists in the evaluation of options and trade-offs.  
  • Collaborates in reviews of work with others as appropriate. 

 

Programming/software development 

  • Designs, codes, verifies, tests, documents, amends and refactors moderately complex programs/scripts.  
  • Applies agreed standards and tools, to achieve a well-engineered result.  
  • Collaborates in reviews of work with others as appropriate. 

 

Data modelling and design 

  • Applies data analysis, design, modelling, and quality assurance techniques, based upon a detailed understanding of business processes, to establish, modify or maintain data structures and associated components (entity descriptions, relationship descriptions, attribute definitions).  
  • Advises database designers and other application development team members on the details of data structures and associated components. 

 

Database design 

  • Develops and maintains specialist knowledge of database and data warehouse concepts, design principles, architectures, software and facilities.  
  • Assesses proposed changes to object/data structures, in order to evaluate alternative options.  
  • Implements physical database designs to support transactional data requirements for performance and availability.  
  • Implements data warehouse designs that support demands for business intelligence and data analytics. 

 

Systems integration and build 

  • Defines the software modules needed for an integration build and produces a build definition for each generation of the software.  
  • Accepts completed software modules, ensuring that they meet defined criteria.  
  • Produces software builds from software source code for loading onto target hardware.  
  • Configures the hardware and software environment as required by the system being integrated.  
  • Produces integration test specifications, conducts tests and records and reports on outcomes.  
  • Diagnoses faults and records and reports on the results of tests. Produces system integration reports. 

 

Qualifications

  1. Four-year college or university degree with focus on Business Administration or IT or related areas, or equivalent combination of education and experience  
  2. Proficient spoken and written command of English  
  3. At least 5-year experience in IT  
  4. 2 year experience in relevant area 
  5. 1 year of experience in team management 
  6. Understanding of different culture 
  7. Participated in projects with people from other functions/markets 
Location:  Zaragoza
Country:  Spain
Team:  Information Technology
Brand:  adidas
Position Type:  Full time
Number:  189078