Solution Architect

iLaunch

CAREER OPPORTUNITY

Our client, a leading short term insurer, is looking for a Solution Architect, who will be situated in Bellville.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

The incumbent will ensure that the client Policy Administration System is designed, developed, maintained and enhanced efficiently and effectively and that it delivers against business needs.  The incumbent is further tasked with the maintenance of the Policy Administration System blueprint that is usable and consistent with Enterprise Application Architecture and future technology direction.

 

PRINCIPLE ACCOUNTABILITIES

·         Understands how the business requirements can be met using the implemented package solution, or defines what additional application software packages and / or bespoke code is needed

·         Accountable for design and configuration of the Policy Administration application software

·         Consulted in the provision of cost estimates

·         Ensuring the alignment of projects to target application architecture

·         Assessment of the impact of application change and new releases

·         Defines high level data flows between Policy Administration System and other applications

·         Work as a team member with Development Managers and other technical staff, to ensure application is implemented according to requirements

·         Identification of potential risks / issues and give input into risk plan

Generic Functions

·         Ensure that the Policy Administration System implementation is coherent and consistent with the vendor and in-house strategies and architecture

·         Respond to business requests for extensions to the scope of the solution through the creation or enhancement of the application and strategies

·         Provide advice and consultancy across the project team on the above strategies and architecture

·         Participate in reviews and provide guidance to teams to ensure that the architecture and strategies are followed

·         Establish and participate in design reviews, regular architectural reviews and technical issue management meetings

·         Ensure that design is optimised for use on the organisations infrastructure

·         Provide support to other members of the Development Team and members of the Project Management team as required

·         Develop and maintain a deep understanding of the internal workings of software packages in the Policy Administration domain

·         Work effectively in a team with other Solution Architects, Business Architects and Lead developers to consider design alternatives and agree on appropriate design decisions in support of business requirements

Integration Functions

·         Maintains and publicizes interfaces between Policy Administration System and external systems

·         Facilitates design and implementation of interfaces between Policy Administration System and external systems

·         Ensures interfaces defined by different teams are consistent

·         Maintains a register of published interfaces

·         Reviews designs to avoid duplication and proliferation of interfaces

·         Defines messaging architecture and standards

Quality Assurance

·         Review agreed implementation, to ensure correct interpretation of the requirements and architecture and strategies

·         Ensure there is adequate testing of configuration or bespoke development

·         Facilitate and lead the quality assurance processes for design and development to ensure the ongoing integrity of the Policy Administration domain

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

·         Relevant Tertiary IT qualification or qualification through experience

·         Minimum 6 years’ IT development experience

·         Experience in Object Oriented design and Java development

·         Application of IT governance principles

·         Experience in application development, support and release management

·         Experience in messaging middleware, web services, SOAP, REST, JSON, SOA, ESB, SMTP, FTP, secure FTP

·         Experience in systems development upper life cycle quality assurance

·         Guidewire software development experience a benefit

 
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
System Development Life Cycle
Java, Groovy, C#, SQL, Application Servers
Experience in SOA
Troubleshoot and resolve software, and integration problems
Risk Management
Quality, risk and  organisational change  management
Investigation and analysis of information
Planning
Communication of technical guidance and instruction to users
Ability to write technical instructions in the use of programs and / or program modifications
Interpersonal skills, ability to engage with senior business stakeholders as well
Ability to accept accountability for actions and decisions
Problem resolution
Deciding and initiating action
Leadership
Building networks and good relationships
Develop and implement strategy
Client implemented hardware, software and operating systems a benefit

 

COMPETENCIES
Client focus
Cultivates Innovation
Drives Results
Collaborates
Flexibility and adaptability
Technical specifications
Component design
Database design
IT language knowledge
System architecture

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