Posted on :
28 Jun, 2021
28 Jun, 2021
The Solutions Architect contributes to the organisational goals through managed ownership and development and / or design of solutions architecture frameworks / roadmaps, enhances operational productivity through guidance / training, owning the governance and standards, making sure Operational delivery streams deliver responsive and cost effective solutions that enables business’s needs.
Job Title: Solutions Architect
Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Reference #: SA-18/03/21
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: Market Related
Responsible for complete solutions design, analysis and facilitate implementation roadmaps in conjunction with relevant internal stakeholders in order to ensure seamless delivery. On a continuous basis conduct a risk / impact analysis on current or proposed technologies and capabilities to mitigate risk and ensure stability and continuity.
To proactively work alongside GIT Internal and / or Business stakeholders in order to identify technology solutions and capabilities which meet and improve operational and business requirements.
To ensure efficient documentation and governance of architecture landscape.
To ensure effective handover and understanding of designs and frameworks to project delivery and production support operations on an on-going basis.
To proactively research and identify relevant technology and system design patterns to optimally address enterprise requirements and ensure continuous improvement.
Provide specialised support and guidance to relevant internal stakeholders on system(s) and / or processes during change design and planning and acts as a subject matter experts that supports operational team.
Drives short & long term architecture strategy and roadmaps for the overall IT project portfolio for key segments and solution domains (short term insurance, life insurance and insurance related products).
Participates in proof of concepts to assist in defining technology direction and enabling business and IT strategy.
Communicates and validates program architecture with infrastructure team, software development team, project management team, and IT management team to ensure effective participation in the project management lifecycle.
Establish successful working relationships with all relevant internal and external stakeholders.
Close collaboration with IT Senior management.
Deliver the Telesure Service Way through personal effort and through others.
Deliver on Treating Customers Fairly principles in alignment with regulatory requirements
Own and drive the process of impact assessments for all and any change requests and or new projects.
Work closely with the head of IT Security to ensure alignment of Infrastructure, applications, capabilities and IT Security
To support the operational teams with the planning of new Infrastructure initiatives on an on-going basis which will include IT Infrastructure architectural planning, design and rollout.
To work alongside the GIT Project Management team to assist with the build and the deployment of Infrastructure according to the design on an on-going basis.
To proactively work alongside the GIT Monitoring team and identify whether the deployed Infrastructure operates and meets with the original design parameters once implemented and address any possibly capacity constraints thereafter on an on-going basis.
To mitigate Infrastructure risks (single points of failure, capacity constraints, security, etc) and maintain the improvement list within Telesure’s current and newly implemented Infrastructure and propose solutions on an on-going basis.
To work alongside the GIT Software development team so as to proactively identify hardware and network requirements for Telesure Business initiatives on an on-going basis
To provide support to the Enterprise Project Office by identifying infrastructure or process related improvements to ensure that new solutions are proposed and is effectively implemented as well as assist with the development and definition of business cases on an ad-hoc basis.
Level of Education:
Recognized degree / Diploma / Certification
Grade 12/ SAQA Accredited Equivalent (Essential)
Certification in a IT industry standard framework like TOGAF, ITIL and AGILE
Project management certification (PMBOK / Prince2)
5+ years’ experience in a production IT environment managing enterprise IT infrastructure, hardware, hosting service and network areas.
3 years exposure to application development principles and support
2 years exposure to ITIL disciplines
2 year exposure to IT security disciplines
Ability to write architectural design documents or review design documents provided by others.
Knowledge and understanding of industry trends and new technologies and ability to apply trends to architectural needs.
If the above mentioned was within the Financial Services Industry
ITIL disciplines (incident, change, capacity, demand, business continuity management etc)
Understanding and knowledge of the alignment of IT and Business processes, goals and objectives
Strong ability to communicate well in English orally and in writing.
Ability to operate in a fast-paced, evolving environment and appropriately prioritize tasks, and keep abreast of the latest technology
Negotiation and conflict management
Communication skills (business and technological)
Adaptable / flexible
Project Management skills
Attention to detail
Creative and conceptualising
Takes ownership and accountability for work results
SAQA Accredited Equivalent* – It is the onus of the applicant to provide TIH and its subsidiaries with certified evidence that their qualification(s) meet the equivalent NQF level required for this role at time of application.
Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA)# competency requirements: FAIS recognized qualifications / Regulatory Examinations / Class of Business Certification and / or CPD according to your DOFA (where applicable) – As a registered Financial Service Provider, we are mandated to ensure that all our representatives are and remain fit and proper at all times. By applying for this role, you consent to having your relevant qualification and or accreditation or confirm that you are working towards meeting the competency requirements. You further consent to the relevant information being verified.
The Company’s approved Employment Equity Plan and Targets will be considered as part of the recruitment process. As an Equal Opportunities employer, we actively encourage and welcome people with various disabilities to apply. TIH is committed to an organisational culture that recognises, appreciates and values diversity & inclusion.
Applicants who have not received any correspondence from us within two weeks from the closing date can consider themselves unsuccessful.
Application Deadline: 18/07/2021