Solution Architect (105296-1122) . Job Reference: 1889049

University of Warwick
November 28, 2022
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Vacancy Type/Job category

Management & Professional


Information and Digital Group

Sub Department

Strategic Change - Architecture


Competitive Salary


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Permanent position, 1.0 FTE.

This is an exciting time to take on a key role shaping the technical direction of the SITS to Cloud migration project supporting a key service used by staff and students across the University. You will work with the Architecture team, the SITS to Cloud project team and other IDG teams to design effective, sustainable, and secure solutions in support of the cloud migration project. You will bring commitment, enthusiasm, and an established track record of success to this new role.

By 2030 Warwick will be one of the world's exceptional universities, helping to transform our region, country, and world for the collective good.

Warwick has always been innovative, and the Information & Digital Group (IDG) was formed in that mould. We aim to make Warwick the most digitally- enabled university in the UK and be recognised as a global trailblazer, delivering on its key objectives across all areas – including research, education, sustainability, diversity, and inclusion.

Working with us at Warwick means that no two days will be the same. It is a place where you can expect the unexpected. We are a place of possibility, and you'll find a supportive environment, providing the freedom to learn, grow, make an impact, and develop your career. We're proud to be an institution where all our staff, researchers, students, and alumni change lives, both close to home and on a global scale.

We know that diversity fosters innovation and creativity, and therefore we encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith, or disability. As women and members of ethnic minority groups are currently under-represented at this level of post, we would encourage applications from members of these groups. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

Interview Date: 5 December 2022.

Job Description


The role will work on a range of projects enabling and guiding the design and development of integrated solutions that meet current and future business needs. The role is expected to primarily focus on a range of data and data architecture projects. You will provide technical leadership, guidance and support to colleagues including business analysts, project managers and developers.

You will ensure that existing and planned solution components are compatible with relevant architectures, strategies, policies, principles, standards and practices, working in tandem with the technology delivery teams and business change teams.


1. Leads the development of solution architectures in specific business or functional areas, ensures consistency with agreed requirements and conforms with relevant architectures, policies, principles, standards, and practices.

2. Identifies and evaluates alternative architectures and the trade-offs in cost, performance, and scalability. Determines and documents architecturally significant decisions.

3. Produces specifications of cloud-based or on-premises components, tiers, and interfaces, for translation into detailed designs using selected services and products.

4. Provides guidance and risk-based governance to support solution implementation including managing requests for changes and deviations from specifications.

5. Assists with the production of strategic roadmaps showing how the delivery of projects are contributing to the realisation of the future state architecture.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

Production of Solution Architecture designs, with a preference for any of the following: a.Enterprise Resource Planning systems. b.Customer Relationship Management systems. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 2

E1 cont: c.Azure Cloud or Amazon Web Services Cloud. d.University/HE systems such as Student Record systems, Teaching and Learning systems. e.Web Content Management systems. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 3

Awareness of designing for cloud-based resilience & security, such as the Azure or the AWS well-architected frameworks. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 4

Some knowledge or an awareness of IT service management frameworks, e.g. ITIL. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 5

Good understanding of Information Security management principles and compliance with legislation, regulation, and relevant standards. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 6

Selection/procurement of technology and suppliers; use of non-functional requirements. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 7

Demonstrable experience in technology and operations, involving infrastructure or applications development and support. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 8

Demonstrable experience of stakeholder management at a senior level in a complex organisation(s). (a, c)

Essential Criteria 9

Experience of long-term strategic planning. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 10

Excellent customer relationship/service management skill. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 11

Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 12

Strong strategic thinking and planning ability, able to identify the linkages between different projects. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 13

Ability to work with business analysts and business requirements. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 1

Implementation and design of data integration platforms. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 2

Solution implementation skills would be advantageous. (a, c)

Further Particulars

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about IT Services and the Information and Digital Group, please see our websites at https: //

Warwick is committed to building an organisation of mutual respect and dignity, promoting a welcoming, diverse and inclusive working and learning environment. We recognise that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued. Where possible, we go beyond legislation to provide a place where everyone can thrive, supporting all staff to achieve their full potential. We aspire to remove economic, social and cultural barriers that may otherwise prevent people from succeeding.

We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all communities regardless of culture, background, age, disability, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion/belief, or sexual or romantic orientation. To find out more about our social inclusion work at Warwick visit our webpages here.

The University of Warwick holds an Athena SWAN Silver award; a national initiative to promote gender equality for all staff and students. Further information about the work of the University in relation to Athena SWAN can be found at the following link: Athena Swan (

The University of Warwick is one of the six founder institutions of the EUTOPIA European University alliance, whose aim is to become by 2025 an open, multicultural, confederated operation of connected campuses.

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As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants' suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University's Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Closing Date

28 Nov 2022

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