Solutions Architect - Higher Education
The Solution Architect performs the necessary leadership, analysis and architecture tasks related to the development of integrated solution architectures.
Solution Architects are assigned to one or more projects. Solution architects will apply the principles, guidelines and TOGAF framework to develop integrated solution architectures.
As the environment is large and complex, it's Enterprise Architecture is segmented into a number of subject areas. While the Enterprise Architect will maintain a holistic overview of the complete architecture, the Enterprise Architect is assigned a portfolio of segments that will be their main area of focus. The Solution Architects will work across multiple architecture segments and are governed by the respective Enterprise Architects.
- Extensive analytical skills and ability to address key architecture challenges effectively.
- Exceptional knowledge in solution architecture. Knowledge of various technologies such as Security & Access Management, Storage, Compute, Network and Applications (example: CRM, Financial Systems, HR, etc.)
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to convey complex and technical issues to diverse audiences, in a matter that is easily understood, authoritative, and actionable for the business.
- Proven ability to provide strategic advice and operational leadership on the evolution of the Organisation's strategic plan and architecture - covering enterprise, technical, information and applications architectures to ensure the evolution of ICT is well planned, articulated and economically justified.
- Proven ability to apply TOGAF and visualisation tools (for example Archimate) to produce and communicate architecture to stakeholders.
- Extensive experience in solution architecture in TOGAF framework setting.
- Bachelor in computer science or information systems, or a related field
- Experience in application, data and infrastructure technologies.
- Extensive progressive leadership experience in working in cross-functional teams and enterprise wide programs, operating and influencing effectively across the organisation.
- Experience in a large and complex higher education organisation.
- Sound solution architecture practice knowledge (i.e .what a solution architect does, who they engage with, the process steps, governance activities)
- Broad business subject area experience - like major package implementation, solution design and estimation, requirements gathering experience
- Technology background (e.g .programming, technology selection, technology patterns and standards)