Solution Architect - Defence

BAE Systems.
05 Nov 2018
31 Dec 2018
Job Type
Part Time
Solution Architect - Defence
Location: Guildford, Gloucester or London - Travel to client site (South West, M4 Corridor, South Esat)

Solution Architects are responsible for architecting solutions to meet the needs of BAE clients. Solution architects ensure that solutions developed within delivery programmes are fit-for-purpose.

Solution architects select and tailor the engineering processes that are used to develop the solution and govern the technical quality of the work as it is executed. As expert communicators with deep knowledge in more than one discipline, they coordinate the activities of engineering specialists to develop a design and work with Software Engineers and Service professionals to deliver enduring capability.

Typically, you will work with very senior client stakeholders (up to CXO level) to understand, influence and shape requirements and solution approaches. They will deploy an excellent understanding of mainstream and emerging solution technologies and providers with a flair for evangelism of innovative approaches to business problems and the intellectual capability to rapidly develop expertise and authority in new areas.

Solution Architects must deliver solutions with consideration of through-life solution operation such as operational support and management, integration, change and extension, migration and re-platforming, productisation, re-use, withdrawal/retirement and disposal.

Role Accountabilities

  • Leads the development of solution architectures, ensuring consistency with specified requirements agreed with both external and internal customers.
  • Responsible for defining and managing the solution engineering approach.
  • Oversees and assures the implementation of the design in collaboration with other design team members such as Application Architects, Infrastructure Architects, System and Software Designers, Data Architects, Security Architects and Functional Architects.
  • Ensure that the design meets key functional and non-functional requirements and will allow the operational and through-life scenarios required for the solution to be satisfied.
  • Owns and manages technical and solution risks. Works to reduce and mitigate at earliest practical opportunity
  • Leads estimation efforts to rapidly develop an understanding of potential solution costs and delivery timescales including appropriate Service regimes for solutions in production operation
  • Retains overall ownership of solution through delivery and transition into operation and/or subsequent refinement, or modification.
  • Ensures that appropriate standards (corporate, industry, national and international) are adhered to.
  • Works with quality and test management functions to ensure that proposed test strategies and approaches are fit-for-purpose.
  • Works with Delivery Assurance functions to agree how the quality and progress of a given solution delivery should be tracked, and acts an expert resource to support interventions on projects where solution quality or progress has become an issue.

Candidate Requirements
  • Defence User Community experience (JFC Cap, ISS, Agencies) - prior experience in a technical role as a serving member of the Armed Forces or Government employee is welcomed
  • Has a background in Cyber, Electronic Warfare, Intelligence (data analytics & fusion), or Interoperability & Secure solutions (networks)
  • Has early phase experience on campaigns - able to deal with ambiguity
  • Is familiar with MoD capability planning, budgeting and procurement processes
  • Has spent time working in/seconded into User/Customer community

Key Competencies

  • Has the gravitas to operate at high levels within the Customer organisation and is Customer-focused
  • Is able to communicate effectively to explain complex concepts and present the benefits/strengths of different approaches
  • Has the ability to build long-term, trusted relationships both externally and internally

Company information

We help nations, governments and businesses around the world defend themselves against cybercrime, reduce their risk in the connected world, comply with regulation, and transform their operations.  We do this using our unique set of solutions, systems, experience and processes - often collecting and analysing huge volumes of data.
We employ over 4,000 people across 18 countries in the Americas, APAC, UK and EMEA
Help us secure a connected world.  Apply now and be inspired.

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