Enterprise Solutions Architect

Position Objective:

The successful candidate would be expected to lead technology initiatives, mentor resources, provide best practices and architectural governance. Provide technology innovation and leadership support for business and proposal development. Provide facilitation, analysis and design tasks required to develop solutions and integration architecture. Ensure implemented solutions are functional and satisfies the client’s need. This position is a combination of a technical architect (integration of systems and solutions) and custom development solution architect.

Key Duties/Responsibilities:
Provide Expert Technology advice in the following areas
  • Solutions Architecture and Design.
  • Assist Tavia inputs for project timelines, activity/task, material etc.
  • Meet with Customers on projects as demanded.
  • Work in tandem with the in-house technology leadership of Tavia.
  • To develop frameworks and adopt best practices.
  • Solutions Dimensioning.
  • System capacity Planning.

  • Provide input for commercial documentation (RPF’s etc) as required.
  • Participate in technical design documentation and control as required.

Pre-Sales & Concept
  • Supports Tavia’s sales team technically during bidding and prospecting phases.
  • Support the strategy for optimal project costing during the planning phase.
  • Participate in presales meeting and pitching where necessary.
  • Participate in translating business requirements of projects to technical information.
  • Identify technical resources and skills required for a solution/project.

Trusted Advisor
  • Develops a network of internal/external relationships with senior-level decision makers to build influence in addressing problems/blockers and facilitating additional views on the matter of interest. Acts as an advisor to external stakeholders. Provides direction to facilitate relationships between others. Stays up to date on current technologies, products, and services in order to communicate Tavia’s mission, strategy, and capabilities.
  • Advise on infrastructure planning and requirements specific to each solution.
  • Uses evidence-based arguments that articulate complex concepts in a simple manner to respectfully challenge Tavia and customers/partners when a decision or course of action will not produce optimal results. Leverages strategic expertise to encourage alternative approaches where applicable. Serves as the "technical conscience" to challenge the status quo and unrealistic expectations. Proactively resolves conflicts and seeks resolution to balance the overall outcome.
  • Drives consensus where possible and leads decisions to resolve conflict when needed.
  • Leads the adoption of technologies based on understanding of competitor solutions and how customer business value can be driven through Tavia's offerings. Differentiates Tavia's solutions in customer/partner conversations to influence the industry-wide direction for specific architecture(s).

Product Development and Design
  • Generates new and/or improvements to existing intellectual property. Connects gaps and patterns across business and technology areas to drive changes. Identifies which ideas should be culled, with consideration for scale across customers. Drives the re-use of intellectual property and recommends practices in both pre-sales and delivery. Participates and contributes to internal/external communities.
  • Work with stakeholders to develop blueprints and road maps for technology and products.
  • Tavia VAS- To give support where necessary

Thought Leadership
  • Set leadership examples through positive attitude, dedication to work, result-driven, decorum, team player, maturity, customer focus, enviable work ethics etc.
  • Continuous introduction of innovative and new technologies to move the organization forward.
  • Coach and mentor peers.
  • Leads hybrid teams around technologies and customer/partner challenges by sharing ideas, insight, and strategic, technical input with technical teams, internal communities across the field, and the larger technical team.
  • Participates in external architect community events (e.g., conferences, seminars, technical meetups, Webcasts, blogs, hackathons) and shares learnings with internal team. Acts a mentor to junior colleagues by educating them on technical and non-technical concepts and sharing best practices. Demonstrates deep industry knowledge and drives recognition for technology solutions through presentations and engagements with external audiences
  • Communicate and provide prompt response and follow-ups with clientele.

