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Senior Solutions Architect

 

Senior Solutions Architect

  • 526048

Base Location: Reading, Havant, Perth or Glasgow

Salary: up to £85,000 depending on skills and experience plus bonus

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time  | Flexible Working options available

About the Department

SSE IT underpins the technology needs of all the different businesses that make up the SSE group. From emerging technologies to data and analytics to cyber security - we power SSE's growth and enable it to generate value, while keeping it secure. As a trusted business partner that helps SSE lead in a low carbon world, we are proud of our service. Working for SSE IT is all about equipping SSE for now and the future.

What is the Role?

This is an exciting opportunity for a Senior Solution Architect to work with the Customer Solutions businesses in SSE. Customer Solutions covers Business Energy, serving over 500,000 business and public sector customers in GB, and SSE Airtricity supplying over 700,000 domestic and business customers in Ireland and Northern Ireland. It also provides an important route to market for our renewable generation. 

Some significant changes are taking place in this part of SSE that will need your significant experience to deliver the right solutions to support the growth of the business. There are large change programmes underway for digital transformation, an overhaul of the IT estates, introduction of new billing systems, regulatory changes and the formation of a central data platform.

You’ll be responsible for the delivery of the high-level architectures and solution designs for the Billing and CRM, Sales & MKTG domain systems. You’ll establish strong relationships with stakeholders by inspiring confidence in the delivery of a portfolio of business-focussed projects and initiatives and a mix of large Industry – driven Programmes. You’ll follow SSE’s project delivery and architecture frameworks and you’ll be comfortable with both waterfall and agile delivery methods. You’ll be very familiar with SaaS – based solutions and with Cloud best practices, with a strong preference for Azure. You will be leading effective conversations with Cloud and infrastructure architects, Security architects and engineering. You’ll show ability to quickly address problems at the right level, from high level application architecture to detailed integration patterns.

A key part of the role will be to ensure we make progress on our key issues, while keeping solutions aligned to organisation and industry standards and with other programmes/projects, for which a seamless collaboration with your team and with other Architects across SSE is fundamental.

What do I need?

You’ll be able to demonstrate that you’ll be able to perform in the following areas:

  • Understand the problem space: delivery of solution architectures and designs for core Billing and CRM, Sales and Marketing solutions through their full lifecycle, while maintaining alignment with IT/industry standards and company strategy
  • Being recognised as a trusted adviser to business stakeholders and being able to quickly “map” their needs to application functionality/features. Advise stakeholders on best practices and Architectures for Billing and CRM, Sales and Marketing
  • Being able to lead a project from an architecture perspective, ensuring that all decisions that are architecturally relevant can be taken following the appropriate governance (including peer review) and proactively informing the project plan in that direction
  • A track record of delivery in both waterfall and agile environments
  • Understand of Event Driven Architectures and related patterns
  • Excellent communicator with ability to operate within cross functional teams
  • Understand a broad range of technologies, ideally including current digital technologies, Big Data and Analytics, Integration and Public Cloud (particularly Azure)

Previous experience of the UK energy industry and experience with MS Dynamics 365 strongly would be strongly advantageous.

Our Benefits

We're committed to ensuring we offer our people a great place to work, with competitive salary, contributory pension plan and benefits package. Click here to find out what else is on offer.

Next Steps

All applications should be submitted online however to discuss any adjustments you may require submitting your application please get in touch with jane.freeman@sse.com / 02392494518. We'll let you know the outcome of your application after the closing date.

If you successfully secure a role with us, you'll be required to complete our pre-employment screening process before joining.

About SSE

We all have different skills here at SSE and that's what makes us stand out. We all take pride in a job well done and share the belief that an inclusive culture is key to our success and vision for the future. Above all, safety is at the heart of everything we do at SSE and we live by the mantra 'if it's not safe, we don't do it'.

SSE is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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Closing date: May 21, 2021

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Our Benefits

  • Sharesave Scheme
  • 34 days of annual leave
  • Option to purchase up to 10 days holiday
  • Interest-free technology loans
  • 24/7 free and confidential employee counselling service
  • Private healthcare discounts
  • Subsidised gym memberships
  • 21 weeks full pay maternity leave
  • Cycle to Work scheme with generous £2500 limit
  • Interest-free salary advance to cover transport season tickets

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