Senior Solution Architect

University of Glassgow
July 16, 2024
Offerd Salary:£57,696 - £64,914
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Contract Type:Open-ended
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Senior Solution Architect

Job Purpose

The Senior Solution Architect is responsible for ensuring that the organisation's business initiatives achieve their goals through the proper architecture of its technology systems and processes.

The postholder will bring a broad expertise across the domains of business, applications, data and infrastructure and be able to manage and balance change and impact across these domains, whilst growing the overall enterprise in a managed and controlled way, delivering on the strategic and tactical needs of the University.

This role is responsible for setting the strategic direction and driving the roadmap for key aspects of the University's technology provision, and ensuring projects deliver in line with that strategy.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. OWN Set, own and drive adoption of key strategic areas of the University's technology provision by bringing enterprise architecture (EA) knowledge and insight. Ensure that senior leaders across the University understand the value of EA standards and that these standards are adopted by the business in their technology initiatives.

2. INSPIRE Bring vision and leadership to the University's mission critical technology initiatives. Lead and inspire the team with clear direction, open collaboration, innovative strategies and engaging communications.

3. GOVERN Lead on the architecture and design of key business platforms, ensuring technology proposals are reviewed thoroughly but pragmatically, augmented and enhanced by the Technology Strategy team against the strategies of the University.

4. GOVERN Ensure key technology platforms are scalable, expandable, and will deliver on the strategic aims of the university for the future.

5. ADVOCATE Act as the advocate for the services of the Technology Strategy directorate and Information Services across the University, ensuring success by working with senior colleagues to gain support, sponsorship and commitment for their work.

6. LEAD Provide inspiring leadership around technology wherever it is used, delivered or required by engaging with teams across the University.

7. LEAD Act as line manager for junior members of an expanding team.

8. RELATIONSHIPS Maintain effective relationships with suppliers, ensuring value for money and appropriate contractual arrangements, working with the University's procurement office and the IS/WCG Project Management Office.

9. RESPONSIBILITY Report to the Information Services Senior Management Team or other groups as required to give briefings, recommendations on strategic direction and change.

10. REPRESENT Represent the University at internal and external committees, events and meetings.

  • LEAD Lead and/or support the development of system integration requirements and integration technical designs, ensuring that solutions integrate effectively with existing systems and align with the University's integration strategy.
  • 12. LEAD Lead and/or support the development and scoring of requirements in line with procurement and appropriate technology strategy.

    13. RELATIONSHIPS Work with our suppliers, to design robust end-to- end solutions that our objectives, considering factors such as scalability, security, performance, and cost- effectiveness.

    14. LEAD Provide technical leadership and guidance throughout any development, as required.

    Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience



    A1 Ability to demonstrate the necessary strategic competencies required to undertake the duties associated with this level of post, having acquired the necessary technical and professional knowledge OR Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 9, 10, 11 (Degree, Post Graduate Qualification, Masters Degree, or equivalent), including being professionally qualified in relevant discipline.

    A2 Accreditation in Enterprise Architecture either generally (e.g. ISEB/BCS or similar) or in a specific framework such as TOGAF or Zachman.

    A3 A grounding in all areas of technology provision, extensive knowledge across a range of areas of technology and an awareness of current trends.

    A4 Appreciation of technology and data governance and security considerations.


    B1 Awareness of the ITIL service management framework.



    C1 Leadership, mentorship and the ability to establish, lead, mentor and develop a team.

    C2 The ability to balance short term and long term needs with pragmatism, clarity and transparency.

    C3 Interpersonal skills: ability to communicate and liaise effectively with other technical specialists, business stakeholders and senior academics on complex problems and to provide clear and informative explanations.

    C4 Excellent communication skills in all of: face to face, e-mail, telephone and written in order to understand problems and negotiate the action required.

    C5 Ability to author and maintain substantial and critical deliverables and architectural artefacts.

    C6 Lateral thinking to propose innovative and practical solutions.

    C7 Extensive analytical skills.

    C8 Problem solving particularly in complex heterogeneous environments in which solutions need to be identified and enacted quickly whilst under pressure.



    E1 Experience working in both traditional and agile delivery environments.

    E2 Experience pragmatically applying architecture frameworks to real world challenges.

    E3 Experience engaging stakeholders across the whole range from students to senior academics and University management.

    E4 Experience of supplier and contract management.

    E5 Experience of making informed decisions whilst under pressure.

    E6 Experience of taking responsibility for actions that can have considerable impact on a very significant number of the University community.

    E7 Experience of solutions architecture design for complex IT projects such as enterprise CRM, ERP or Product Management.

    Terms and Conditions

    Salary will be Grade 9, £57,696 - £64,914 per annum.

    This post is full time and open ended.

    As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

    As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

    1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

    2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension - pensions handbook https: // www., benefits and discount packages.

    3 A flexible approach to working.

    4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University https: // www.

    We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https: // www.

    We endorse the principles of Athena Swan https: // www. and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.

    We are investing in our organisation, and we will invest in you too. Please visit our website https: // www. for more information.

    Vacancy Ref : 149094 Close Date : 16-Jul-2024 23:45

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