IT Solution Architect

Hiscox Ver Empresa

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About us:

As an international specialist insurer we are far removed from the world of mass insurance products, selectively focusing on 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.

Defined by our strong moral fibre we prioritise above all else the principle of doing what we say we will. Insuring the unique and interesting, our search for talent is the same. We empower our people to think creatively, challenge the status quo and approach things with a solutions focused lens. This resulted in us being able to provide the type of insurance solutions which are often too complex for other insurance companies; we find a way where others give up.

Our straight talking culture is not for everyone but allows us to strive to improve everything we do and never settle. Trust is integral to how we operate and it allows us to work in an environment where every role has a high level of autonomy; freedom to forge your path and help set the wider agenda is evident in all parts of the organisation. Through embracing an environment that brings together people who are unique and interesting we are ensuring we build a company where teams don’t all think the same – this, combined with a culture where courage to say what you think is not only actively encouraged but is central to our business model has defined our success.

If you thrive in a challenging and collaborative environment where you are trusted to work instinctively and know the company will stretch you to your full potential look no further.

Hiscox IT:

IT at Hiscox operates as a strategic business partner as opposed to a more traditional support function. The division, made up of 220 IT experts and specialists, is central to the Hiscox strategy, driving the agenda in each Business Unit. We are made up of people who push the organization to think differently and therefore look to attract / recruit people who aren’t afraid to challenge how things are done and approach their work with a pioneering mindset. IT is not a home for the faint hearted. We are trusted for our track record of delivery and respected for our commercial thinking and have earned our place at the table.

The Role:

The purpose of this Solution Architect role is to create and deliver optimum solutions meeting the business needs. Engage throughout whole project lifecycle from understanding the business case and requirements to transition into BAU support. This is a key role for the delivery of projects within Hiscox. The Solution Architect role actively contributes to the wider architecture team working with Lead Architects and Enterprise Architects to deliver the Hiscox enterprise architectural roadmap.

Solution Architect roles are expected to take on challenging projects, often spanning more than one application and/or technology and be very delivery focused.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Interact with a 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 communicate it to all members of a project team. Technical, architectural, functional and 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.
  • Interact 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 technical teams in delivering the Solution. From understanding testing requirements to being involved with the development of solution using a variety of technologies such as Java (and/or Microsoft .NET) the Solution Architect is required to be able to engage and operate across a broad range of technologies including relational database systems (e.g. Microsoft SQL Server), integration platforms (e.g. webMethods), application containers, web servers and basic infrastructure such as networking (firewalls, protocols).
  • Responsible for vendor engagement on a project. This means potentially, initial engagement, vendor selection, setting up delivery engagement, hand off to a project manager for statement of work, escalations etc.

Person Specification:

Technical Skills:

  • Understanding of Architectural Process; the function of an Architecture Review Board, how to demonstrate architecture principle alignment, implementation governance.
  • Experience of service design (SOA, Microservices, ESB’s)
  • Data Modelling; conceptual, logical and physical schema separation
  • Object Oriented Design; use of UML or other suitable taxonomy to convey design.
  • Software Development (Microsoft .NET and/or Java)

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