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Technology Architect

  • Job reference: CS-002234
  • Sector: Support Services
  • Location: London, Epsom
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Atkins is going through an exciting period of change. On July 2017 we were acquired by the Canadian listed construction and engineering firm, SNC-Lavalin. SNC-Lavalin is one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. Our work focuses largely across the transport, infrastructure, energy, aerospace and defence sectors where we’re involved in the delivery of major projects such as Hinkley Point, HS2 and Heathrow Airport expansion. The combined group now has approximately 50,000 employees around the world and both Atkins and SNC-L’s offerings combined give us the opportunity to continue our growth.

Purpose of the Role:
The Technology Architect is a key member of SNCL Technology Architecture team for SNC Lavalin ensuring that the Group maintains a future ready technology strategy and product that is secure, scalable, customer-centric, cost effective and remains on the leading edge of innovation.

The Technology Architect (TA) will interface with colleagues across the IT Function, continually bringing expertise to the wider SNCL Information Technology community and to the business. The TA will also contribute to the strategic decisions to ensure the most effective use of technology.
The TA will have the ability to successfully create re-usable technology architecture building blocks to support projects and business objectives.
The Technology Architect) will be a global subject matter expert for Infrastructure, Network and Cloud solutions, implementing the foundation architectures and standards essential for successful delivery of Information Technology in SNCL.

The Technology Architect will take an active role in SNCL’s major enterprise-wide technology programmes, ensuring that our technology strategy and roadmaps are aligned with our businesses overall vision and objectives.

The Technology Architecture team is at the heart of SNCL’ transformation programme. The Technology architect will combine industry experience with business analysis skills to act as a bridge between the Business and the IT function.

The Technology Architect will:
• Take a long term strategic view of SNCL application architecture ensuring its alignment with our business vision and commercial objectives.
• Focus on future innovations and directions that will help the SNCL achieve its business goals and become more successful in terms of efficiency, effectiveness, competitive advantage.
• Liaise with a variety of business and IS stakeholders to establish and develop application strategies, principles and standards to guide delivery, and roadmaps work to build and improve our application delivery lifecycle
• Be able to communicate and market application concepts to non-technical audiences, describing appropriate business benefits and outcomes
• Engage directly with Product teams and projects to provide Technology Expertise and support, ensuring alignment with SNCL’ strategic and tactical goals.
• Produce, promote and manage relevant documentation.
• Identify and apply industry best practice architectural practices. 

The job location for this role will be London / Epsom with travel to regional offices expected.
Reports to: Head of Enterprise Technology Architecture




Experience Required
• Must have had past hands-on experience e.g. as a Software Developer, System or Network Administrator. Candidates with no past hands-on technical experience won’t be considered.
• The Technology Architect will be a confident and experienced enterprise architect with a strong record of track record leading and participating in architectural initiatives.

Representative experience should include:
• A significant amount of experience working within large IS organisations.
• A career encompassing senior architectural roles.
• A record of delivering value from architecture within creative organisations, where persuasion and influence are key to success.
• Strong experience in representing Group IT in all aspects of Technology Architecture.
• Evidence of a hands-on, practical approach to architecture based on collaborating actively with IS and business colleagues rather than adopting an ‘ivory tower’ style.
• A record of delivering world class architecture solutions within large, complex commercial operations where flexibility and value for money are key success factors. Understands that business drivers are paramount.
• In depth knowledge of technology solutions, trends and techniques with a clear understanding of what future technology can mean for business.
• Experience of working with senior management to develop business plans and ensuring alignment with IT strategy, combined with the ability to articulate complex technical solutions to a variety of business audiences.
• Proven analytical, problem solving and design skills. Able to visualise large, complex situations and break them into component parts to drive appropriate actions.
• Knowledge of architecture development tools and techniques such as TOGAF and Zachman an advantage.
• Knowledge of IT controls and governance procedures including technology risk assessment and mitigation strategies.

Competencies specific for this role:
• A strong background in Cloud market and principles, database design and information management.
• Experience of modern Network and Infrastructure platforms and standards
• Knowledge and experience of business analysis techniques
• Understanding of how engineering consultancies use and consume information (BIM) and experience of delivering applications in support of this
• Experience of mobile and cloud based app delivery platforms and tools, particularly Azure, Amazon, Xamarin and Office 365
• Strong experience in developing long-term IT strategies and plans
• Excellent written and verbal communication, supported by excellent interpersonal skills and an attention to detail.
• Knowledge of data architecture modelling tools, techniques and processes, and an awareness of relevant industry techniques.
• Experience defining information architectures in support of creative application delivery
• Experience in senior stakeholder management.
• Project coordination and delivery skills
• The ability to prioritise and handle multiple work assignments, and act with autonomy or under general direction.
• The ability to influence and communicate effectively with all levels of the organisation on topics from architecture to enterprise strategy; workshop and meeting facilitation.

Rewards and benefits:
Atkins offers a fantastic range of benefits, which you can tailor to suit your own health, wellbeing, financial and lifestyle choices.
All the information you need to know is available on our dedicated benefits portal; your reward, which is available to access 24/7 from any device: http://www.yourrewardatkins.com

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

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