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  • Job Type: Permanent
    Categories: IT Jobs
    Location: Birmingham
    Job ID: 97961
    Company: SCC

    Job Title: Principal Architect
    Job Title of Line Manager: Head of Transformation
    Department:  PS
    Section Name: SCC UK Services

    2. Overall Job Purpose:
    The principal architect role is the most senior architecture role within SCC. The principal architect is expected to take overall ownership of complex technical solutions across multiple customer engagements and engage strategically with senior including c-level technical and business representatives within customer organisations. The role holder will build relationships with key customer personnel and strive to attain trusted advisor status.
    3. Main Duties of Job:
    • Define and develop an overall technology vision within a customer engagement and ensure it is communicated effectively to all stakeholders
    • Engage with customers to understand business and technology challenges and translate these into a technology roadmap built around SCC services
    • Engage with colleagues and customers to gather functional and non-functional requirements and align these to the technology vision and roadmap
    • Provide thought leadership to SCC colleagues involved in the scoping and design of technical  solutions
    • Act as a technical design authority for complex customer engagements
    • Carry out detailed peer review of technical documentation and provide constructive feedback to colleagues
    • Continuously assess emerging technologies, products, and market trends to identify opportunities to enhance existing or define new PS propositions
    • Define and develop best practice for customer engagements and act as a point of reference for colleagues
    • Provide architectural governance to colleagues and customers by defining and maintaining a set of best practice architectural standards and principles
    • Inspire and mentor SCC colleagues to achieve the highest level of architectural standards
    • Build peer relationships with SCC’s key partners and suppliers
    4. Skills, Knowledge & Experience:
    Essential
    • At least ten years experience of working in a senior professional services technology role as a senior presales solution or delivery focused lead technical architect
    • Extensive experience of presenting complex technical solutions to both technology focused and non-technology focused personnel up to and including board level
    • Able to make and justify decisions and gain consensus between stakeholders
    • Takes accountability for the technical presales and delivery within complex projects and programmes
    • Extensive experience of managing senior stakeholders
    • Ability to influence others and establish credibility to directly persuade or address a person’s issues or concerns
    • Ability to inspire confidence in technical strategies and solutions
    • Demonstrable knowledge of a broad range of technology with specific focus on Microsoft offerings
    • In-depth knowledge and experience of the IT services marketplace and the challenges facing customers
    • Able to effectively plan and manage allocation of own time across multiple customer engagements
    • Demonstrable communication and presentation skills
    Desirable
    • Experience of matrix and vendor management
    • Knowledge of industry standard programme and project management methodologies
    • Exposure to and/or knowledge of Enterprise Architecture frameworks and techniques
    • Subject matter expertise in at least two recognised technology towers
    • Current or previous holder of industry recognized technical and/or architectural accreditations