Solution Architect HiscoxJob ID: 7271
Employment type: Permanent - Full time
Location(s): London, England
Preferred education: Degree or equivalent
This is an exciting time within Hiscox with the organisation going through several large transformation projects. This role is within the Group function which is currently undertaking a company wide Finance Transformation. This is the chance to be at the heart of this large and exciting programme helping drive the solutions that will allow the overall vision and goals to be achieved. The programme consists of 12 major projects which will need to be architected and integrated to provide the overall solution.
You will be using Oracle Fusion Cloud, Oracle EPM Cloud, Azure DB, Azure Data Lake, Data Warehouse, MDM, .Net and host of other technologies and COTS applications to design Hiscox’s business systems.
You will be involved in RFIs, RFPs and selection and evaluation of Hiscox’s strategic systems.
You will be working in combination with a number of other architects focussing on specific projects but working closely as a team to deliver designs that meet the strategic needs of the business. You will also be part of a wider group of architects across Hiscox contributing to driving forward the architecture across the group and share and develop ideas and help with the strategic thinking.
You will be expected to lead the design in your specific projects ensuring that this is fit for purpose but also works in combination with the other project deliveries. You will be supporting the project from design through to implementation and transition to BAU to ensure that it is delivering for both business customers and those supporting the systems.
Engage actively across the enterprise with a wide range of people, from highly technical software developers to Senior Executive stakeholders. This means the ability to change their style/approach is essential. Identifying what a particular stakeholder needs to know or is concerned about is critical to ensuring that projects address the major stakeholder concerns on an on-going basis.
Take ownership of a Solution Design and ensure all members of a project team are bought in the vision. Work across internal and external delivery teams and partners. Technical, architectural, functional impact and risk elements of the design need to be conveyed to technical and non-technical members. Presenting options, risks, recommendations in a language and a way that shows understanding and technical leadership is essential.
Working closely with business domain experts and therefore must be comfortable acquiring and using business domain language and knowledge to convey concepts and recommendations.
Engage with and assist delivery teams across the whole lifecycle of the project in delivering the Solution. From understanding testing requirements to being involved with the development of solution using a variety of technologies, the Solution Architect is required to be able to engage and operate across a broad range of technologies on premise, on Azure and SaaS solutions.
Working closely with vendors to ensure there is right technical fit of the solution. This means actively contributing to RFIs, RFPs and subsequently working closely with them in design and implementation of the solution.
Understanding of Architectural Process; the function of an Architecture Review Board, how to demonstrate architecture principle alignment, implementation governance.
Ability to influence the direction of the solution
Being able to adapt and work with a wide range of stakeholders
Ability to balance architectural purity with optimal solution to meet business requirements
Experience or understanding of cloud infrastructure – Azure or AWS. Azure is preferable.
Understanding of data warehouse architecture.
Finance Systems (General Ledger, Accounting Rules Engine, Consolidation, Planning & Budgeting tools etc.) Implementation experience will be very useful; Experience in either Oracle Finance Applications will be beneficial.
Exposure to multiple, diverse technologies and processing environments
Understanding of TOGAF
Experience in finance, insurance, reinsurance will be beneficial
Software Development background (Microsoft .NET and/or Java).
Strong modelling capability with the ability to clearly represent complex ideas graphically
As an international specialist insurer we are far removed from the world of mass market insurance products. Instead we are selective and focus on our key areas of expertise and strength - all of which is underpinned by a culture that encourages us to challenge convention and always look for a better way of doing things.
We insure the unique and the interesting. And we search for the same when it comes to talented people. Hiscox is full of smart, reliable human beings that look out for customers and each other. We believe in doing the right thing, making good and rebuilding when things go wrong. Everyone is encouraged to think creatively, challenge the status quo and look for solutions.
Life at Hiscox is exceptional . If that sounds good to you, get in touch.
Flexible working at Hiscox
Working life doesn’t always have to be ‘nine to five’ and we support flexible working wherever we can. No promises, but please chat to our resourcing team about the flexibility we could offer for this role.
You can apply via https://www.hiscoxgroup.com/careers
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