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Solution Architect

Date: 23-Sep-2021

Location: Edinburgh, GB Macclesfield, GB

Company: Royal London Group

Job Title: Solution Architect

Location: Edinburgh or Nether Alderley

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 23rd September 2021


Royal London is the largest mutual life insurance, pensions and investment company in the UK.  Since its foundation 160 years ago, Royal London has supported millions of people to protect and provide for themselves and their families.


Our culture is welcoming, friendly, flexible and we aim to make you always feel included. We welcome applications from individuals who have taken an extended career break or those who are transitioning from different sectors.


To support this, we are always open to discussing flexible working arrangements and as we transition to hybrid working, we will discuss working patterns or locations that ensure you have the freedom to be your best. It’s what makes Royal London a great place to work.


We believe that being together some of the time will help our colleagues to feel truly connected to our Spirit of Royal London culture. Many of us value the passing conversations, social interactions and building relationships that comes from being together in the office.


We currently have an exciting opportunity to bring onboard a Solution Architect to join Royal London Group on a permanent basis in Edinburgh or Nether Alderley.


Role purpose

The Solution Architect in their Digital and Customer Engagement domain will support projects and programmes. The requirement is to work closely with the Business and Analysts to crystallise requirements; assist the Full Stack Architects in writing architecture documents for projects; and guiding the development and testing teams through delivery.


Key Responsibilities

  • Work with Full Stack Architect in understanding digital strategy papers and taking them to the next level of detail for architecture and design.
  • Writing architecture and design documents and carrying them through architecture governance process in Royal London.
  • Presenting solutions at design forums and to stakeholders.
  • Working with business stakeholders and business analysts on understanding business requirements and converting them into design specifications for development teams and agile squads.
  • Carrying projects and agile sprints through development, testing and delivery.
  • Working with project managers and scrum masters through the project delivery lifecycles.
  • Liaising with teams such as Security, Compliance and Financial Crime to ensure designs being produced are compliant and in line with regulation and standards.
  • Future technologies will include Mobile Apps, Chatbots, AI/ML, Azure Cloud Apps


Essential Criteria

  • Strong Technical design and Digital architecture understanding and skills.
  • Recent experience in solution architecture role with digital, cloud and EAI arenas.
  • End2End design of cost-effective, innovative, scalable, and maintainable enterprise application solutions
  • Knowledge of one or more common application technology stacks (e.g., Microsoft .NET application technology stack)
  • Demonstrable knowledge of industry trends related to digital technology domain.
  • Strong and proven communication of technical information to all levels of the organisation and presentation skills.


Desirable Criteria

  • Experience working closely with third parties and suppliers.
  • Understanding of operating and commercial models and processes that can wrap around technologies.
  • Good knowledge of architecture frameworks, trends, and initiatives.
  • Strong knowledge of package-based solutions/enterprise application integrations
  • In depth knowledge of one or more common application technology stacks (e.g., Microsoft .NET application technology stack)


What We Offer

  • We've always been proud to reward employees by offering a number of benefits such as Pensions and Protection, Performance and role-related benefits, Lifestyle and Wellbeing.
  • Our culture comes from within, or to put it another way, it comes from our people. It’s what makes Royal London a great place to work.
  • Our People Promise is something we live up to every day. We know we can rely on you, and you can expect plenty from us in return
  • Glassdoor have again ranked as among the best places to work in the UK.


We are an equal opportunities employer. We work hard to attract the best talent for our award-winning team. We believe that embracing difference makes us stronger. Our diverse people bring us different skills – whatever their educational background, disability, gender, age, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief.


In fact, the first pillar of our People Promise is designed to make sure you 'work somewhere inclusive'. We want to live up to this promise; it’s good for our people and good for our customers too, because our workforce should reflect our communities.