Architecture Design & Deployment
  • Leverages a structured approach to Architecture Projects using existing methodologies (e.g., Waterfall, Agile, Iterative) that make use of existing reference architecture and established architectural styles and design patterns. Proposes and develops new solutions to scale across multiple customers.
  • Builds and maintains an architecture description document, an architecture decisions log, and a requirements/constraints traceability matrix to ensure the rationale for the business solution's Architecture is known and understood.
  • Defines and documents the architecture through an architecture description document, an architecture decisions log, and a requirements/constraints traceability matrix to communicate the value proposition of the business solution along with the project approach. Leads complex cost-based and technology-based discussions to explain the Architecture in terms of its build, deployment, and ongoing operational use to determine customer appetite for the business solution. Uses a business-value approach that values return on investment (ROI) and customer costs-savings over technical ease of execution.
  • Collaborates with the Project Manager to jointly drive project/technical governance of the design, build, and deployment into use of proof of concepts (POCs) and pilots, using enterprise architecture processes and ensuring quality control through peer review. Works with customers to understand and demonstrate business value (e.g., release of revenue, cost savings) that the business solution realize.
  • Works with the business sponsor and customer stakeholders (e.g., Business users, Enterprise Architects, Security Team, Operations Team) to gather and ratify requirements and constraints. Manages and resolves complex ambiguity in the requirements and constraints and documents assumptions and implications where it cannot be resolved. Maintains the requirements/constraints traceability matrix to prove that solution components have a rationale/justification for inclusion in the architecture of the business solution. Drives development and execution of test plans to prove that each requirement/constraint has been implemented as expected by the customer. Where there are defects, works in close collaboration with the Project Manager and Customer to redress or accept and document the status of the test results.
  • Collaborates with the Client Services/Project Team to understand the business solution/problem. Drives agreement, based on the customer’s priorities, requirements/constraints, approach, principles, concepts, and expectations. Builds and documents a realistically costed, advanced/complex Solution Approach with traceability of requirements, constraints, decisions, and tradeoffs that balances risk, technical credibility, and technical innovation to meet customer need, predominantly based on existing solution offerings and/or reference architecture. Jointly leads the implementation in close partnership with the Project Manager. Leads oversight and governance and establishment of quality practices and standards to realize the business solution. Uses a cohesive build methodology with an agreed release schedule and timeline so the solution can be transitioned to live operations, leveraging solution expertise. Ensures communication of and adherence to the pre-sales value proposition. Works with the Project Manager to highlight where assumptions have proven false. Uses change requests to modify the Solution/project approach when needed. As needed, collaborates with subject matter experts to receive specialized advice that can help define the Solution and project approach and increase the time to value for the customer.
  • Anticipates and identifies scenarios that could slow or impede pre-sales/delivery. Orchestrates the broader Tavia team to address technical blockers and works with account/project team to resolve non-technical issues. Reports significant problems to Tavia management and resolves escalations when needed. Plans a way forward in complex and ambiguous situations with an innovative approach and durable design. Delegates and leverages specialist skills of others to drive technical alignment across internal/external teams. Coordinates disparate approaches into a single plan of action for complex scenarios.
  • Works in close collaboration with the Project Manager and Account Team to identify, categorize, and communicate business and technical risks. Defines risk mitigation activities that are foundational to the project plan. Defines risk contingency plans for invocation should the risk occur and be actively involved in post deployment maintenance and support of implemented solutions both offsite and onsite.

Qualification, Experience
  • First degree in IT or related discipline (Higher degree is an added advantage)
  • Overall 5+ years in Architect/Sr. Technologist role preceded with 6+ years of IT career development.
  • Excellent leadership skills.
  • Experience with major enterprise technology offerings such as Oracle, TiBCO, OBIEE.
  • Experience with leading and delivering Enterprise Architecture programs across one or more aspects of governance, technology selection, service modeling and development methodology, etc.
  • Experience with one or more Enterprise Architectural Frameworks such as TOGAF and/or DODAF, etc.
  • Java/JEE/.NET and/or Open Source architecture and development with one or more frameworks and expertise in (Spring, Hibernate, JSF, Spring MVC, Ajax, XML/XSD, Web Services & WS-*, etc.) with practical and current coding capability
  • Experience with one or more enterprise integration initiatives
  • Experience with technical solution design documentation, infrastructure architecture and deployment plans especially for SharePoint implementation
  • Mobility, Cloud-based solutions, and/or Big Data experience with one or more frameworks desired
  • Enterprise Application and System integration experience with messaging and event processing.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
  • Architecture Design
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Business Analysis
  • Business Knowledge
  • Challenger Mindset
  • Cloud Platform
  • Cloud Security
  • Commercial Technology Acumen
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Consultative Selling
  • Creativity
  • Data Analysis
  • Data Architecture
  • Databases
  • Decision Making
  • DevOps
  • Driving Insight-Led Conversations
  • Engineering Awareness
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Enterprise Security
  • Executive Presence
  • Formal Presentations
  • Governance Methodology and Practices
  • Innovation & Capability Growth
  • Interpersonal Flexibility
  • Machine Learning
  • Microsoft Products
  • Migration Planning
  • Network Architecture
  • Networking
  • Open Source Platforms
  • Operational Excellence
  • Oral Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Management
  • Relationship Management
  • Software Architecture
  • Software Engineering Practices
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Storytelling
  • Strategic Technical Planning
  • Team Orchestration
  • Technical Architecture
  • Technical Communication
  • Technical Solutions
  • Technology Industry Knowledge
  • Trusted Technical Advisor
  • Written Communications

Other Skills:
  • Right attitude
  • Good team spirit
  • Bold, articulate and confident

*Qualified candidates should forward their cvs to recruitment@taviatech.com.ng; hramin@taviatech.com.ng*

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